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27 September 2004 @ 10:34 pm
Got a call from our vet today...  
...apparently Sydney's blood test results have came back and the good news is that she's been completely cured of whatever liver damage she suffered through all of last year. :) The bad news, however, is that Sydney apparently suffers from an under active thyroid. :( Apparently thyroid production goes up and down during the course of a day and the vet did tell us that perhaps at the time the blood was drawn, Sydney might have been at a particular low. They're running another set of tests to determine if it's an ongoing problem that they'll need to address. :P Poor doggie, if it's not one thing, it's another! :(

She did say that it might explain the three pound weight gain recently, or the fact that Sydney seems a little more lethargic than normal. I chalked up the sleepiness to Sydney getting older and extra weight to the Total cereal flakes that Sydney always seems to find on the ground when Mark eats breakfast. ;) But I guess we'll have to see what the next set of tests show and take things as they come. The vet also said that with proper medication, this condition can be controlled if the tests did prove she had a thyroid problem. This certainly is not as bad news as I was expecting when the vet first told me she had bad news for me - so, although I'm worried, I'm not going to fully obsess about it like you'd expect me to. :P

In other news, I got my new issue of LA Stage magazine in the mail today (it took so long to arrive that I swear they must paddle things out here by canoe!) :P There was a honking huge picture of Val Kilmer on the cover which kind of scared me a little when I first saw it. :O And I looked through the magazine, but no Kevin mention - drat! :P

And I have to say, I love my Kevin friends - I can't wait to see them in LA! They're the best for so many reasons, but the main one being that no matter what the show, they don't mind going to support Kevin because they admire his talent. :) It's been far too long since I've seen them.

Finally, reading my friends' page, I've noticed that it's been a hard day for so many of you. :( Big *HUGS* to you all. :(
Jami: My dog Chip.person958 on September 28th, 2004 01:44 am (UTC)
Aww, I'm sorry that Sydney has a thyroid problem. =( Chip also has an under active thyroid and has had that problem for many years now. He just has to take a pill for it twice a day, so it's not that big of a deal.
Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on September 28th, 2004 01:57 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear that Chip has a thyroid problem as well. :( The vet told us that it can be controlled with the right medication. She also said that Sydney would be more prone to infections because of it, is that true?

BTW, I always smile when I see that cute photo of Chip in your icon! :)
Jami: My dog Chip.person958 on September 28th, 2004 12:11 pm (UTC)
I asked my mom your question and she doesn't remember our vet telling her anything like that. But Chip also takes an antibiotic pill once a day (for an unknown rash he gets on his underside), so that might help if he was prone to infections.

All of your icons of Sydney are cute, too. I love the one where she's smiling. =)
chandra on September 28th, 2004 01:44 am (UTC)

*hugz and health for Sydney*
Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on September 28th, 2004 01:59 am (UTC)
Thanks, Chandra! I'm hoping the tests prove that the vet's initial assessment was wrong. Thanks for the hugs. :)
Smithasmittenbyu on September 28th, 2004 03:10 am (UTC)
awww... that's good though that it's not serious and can be controlled? Poor Sydney...
Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on September 28th, 2004 09:16 am (UTC)
Hopefully it won't even have to come to that. :( But it isn't too serious, apparently a lot of dogs suffer from thyroid problems. But poor Sydney and medication don't go well together at all. :P
curlybear on September 28th, 2004 05:21 am (UTC)
Awwwwww poor doggie. :( Yeah that problem is more common than you'd think in doggies. We've actually got quite a few doggies who come to my pharmacy (well their owners do anyhow) for that very same thing. I hope it turns out to be a false alarm... but in case it doesn't it can be controlled pretty easily with medication to replace the hormone that's missing (the down side is she might need blood work every few months or so to make sure her levels are stable, people with the problem get tested every 3-12 months. Dogs metabolize a bit differently so maybe they don't need it as often.) It's not usually too terribly expensive either. I don't know about increasing the risk for infections, I would have to ask the pharmacists at work. I'll try and find out for you. *hugs*
Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on September 28th, 2004 09:21 am (UTC)
Wow - I hadn't realized it was such a common problem in dogs, in fact when the vet called me about it - it was the first time I'd ever heard about it. :P The vet did mention that it wasn't unusual to see in dogs, especially older ones... Thank you so much for all the great info, Laura! I feel so much better about it all now - I knew I said that I wasn't going to worry too much about it, but knowing me - that's pretty impossible. :P Sydney's my baby, after all - I worry about her endlessly. *HUGS* to you!
queenstacey on September 28th, 2004 09:40 am (UTC)
I'm prayin for Syd.

