Monday, 28 July 2008

More Tests and a Tomato Beard

Magnified calcium oxalate crystals

Some of the test results from last week are back and have confirmed the presence of calcium oxalate crystals in my urine. These can be quite painful and may go towards explaining my general lethargy. The other results are inconclusive which means I have to go back to the specialist veterinary hospital tomorrow for even more tests. One of the first things they will do is measure my ionized calcium level which could indicate whether the primary hyperparathyroidism and tumour have returned. I might also have to have another ultrasound to see if there are any more kidney stones rolling around inside me. Yada yada yada, I know this makes for pretty boring and gloomy reading. To cheer you all up, here's a nice slightly-out-of-focus-looming-close-up of me (pre-ear scar) with a bit of a tomatoey beard.


29th July 2009

Quick update: Jackson is staying overnight in the hospital for further tests, including an ultrasound and chest x-rays. Results back tomorrow. Thanks for your continued good wishes. J1


Noah the Airedale said...

Hey J,
Matie, more tests. Crikey, I feel for you that's for sure. Those calcium oxalate crystals sound nasty. What can be done about them?
We haven't stopped crossing our paws for you buddy. God willing the test results will come back clear. Hang in there and watch out for the aire-zen we're sending over.

Hugs and tail wags
Noah Willow Tess & Lucy

Gucci said...

Aww Jackson. I'm sorry to hear about your crystals. Mom had a l'il health scare with me last week soo I know what you and your hoomans are goin thru.

I'm totally going to use your tomato beard picture to lobby my mommy to give me some of her pasta tonight...hehehe..."awww can take a cute picture of me afterward!! Look at how adorable Jackson is..."

Paws crossed!!


Jake of Florida said...

More tests, huh? We hope they are more conclusive so you'll know what the score is.

In the meantime, pal, we're sending you and the Js lots and lots of wirey love (extra premium!!).

Jake and Just Harry

Petey said...

Hmmm, not at all what I wanted to hear this morning. I wanted to hear "It was just a bit of bad beef and I'm all better now!" Mommy's going to goggle all those big words for me so we know what's going on. In the meantime, study hard so you can pass all those tests at the Vet with flying colors!

Your pal,


BWTH Dog House said...

Jackson, this is a lovely pic, we like it so much and we will be thinking of you. I hope you will be fine.

slurpy licks,

Harry said...

You're going to be turning into a doggy pin cushion if they're taking blood for all these test dear Jackson. Keep that beardy, tomato stained chin up old boy.

Toodle pip
Harry x

pumpkin said...

hey jackson, i hope the vet can stop probing you soon and you'll get some peace. i'm hoping for a bit of peace myself, followed by some lasagne - taking your tinted beard fashion tips, as ever. i hope you don't have to pass many of those whopping crystals. ouch!

Blue said...

Gosh more tests...
Here's hoping they find something.

Love, pats & pets

Agatha and Archie said...

Well our dearest boy,Archie says now he is going to try to cross his ears together too because he read in some magazine(who knows WHICH ONE) that this can bring even extra luck on top of crossing your legs and paws.....I'll let you know how this goes......We are sending so much healing zen that we may have to send it special post....a thousand hugs and kisses to you and to the J's Love Agatha and a;dsjklfhto(he is having trouble typing)

the 4 Bs said...

hi Jackson, we hope that your vet can get those crystals out of there and get you all perky and happy again. we just want you to be healthy dude!


Peanut said...

More tests are yucky. We hope they figure it out soon.

Molly and Taffy said...


MORE TESTS! Oh heck! You won't have to stay in overnight will you? Can JI or J2 stay with you and hold your paw?

We will be thinking of you Jackson.

Molly and Taffy

Snowball said...

Jackson, I hope the vet can do something to take all the pain away.

Stay strong. I am having my paws crossed for you.


Gus said...

Jackson: We hope you got the tomatoe-y beard eating psghetti! gotta have some fun with all those pokes and prods.

We will continue crossing paws and keeping you and J1 and J2 in our thoughts.

kisses and hugs
Gussie n Teka

Asta said...

Well Jackson,This is fwustwating!!!! I'm sowwy you have to have even mowe howwid tests, but I'm sticking awound to cheew you on! those chwistals look pwetty all magnified..they should be on a dwess and not in you sweet body.
love and smoochie kisses
Youw pwivate nuwse

Maggie and Mitch said...

