|Photo taken last week after her morning walk at the Town Center|
Maddie Maddie Maddie ! This beautiful, sweet Corgi girl, I love her so much.
In September this year, Maddie will be 14 years old, in canine years that is 98. She is definitely considered a "senior" dog, Maddie certainly doesn't' think so.
Maddie Louise wakes up everyday happy; she does "runs" to and from the bedroom to the front door and back with one of her favorite toys, her bear or her doggie. After 2 or 3 laps inside the house she is ready to go out for her morning nature break.Then she knows it time for her breakfast foodies, which she loves. Maddie loves loves to eat. One thing her and Morgan both shared, their love and excitement about food or treats !
Today Maddie went to the vet for her third urinalysis test, we are trying to figure out why she has proteinuria, excessive levels of protein in her urine. Today she had a test that required the urine to be extracted directly from her bladder via a syringe. The sample will be tested in some sort of petri dish, to determine if there is presence of bacteria. If yes, then the bacteria has to grow for 2 or 3 days so the vet knows the appropriate antibiotics to prescribe.
At the same time that Maddie was at the vet today, she had her blood pressure taken every 1/2 hour for the course of 4 hours. Kidney issues can cause high blood pressure, Dr. Jacobs wanted to get a baseline on Maddie's BP - and yes her BP is higher that the average. Her systolic rate today was an average of 185.
Normal systolic pressure in dogs and cats is in the 120-130 mmHg range. An allowance of up to 160 mmHg systolic is often used since many of our patients are quite anxious in the hospital setting (“white coat effect”).
We will get the urinalysis test results back on Tuesday or Wednesday of next week and then will go from there. Best case she has a UTI infection and it is treated with antibiotics and we are back to no issues. If there is no infection, then we continue ruling out possible causes.
Per Dr. Jacobs, Maddie would probably then go on a diet that is special for dogs with renal issues. There are a host of companies that make special dietary foods for dogs and cats dealing with kidney health issues, I had no idea.
Since we got the first update on the protein levels, I read many articles on the internet, written by vets or published on veterinary schools websites, and 2 or 3 recommend that if the dog or cat lives in an area where the water has high levels of minerals, or is "hard" water as it's referred to, to immediately ensure that the dog or cat is drinking filtered water. And yes in North Florida we have some of the highest rated "hard" water, lots and lots of mineral content. Needless to say, Maddie is now drinking bottled water.
Maddie shows no signs of any health issues. She is not drinking excessive amount of water, she is not lethargic, and she definitely does not have any loss of appetite or digestive issues. And she is at an OK weight for her age and size, 24 lbs. So it's a mystery right now - the only reason her urine was originally tested in late December, she was in for her annual physical and the original urinalysis was completed the week before Christmas, that is when the excessive protein levels were first discovered.
Will certainly provide an update once we get the results back next week.