Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Molly Update

Hi, bloggers and blogettes:

Sarah here with the latest on Miss O'Mally. Test results show struvite crystals and microalbuminuria in her urine.

Albumin is an important protein that is found in blood, but not normally in the urine of healthy dogs. Microalbuminuria is the presence of small amounts of albumin in urine. Finding small amounts of albumin in the urine MAY indicate underlying health problems, and MAY be an early warning signal of renal (kidney) damage or disease.

There are several conditions that can cause microalbuminuria (diabetes, high blood pressure, inflammatory diseases), but since her blood work is otherwise normal, we're not sure why she has it. The struvite crystals are a result of all the bladder infections she's had.

Anyhoo, she is now on a blood pressure pill, an anti-inflammatory and her usual pee pee pill. Her new diet consists of a boiled eggwhite and Hill's prescription s/d kibble. I am happy to say she loves it!

While she does not have "confirmed" kidney disease, I wouldn't be surprised if it progresses to this. (She is a geriatric canine, you know!) However, her medications and diet should make her condition manageable for some time. Most importantly, she is happy and is active!

Hey, she went from this (her first day with us last March).....


Yep, we're just taking life one day at a time here at Brandt Drive Home for the Visually Impaired.

PS Go say hi to our friend, TicTac! She and her brothers are cuties, and their parents are great!


Stacy Walker said...

Oh she is so cute and in such good care. Bless you for taking care of her. We'll be praying you all and the ol gal!

Smushie Ranch said...

Molly looks like a very happy girl!

We have a foster brother named El Guapo. He has some medical issues (the latest his vision), but he keeps pluggin' along just like Molly.

Big hugs and kisses,
Stella and Gunther

Sequoia & Petunia & Emma said...

Oh Molly we hope you get better with your new foods and pills! Eggs (even whites) can be yummys.

dw said...

I hope you get better Molly. Your 'rents are doing a good job of taking care of you and it's so good that you like your new diet!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

were wishing you t feel better soon.
You have the most loving family in the world, they will take care of you.
You look so happy and loved.

Two French Bulldogs said...

We have our paws crossed for you Molly...
Benny & Lily

Archie and Melissa said...

hi sarah, hank and molly!

molly is so lucky to have all of you. i am so glad she likes her new food.

i know she will feel better now that you know what to treat. :)

what a sweet puggy she is!!!!

m & e

TicTac the Teenage "Witch" said...

oh girlfriend, sounds like that mom and diet of yours will having you feeling peachy here soon! you're in mine and my brothers' thoughts!


TicTac the Teenage "Witch" said...

oh yeah, and thanks for the shout out!!!

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! said...

That is khwite a good attitude to have!

Taking khontrol of her diet/etc will go a long long way -

Of khourse, Hank will have to keep his PBR's from her!

Paws khrossed fur her!

Nice to see she loves the new foodstuffs!


Stubby said...

Hi Sarah! Give Miss O'Mally a big kiss for me because she is so cute. I too am an older puggie and I have my issues but my peeps take great care of me like you're doing for Miss O'Mally.

I'm keeping my paws crossed that Miss O'Mally gets better and stronger.

Stubby xoxo

Salinger The Pug said...

Sweet O'Mally! We just love her...even if she does give outhousey kisses!! HAHAHAA!

Hank...you and Becca take good care of O'Mally and make sure that MOM of yours makes her eggys properly and gives her her meds, ok?


Kelly said...

O'Mally! I've been thinkin' of you! You know I just had those stupid struvite crystals removed, myself! They are the pits!
I love those pictures of you. You sure have sassed up a bit since you first came to live with your fam! You're a cougar!!!

Mia said...

Poor Miss Molly!! We hope you feel better soon and we are keeping in you our thoughts!! And tell the momma you're not a geriatric, your aged to perfection =)

Can't wait to see you at the meetup!!!


Oakley and Swisher said...

Molly we hope you start feeling better. We are glad to hear you love your special foods, take your medicine like a good girl.

Lots of Licks--and hugs
Oak and Swish

Murphy Dogg said...

Yay! Molly's gonna be okay!

Paula said...


Wishing you the best outcome with the struvites, can be little buggers to get rid of at time. Bandit's were sterile and gave him a heap of trouble. Sending out well puggy thoughts and vibes to you.