Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Our shining star Kyra

I haven't slept much in the last 3 days, my dog Kyra is very sick. She's been in the ER the past two nights. When we first brought her in she was vomitting, dehydrated and lethargic. She couldn't walk or stand and she barely moved at all. The initial blood work showed an extremely high white blood cell count, her glucose level was so high that the machine couldn't even record it. Her kidney and liver functions were not good at all. They started her on IV fluid, gave her insulin, pain and antibiotic injections throughout the night. By morning her fever had dropped from 103.9 to 103, she was better hydrated and her glucose level was 524 (still very high but at least it was registering a number on the machine at this point).

They continued the same course of treatment throughout the day and she started to perk up a little, lifted her head and tried to move. Her temperature was almost normal and they sorta ruled out diabetes because there were no ketones in her urine and more blood work showed other determining factors even though her glucose level lowered down to 229 she may still need insulin injections for now. She stood up on her own for a short period and urinated as well. This was very good news to us so we started to feel more positive even though the Vet said she was by no means out of the woods.

She had an ultrasound done this afternoon so we could get a clearer picture as to what was going on in the pancreas and kidneys. According to the ultrasound there is a huge mass in the pancreas, may be a cyst, growth, abscess or inflammation. There is really no way of telling as they can not put a needle into it for fear that it will burst. By this evening the labs showed that her kidney, pancreas and liver functions are getting worse, Albumin level has dropped very low so a transfusion will be necessary soon. Her kidneys are failing and she has severe pancreatitus. It is very possible that we will have to put her down tomorrow morning if they don't improve dramatically. She is suffering a great deal.

She just turned 7 and she is a wonderful, loving beautiful dog. We love her so very much. As of today her medical costs have reached $4,000 so our savings was depleted in just 2 days and she isn't improving. If she does start to improve the Vet says she will need weeks of care in a facility and as you can imagine that will cost much more than we've spent already so even if she improves slightly we more than likely can not afford the care she would need to make a recovery if that is even possible. This has been very hard on us emotionally, today being my son Jonathan's 10th birthday, we did not even celebrate it.

Please keep Kyra in your thoughts, we could really use a miracle today.
Edit: Thought you guys might like a brief history about her.
Kyra came into our lives a little over 6 years ago. An online friend found her as a stray and her leg was torn up, probably by another dog fighting for food. We knew the moment we saw her that she was our dog, she was 8 months old, adorable and very gentle with the kids as the were only toddlers at the time. She protected them like they were her own. She's smart and very affectionate and has always been the joy of our home. She truly is a member of our family and I honestly don't know what we will do without her.


Anonymous Me said...

I'm sorry I can't be the strong figure in this situation. I have to be realistic, not only about our dog's declining health, but also our critical financial situation. I want to be optimistic, but I can't afford to ignore reality. I wish I could do more hon... I'm really sorry.

11:15 PM  
Blogger moon said...

As hard as these situations are, there has to be a voice of reality and strength. The very best that can be done for Kyra is that she no longer suffers. My heart goes out to you and your family..and give kyra some good behind the ear scratches for me. Keep me posted u have my numbers.

9:49 AM  

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