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.
In 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.
The 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