We got Sydney’s blood work results back on Friday that confirmed that she has developed some sort of auto-immune disease. There are a couple of options out there as to what has contributed to it at this point:
1. A side effect of being so sick a few weeks back – A few weeks back Sydney was incredibly sick with a virus she had picked up either in travel over to the UK or at the kennel where they spent their first week. We’ve been told that since she was so sick, it would not be unheard of for her body to have now overreacted, resulting in an auto-immune issue.
2. She’s from Florida, living in the UK – As the vet was explaining to Evan their thoughts on the test results last Friday, he kept on talking about how rare auto-immune diseases are in cats. He then added, “Now, if she was a dog who was from Florida . . . ” and Evan quickly interjected, “she is a dog from Florida!” The vet had confused Sydney for a cat, but in so doing, we got a second option for my poor puppy. I guess there is some sort of rare disease that they see in dogs that are from Florida in the UK. I would tell you the name, but I don’t know it, or anything about it. The lab is doing blood work to see if that could be it and we should know more by the end of the week. The helpful part of this is that the vet at the lab was a vet in Florida for 14 years, and so should know what she is looking for!
Either way, Sydney has been put on steroids to help her body get back in order. Within 12 hours you could noticeably tell a difference in her energy level. After about 48 hours the bruising started to go away, which makes me feel like something ought to be working. We put her pills in a little peanut butter in with her food twice a day, and she hasn’t given us any trouble with taking them. The steroids do make her thirsty and so we have found it helpful to add a little water to her food to make it easier to eat. As long as we do that, she’ll eat her whole bowl like normal.
And, in other good news, our crate arrives tomorrow which means only one more night on an air mattress! That also means that our new iMac will officially be a part of the family and I can start uploading pictures again. So, stay tuned for a long overdue house touring that will be coming your way.