Khia didn’t eat at all yesterday. By evening, she had diarrhea with blood in it.

She threw up at midnight and again at 5:30 this morning.

Mom had her at the vet as soon as they opened at 8:00.


Mom laying on the floor with Khia because she started trembling .


Dr. L didn’t think the Deramaxx was the issue as it has never caused problems before. X-rays indicated that there wasn’t a blockage, however there was an area of concern and Dr.L couldn’t tell if it was just a weird angle of the liver that she was seeing or something else. The concerning area seemed to coincide with the lump that is disturbing mom.

Blood work revealed the following:

  • Normal WBC
  • Low RBC
  • No pancreatitis
  • Liver #s higher than normal
  • High protein levels
  • EXTREMELY low platelet count – the normal low is 148, she is at 16.

Dr. L thought perhaps the machine that reads the blood was giving an error because sometimes there are the proper number of platelets but they stick together. So, she had someone review a blood sample manually under a microscope. The result: extremely low platelet count.

Possible causes of the symptoms, weird spot in the X-ray and the low platelet count:

  • An organ (namely liver or spleen) that was bleeding and has since stopped
  • An organ that is actively bleeding
  • The big “C” (Dr. L didn’t say this…research does.)

Dr. L gave Mom 2 options:

  1. Treat Khia’s symptomatically and see if she improves
  2. Go to the specialist for an ultrasound. (Dr. L said their ultrasound is crappy and only good for finding the bladder to get urine samples. Mom appreciated her honesty.)

Mom said she wanted to start antibiotics and nausea medication for today and that she would take Khia to the specialist tomorrow.

Dr. L gave Khia an injection of Reglan for nausea and sent mom home with metranidazole for the diarrhea and a pill to give Khia 30 mins before she eats for the next few days to prevent nausea. Khia still had her appointment scheduled for Monday at 4:00 and Dr. L said to keep it so she could do a follow-up. Dr. L also put Khia on tramadol for pain in place of the Deramaxx and placed her on a bland diet for 3-5 days. Mom paid the vet’s monthly mortgage payment and left.

Mom got Khia home and she and Dad made Khia some chicken and rice. They gave her 1/2 cup to start with since it was her 1st time eating in so long. She kept it all down!

Mom was super happy about Khia eating but was still very worried – Khia’s unknown issue and then of course, the financial aspect. It’s been a rough month financially between Mya’s last illness and now this.

As Mom was getting ready to go to work, she got a call from Dr. L. – weirdly enough, a sales rep was in the office to do an ultrasound demo and they needed an abdominal patient. She said if Mom could bring her back, the ultrasound could be done for free since it’s a demo!!! Mom and Dad ran out of the house with Khia.

The way this ultrasound whirlygig works is that all of the info gets transmitted to a radiography lab and the lab sends back the results in 4-5 hours. Unfortunately, Dr. L was getting ready to leave for the day and she is off tomorrow. She said that if Khia isn’t doing well in the meantime, we were more than welcome to call tomorrow to speak with one of the other 2 doctor’s that were in on the demo about the results, or if she really goes downhill, to get her to the specialist. Otherwise, we will hear from her when she’s back in the office on Saturday. Mom’s okay with this plan. It saved her $300!!!!

Thank you all for your love and positive thoughts that you have left. You guys are the greatest!

Another thank you to Dr. L for making sure Khia was comfortable when she came in and found out Khia started trembling. She was there for 3 1/2 hours this morning and then 2 hours this afternoon!!! They certainly treated her like the queen she is.


About noodle4president

I was a discarded, lost little stray without a house or a family...until my mom found me. Now, I am the happiest, most loved dog in the whole world!

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  1. raisingdaisy says:

    We are praying and praying that Khia will continue along the right road and keep improving. We send her and all of you healing thoughts. Our hearts go out to you, my friend.

