St. Patrick’s Day 2022

“𝙈𝙖𝙮 𝙡𝙤𝙫𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙡𝙖𝙪𝙜𝙝𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝙡𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙙𝙖𝙮𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙢 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙝𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙩 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙝𝙤𝙢𝙚.

𝙈𝙖𝙮 𝙜𝙤𝙤𝙙 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙛𝙖𝙞𝙩𝙝𝙛𝙪𝙡 𝙛𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙙𝙨 𝙗𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙨 𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙢𝙖𝙮 𝙧𝙤𝙖𝙢.” ~ 𝘐𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘩 𝘉𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘨

Zero lucks given. ~ Lιɱσɳƈҽʅʅσ
Not your average lucky charm. ~ ɥɔooH
H🍀🍀LIGAN ~ ᒪᗩGEᖇ
Irish lass full of sass ~ ᗯᕼIᔕKEY
Don’t worry, beer happy. ~ ᑭOᖇTEᖇ
Who needs luck… I have charm. ~ 𝕵ä𝖌𝖊𝖗𝖒𝖊𝖎𝖘𝖙𝖊𝖗
Irish kisses & shamrock wishes. ~ Mαɾƚιɳι
Be your own pot of gold. ~ 𝐿𝒾𝓁𝓁𝓎

11 Years Old

Birthday Breakfast

Spinach and cheese frittata, bacon twists, breakfast sausage, blueberries, raspberries

Birthday Dinner

Filet mignon stuffed with mozzarella and roasted red peppers, sweet potato, green beans

Birthday Dessert

Peanut butter flavored donuts topped with cream cheese icing and bacon sprinkles

Porter’s Atypical Addison’s Diagnosis

September 8, 2021

During routine lab work, Porter’s results displayed a low albumin level. There are multiple different causes of a low albumin level, including intestinal disease, kidney disease, and liver dysfunction. Porter was not displaying any other symptoms, so we continued to have his albumin level monitored over a course of a few months. Kidney disease was also ruled out based urine testing.

March 3, 2022

Porter’s Albumin decreased even further, so it was recommended that we see an Internal Medicine Specialist. On March 3, we saw Dr. Alan Klag at Blue Pearl Pet Hospital in Levittown, Pennsylvania.

Bloodwork was taken for a bile acids test and an extensive tick panel, as some tick-borne diseases can cause vasculitis (leaky vessels) and a low albumin level. However, both the bile acids test and the tick panel came back with no issues.

An abdominal ultrasound was also completed at this visit. Porter’s intestines appeared normal on his ultrasound and he did not have any supporting gastrointestinal signs, making a protein-losing intestinal disease less likely. His liver did appear subjectively small on the ultrasound, which may indicate liver dysfunction, but the bile acids test came back fine and indicated his liver function was normal.
His adrenal glands appeared small on the ultrasound, which indicates that he has a
cortisol deficiency (Atypical Addison’s Disease) causing his low albumin. A cortisol test was done, and low and behold, Porter’s cortisol was extremely low, and the diagnosis was confirmed. It was suggested that Porter immediately begin to take a low dose of Prednisone. Prednisone mimics cortisol, making it an effective tool for supporting dogs with Addison’s Disease. Porter immediately began taking Prednisone (2.5 mg once daily). Within just a very short time, what we had thought to be daily focal seizures had disappeared completely, and Porter became energized and agile. No more shaking…no more falling. Much of what was considered fall-out from his status epilepticus episode vanished!

Although Porter was diagnosed with Atypical Addison’s Disease, there is a risk that it could later develop into full-blown Addison’s Disease. It was explained that we should get Porter to an emergency room if he exhibits any of the following symptoms:

  • vomiting
  • collapse
  • no appetite
  • lethargy
  • dehydration

The above symptoms indicate an Addisonian crisis, which is considered a medical emergency and requires immediate hospitalization and supportive treatment.

Porter will be on Prednisone for the remainder of his life. He will continue to have a full CBC lab work and his Albumin levels checked according to the schedule that Dr. Klag dictates.