Saturday, December 11, 2010

Blood, Brush, Beach

Thank you all for your kind words last night about Layla.  She and I enjoyed a nice slumber on the couch together, uninterrupted by anyone, until nearly 4 AM.  There's something very special about spending that kind of time with her... like she knows, at that point, that she is the sole recipient of my love and attention.   I believe we have a very special bond, and as much as I love Marge, it's nice to spend some time individually with my cat, too.

Much to my surprise, the bloodwork came back better than expected.  The ALT number has dropped to nearly normal, thanks to the help of Denosyl.  This likely means her liver is repairing itself after whatever damage it incurred.  It also means that the bleeding she experienced yesterday is not related.

Therefore, she will need to go for an additional blood test in a couple of weeks.  It's possible that the bleeding is caused by old veins with weak walls, just like a human would experience.  Or, she might have a blood clotting problem.

The vet said he was "happy" with the result from the ALT test, so I think it's definitely good news that Layla's liver is on the mend.  My hunch, now, is that the bleeding was caused by weak and fragile veins rather than a clotting problem, but we'll do the test to be sure.  He said to come back in two weeks, but I'll likely stretch it to three to give those poor bruised legs some time to heal.


As for our canine protagonist, Marge, she had some special time of her own today.  We originally set out on a wide, paved trail running through the woods, but had to turn back when we discovered we were essentially heading straight for a brush fire.

We surmised that something was burning (my island has been riddled with such fires lately, and my hunch is that someone's setting them) and actually saw blackened ground from a fire that rummaged through the area on Thursday, but had no idea that the fire was so close to us.  Once we got a real whiff of that smoky smell, we got a little more concerned and decided to turn around... and just at that point, we were met by a big ol' fire truck driving down the trail.

Talk about unsettling!

Marge actually responded remarkably well.  We moved into the bush to let the vehicle pass on the oh-so narrow road, and then high-tailed back to the car.  I wasn't up for any sort of fiery adventure.

Leaving turned out to be a smart choice, as there were TWO brush fires in the area, and a third not too far away.  Roads were closed, police were directing traffic, and fire trucks were speeding in every which direction.  Not a good day for a hike, for sure.

....So, we went to the beach, figuring that we likely wouldn't meet any firefighters there.  We enjoyed a 4-mile walk, and Marge, for the first time, got to walk on the boardwalk.  There were a fair amount of walkers, joggers and bikers out, and Marge did quite well.

On the way back, we let Marge loose on her 20' lead on the sand.  A zoomy fit commenced.

Roxanne, this picture is for you, since you like muscular canine rumps so much.

She did give my dad a nice set of growls and grumbles when we came home, but I guess you can't have a perfect day, can you? (Thankfully, they seemed to make amends afterwards with the aid of Milkbones.)

I promise I'll get to everyone's blogs soon.  I'm just beginning to feel better after all of the emotions from yesterday.


Deborah December 11, 2010 at 10:33 PM  

Hi, I'm glad your kitty is doing better. I would love to go to the beach in the winter but it would be WAY to cold!

Muttsandaklutz December 11, 2010 at 10:35 PM  

Well! This is fabulous news indeed. Quite the relief, no doubt.

Frankie Furter and Ernie December 11, 2010 at 10:49 PM  

I am very much glad to hear that Layla got a good report.
I am going to go ahead and send her some more of my good vibes anyway. They can't hurt VIBES>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

KimT December 11, 2010 at 10:59 PM  

Great news about Layla! Marge sure looks like she had a fantastic day!

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! December 11, 2010 at 11:15 PM  

Nice news for Layla and YOU!

Glad to see Marge handled today's extra activity well!

katie, Maizey and Magnus December 11, 2010 at 11:24 PM  

Yay Marge! Sounds like she did great in the face so many "big scary things." That is really impressive.

I'm glad Layla is better too. It is so scary when one of our 4legged family is sick. I hope she stays okay. Keep us posted.

Amy / Layla the Malamute December 11, 2010 at 11:27 PM  

I didn't see your other Layla post until now - I'm sorry that she gave you such a scare! Don't worry about leaving the room from the blood. It's totally different if it's your own pet, it's almost like it's your own blood.

I'm glad that her counts are more near the normal range. I also agree with you on giving her 3 weeks for more bloodwork.

That sounds like a very interesting hike in the woods! It's almost ironic because those are usually the quietest, most peaceful places to hike.

