Well its not good, Joeys liver enzymes are high again in the 1000's
The bile acids that determine coagulation of blood for surgery for normal dogs are less than 13, Joeys is 189, the 2nd test is for normal dogs is less than 25 and Joeys is at 114.5. That means Joey's blood wouldn't clot so he couldnt heal after surgery, actually he would bleed out even with transfusions. The vet, Dr. Bob McCool says the surgery is too risky and that he wont do it, especially with Joeys liver enzymes high. He said Joeys liver is functioning at about 1/3 to 1/4 of a normal dog. BUT he is optimistic. We are doing a special diet along with antibiotics that will help Joeys liver and he called a specialist on his own time to find a Person who can make a special cast for Joey so he doesn't have to have it taped up. Its a permanent, removable cast that will allow Joey to walk. Dr Bob has never done orthopedics for a dog before so he is quite excited about this. This cast is special made and is quite expensive. The specialists name is Kel Bergmann Vice President of Hanger Clinic here in San Diego if you want to check on any orthopedics for your own dog. Its not a cure of course and I am hopeful that Joey can continue to hang in there for a while and I have to count every day as special ones. I cant tell you how much you mean to me, and of course Joey and I think the power of prayer has gotton Joey this far. While this is sad news he cant have amputation, its good news that I have found a vet that will go 100% for Joey. He really does feel optimistic for Joey if we can get those liver enzymes down. Thank you to each and every one of you who has cared about Joey and his progress and I love you all. Ill will keep you updated on how things go and when Joey gets his new cast.
I want to thank you for the money that you donated and it is going towards Joeys specialty cast and his vet bills, medications...many more of which to come. Please feel free to ask me any questions about the new cast as this is a new thing for this vet and he is very excited for Joeys quality of life. Or feel free to contact me at any time. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Valerie and Joey