"Look, I got a green bandage!"
So I have been a little absent lately, and for good reason. Our little Yoda has been pretty sick. She hasn't been her self for a few weeks and we just thought it was a combination of growing pains and teething, boy were we wrong.
I brought Yoda to the vet last week for her vaccinations and because she just wasn't acting like she normally did. The vet was pretty stumped on what was wrong, but they kept her during the day to watch her. She was feeling better in the afternoon, so she got to come home. Later that night she was extremely sick. She had obvious neurological impairment and just didn't look good. So I rushed her to the ER and they put her on oxygen and started the hunt for what was wrong.
When her x-rays and blood work came back they found the problem. Poor little Yoda has pneumonia and elevated bile acids (which means her liver isn't working). So she was put on a special diet, given medicine for her pneumonia and her liver problem. We will have to wait until the pneumonia clears before we find out what is causing the liver problem (more then likely it's a liver shunt).
But the good news is Yoda is back to acting like a puppy. She is very rambunctious, barking, and being silly. Unfortunately because of her pneumonia, she isn't allowed to play and run around. She has to stay as calm as possible, which she just doesn't seem to understand.
And luckily I work at the vet school, so not only do I know everyone who is working on my little pup, I am there all day long, so I'm always there just in case something happens. I'm very happy with all the work everyone down in the clinics have done. They have really taken care of my little baby and work really hard to make sure Yoda is around for a long time.
Right now we are playing the waiting game to see how her second set of x-rays look in 10 days. Then once the pneumonia is clear she gets a CT scan, and with luck on our side, she will have a condition that is correctable by surgery. And the running joke at work right now is that I'll never be able to leave the vet school because with all the vet bills, I'll be in debt to the school for the rest of my life (but she's worth it).