Thursday, June 20, 2013

Some good news for Milo!

17 June 2013

We received the results from Milo's CBC on Saturday and Dr. Ryan was practically giddy in reporting that Milo's monocytes are finally within the normal range at 8.9%.  But some of his other levels are still off.  His neutrophils are low at 54.4% and his eosinophils are high at 19%.  

Normal monocyte levels are between 3-10%.
Normal neutrophil levels are between 60-77% (a type of white blood cell that helps fight off infections, particularly those caused by bacteria and fungi).
Normal eosinophil levels are between 2-10%   (one of the five major types of disease-fighting white blood cells.)

In June of 2012 Milo's monocyte levels were at 26.9% and were still high when tested in November so he has made a lot of progress since then. 

Dr. Choi at the U of MN is very pleased that the herbs she prescribed have helped, but wants him to have more custom blend herbs to bring all his levels into the normal range.  

I've attached a photo of Milo from Saturday at the Wildlife Science Center taken by Terry Libro - BEFORE the torrential rains.   Oh, and Milo thinks Kitty's turkey treats are so good that he snatched the entire basket off the table and tried to make off with them!  

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Pupdate on Milo

2 June 2013

Milo is due for a blood test which will tell us where he is with his monocyte and neutrophil levels and this will hopefully tell us what the next step of his treatment will be with the herb mixture from the U of MN.  We will do this blood test in a week or so.

While externally Milo is so much improved, his poor immune system was so compromised that it is truly amazing that he has recovered to the level where he is currently.  He looks like a lion with the giant mane he is now sports.

Milo took a turn on sheep at a location where he has not worked and these sheep saw him and though they were heavy (very willing to stay with handler) for the Aussies who normally work them,  they saw Milo and reacted in a very unsettled manner.  It was if they were saying, "Holy s_ _ _!  What it THAT?!"

The good news for me is that the patient work with Milo's reluctance to come into the garage and through doorways has paid off.  Now the garage is a good place and he trots right into it.  No longer a trap for him.  Yay!  I was worried about having to coax him in while mosquitoes swarmed into the house.

Milo visited his friends at the pet store and, enablers that they are, allowed him to shoplift treats.  He's quick for that!  Naughty!

A definite milestone and exciting news!

Milo's one year anniversary of rescue is coming up on June 3. There will be a special post on the blog ( and Facebook page for Red Lake Rosie's Rescue on that day.