My brother, Milo is feeling very poorly. 🙁
He has a tumour in his parathyroid gland.
Blood tests showed he had a lot of calcium which indicated he has a tumour but it took them awhile to figure where it is. They did finally find it last week and he was scheduled for an op this week. But over the weekend, his kidneys malfunctioned and was rushed to Willow Animal Hospital. He has been given an intravenous feed to help stabilise his condition before they can operate on him.
We sit at home feeling helpless … and the only thing we can do is pray for Milo while he’s in the hospital, feeling poorly and missing his family.Sending positive hugs, bro! We want you to feel perky again so they can get theta horrible thing out of you!
May’s comment: Hyperparathyroidism is a condition in which the tumor in the parathyroid gland produces excessive levels of parathyroid hormone which increases blood calcium levels (hypercalcemia). The excessive and unregulated amounts of calcium can have toxic effects on the kidneys, as well as the intestines and the brain. You can read more about this condition on Pet MD.
There are no known causes except that it’s a hereditary genetic strain that comes from certain breeds. In Milo’s case, it’s from the poodle side. The vets said, once removed, he will get back to normal. The excess calcium in his blood had caused the malfunction of his kidneys. He just has to be better to be operated on. We’re praying that he will be better soon.
– Most dogs with primary hyperparathyroidism do not appear ill
– Signs are usually mild and are due solely to the effects of high levels of calcium in the blood
– Increased urination
– Increased thirst
– Lack of appetite
– Presence of stones in the urinary tract
– Stupor and coma
– Enlarged parathyroid glands in the neck may be palpable
Thinking of you, Paula and family. It’s worrying and stressful but let’s keep thinking positive thoughts.
Let’s keep looking forward to the day when he arrives home for lots of hugs. And then we will meet up. Darcy would love to see Milo again.It has obviously made me very conscious of Darcy’s health. Keeping a close eye on her in case she has inherited the genes as well. 🙁 Never take our pooches or anything for granted, live each day to its fullest and love as much as you can! <3