Melvin had a crappy weekend/week. He couldn’t get his body up, he couldn’t get his body down. Steps were a challenge. Sunday night he moaned and whimpered. I somehow managed to get him in bed with me. While i think it was a painful move for him, he fell right to sleep once with me. Come Monday morning, we were off to the vet.
X-rays showed spinal arthritis and hip dysplasia — both moderate. X-ray also showed an enlarged spleen. Back into the car (getting him in and out of the car was torture on him and he cried due to pain) to go get an ultrasound. Since he was in such discomfort, they gave him a shot of pain medication before doing the ultrasound.
When they called me back to give me the results, they put us in the room with the candles and the rug — uh, no thank you! I would rather be given the results in the parking lot.
Kidneys, bladder, gallbladder and stomach looked ok. They couldn’t get a view of the liver (which would have been preferred but oh well). His spleen is big, way too big. You can see it sticking out on outside of his belly. There goes Melvin, and his side-car spleen. Although there were no signs of tumor (this made me feel better about being put in ‘the room’) there was lack of any definition between the spleen and his stomach. They are looking into what that could be about.
While his spinal arthritis and hips could have caused some discomfort, it is unlikely it would come on so sudden and be as severe. So, we decided to rule in tick born disease (not hoping for – just ruling it in over something even more serious). This is not the first time tick disease has been suspected in Melvin but it is the first time since the US has started experiencing a shortage of Doxycycline. That means I had to make a lot of phone calls and had to trade-in my car to pay for it!
The pain shot they gave him made him high as a flippen kite. No, wait, higher, it made him Jupiter. He didn’t like it one bit. He would just stand there confused and then his hind legs would start dropping and he’d panic and start walking and bump into stuff. He was dizzy. He wouldn’t even take a treat, I’m not sure he could even see the treat. Jake was mesmerized by this version of Melvin and apparently, high Melvin smells even more delicious. Video below.
It seems like Melvin is improving on the Doxy so we are going to continue it. I will update on Monday once we know for sure! Happy weekend!!!!