Thursday, November 29, 2012

Update Cooper's Blood Work Two Wks Post-Starting Valium

Cooper keeping warm on the radiator
Cooper's blood work for his two week-post starting Valium checkup to see about his liver/kidney values: all good! BUN, creatinine, ALT, AST all normal; glucose was in a normal range-usually very high due to stress when at the vet's (Valium reduces his stress somewhat-so good sign there.) His calcium-and since he's Hypercalcemic, it's important to know-went up 2-tenths from 11.7 to 11.9. Must keep
 an eye on this of course as we don't want it to trend upwards. All other blood values within normal ranges.  We'll continue and probably increase his Valium. Currently on one mg. a day-half of it in the a.m., the other half in the evening. And we will begin to give a late afternoon boost of 1/8.  Then after another week or so, we'll increase it until gradually, he's up to about 1 1/2 mg or 2 mg depending on need and ability to handle it.

He'll have a CBC/chem panel recheck with a recheck of the PTH and iCA (ionized calcium) at the end of December.  All of these values indicate how his body processes calcium, if it's processing correctly, and if the hypercalc continues to be idiopathic-meaning no cancer, no issue with the parathyroid, etc..

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