January 31, 2007

Carla is Sick

Filed under: dogs, fatherhood — Brian @ 7:19 am

As Jennifer mentioned, Carla – our Golden Retriever – hasn’t been quite herself for a few days. She skipped breakfast two days in a row last week, which she *never* does. She normally eats the whole bowl in a very few, very fast gulps. Now, we have to coax her to eat at all.

Since then, we got here some canned food, which been helping a lot – she normally gets the dry stuff. And since she’s been eating that, much of her energy has returned. We had a good time playing with tennis balls in the house last night.

She’s still not herself – and still has a consistent 103 to 104-degree fever – but she’s more comfortable than she was.


Our wonderful vet took a look at her on monday, and found an enlarged spleen and a “severely depressed” white blood cell count. So, she’s on antibiotics (and canned dog food) for now, while we wait for further blood tests. If the blood test rules out hemolytic anemia, we’ll go back in for an abdominal ultrasound – probably can’t get in until next week, though.

Hemolytic anemia: when the body marks its own red blood cells for removal from the blood stream by the spleen. Her spleen could be large because it’s full of the blood cells it’s collecting. (I’m paraphrasing my vet’s explanation – I don’t know this stuff…)

The other significant possibile cause is cancer – not uncommon in goldens of her age and lineage.

The ultrasound will cover “from her bladder to her diaphragm” and our vet is very confident in the capabilities of the people who will do that.

We’re not sure what to expect, but we’re hoping for anemia.

If you’re the praying type, and if you would pray for a dog, we would be grateful.



  1. Praying already.

    Comment by jvjannotti — January 31, 2007 @ 7:34 am

  2. I’m joining the ranks who are praying for Carla. Poor thing.

    Comment by gwynne — January 31, 2007 @ 1:05 pm

  3. Me too! That’s a great drawing…Who did it?

    Comment by Rachel — January 31, 2007 @ 4:45 pm

  4. Thank you, Jim. Thanks, Gwynne.
    Thanks to you, also, Rachel.

    I did that sketch. She’s always hanging around, and in the evenings often stays nice and still for me.

    Her ultrasound is scheduled for Friday. I don’t know if we get the results right away, or filtered through our normal vet, but we’re grateful that they were able to squeeze us in so soon.

    My sister is a vet. She lives a couple states away, but she’s agreed with everything our vet’s done and recommended so far. So, whatever happens, it seems like we’re doing the right things, and getting good help.

    Comment by Brian — January 31, 2007 @ 7:49 pm

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