Thank you. I appreciate your hugs!
I just got back home. I was the only one in the waiting room and the doc saw us minutes after we got there which was nice. Ricky had a high fever and was lethargic. He'd moan/whine when I'd pick him up by the rib cage so we weren't sure why that was. Doc had blood taken and we waited while it was tested. Over an hour later, she saw us again and said one of the two of Ricky's liver enzymes (ALT) was very high. Norm is like 50 and his was over 1000. She's thinking it's hepatitis though it may not be.
His white blood cells are high too and his fever was causing him to shake and twitch. She wanted to keep Ricky for at least 24 hrs. and I agreed. I can't help him here at home. They will have him on IV for fluids, anti-inflamm and antibiotic. If he responds well to that, then great. If not, they will have to wait until Monday and do an ultrasound on his liver and then maybe a biopsy if it's indicated. If he gets worse, they would have to consider Lepto or something else. No animal gets sick on Sundays, don't you know, so they don't have labs and technicians available then. Dumb! Ricky was feeling so out of it, that he didn't even budge or whimper when the doc took him away. That is NOT my Ricky!
The vet told me I did a good thing bringing him in when I did (3:30a.m.) because it was very quiet and in spite of two emergencies keeping them busy for a little while, we were only there a couple of hours. She said that some days/nights the wait to even see the vet can be 4, 6, and 8 hours during holidays! It was depressing there when the two animals that came in both died while Ricky and I waited for the blood test results.
I'm dead tired after 6 days of dealing with Sammy's diarrhea, vet visit, meds, Ricky's vaccine on Tues. (and no, she doesn't think him being sick now is related) among other things. I had all the energy in the world during the night with Ricky, but now I'm ready to plop myself in bed! Will post later.........
Thank you Amanda, for being available when I came on here at 2 something. It was nice to chat 'live' with you and get some feedback. You're a sweetie!! ((hugs))