Nothing life-threatening found!
I’m writing this post at 5pm yesterday (Tuesday) shortly after we returned home from collecting Hazel from Lincoln Road Vet Clinic following her earlier examination by Dr. Parker using his mobile sonogram.
The good news is that Dr. Parker did not find any sign of trauma or life-threatening illnesses in Hazel’s body especially focusing on her abdomen.
(I should be quick to say that I left my camera with one of the technicians and wasn’t present. Indeed, Jean and I did not get to meet Dr. Parker.)
Dr. Parker, who is a board-certified veterinarian doctor, came to the conclusion that the most likely cause of Hazel’s illness was the fungal lung infection, as Dr. Codd and the radiologist supposed.
To try and narrow down the exact fungal infection a further blood sample was taken and the lab results should be known in three or four days time.
Dr. Codd, in his briefing to Jean and me when we collected Hazel late afternoon, said that his recommendation based on the lack of any notable findings from the scan could be summarised as follows:
- Regard treating the fungal infection as the number one priority,
- Hold off from treating the tick fever in the interim,
- Dose Hazel with 100mg of Fluconazole twice a day even if she is eating hardly anything,
- The measure is whether Hazel, with a very small food intake, can take that dosage without vomiting,
- Add a B12 tonic to her diet with immediate effect,
- Give Hazel appetite stimulant medicine,
- Consider the hemp oil (as queried by me) if the proper dosage can be determined.
(Petspeopleandlife: Hazel’s current weight is 53 lbs (24 kg). Any advice?)
Thus while we have not yet got to the bottom of what precisely is the nature of Hazel’s infection at least we know there isn’t anything else silently killing her.
Thank you so much, dear readers, for taking so much interest in Hazel and for sending your love and caring wishes – it’s working! 🙂