I think I’ve been to Historic Johnson Farms three times now but the first two were during their spring festival event. It’s open when the schools are open to the public to walk around for free and I met a photographer friend there to walk and shoot. Continue reading →
Back on March 2nd when Trinity’s death shocked us to the core I knew I wanted a metal silhouette like we had for Skeaemer- Kind of like a custom headstone. I wanted to post this earlier but my head and migraine have taken a trip down memory lane and my head has been horrible for the last few weeks. I just couldn’t completely get rid of my migraine and it wave over me from horrible, to bad, to let me try to get something done, then repeat.
We lost Trinity unexpectedly and her brother Tyler has a level 2 heart murmur that (finally) gets an echocardiogram in the next few weeks. Both have been fed wet grain free and dry food but their dry is “Chicken and Peas Entree Grain Free”.
FDA Investigating Potential Connection Between Diet and Cases of Canine Heart Disease
The end of February I took Tyler & Trinity in just for their yearly appointment before my shoulder surgery. Both came away with a clean bill of health including senior blood work requested for 10 year old cats. Trinity died completely unexpected 5 days later.
This weekend my awesome cousin who is a veterinarian was in town. I asked if she’d please take a quick look at Tyler. She spent time listening to his heart in 5 places. I thought the quiet of home when he wasn’t stressed would be a better time to listen than when he’s freaked from being at the vet. When he was calm she didn’t hear anything, but when his heart sped up some, she did. I learned something I’ve never even thought about. At her practice in Raleigh, they put in soundproof doors at her clinic for reasons just like this so the doctors can hear better without surrounding noise.
She said at 10 years old she would’ve run a urinalysis and the IDEXX package with SDMA. She said when bloodwork is sent it out to IDEXX it cost less for the owner than doing it in-house. She said the SDMA is a more reliable indicator of kidney function than creatinine and it is always part of the blood panel package she orders in seniors and that Tyler is overweight. She mentioned that with the BNP test my local vet recommended running on Tyler after Trinity passed, that the studies were not primarily on Ragdolls and that with most BNP test results they are followed by an echo anyway.
The most shocking thing is SHE HEARD A STRONG LEVEL TWO HEART MURMUR.