Chester’s Blood Report

I was so nervous on Monday. I keep looking at the clock.

Me thinking in my head… “Is it time to call the vet?”

Ah finally I ringed the doc and asked for a brief summary of my dog’s laboratory result. Later that evening I dropped by the clinic to hear the full test report.

Ahh what a relief! Everything’s good (kidney ok, liver ok, blood count ok) except that he’s low in calcium & potassium and the sodium level is a bit high. I suspect his kibbles is the one giving the high sodium problem. Now that I think back, Chester really love his current brand of kibbles (Natural Balance) as he never has problem eating them. As for other brands, after awhile he will find it boring and I will have to ‘sogok’ him by mixing his kibbles with milk/egg/veggies. Yes must be the high salt content in NB. CISSS!!! I do sometimes feed him some ‘human’ biscuits but I don’t think that’s the cause of high sodium level. And I also don’t think the culprit is the doggie biscuits as we rarely feed him that. So yes I’m going to change his dog food and get some vitamins for him later. Any good dog food brand to recommend?

In few weeks time, I’m going to bring Chester back to the clinic for another test. Remember the irregular heartbeat I told you about? Well, the vet suspected maybe it’s due to heartworms. I didn’t know worms will cause heart failure and I also didn’t know the reason I give Heartgard to my dog is to prevent that from happening… malunya saya. πŸ™

Now I know lo. So we’re going to do a heartworm test later by drawing out some blood (I think). Chester never misses his Heartgard dosage since he was 2 months old but still I will pray for him. Remember never skip your dog’s heartworms preventive medicine ya.

As for his hematoma, the vet said just leave it alone. No point draining the fluid as it will come back again. Let the hematoma absorb itself back into the body which will takes about 6 weeks.

So I guess he’ll be Mr. Elizabeth for quite a while. Hehe

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  • Reply Dawn April 14, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Yah! Good to hear the blood work is good. Have you tried Nature’s Variety canine food? It smells good and very easy on the stomach. I’m not feeding the boys Nutro Natural Choice….cheaper than the latter.

  • Reply foongpc April 14, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    haha! LOL to Mr Elizabeth.

    Huh? Worms will cause heart failure? Didn’t know that!

  • Reply xin April 15, 2010 at 10:59 am

    glad to hear that chester is alright! i must say you are really a loving owner!

  • Reply tekkaus April 15, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Glad to know that he is alright. πŸ˜€ Or did you feed him with any KFC?

  • Reply Che-Cheh April 15, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Dawn, We don’t have Nature’s Variety here. Not really into Nutro. I’ve bought a small packet of Hill’s Science Diet Longetivity Mature (7 age and above) for him to try out. Choose the mature one because it has less salt.

    Foongpc, it can affect human too. It is actually caused by mosquito!

    Xin, love him loads. πŸ™‚

    Tekkaus, we don’t feed him fast food. Haha

  • Reply J2Kfm April 16, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Wish him speedy recovery. Geez, and I’ve been feeding mine with so much of my food. And you know I can really, really eat.

  • Reply annant April 17, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    phew! luckily he’s okie!
    xin, not owner, is a berry good mami le XD

  • Reply Che-Cheh April 18, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    J2Kfm, wooo please don’t feed your dog table scrap. No good for health.

    Annant, yeah luckily okay. Haha no no I don’t want to he his mami.

  • Reply jam April 18, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Wow! I just realized that taking care of a dog is as difficult as taking care of a baby. So many things you need to take care of including the dog’s supplementary diet. BTW, let him be Mr. Elizabeth for some times. He looks cute with the collar on, haha!

  • Reply Che-Cheh April 21, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Jam, hahaha not that difficult la. Actually all you need to give is LOVE (& food). Of course if you want your dog to live longer, then give them a better diet and more LOVE. He’s still Mr Elizabeth but sometimes he becomes my cute Chester for awhile. He has no problem wearing the collar every time. Such a dear dog. πŸ™‚

  • Reply beng April 26, 2010 at 5:16 am

    we buy chicken heads, feet etc from the market place n boil them for the dog. it is nutritious n natural food

  • Reply Che-Cheh April 28, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Beng, I don’t dare to feed him chicken head/feet/etc. Haha

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