What happened to Rush? Hope he is alright.
He's not clinically sick (yet). Rush has had elevated liver enzymes for about a year now. This is something we found totally by accident, when we did bloodwork to check his thyroid.
we've put off doing a liver biopsy to find out exactly what's going on because he's vWD affected. Liver biopsies are a high risk procedure at any time-that risk factor is elevated for him.
So he's been getting bloodwork done monthly for a year now, to keep an eye on the liver values. And he's on a BUNCH of different meds and supplements-at one point he was costing me about $500/mo. for meds.
He was on 2 different antibiotics for about 5 months. In March, we took him off of them for 30 days, to see what would happen. The liver enzymes almost doubled during that 30 day period, so he went right back onto one of the antibiotics.
So Friday he went in to get his monthly bloodwork done at the local vet, and I picked up a 30 day supply of clavamox for him ($280 total). Saturday he went in to see the specialist, that was $920.
We're now gearing up to do the liver biopsy-this has gone on too long without getting any better, so it's time to try to find out exactly what's going on. So they took blood for coagulation panels and an ELISA test (that measures amount of available von Willebrands Factor). If those results are satisfactory, we'll schedule the biopsy..it will probably be the week of May 21.
So far, he's only been sick "in the lab"..the local vet calls him the asymptomatic liver guy. He eats, plays, gets into trouble, shows no visible symptoms..just the liver enzymes themselves are high enough to be worrisome. So while doing this biopsy is kind of scary, it will be good if we finally get some answers about why this is happening.
He also got his heart echoed while he was there...a month early in his routine schedule for cardiac checkups, but I figured there was no point in driving into downtown LA twice. One of the measurements has changed..we're going to redo the cardiac ultrasound when they do the liver biopsy, hoping for a more normal result. There's a chance he may be developing DCM.