My post on Misty was rushed last night before I went to bed, here is some more info.
In June, Misty was showing symptoms of a bladder infection, but her culture came back normal. However, her protein level was high. She was lethargic, and having intermittent diarrhea. So, we ran blood work, which showed some elevated levels. My vet put her on antibiotics and suggested an ultrasound to figure out what was going on with Misty.
I scheduled one, but canceled it. We were going on vacation that week, and I didn't want to get bad news before we left.
Then, Misty improved. I decided to live in blissful denial. Always a fun option.
This past weekend, the symptoms returned. That's when I decided it was time to schedule the ultrasound and keep the appointment.
She did test positive for a bladder infection this time.
The results of the ultrasound indicate she has no cancer, no tumors, and all her organs look OK. The only thing that is not perfect are her kidneys, which have "loss of detail", which is probably due to aging.
The ultrasound doctor said her protein level (0.6) is a little high, but OK for now, and we will re- test again in late September for a change.
My vet will do a new urinalysis two days before Misty comes off the antibiotics to test for bacteria levels.
So, there you have it.
Misty is doing much better this morning.
And so am I!
For whatever reason, Misty may be more susceptible to bladder infections, so I will have to be cautious from now on. I'll make sure when we go places (agility events) that she lies on my mats, rather than the grass and dirt.
Thanks everyone for your kind words last night. You all stay up later than I do (OK, some of you are in different time zones, but still)!