I bet Marge liked the boardwalk. Here, the dogs aren't allowed on the boardwalk at any time of the year, but they're allowed on the beach from October - May. I took Layla to the beach once when she was a puppy and she wasn't that impressed, but I'll try again one day.

Even though she seems to be doing better, I'll keep thinking positive thoughts for you and Layla.

houndstooth December 11, 2010 at 11:41 PM  

I'm glad to hear that Layla is doing better!

I wish we could go hiking or just walking. We're waiting for a blizzard to pass us at the moment and feeling a little chilly. A four mile walk on the beach sounds like heaven!

Kathy Mocharnuk December 12, 2010 at 2:23 AM  

REally great news about the tests, and it sounds like Marge is just growing by leaps and bounds now days, sounds like she had a very good day, love the pictures!

Anonymous December 12, 2010 at 5:13 AM  

That was quite the day! Great news about Layla :) Glad you didn't find yourselves in the midst of a forest fire. Beach Good! :)

Waggin at ya,

Chris and Ricky December 12, 2010 at 7:30 AM  

Awesome news about Layla's test results! Hopefully she can continue to do better and to feel better!

Cyndi and Stumpy December 12, 2010 at 7:30 AM  

I'm so glad to hear Layla's new! You two deserve a break!

Diana December 12, 2010 at 7:38 AM  

Im so glad you got good results for Laya. Yea!!

Im not sure if this is good training or maybe you already tried it. Have you dad have treats in his pockets so as soon as he walks in the door he can throw a treat down. Then maybe Marge will associate treats (good things) with you dad coming home. Just a thought. Diana

Sara December 12, 2010 at 8:11 AM  

I'm so happy that Layla is doing better. It is so stressful when our pets are sick.

Marge looks like she had a blast on the beach!

Dawn December 12, 2010 at 8:35 AM  

Very happy to hear about the improved tests for kitty Layla! That has to feel like a big load of worry off your shoulders. And hers too!

What a great walk you guys had on the beach! That looks like so much fun. Way more fun than dodging firetrucks up in the woods!

KB December 12, 2010 at 9:36 AM  

Great news about Layla!!!! Just as an aside, when K damaged her liver years ago by eating poisonous mushrooms, the vet suggested milk thistle as a gentle way to help it rejuvenate. It sounds like Layla is well on her way to recovery so you probably don't need that information! I also don't know if it's used for cats.

A beach walk sounds way better than a fiery walk!!!! Glad that you had fun, and I love the zoomies photos!

Sue December 12, 2010 at 10:54 AM  

Those fires sound scary. be careful!

Morgan had liver failure when she was three years old, after taking an antibiotic she was allergic to. She was hospitalized for about ten days on IV fluids. The liver repaired itself, though her ALT and a couple other liver enzymes stayed high and I mean HIGH. One was normal at 150 and hers was over 3000.

Two weeks ago she had a blood test, we test her liver enzymes every three months, and they were all normal. One was slight;y over the norm, but Dr B thinks that's her normal.

She takes milk thistle every other day and it seems to have helped a lot. I hope Layla gets past this and has lots more time to cuddle with you.

Kari in Alaska December 12, 2010 at 11:20 AM  

Great Layla news but it must have been SCARY seeing that fire truck


Tucker The Crestie December 12, 2010 at 11:54 AM  

Wow, sounds like you had an adventurous day! (Maybe a little bit too adventurous!) Glad you were able to enjoy a romp on the beach. (And glad that Layla had some one on one time - I bet that made both of you feel better.)

Crystal (Thompson) Barrera December 12, 2010 at 2:17 PM  

Wow, good news all around.

Two French Bulldogs December 12, 2010 at 8:13 PM  

Good to hear Layla is doing better. What a relief
Benny & Lily

Unknown December 13, 2010 at 11:43 AM  

Im so glad to hear layla is doing better.
Go Miss Marge doing your zoomies!!

Never Say Never Greyhounds December 13, 2010 at 12:45 PM  

I like meaty hams on dogs too!

Anonymous December 16, 2010 at 8:45 AM  

Me again :)

I finally got my cards in and would really like to send you one :) Please email me your dog house mailbox addy.


Roxanne @ Champion of My Heart December 20, 2010 at 6:22 PM  

First of all, I'm so glad to hear the bloodwork # look better. Indeed, the liver can do great things in repairing itself.

Secondly, thank you for the butt shot. You do know how much I adore them. :o)

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