I’m sure you’ve been waiting with bated breath (ba-dump-bump) to hear what’s happening with Barnum’s health. Here’s the update!
I spoke with the vet yesterday morning, and even though Barnum’s white blood cell count is basically normal, given how his breath smells and that she palpated swelling in an area of his gums, she believes he has an infection. So Barnum is on a two-week course of clindamycin. I agree with her assessment and am glad that it’s finally being treated.
I really like Barnum’s vet. She’s been very accommodating about my disabilities, and she answers all my questions. She was also very flexible about helping me find the cheapest option for Barnum’s medication. In my experience, antibiotics are cheaper when purchased from a drugstore than through a veterinarian. The vet wasn’t sure though, so she told me the dosage and what she charges, and then I called my pharmacy to find out how much it would cost through them. It was $29 through the pharmacy and $85 through the vet! So I asked the vet to call it in to the pharmacy. She honestly hadn’t known what the difference would be.
Meanwhile, Barnum has an appointment on Friday, May 24, for dental x-rays with a different vet — the one who has the special dental x-ray machine. That was the soonest appointment we could get. But at least the blood work is done now, which is necessary before general anesthesia. And I’ve also started submitting claims to Trupanion, his health insurance company because the costs since February — when I started pursuing this problem — will likely surpass Barnum’s deductible.
I’m actually really curious what the cause of the problem will turn out to be. I’m tempted to start a pool! Is that weird?
What are our options? Retained puppy teeth? Fractured root? Abscess?
I’m not trying to be callous. I’ve been really worried, but now that we’re finally on the road to some sort of diagnosis and treatment I’m feeling more hopeful and curious. There’s this mystery about what’s lurking beneath the gumline, and I want to knows what it is, you know? (This is probably an indicator that it’s well past time to stop my marathon of watching the last four seasons of House.)
What do you think? Anyone want to place any bets in the comments?
P.S. This is my first post that I’ve written with Dragon (speech recognition software). Hopefully I’ve caught any weird speakos. Sometimes they really entertaining, and I’m tempted to leave them in, such as when I had above, “come to my flying house marathon.”