I learned today that the veterinary school was actually doing three tests of R's blood. The first one showed that R has lots of crazy blood cells - not a big surprise - we already knew that.
The second test was a lymphoma test, and it came back as normal, which is good news. Unfortunately, the test does have a "false negative" rate of 25%... so in a quarter of true lymphoma cases, the test comes back as normal.
We're still waiting for the third test, which is more specific to leukemia. It should come back tomorrow or Wednesday.
The bottom line is that there is definitely some kind of disease in R that is causing his lymphocytes to be reactive and a few of his red blood cells to be deformed. Thus, the vets say that we'll need to keep searching for the disease, even if the tests currently underway are all normal.
We hope, with all our hearts, that it turns out to be a treatable disease. So, it's worth celebrating every cancer test that comes back negative (like today's test).
As you can tell from these photos, I had the honor of spending more time outdoors with R today than usual. It was a blast, as he ran along side my snowbike. Although he makes some funny faces for the camera that reflect his comical character, he has a heart of gold. I adore the boy.
I live at 8200' in the Front Range of Colorado. I love exploring nature
in the mountains while riding my mountain bike and romping with my
Labradors. Photography is another passion, including both "normal" photography and trail camera photography of wildlife.