We're sure sorry to hear about the crystals, Jackson! We're sending lots of AireZen hoping for only good news from now on!
Love that pasta face! I think that's what mom and dad are having for dindin tonight! We're off to go practice our begging faces!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Lacy said...

w00f's jackson, me iz so sorrwy u gots to haff more tests... its time u had sum good news fur a change...heehee me likes ur tomatoey face..

b safe and git well,

Butchy & Snickers said...

Oh Jackson,
We're so sorry to hear you need more tests again. Geez, when will it end?? We sent you a pmail. Snickers' liver is OK, so she is just Epileptic & is starting the drug today. Now we can send more healing zen your way. We luv your tomatoey face, tee hee!!!!
Luv & Wirey Hugs!
Butchy & Snickers

Sophie Brador said...

Jax! There must be some way to harvest those crystals and make beautiful, expensive collars out of them that you can they sell to the super wealthy for big bucks to help finance all your tests .... and buy you a massive dog house.


Charlie Daniels said...

G'day Jackson

Those calcium oxalate crystals sound nasty, but they sure look pretty!



Lorenza said...

Hi, Jackson!
More tests?? Oh no! I still have my paws crossed for you. I only hope that you are not in a lot of pain.
Kisses and hugs

happy said...

More tests? Bear with them, Jackson. It's best to take precautions than not. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers, together with your tomatoed beard!

Scottie the 'cutie' said...

Hi Jackson,

Scottie here...nice to meet you! Sorry to hear you're not feeling very well. Hope all is well with the vet and the tests! Take care!


Simba said...

Sorry to hear you are having more tests.

Simba x

Penny, Poppy & Patches said...

Jackson, we love that tomatoey face! We sure hope they get some conclusive results soon so they can figure out how to treat you! BTW, Penny (who is 9 years old) had calcium oxalate crystals in her urine about a year and a half ago. The vet never did figure out why, but we put her on Senior dog food and they went away after a couple of months. Good luck with all your tests, sweet boy!

Poppy, Penny & Patches

Jessie and Jake said...

More tests, not to worry - they will find out what is up and then they can treat you and you will be all better - you have to be - we are on our knees praying for you 24 hours a day!

Maya and Kena said...

Hi Jackson,
Sorry to hear that those crystals are causing you pain..
we hope the pain goes away and that you feel better soon!
Wags and licks,
Maya and Kena

Deetz said...

I love your tomato beard. I sure hope all is well and you find out soon what the results are. Always crossing my paws for you

Asta said...

Sweet Jackson

Have you had mowe tests???
I'm chewing my paws..wowwying...I hope you had a good west while I was away
smoochie kisses

Jake of Florida said...

We almost missed the update -- well, it's 9pm where you are now, so you're probably snoozin'already. We hope you're comfy and are sending you all the loving thoughts we can muster.

Jake and Just Harry

Murphey said...

May the vet figure it out really quickly! and more tomato beard, we loved it.


Noah the Airedale said...

G'day J
How are you feeling today matie? We're just checking up on you. Have u had any more results back?

Hugs and tail wags

FleasGang said...

Jax, We really, really hope everything turns out A-OK. We'll be thinking about ya. And we love the tomato beard :-)

We know you're busy, but we gave you an award on our blog.

The FleasGang

Kirby said...

Hi Jackson,

I'm sending out tons of Aire-zen to you buddy. Those crystals sure look weird. I hope you don't have to stay at the vet's overnight again. It's no fun getting tested and must be even worse to spend the night. I've got my paws crossed for you that they figure out what is going on and find out a way to treat you! Hugs and licks to you and the Js. BTW: LOVE the tomato beard. You wear it so well!

Your pal,

Super Boy & Baby-Licious said...


we are sorry that we found about this late. it's all our mom's fault for being so busy.

We hope that everything will be fine and our thoughts are with you.

Boy n Baby

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

Oh my sweet Pip of a Pal Jackson! Why do we have to suffer so very much. I am so sorry to hear you are doing poorly right now. I am sending my very best {{{{PURRRRRS}}}} for you so you can get some good rest. They help calm you don't you know!
Keep a stiff upper lip and all that now...believe all will be well and you can be home soon...
Much love from your Miss Peach

Amber-Mae said...

Feel so sorry for you Jax. Why are those bad bad crystals keep on coming back & hurting you? I wish they just go away. Please get better soon...

Butt wiggles,
Solid Gold Dancer