Feb 27, 2010

Lucie Update :)

After Lucie's visit to Texas A & M, we were waiting on results of another tic panel.

Lucie Results Jan 23 10

They found something that they wanted to explore further so we sent Lucie's blood to North Carolina State University to run a PCR test. While that was being completed our Vet completed her two week check up blood work and no protein was found in her urine. This was excellent news!

On February 18 our Vet, Dr Johnson, called me with news about the PCR test. It was negative! So, whatever was in her system that was making her ill is now gone. This was the best news to receive! He asked if I had tried taking her off of the Rimadyl again. He said that I really need to try taking her off of it. So, she received her last dose on the morning of February 18th and she has been fine without it! I have been hesitating with making this post because I didn't want to jinx anything but things are looking good :)

Lucie has been acting like a puppy again! 100% playful all the time!

When she sits down you can still see where she favors one side or the other and when she is running around playing you can hear her legs crackle but that is it. She is careful when jumping up on things and still prefers to be lifted up at this point. Our spoiled little princess!

Her favorite thing to do now is to play with a ball by herself. She will keep herself amused for hours doing this! I just love watching her have fun and at times I can just hardly believe it. 

Lucie will stay on low dose aspirin and Plavix forever to reduce the chance of additional blood clots. Dr. Johnson is also taking a close look at what yearly shots she will receive. We don't want her to contract anything new but we want to be smart about what goes into her system due to her condition.

I looked into pet insurance to help with the cost of her meds, Plavix is not cheap when purchasing it for a dog, but what I found is that congenital defects are not covered so it would not be beneficial to us. Regardless of the cost, we will continue to do everything we can for our little girl!

A little taste of Lucie playing outside this morning!

We are looking forward to taking Lucie on a trip with us to Ouray, Colorado in July. If any of our blogging friends are familiar with this area or are from here we would love any tips you could provide!

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Anonymous said...

That is the BESTEST NEWS!! We are so happy for Lucie and all of you! I will have to ask Reese and his Mommy! He was from Colorado!!


Lean said...

So happy for you all great news.
have fun,Lean&Misty

Maggie and Mitch said...

What great news, Lucie! We are so happy for you and you look bouncy and playful in your videos! Good for you!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Chula said...

What fantastic news! Hopefully it will only continue to get better!

Wags and Wiggles,
Chula and gang

McGillicutty said...

Oh, Lucie, me hopes you get well soon! Me paws are crossed and I send you lots of Irish prawers!

Irish Love,

Elizabeth said...

This is great news!!! We are so happy to hear this :)

Elizabeth & Luna

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Yuu-Chan said...

We are just delighted with this news. GO, Lucie!!!!

Our experience with pet insurance is that they try to get out of paying for anything if they can... You mention the high cost of Plavix for dogs. It is often the case that the veterinary version of a drug is more expensive than the human one, even if it is exactly the same thing! I was lucky when my first cat, Ikkyu, developed diabetes. My vet is a friend and my physician is also a friend and a great cat lover. The latter took the time to find me a generic version of the drug Ikkyu needed at a fraction of the cost. We consulted with the vet, who gave the OK, and he wrote me a prescription! I just thought I would mention it...


Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Such pawesome news to see!

Of khourse, seeing all of them play was FURRY pawesome too!

It is nice to see the sparkles in all their eyes!


Dina ... UK said...

That is brilliant news, it is really lovely to see Lucie play with her sisters.....

Alasandra said...

So glad to hear Lucie is doing well. ~Artemisia, Socks, Scylla & Fenris

Lorenza said...

Those are pawesome news!
I am happy to know Lucie feels very well and that she wants to play now!
Kisses and hugs

caboval said...

Oh this is the best news ever!!!!!!!! Yahooooooo!!!!!! We are so happy to hear that Lucie is better!!! We were so worried!!!! So glad to hear this great news!!!!! Warm Hugs, Joey and Kealani

The OP Pack said...

What fantastic news for you and Lucie!!! It was so good to see her running and having fun. We still can't believe how little Hailey is next to the big girls.

Woos, Phantom, Thunder, and Baby Ciara

Southbaygirl said...

WOOF!!!!!! YEAH!!!!!! fantastic news!!!!



Lauren said...

That is WONDERFUL news!! Yeah for Lucie!!

Emma Rose said...

YAY!!!! Great news! And she looks fantastic in the videos.

Emma Rose

Three Dogs Long said...

