Angel Update, Its Been A Long Week

Without getting into too much detail, here is an Angel update.  Lets just say its been a long week here at Camp Lopez. Angel  001

As we’ve mentioned Angel has been dealing with a bladder illness that we’ve assumed was cancer and she’s generally been doing really well on the medication she’s been taking.  We took her to the vet here in San Diego for what we hoped would be a routine follow up since the meds can have adverse side affects.  We found out that she had elevated calcium levels in her blood, a very serious matter.

After some diagnostics it was determined that she had a small tumor on her parathyroid gland causing it to overproduce calcium.  The good news is that it can be surgically removed, the bad is that it is a delicate operation with potentially complex aftereffects.  When the overproducing gland is removed, you get the opposite problem, calcium levels are then too low.  Also very serious.

Angel  002In spite of our concerns we decided to proceed to remove the tumor.  We took her to the dog beach on a stormy Monday for a frolic by the ocean and the surgery was last Tuesday morning.  The plan was to keep her in the hospital for a few days to monitor her calcium levels and let her other glands compensate and return her calcium levels to normal. Usually this takes about 3 days.

Angel  004The surgery went well and the first few days went pretty much according to plan.  But unfortunately things have been going a bit sideways and we aren’t out of the woods yet.  Her calcium levels dropped, she has had some seizures, her calcium levels have not yet returned to normal, and her recovery is going slowly.

So we wait and worry and remain hopeful that all will be OK.  Thought we’d share this quick update with Angel’s friends and ask your continued good wishes for our furry friend’s recovery.

Hector and Brenda

44 thoughts on “Angel Update, Its Been A Long Week

  1. Prayers and hugs during a very anxious, roller-coaster-for-emotions time for you. You are, no doubt as all of pet owners once were, doubting your decision. So hard on you!!!! Angel has had a joyous, fun dog park and beach filled life with you — she and you are blessed! Much love, Joe and Jean

    • Thank you so much. We are thankful for all of the good times with her and still hopeful that she will heal.

  2. Thinking of how hard it is to see a member of your family going through such a rough time. Sending best wishes and prayers for you and Angel.

  3. Wishing Angel a smooth and speedy recovery! She’s very lucky to have you two to look out for her 🙂 Love to all.

    <3 Natalie

  4. we are praying for Angel’s recovery. She’s a trooper tho, we’re sure she’ll be healthy and romping around again soon at the Camp Lopez!

  5. Our thoughts are with you and Angel, the dearest doggie we’ve met in a while. You are doing all you can. We miss you!

  6. I’ve been following your blog for sometime, and feel I have gotten to know Angel. My family has gone through some difficult times with much-loved canine companions. Blessings for you and for Angel!

  7. Thanks so much for the update Brenda. I know it must have been difficult to write about since Angel is not yet fully recovered. Sending positive thoughts and prayers your way. Hope to see all three of you soon.

    • You’re so perceptive, I couldn’t write it, so Hector did. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers, she has stabilized and we are hoping to bring her home tomorrow.

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