Last Wednesday Leroy had his appointment with his veterinarian to see how he was faring with his recent flare-up and as promised, here is that update.
How about we start with the bad and leave the good for last?
Leroy’s lab results showed that his albumin (protein) was at 1.7. Low normal for albumin is 2.6. I expected this but it was still disheartening to actually hear it. Albumin is a protein that is found in the liver and carried into the blood and it regulates blood volume. It’s important for retaining fluid in the vascular compartment. The fancy name for low albumin in dogs is hypoalbuminemia. There can be several reasons for a dog to have hypoalbuminemia but Leroy’s is related to the lymphangiectasia.
His albumin is always my main concern when he has a flare-up because it can be life-threatening if fluid begins to build up around his heart. 1.7 isn’t great but at his worst Leroy was at 0.9. That’s an emergency, red alert, death could be near type of number.
We’re not there, not even close and the vet said that he guesses Leroy’s albumin was probably around 1.3 or 1.2 when he first started having the flare-up last month. That’s the worst of it.
Everything else on Leroy checked out good. His liver and kidney values are good. He weighed in at 148 pounds which was a nice surprise to me because I thought he would be way down in weight due to his lack of eating and loose bowel movements.
He does have conjunctivitis and an ear infection but that comes with the territory of everything being out of whack with his body. We’re treating both and I’m not super concerned about it but if you notice his eyes look a little off, that’s why.
Even though Leroy’s albumin is low, the vet did not feel any edema and his heart and lungs were clear. That’s good because the edema that I was feeling in his ears last month is gone.
Where we go from here
We continue the road that we’re on and recheck later next month. Right now Leroy’s eating fine and we have him on doses of medication. Right now he’s getting 500mg of Metronidazole twice a day, 10mg of Prednisone every other day, his probiotic and daily doses of CBD/Hemp oil to help with gut inflammation. I started him on a regular dose of steroids but started weaning him down after a full week and my fingers are crossed that he’ll hold steady on the low dose. If his albumin levels don’t move as of next month we’ll have to increase it.
He did have one loose stool the other day which concerned me a bit, until I saw his last dose of Prednisone sitting on the step. I’ve been giving him his medication in a dollop of whipped cream and it’s such a small pill that I think sometimes it gets stuck in his loose jowls and falls out. I’m going to have to check his mouth from now on. Lol.
So that’s it. That’s his update. Kind of what I was expecting but still a bummer. With him turning 10 in June I worry about his body coping with such a hard condition but I have to keep reminding myself what a strong-willed dog that he is. One thing that made me smile at his vet visit was when the vet took Leroy back for his blood draw and he came back and told me that he was telling an intern about the first time he saw Leroy. “He went from 170 pounds to 117 pounds in 1 week while he was hospitalized here with us. I’ve seen dogs not as bad off as him not make it through this condition, I didn’t know if he would make it. Look at him now.” 🙂 I’ll update again later next month. Thanks again for all the good well wishes!