Thankful Thursday Lab Results and More Surgery

Today we are joining Brian’s Thankful Thursday, with special thanks to Brian for hosting it!

Mom: Riley, I’ve got good news. Your nice vet, Dr. Holscher, sent me the results of your bloodwork:

“We received the results of Riley’s labwork from his visit to CHAI yesterday. Overall, everything looks great! His red and white blood cell counts, organ values, electrolytes, and thyroid hormone are all within normal limits. His heartworm test was negative.”

She also told me on the phone that the xrays and bloodwork showed that nothing is wrong in your abdomen or anywhere else. It looks so big because, well, because of fat. I told her it started looking like that when you were on steroids because of your ears. We do need to try to get you more exercise. We just have to be careful to not exercise too much because it also showed that you have spinal lumbar arthritis, which can cause the pain we see from time to time when you walk up our front hill. We’ll just have to remember to give you your cream cheese-coated CBD oil treat about an hour before going walking. Speaking of going walking, are you ready to give me urine and feces samples to drop off before work tomorrow?

Riley: You have got to be kidding me. Pee in a cup? No way.


the next morning…

Riley: Hey, that was a good CBD and cream cheese treat. Are we going walking? Hey! Why are you putting me in the car? No! No! *shaking*

the next morning..

Riley: What happened?

Mom Amy: How are you feeling, dear boy? Your ear flap was filling with fluid again, so we had to help you with that. You sure slept soundly when you got home from your surgery late yesterday.

Riley: You mean the hematoma?

Mom Amy: You always were a smart boy. Yes, the hematoma. We already had the surgery scheduled for in case the quick fix didn’t work. Now your ear’s OK.

Riley: If it’s OK, then take this hood off me.

Mom Amy: No can do. The doc gave firm orders it is to stay on at all times except when you go back to their office once a week for the next three weeks to check your ear.

Riley (beginning to shake): No! I don’t want to go back! No!

Lucy: Don’t worry, my friend. I’ll go with you and hold your paw.

Chia: Me too! Me too! Me too!

Riley: I’m thankful for my friends, although they do seem a bit over-enthusiastic about going to the vet…

35 thoughts on “Thankful Thursday Lab Results and More Surgery

    1. Oh, yes! I know Mom Amy can sew. She used to make clothes for Xena, until Xena grew up and knew to hate wearing clothes. I see if she’ put a logo on it for me. Hmmm. Maybe the Atlanta Braves. I think that’s Dad Andrew’s favorite ball team. XOX Riley


  1. Deerest Riley man you sure are a havin a ruff time mee frend!! THE hole peein an poopin on deemand iss heelareeus. Hu’amnss get told to due that all THE time!
    At leest yore bloodwerk iss guud an no trubbell inn abdomen. An you have yore Cee Bee D oil to help with pain. Now to get yore eatss all better so you can feel bettur….
    An yore Fursibss ❤ LOVE ❤ You Riley! Even mee wuud go to THE Vet with you if mee lived closer!
    **nose kissess** BellaDharma an {{huggiess}} BellaSita

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    1. Now wouldn’t we make a pair going into the vet’s. You in a kennel and me in a muzzle, BOL. Well, at least you made me laugh. XOX Riley (Have I ever told you I really like cats and used to live with two?)

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      1. At leest wee cuud keep each otehr from freekin out Riley!!! Mee has a guud Vetman butt it iss a drive to get there an sumtiemss mee getss nervuss….just ’cause….
        An mee likess to make peepel an poochiess laff Riley 😉
        **purrss** BellaDharma

        pee S: You like us CATSS?? Furry kewl mee frend!! Mee mew there was a reeson me eliek dyou so much! 😉

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  2. Aww, poor Riley. Sorry you have to return to the vet’s for the 3 weeks but I’m guessing with as good a care as your mum gives you, it’ll just be a formality. Stay healthy big guy and try to at least humor one of your ‘sisters.’ Hugs and tail wags sweet boy.

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  3. Just do what mom says and all will be well. You’ll feel much better soon. Big healing scritches.

    Have a fabulous Thankful Thursday. Scritches all around and my best to your smart mom. ♥

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    1. They did all that bloodwork thinking maybe the quick fix they did last week wouldn’t last and I would have to “go under” instead of just a nice little sedation. Unfortunately, they were right. I’m feeling better today, though. XOX Riley


  4. It sure was a good news and bad news day for you, Riley. Sorry to hear you had to have your ear fixed again but your lab results were all good. We are keeping our paws crossed that all goes well for your ear to heal quickly.

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  5. hugs Riley, and lots of prayers for your ear to heal quickly. when baby had her ear done we ignored the vet and took the cone off but only when we were in the room with her, hope you feel better soon and wildly happy for your test results

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  6. Poor pupper. The hood looks as annoying as the cone. When I wore the cone for my tail surgery, the vet told Mom NOT to take mercy on me. Just put it on and leave it on. Probably the same for the hood bandage. No mercy. But it does make you get better, so hang in there, buddy.

    Love and licks,

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    1. Part of my bandaged ear slipped out of it this morning and when Mom Amy took the hood of to adjust it, she freaked at what looked like a hugely swollen bandaged ear and took me to the vet. It was just the bandaging. She was really late for work. Riley


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