jeter had a couple emergency surgeries last year and because his breed is susceptible to cancer they ran a bunch of biopsies. the liver biopsies showed 'chronic active hepatitis', so we scheduled an ultrasound to get some info on why his liver was inflamed. we had it done about six weeks ago, and the ultrasound showed fibrotic development that eventually is expected to become cirhosis. during the ultrasound they did a needle biopsy of the liver to get some information as to how best to treat it. the vet said that they can live for years with well-managed liver disease, so while cirhosis is awful i was feeling lucky that it wasn't cancer. then two days later jeter almost collapsed with a 104-degree fever -- we figured that it must have been something introduced during the tissue collection for the biopsy and he went on antibiotics. he seemed to be better, and then the fever developed again. now we've been back and forth to the vet and the animal hospital pretty much every week, sometimes several times -- he has an elevated white blood cell count and a fever, and the antibiotics seem to help -- but as soon as he's off them the fever starts coming back. my poor little boy -- he just can't get a break. november and december emergency surgeries. then in january some funky auto-immune thing that caused his jaws to clamp shut, then a diagnosis of liver disease and NOW some fever that we can't rid of. we went to an internalist specialist yesterday, and he's running a bunch of tests to try to figure out whether this is a resistant infection, and auto-immune problem or even a cancer that just hasn't been found. i'm absolutely at the end of my rope -- i'm completely stressed, depressed and out of my mind with worry that we'll never figure this out and i'm losing him. please send jeter your good vibes -- they've gotten him through before and he needs them again. i don't care if they ever know exactly what's going on -- i just need it to STOP. and then i can move on to what the heck we do about the liver disease. but first things first, help make this fever go away for good. sorry for the rambling -- but it was theraputic to write it all down. having animals can be so heartbreaking.