Dads went on vacation – one that had been planned a long time and couldn’t be changed (they felt bad about going, but they did get some much-needed away time). Barclay and Tucker stayed at home with their favorite Aunt Lady (thanks again, Aunt Lady – we love you!). Oliver, on the other hand, got ten days at Camp Vet.
Everybody was a little concerned about Mr. O-Man after his “adventures” the week prior, but it was the best solution having him stay with the doctors while dads were away.
Oliver did really well. Dads talked to the vets every day they could (some days there was no cell service) and Oliver did great – he was happy, healthy and charming. On Saturday of this past weekend, everything was a-ok . . . Oliver had his staples out and was his bouncy, normal self. Ready to come home and, believe-you-me, Dad & Dad were ANXIOUS to see him and get him home (and see B&T, too, of course).
Sunday morning the vet tech noticed that Oliver looked a little puffy and then that he had some bruises on his abdomen. First thought was that it was an allergic reaction to something . . . which would be odd, given that he hadn’t been exposed to anything in the vet’s office.
Let’s make the long story very short — specialists were called, there were conferences and blood tests AND the pathology report came back from the biopsy from the surgery. It is possible that Oliver has a very rare condition referred to as “Arteritis” or “Artery” plus “-itis.” Which, essentially, is a condition where the white blood cells attack the arteries as a foreign body.
This is typically diagnosed by a pathology report from a biopsy. Oliver’s says it COULD be this issue, but it’s unclear whether the ulcer happened first and caused the arteritis or the arteritis caused the ulcer. Given that symptoms seem to be occurring again – edema and unexplained bruising – this is the operating theory now. It is treated with a course of steroids and “most dogs respond very well to the treatment.”
Here’s the thing – it’s so rare that there’s really no way to know what is normal or really have a strong prognosis. We are in another “wait and see” mode.
Oliver is a little puffy and swollen and he clearly doesn’t feel well. There’s a bit of diarrhea, some throwing up, he’s lethargic and a little wobbly. Some of this is reaction to the steroid treatments and he’s on big doses of Benadryl, so it’s to be expected. Once the course of treatment is done we’ll run more tests and evaluate.
Right now he’s getting a lot of love (which makes Tucker very, very jealous), a lot of sympathy and pretty much anything he wants whenever he wants it.
Barclay would very much like for all of this to be over because he’s not getting nearly enough play time. Tucker is jealous of all the attention Oliver is getting.
We are confident in our vets, confident in Oliver’s resilience and so appreciative of everyone who’s asked about our Goofy Guy. Who tends to take naps in the most wonderful positions and inopportune locations: