Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Trauma

Today was Nico's second vet appointment. He had to have an ultrasound of his tummy and good news... HE'S NOT PREGNANT!! It also showed that he has no mass hanging around his spleen but his spleen is enlarged... a lot. His pancreas is also very inflammed and irritated. Both of these indicate that he has had "trauma" to the area. This also means that "Mr. Mahookie-Butthead Nico" probably was chasing the horses and was KICKED... again!! Big surprise huh? Well overall, it's good news and bad. He's going to be fine but she also saw in an x-ray that he has an enlarged heart. 75-80% of large dogs get this condition called Cardiomyopathy. Ultimately his heart muscles will become thick and it will be hard for his heart to pump. He isn't showing any signs of it yet, other than the x-ray. It will be awhile for it to really bother him and we know the signs to look for. So pretty much Nico is a healthy boy for now!

We did take the opportunity to take some pictures of him while he was sedated (snoring quite loud mind you) and having the ultrasound. Enjoy!
HEY!!... Did you know you can click on these pictures and they get huge? I didn't! Nico is even funnier HUGE!

2 comments:

Juli said...

HaHaHaHa!!!! I Love That!!!! Glad to hear that all is well and that no Puppies are in your future; even though that would be pretty cool!! Miss you Kids!! Love Ya!
Juli

Sara said...

Yay!! Glad to hear that he's doing better. :)