Margaret returned home (twice) this week from the amazing doctors and staff at the Tuft's New England Veterinary Medical Center where she was admitted in an emergency two weeks ago. Not to bore all of you with 'puppy love' tales, but briefly, Margaret, our oldest Irish Terrier, has laryngeal paralysis four years ago, where her larynx had to be pinned open so that she could breath. This rare neurological issue is unheard of in this breed, which is a breed that is rather free from inherited diseases. The 'pinned' open larynx was bad enough, it typically affects older dogs ( 14+, and usually large breeds, particularly over bred breeds such as Golden Retrievers), but Muggy's case was rare, and we were grateful that the surgery went well. The only thing we were aware of was the danger of her getting asphyxiation pneumonia, which she did, two weeks ago after an 'incident' of vomiting.
After rushing her to the Tuft's Medical Center, which, luckily is near to us, the doctors informed us that although they could treat her pneumonia with antibiotics, that it stresses her kidneys which activated another disease much more serious, and sadly, one which is terminal - along with an alarming list of medical problems which have surfaced over the past week, like a hypercoagulable blood condition which they informed us was the highest they have ever seen in a dog ( blood clots).
Sadly, our Muggle Bunny has been diagnosed with Glomerulonephritis, a serious protein wasting renal disease more commonly called Protein Losing Nephropathy (PLN). The disease causes high blood pressure, blood clots and severe protein loss, and, it is fatal. He outlook is a little unpredictable, but with specific parameters, we've been told that she has anywhere from one month to eight months to remain with us.
|Margaret herd her Goslings, she is a natural mother, and these new baby geese are helping her take her mind off of the hospital. She is was just happy to be out in the grass and acting normal.|
|One, two three, those naughty geese need some discipline. Muggy can't help herself, a mommy's job is never done.|
|Exhaustion comes quickly these days, but a sunny day in May, laying in the cool grass of springtime, with baby geese under a flowering Wisteria tree is a little bit like heaven. ( All we were missing was a rainbow and a unicorn).|