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  2. We are glad to hear Khia was able to keep her meal down, and that was certainly fortunate that your Mom got the ultrasound for free. Medical care is so expensive. Sending you good wishes from New York, Noodle.

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  3. corkscot says:

    We are hoping for good results from the ultrasound.

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  4. More healing purrs are being sent to Khia. Sounds like things might be picking up. Mom will continue the prayers and us the purrs. We want to get your buddy through this crisis Noodle.

    Kali and Shoko

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  5. maabbott3 says:

    Continuing to pray that Khia will keep on improving. I’m glad that she was able to keep the chicken and rice down. Awesome that your vet thought of you guys when they needed a pup for a demo ultrasound. I love how they found blankets for her to lay down on while she was waiting.

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  6. Oh Khia! What a day! I hopes that you have a good night, and that the results show no problems. Paws crossed that it is something that can be fixed through time and medication. I am sendin’ you TONS of POTP and healin’ vibes and AireZens!
    Ruby ♥

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  7. Cupcake says:

    Khia looks so brave and so beautiful. You and your parents are doing great taking care of her. Medicine is amazing. I know that she will be fine. Hang in there. xoxo

    Love and licks,

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  8. Mrs P says:

    Sending you tons of love and support during this worrying time xx

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  9. Fozziemum says:

    Poor Khia ..we know the scarey stuff is upsetting to everyone and we will keep our paws and hooves crossed for her..and we hope that all is resolved quickly…sending our love you way ..Fozziemum xxx

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  10. As always, lots of love and prayers. I am going to church tomorrow with Mom, and I am SURE God hears me THERE. Oh, Mom says God hears me no matter where I am. That’s good to know. Good night, Noodle, and thanks for the update. (I especially hope Khia has a good night.)

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  11. Sendin Khia lotas POTP!


  12. dog12 says:


    Sending Khia hugs and prayers all the way from the Pacific ocean. : )

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  13. Princess Leah says:

    Paws crossed here for Khia, sending lots of luffs and hugs
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  14. I hope so much that your Dr. L can help your bestest friend, Noodle. Please give your Khia a big hug from me and a kiss on her ear. I cross my paws as hard as I can for a happy Khia and a happy Noodle and furmily.

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  15. gahlearner says:

    I keep my fingers crossed, Mikka and Maia send purrs and Woofs and say stay strong and get better soon.

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  16. We’re still hoping Khia is alright…….the ultrasound “gift” was wonderful….hopefully when they get the closer look they will get some kind of definitive feel for what’s going on with Khia. I know you’re all worried and I’m sure Khia’s trembling is because she’s worried/scared/anxious about how she’s feeling too! We’re sending tons of POTP…hope it helps.

    Hugs, Sammy

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  17. Genis LeyNel says:

    ❤ Lots of love for Khia and we will be think of you

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  18. Clowie says:

    You must be very worried. I hope Khia improves soon.

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  19. So glad to hear Khia is keeping some food down – I hope it is the first step in her recovery! You’ll be in our thoughts and prayers!

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  20. Sam and I continue to send positive healing thoughts and love. Fingers crossed Khia turns the corner and fully recovers. So happy you were able to get the ‘demo’ price; it’s heartbreaking when you have to balance the high cost of medical care with your pet’s well being-hang in there and know we’re all pulling for ya. ❤

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  21. DZ Dogs says:

    Stay brave Khia! I hope you hear good news from the doc.

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  22. Nylabluesmum says:

    Mee-you Khia gurl so sweet,
    Yur sweet frum yur nose to yur feet!
    Wee luvss you so…
    Pleeze stay an do not go…
    Yur ‘our’ sweet gurl….
    As rare as a pearl.
    Wee purr; wee purray.
    That our Khia will stay…
    With ***paw patss*** an ~~head rubss~~ an *play bowss*
    Purrince Siddhartha Henry an LadyMum ❤ ❤ ❤


  23. Daisy C Chan says:

    Speedy recovery for Khia!!


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