Oh, that is the pawsomest news ever!!!
Lucie & our Momma take the same meds!!!

((hugs) your friends
Oskar, Schatzi & Xena

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

It is wonderful news. Lucie looks very happy playing outside and she looks very well. We are so pleased that she is doing so well and is so happy. :)

Sagira said...

That is wonderful news. I am SO happy to hear that she is doing better. I feel like I know her personally even though I've never met her. Just to know all she has been through. I hope she continues to be pain free and 100% puppy for you!

Alli and Frankie said...

That is amazing news! I'm so happy for you and for Lucie! :)

River said...

Great news! She does look happier. We are so so glad.

love & wags,

Ruby's Raiser said...

That is such great news!!! So wonderful to hear that she is playing and feeling so much better.

We are not familiar with Ouray, but if you need any dog-friendly info on Denver/burbs, just email us at the link on our blog.

Andrea said...

Great news! What a beautiful dog, that is a wonderful picture. Please visit www.love-my-doggie.com


Oh Lucie, we are so happy you are doing so well and running around playing with Addie and Hailey. Mona was looking a your pic the day she met you and she said remembers how soft ans\d cuddly you were. She loved you then and still does. Your her girl.

Hailey, I used your two harness pictures on my harness post tonight and Mommy said you were4 the most photogenti model she usede.

Addie, you are still so pretty and so grown up.


The Musketeers said...

We are glad that Miss Lucie is fine ;) Miss Addie, do come over our blog fur a while ;)

Amber and Nala said...

That is wonderful news! We are very happy that sweet Lucie is doing better!

Nala & Amber

Anonymous said...

TAHNKS FOR YOUR SHARING~~~VERY NICE ........................................

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

We were so happy to hear Lucie is all better. She sure is a cutie! In the video she is full of life!!
XXX-BRD & Hootie

Huskee and Hershey said...

We love love love the good news!! Yay to Miss Lucie... glad that the puppy-ness in her is back and we are sure in no time, she will be 100% back to her old (young??) self.

Please give the sweetie a big hug from Huskee, Hershey and their mommy!!

Love the look of the girls in that last photo...

Angel n Miko said...

It really put a smile on our faces as we read this post ! It's great to hear this piece of great news!

We really like the picture of the 3 of them looking up! Hailey looks so tiny beside Addie & Lucie. hehe, very very cute :]

3 beautiful girls !

Angel & Miko

kalyxcorn said...

what great news! love the little doxie that occasionally pops into the pictures.

Lucie's condition likely counts as pre-existing, but just FYI, Baxter is covered by petplan usa insurance and though we have not had to make a claim (crossing fingers!), petplan says they do cover hereditary conditions.


Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

Oh Lucie, I didn't know that you was sick. Your mom mentioned about blood clot and Rimadyl, did you have joins pain Lucie?
I'm glad that you feel better now and being playful. You know how to be spoiled don't you, like being lifted up by your pawrents!
I'm a bad friend, I'm bad but I'm back!
I miss you guys so much, I want to promise that I'll visit your blog at least once a week and blog more frequently.
I'll come back to see you soon.
(You don't notice that I have been out a long while, do you? (choking back tears! sob sob!)
Love ya lots!
How interesting, Addie has the same b-day with my naughty Pug brother, Ximui. He turned 11!

Moco said...

You and Lucie are so lucky to have each other.

Anonymous said...

Hiya girls, Reese here. I am so happy to hear the good news about Lucie! Those humans at Texas A&M really know what they're doing, let me tell you. My Grandmama used to work there, though only with human pups, not with real pups.

I see you're looking at going to my FAVORITE PLACE, Colorado. I used to live in Denver, but Mommy and I would go hiking in the mountains sometimes. I don't know anything about Ouray, but Mommy looked it up on the Google Maps and it looks like a blast. Mommy says to remind you that summer is "monsoon season" in Colorado, since you're going in July. There will be a nice at-least-hour-long thunderstorm every afternoon, but don't worry! It always clears up by 4pm!

Thanks for stopping by my blog,

Andrea said...

So happy to hear all the great news! Sophie and I have been thinking of you guys... :)

Chef said...

That's fabulous news, Lucie! You look very happy!


Team Husky said...

I know some people that moved to Colorado last year with their doggies. I could ask them if they mind me passing on their email address to you if you like?


SGR said...

Woof! Woof! just checking in. You have not updated your blog for a while ... so hope you guys a well. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

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