Good news, we hope

Friday 1st November 2013

Poor Max. I felt so guilty dropping him off at the vet first thing. But at least they’d decided to simply sedate him rather than give him another general anaesthetic. He’s having XRays, and Ultrasound scan and more blood tests. As I said on Tuesday, the vet is concerned that his high calcium levels are a result of cancer.

It has been a pretty miserable day. It rained heavily all morning, so I didn’t get to take Jez for a walk. Instead, while she went out with Chris in the afternoon I grabbed the camera and tripod and wandered out into the front garden and round Creekmoor Ponds. I wasn’t particularly happy with the results: I just don’t seem to be able to get to grips with this EOS 6D, which is odd as I’ve been using an EOS 20D for years.

Anyway, here are a couple of black and white photos of the smaller to the two ponds (the one closest to us). Firstly looking east.

Creekmoor Ponds, looking east

And then looking west.

Creekmoor Ponds, looking west

Back in the garden I took a couple of photos of the Kerria japonica (Jews Mallow).

Kerria Japonica

Kerria Japonica

And lastly one of the fuchsia.

Raindrops on fuschia

And the good news? Well, Duncan, the vet, thinks he’s found what’s wrong with Max: parathyroidism, or, in other words, an enlarged parathyroid gland. The parathyroid is a small gland that produces the parathyroid hormone, which, in turn, controls the absorption of calcium into the blood. Duncan was very excited as he’s never seen this problem before. Apparently it’s more common in human than dogs and cats. Anyway, we are waiting for the results of blood tests to confirm the diagnosis and to rule out lymphoma. If the diagnosis is correct then Duncan will simply remove the affected thyroid.

The dogs had chicken and rice for dinner when we got Max home, so were both very happy. And we are a lot happier now we think we have the diagnosis and that it’s relatively easy to treat.

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