I should stop telling people when Roxy is doing well. That only lasted about two weeks. Around the middle of last week, she started to slide back into her lethargic wobbly Roxy personality, and by the weekend, she was having accidents in the house every few hours. She was really thirsty, so she’d drink a ton, and then she wouldn’t tell us she needed to go out. Annoying and worrying. We called the vet – turns out the thirst (and subsequent constant peeing) is a side effect of the wonder drug she started three weeks ago. But that led us to another question: if this is just a side effect, why didn’t it start three weeks ago, when she started that drug? So tonight I called the vet again and asked if there’s any way we can tell if she has an infection or if this is just a side effect. They wanted a sample (of course), so I chased after Roxy with an old flat tupperware container and raced the sample out to the vet this afternoon.
They just called with the results. Good news: no infection. Bad news: there’s glucose in her urine, which is a sign of diabetes. We have an appointment Saturday morning now to have bloodwork done to see if she really has diabetes on top of her liver issues (hepatocutaneous syndrome is what’s going on with her paws – all related to the liver) on top of her epilepsy. If she has diabetes, we’ll have to give her insulin injections twice a day on top of all her other medicine. That’s going to be tough. Of course, the vet said that when there are other diseases involved, dogs often become insulin-resistant. I don’t know what happens then. I’ll know more on Saturday.