It seems like when it rains, it pours.
My dog has decided to develop intermittent vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, lethargy, and abdominal pain. It started about a month ago, and she's just having this periodically. Initial bloodwork and xrays have been boring. Thus, I am now left to rule out Addison's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, whipworm infestation, food sensitivity, some weird manifestation of hypothyroidism (she IS a Doberman, after all), chronic pancreatitis, and a host of other problems. It's making me empathize enormously with my financially strapped clients. Though I get a discount at work, it really sucks, and my bill is already up to $550 again! All of this testing will be expensive. For the time being, I am switching her to a low-residue/bland diet and deworming her in the hopes that this is something fairly benign and easily treatable.
My old kitty Archie, who is around 13 years old, has a raging lymphocytic-plasmacytic rhinitis. It was diagnosed via biopsy about 2 years ago, and it flares up intermittently. No cause has ever been found. Usually, it responds beautifully to a round of antibiotics and steroids. Not so this time, and it's getting worse. With the chronic inflammation in his nasal passage (the left side), I am afraid this is turning into something more malignant (e.g. cancer).
Titus, my African grey, has a small, slightly picked area in the center of his chest. This concerns me because I think he might be picking his feathers. This might be just behavioral, but I need to rule out underlying disease first, before I assume that.
Another cat has randomly adopted us, and she needs feline leukemia/AIDs testing, as well as some vaccines - if nothing else. I'm not sure if she's spayed or not. So far, she's been hanging around 2+ months, so if she were pregnant, I'd have expected it to manifest itself by now. Let's just hope she is spayed.
I *think* the rest of my animals are doing fine.
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