*HUGS* for you and for her.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on September 28th, 2004 09:15 pm (UTC)
Awww, thank you Stacey - you're so sweet! :) *HUGS* to you too!
WE ALL NEED A SENSE OF HUMOR: coolbeam861 on September 28th, 2004 09:48 am (UTC)
I hope the fuzzy doggie is OK. It doesn't sound too serious. However, I would still be concerned. Her Mortie doggie counterpart needs to go on a diet too, but he has no excuse, except he likes to eat, and he has owners that give into his cute little self and feed him snacks. Maybe that will be my motivation...I need to diet, because it is more healthy for the doggie...hmmm..
Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on September 28th, 2004 09:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Barb. And I'm not worried like I was last year since it seems to be a managable problem. Sydney does the looking cute thing too and she always looks SO sad when we don't give her any food. :( *HUGS* to you and Mortie! :)
Ticoteendreamstoearn on September 28th, 2004 11:10 am (UTC)
aw glad everything is okay with you ... i meant to tell you. on cary's forum, someone started a discussion about the ten commandments and i know you are friends with kevin and stuff so i thought if you wanted to promote it, you could go to www.forum.caryshields.com, register and say something to promote kevin and his show :)
Sheri: Stephanie & Kate Monstershutterbug93 on September 28th, 2004 09:22 pm (UTC)
Awww, thanks for telling me about that, Heather! I'll definitely have to check out Cary's board. Though it might depend on what's being said about the show that'll determine whether I post anything. ;) I appreciate you thinking of me, though. :)
Rachelreelcowgirl on September 28th, 2004 03:23 pm (UTC)
We get a lot of dogs at the clinic with thyroid problems, and it is something that can be very easily managed with the correct diet and/or medications. Most dogs, when treated, you can't even tell that they have a problem. Sydney will probably feel better when her levels are balanced out. :)
Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on September 28th, 2004 09:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so glad to hear this! :) Our vet is really the sweetest woman out there, but she's Ms. Doom-and-Gloom. When Sydney was sick she used to constantly depress me. :P In all other respects, she's great though - I just worry too much when it comes to my baby! Thanks for your comments! :)
Rachelreelcowgirl on September 29th, 2004 06:19 am (UTC)
You're not alone in worrying about your baby :)
Sabinesabine10 on September 28th, 2004 06:00 pm (UTC)
Poor Sydney. So far I know Monika's sister's dog has it also. It's right that he was sleepier than usual and gained weight. He has to take pills but with broccoli and cheese he will eat everything. :) I truly hope everything is all right with Sydney.

Big *hugs* to you, Sheri.
Sheri: Sherishutterbug93 on September 28th, 2004 09:29 pm (UTC)
I didn't realize it was such a common thing in dogs - I'd really never heard about it before the vet called. And Sydney has a particular problem with pills, she'll act like she's taken them and when we're not looking, she'll spit them out. What a faker! ;)

Thank you so much for your comments, Sabine. I'm sorry to talk so much about Sydney recently as I know it can't be easy to hear me go on and on about her. :( I'm still thinking a lot about you! :( *HUGS*
Sabinesabine10 on September 29th, 2004 09:39 am (UTC)
I know what you mean, Sheri. I thought about that when Sydney was ill and I talked about Lauser. But, like you loved Lauser, I love Sydney, too. Please, never feel sorry when you talk about her - I'm always glad to hear something about Sydney and I love to look at pictures of her. :)

Thank you for keeping me in your thoughts, Sheri. I know it has been a hard time for you, too. It's still not easy but, it's going to be better and, I'm sure, for the most part, because of the love I felt here. I'm thankful and blessed to have friends like you.

Much love and *hugs* to you
I'm so cool too bad I'm a loseraudienceawaits on September 28th, 2004 07:28 pm (UTC)
oooh..your poor doggie! I hope it turns out alright! sometimes I worry about our dog, cause she's like 13 years old, and I get really freaked out sometimes if she does anything abnormal, but it's usually absolutely nothing. so i hope everything turns out well and you don't stress too much! :)
Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on September 28th, 2004 09:33 pm (UTC)
Awww, thanks for your good thoughts, Gill. :) And I'm just like you with Sydney - I worry constantly until I know that she's okay. And your dog is 13? That's so wonderful - I love to hear about dogs who are still so active and strong at that age. :)
karmastyx: Brock made by careleswhisperkarmastyx on September 29th, 2004 01:15 am (UTC)
I have never heard of a dog having that problem before either. Although, I don't know much about dogs health anyway. I am learning though. LOL. I hope no matter the outcome that Sydney can live normally for a long time. :)
Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on September 29th, 2004 02:49 am (UTC)
I haven't heard back from the vet yet... I'm glad that her bad news wasn't too serious and that it doesn't seem to be an unusual problem in dogs. I'm still learning a lot about the health of dogs too. :)
karmastyx: Brock made by careleswhisperkarmastyx on September 29th, 2004 01:17 am (UTC)
BTW, I have been meaning to tell you that Tommy's other Rott that lives with my mother in-law is on Science Diet Seniors formula, and well it has to be doing something right. He is going to be 11 in December. :) You may want to consider Science Diet... no forcing though. ;)
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on September 29th, 2004 02:50 am (UTC)
Wow - 11! :) I'd love for Sydney to live a long, healthy life like that. :) I'll definitely tell Mark about the Science Diet and see if he wants to try it. :) Thanks so much! :)