Addie enjoying the Costa Rican sun..
Addie had her first appointment with her new vet in Costa Rica. Nothing wrong, but we wanted to make sure and get her established with a vet right away. We took in her 6″ of historical paperwork from both of her previous vets in Colorado including the last 3 blood test results. The Dr. reviewed those, did an initial exam and verified that her ear infection she had the week before departure was indeed all clear. She speaks wonderful English as she went to school and practiced in Texas prior to practicing in Costa Rica. It is helpful that she speaks English well as our Spanish is no bueno!
She assessed that given Addie’s age and medical history, she is doing well! The liver numbers are a concern being over 200, but she said she has seen a dog with ALT’s over 2,000 so that is encouraging and Addie show so signs of liver issues such as retaining water, yellow gums or yellowing of the eyes. So for now, Addie gets 2 thumbs up!
And a great side benefit of this? Addie’s initial exam and office visit cost us less than $14! Back in Colorado, that type of visit is between $50 and $65!
She is NOT excited to wear the Santa hat!
Let me start by saying, we felt so blessed that we were able to spend another Christmas with Addie! She enthusiastically opened another fun toy to be enjoyed until she or Finigan decide to annihilate it 🙂
Addie was scheduled for follow-up blood work before Christmas. Earlier, there was great concern over her kidney’s. As mentioned, her regular vet clearly stated that Addie would be lucky to live another 6 months. Well, new blood tests reveal that her kidneys are fine. Go figure.
Unfortunately, her ALT Is very high, as is her Alk Phosphatase. At this time, they are thinking liver damage or possibly a thyroid issue. We increased her dosage of Hepagen-C and also added Sam-e to her list of supplements. We will retest again January 10th. Her holistic vet believes the liver deterioration is a greater concern than the cancer at this point. We need to keep her ALT below 200 to limit the negative effect on her body. Currently it is 190, up from 129 in September and 93 in July.
Signs we need to look for concerning her liver include:
- enlarged abdomen
- yellow around eyes and/or gums
So far, we have not seen any of those signs. We are thankful.