Greetings all -
I had a super long post that got deleted - trying to keep it together while I re-type this.
My 2-year-old boy Kiva was sick last weekend so I took him into Emergency Care - doc there said his vitals were fine, no obstructions - he probably just ate something.
I disagreed. His wasn't panting, but his breathing seemed off to me - slightly shallow and more rapid that usual. I emailed our vet who called us first thing the following morning. Did more tests- his white blood cell count was on the floor. We rushed him to ICU in Portland where he has been for 3 days now on an IV, and as of today a feeding tube (he's a picky eater anyway- he's not going to eat for them) had a blood transfusion last night at 2 am.
They think it is leptospirosis - which they said is common in the PNW from the amount of rain we get and puddles about. It was a particularly harsh attack on his kindneys - though docs said he had a 50/50 chance of making it they think he may have rounded the corner to the good side of that 50/50 today. It was something docs used to vaccinate for but stopped and I have never heard of it from a vet before this happened.
As you can imagine we are scared, heartbroken and taking lots of long drives into town to see him each day.
Anybody have stories one way or other with lepto? I know he is getting the best care possible. I think we got him in just in time. I'm glad I trusted my instincts here and didn't just sit back and wait.
Please keep our pack in your hearts over the next few days. We aren't out of the woods just yet. He HAS to start producing red/white blood cells soon.