I’m impressed. “Blood work” used to mean “We’ll draw blood and send it off for analysis, and should get the results no more than 3 weeks after the dog dies.” Instead the vet was able to analyze the blood right there, and came back right away with a report that had circles and arrows and little sliding bars. And Captain Liquid Shit actually got a diagnosis! Which the vet didn’t think was all that serious but I came home with a substantially lighter wallet and a big bag’o’pills. Plus TB is going on a rice-and-boiled-chicken diet for a while.

Er…it was also suggested that I lay off giving him Spam for, like, the entire duration of his remaining life.

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10 Responses to Pancreatitis

  1. bmq215bmq215 says:

    Glad the timing worked out and you got what seems to be a pretty useful diagnosis. Sounds like the kind of thing that’s not terrible if treated but could get nasty quickly without intervention. TB’s lucky to have you.

  2. bmq215 says:

    Huh, no idea why it doubled up my screenname like that though…

  3. Glad you got a diagnosis so quickly! A couple of humans I know have had pancreatitis and say it’s quite uncomfortable, so hugs to poor old TB.

  4. The Neon Madman says:

    In humans, pancreatitis can be incredibly painful. I know from experience. Spent a week in the hospital on narcotics until it settled enough for the surgeon to get the bile duct cleaned out.

    Take good care of your friend TB.

  5. matismf says:

    My sincere hope is that he goes without Spam for a LONG period of time!

  6. John says:

    Racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, capitalist, climate toxic, media hostile?
    Also not vegetarian friendly…
    AND, causes or aggravates pancreatitis?
    When and where can I get it on sale?
    Or should I expect a 100% “SPAM is a Vice” tax?

  7. Zelda says:

    No gall stones? Does the vet know that there Is a reduced fat version of Spam? and reduced sodium? Cooking gets rid of more fat if you drain the slices on paper towels. Gosh an entire lifetime without Spam sounds so grim. Hope there’s a reprieve some time in the future.

  8. Steve Diaz says:

    Torso Boy is in luck . There is, just in time for Thanksgiving, a Pumpkin Spice Spam. ( and I am not kidding) On-line Walmart is where I got mine. Gave single cans to selected “friends” and achieved 100% unfriended, or blocked.
    SPAM good for repelling liberals…

  9. Jean says:

    Don’t know if this is helpful for pancreatitis, but our dog loves plain yogurt. It helps with the runny poop thing after he has chewed on the deer bones I give him, or rabbits. or 3 day old dead baby crow that he finds.

To the stake with the heretic!