My beloved beagle Buck, "mommy's bed bug" is in a life or death situation. This came on very fast over the last couple of days. I spent the better part of the day yesterday at the vet with him, but we didn't (couldn't) get the blood work results until this morning.
While we were able to rule out several possible causes of his illness yesterday, we now have a diagnosis. He has pancratitis. That can happen from any number of causes ranging from "ate something stupid" to "cancer." According to our vet, the cause doesn't really matter - the course of treatment is the same.
IV fluids, nutrition, antibiotics, and the other stuff he gets everyday here at home to keep him in good health (he's a siezure dog on phenobarbitol).
I just spoke to the vet, and thus far he seems to be responding well to treatment. The bottom line is that either his pancreas will start working properly again, or it won't. We will probably not know what his real chances are until Saturday or so.
To my friends here, I ask that you say a prayer for little Buck if you believe in that sort of thing, or send your positive thoughts and vibes. He is a good boy, and I hope he still has some good, healthy and fun years in front of him just chasing squirrels and so forth.