Many people left such nice comments about Misty yesterday, and Rob asked how Misty was doing....so here is where we stand.
While the x-ray showed no signs of stones, it did indicate that Misty has a bit of arthritis in her spine. Nothing to be too concerned about. However, my vet did not like the looks (or feel) of Misty's bladder. There was a lot of shading on the x-ray, and she was concerned that it was a sign that the tumor may have spread. She did a rectal exam and could feel Misty's bladder was enlarged. That is why Misty is straining to poop lately. It is uncomfortable for her.
My vet sent the x-ray to our internal medicine specialist, but he was on vacation for the week. We had to wait for his interpretation and suggestions.
Well, we waited, and the specialist told my vet he couldn't tell anything conclusive from the X-ray. Our options, perform another ultrasound or keep doing what you're doing.
I opted for "keep doing what you're doing."
So, what are we doing? My vet put Misty on tramadol (for pain) and baytril (for bacteria in her urine). She's still taking the piroxicam,a NSAID, which has been shown to reduce the size of some tumors, as well as provide some relief. She is also on numerous supplements and chinese herbs.
Our main goal is to alleviate pain and irritation, and if the tumor shrinks, that's a bonus.
I'm happy that Misty still has a good appetite, despite being on all these medications. She has spurts of short lived, playful energy. She can keep up with us on a mile and a half walk. Her personality is still intact. She's my good girl.
It's amazing how dogs always make the best of things, without complaint.