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Thursday, December 12, 2019

V-E-T Visit

IZA:  Oh BAST, did I get a work-over yesserday!
TBT scooped me up at 11:30 for a V-E-T and we dint get back until 2 HOURS later!  They did all the usual stuff AND MORE.  It was AWFUL!  Apparently, I'm going to need my own little medicine cabinet.  But I'll let TBT explain all that stuff...

TBT:  Well, Iza has some problems.  She has sometimes tossed up First Breakfast, had frequent pudding-poops, and horked white foam at dawn for years.  I have tried commercial pro-biotics, commercial and prescription anti-diarrheal medication,  small meals, and prescription thyroid gel.

Iza completed a 60 day trial run of the tyroid gel, so we went back to the vet for a results test.  Here's what we have learned/was recommended:

1.  The smaller morning meals have helped.  No horking food in months.
2.  The commercial and prescription anti-diarrheal meds did not help.  However, I figured out that she is lactose-intolerant.  I had been giving her very small bits of cheeses and vanilla ice cream (she adores both).  But I stopped 2 months ago, and that made a big difference.  Her poops have shape almost all of the time!
3.  The thyroid gel has helped quite a bit.  Her numbers were much better this time.  So that will continue.  The ear gel is really easy and she accepts it with much complaint.
4.  However, high thyroid levels mask kidney problems, and her kidney numbers are higher.  That will require a med.  So I have a new prescription to fill and hopefully that will help.

5.  The vet did a blood pressure test and the results were not good.  The numbers should be about the same as ours (mine is about 120/80).  Hers were 220/120.  The vet is expecting she needs a med for that, but (since she had been temperatured, claw-clipped, anal-gland expressed, and abdominally-palpitated (causing stress) she wants to do that again next week when she might be calmer.  I don't expect the results to be different, since Iza is pretty calm when handled and even willingly walks out of the carrier in a strange place.  But is wise to confirm the blood pressure numbers.
6.  The vet tried to get a pee sample but got nothing.  I mentioned to the vet that was strange because Iza drinks WAY more water than any cat I've had before.  She wanted me to get a small cup of pee at home, and I just laughed at the idea of trying to do THAT.  So they will try again at next week's visit.
7.  The vet recommended a prescription for pro-biotics, but she decided to hold off on that because it can affect other test results and it was the least-needed med. 
8.  She may need a special dietary food, but that's for after more tests.  I hope not.  It is hard enough keeping Iza out of the other cat's bowls as it is when they can all eat the same food!
9.  Her seemingly-excessible water-drinking will be considered further after the other problems are addressed as that can be caused be existing problems that are being treated now. 

So, Iza likely has thyroid, kidney, and blood pressure problems.  Given that, the vet said she is otherwise in good condition generally.  She has an excellent coat, teeth are in good shape, she obviously eats well, she is muscularly strong, alert, happy, friendly, and easily handleable.  In fact, the vet said she has a soft silky coat that she couldn't avoid stroking it between tests and Iza just purred most of the time.

I asked about learning to do the anal expression, but the vet recommended I don't.  She said it is difficult with cats, takes 2 people, and cats REALLY hate that so it is better to let her take the resentment than me.  I might check youtube anyway. 

We have a visit scheduled in a week, and another in a month.  We'll see what the new numbers are then.

It was almost humorous the way the vet wanted to check the costs of most things she was doing to make sure it was OK.  Well, sure, I don't want to get a $500 surprise.  But like I'm going to say "no"?  I finally said "Look, I just go to your front desk afterwards, hand them my credit card, and close my eyes while signing the receipt, LOL"!

I'm "dad", the Mews are my family, and I provide what they need.  As Stan Lee of Marvel comics used to say, "Nuff Said".


Megan said...

Phew - that's a lot of different issues but ... I think it's good that the vet is diagnosing and proposing to provide medication to address most of them. And while you may find it curious that the vet is mindful of the costs she's proposing you bear, it is good of her to be considerate of your needs and check whether or not you're willing or able to adopt the medication regime and it's associated expense.

Sounds like you might see Iza's situation improve in time, which will be lovely.

Sydney, Australia

Meezer's Mews & Terrieristical Woofs said...

My catness!
I am not getting your posts lately, not sure why...but wow, Iza sure went through the wringer-washer so to speak.

I do hope and purr that the meds will help normalize things and that she will be stable for a long time.

My vet always checks with me about the $$ of stuff, too. And he almost always starts with the simplest diagnostics and meds. He must know about paying bills, too:)

Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!
And we have not sent out our snail cards yet, though n=most of ours will be emailed. Feel free to snag the card on our latest post if you do not want to wait for an emailed version,MOL!

Summer at said...

Iza, it is not fun getting old! Binga had lots of issues, and Boodie has meds she takes too - plus she is deaf! I'm glad that in spite of the thyroid, kidney and blood pressure stuff, you are actually doing okay!

Mickey's Musings said...

That was quite the visit Iza!
We send lots of purrs that things can be dealt with easily.
Purrs,Georgia and Julie

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

That was a lot going on, but it sounds like your vet is very thorough and caring. Also everything is treatable which is good news, and it helps that Iza is in very good condition too.
Of course you are their dad and will do whatever is needed. That goes without question.

Catscue Cat Mom said...

Sweet Iza, it sounds like your Vet was able to identify the problem and have some remedies, we're sending purrs and prayers and POTP that you feel better soon sweet girl.

The Island Cats said...

We're sorry to hear you have these issues going on, Iza. But it sounds like your vet and TBT want to do what's best for you and hopefully, you'll feel better as a result.

Brian said...

Purrs to you from all of us sweet Iza. It sounds like you really have a good Vet and thorough too. Yes, there is a lot going on but it is great the Vet thinks you look healthy. I hope you get that BP under control soon.


Health challenges for fur or hooman is always hard. Keeping Iza in our purrs.

Andrea and the Celestial Kitties said...

Well, for all of her health complaints, she sure is a happy kitty! That's the important thing!!

Katie Isabella said...

I like that the Vet told you along the way. Most don't...cost I mean. That is highly desirable and unusual. I as with you would pay it and I have. I was seeing a lot less income with Admiral so sick and having to go once a week...and all of that but as you said...who among us CB people would deny our cats what they need? None of us.
If it was me..I would let the Vet do the expression of the glands. She's right...they hate it and mens fingers are bigger too...just sayin'.

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

You're a wonderful dad and your babies are so lucky to have you.

pilch92 said...

Poor Iza, you did have a tough day. You are lucky to have such a good dad thought that takes good care of you. I hope your bp isn't that bad. XO

The Whiskeratti said...

That's a lot for one day. I'm glad the issues are manageable. Anal glands...many years back I worked for a vet and did them before baths. It's nasty. Plus, the smell!!

Andrea said...

I'm glad that you're able to find out what is going on. Sometimes it isn't so easy. My own Glitter has hypertension, hyperthyroidism and kidney disease as well but it is manageable. Sounds like you have a great vet.

The Swiss Cats said...

Poor Iza, that's a lot going on ! We're glad you have a great vet. Purrs