Usually, it doesn't seem too hard to be a responsible pet owner because I adore my pets. When Barley and I passed the CGC test in May, I had to sign a Responsible Dog Owner's Pledge. There's not a single part of the pledge that I find hard to keep up with--even the regular bathing part despite Barley's hatred of the tub.
|This is the face I got last night when I said, "Do you want a bath tomorrow?"|
But, lately, with Soth's health, I find myself wondering what the responsible thing to do is. The vet called right before they closed on Wednesday evening with the results of the culture from the cells from his bladder.
The good news is that there isn't terrible news. The bad news is there really isn't good news, either. The culture didn't show malignant cells, but it did show atypical cells. Atypical cells can show up where there's cancer or they can show up in perfectly healthy bladders. So, there's not really any clear answer to why his bladder refused to distend and take in more of the saline solution.
Our options right now are to do nothing, to do an ultrasound and see if anything like a stone or a tumor shows up, or to cut into his bladder and do exploratory surgery. Exploratory surgery is the absolute last option because the vet and I decided that we don't want to add any more trauma to an already stressed area. The ultrasound doesn't sound like a terrible choice, but it's another $100 added to a ton of money that I've already poured into medications, tests, foods that have not worked or not given us any results; just like there wasn't any guaranteee that the culture of the bladder cells would give us any answers, there's no guarantee that an ultrasound will tell us anything. And, if it does and there's something in there, then there's probably surgery involved and I don't have the money or the time from work to stay home and take care of him if that's the case.
So, after the vet and I talked for some time, we decided that for now, we'll wait. Even though the bladder didn't take in a lot of solution, it did get a little flushing. And, they gave him an anti-inflammatory, which we hadn't done before, so who knows how that will affect him.
He has his appointment for his vaccinations the first week of March, so we're going to wait until then and evaluate how he's doing. If he hasn't lost more weight and isn't acting uncomfortable (other than the constant urge to pee), then we'll probably continue waiting and watching. But, if he continues to lose weight over the next few weeks or his behavior starts to change, we'll schedule the ultrasound and then I'll have a week of spring break to play nurse if necessary.
|He knows jumping on top of the bookshelf and curling up dangerously close to my pet art wall makes me absolutely batty.|
|He also knows that curling up in my duffle bag makes me crazy, but he looks terribly cute when he does it.|
But I also worry that it's not responsible to postpone the ultrasound if there's something awful growing inside of Soth that could be removed. I'm not really sure that there's a right answer to this one, so I'm just going to hope that there's not a wrong answer, either.