IZA: I cant belief it. Dad is going ta bring me to the NEW vet (Dr Jeffrey retired 3 moons ago) and not fer an annual visit either. Well, not today, but soon.
So what if my poops are like "pudding" So What if I return my first meal to the floor sometimes? So what iffen I hack up white foam every morning? Who doesn't?
TBT: Iza, most cats DON'T. Ayla and Marley don't. Neither do your friends (mostly).
IZA: They don't?
TBT: No. You have a problem, Iza, and maybe now that Dr Jeffery has retired, we should take a new look at it. Just because Dr Jeffrey couldn't find the problem doesn't mean a new vet can't. Wouldn't you like to eat and keep your food down in the morning?
IZA: Well, yeah, I guess...
DAD MODE (I'm still trying to get used to this): So understand, Iza, it is going be an annoying visit. The new vet is going to stab you a couple times, invade your nether parts and "maybe" do some other annoying stuff I don't even know about. But she really cares about kitties and wants to figure out how to make you happier!
DAD: Well, do you LIKE horking up foam every morning?
IZA: Well no.
DAD: So let's give the new vet a chance to make you feel better, OK?
IZA: You gotta be kidding me, right? New vet, new place, stabbies, thermometer up the wazoo, and maybe more and you think I'll be "happy".
DAD: Its worse. It's a "maybe". But you remember when Ayla had her 3rd spay operation and that was a "maybe" and it worked? This is a "maybe".
Im NOT happy about this Dad...
IZA: You stepped on my paw in the kitchen last week...
DAD: You snuck up behind me. But I AM sorry. And I let you stay on my lap for an hour after. And I stroked you until you fell asleep.
IZA: OK, OK, newlady vet huh?
TBT: I've written an outline of Iza's "intake and output" problems to bring to the new vet later today. I want her to read it first and consider the entirety of the problems before I just drop Iza on her and explain them verbally.
Doctors sometimes don't listen very well (or sometimes all they know is what the receptionist writes down), and these are problems a vet can't discover just by an exam. And having a written list of problems might help in a diagnosis.
For example, are Iza's stools soft because she drinks so much water and why is she drinking so much water anyway (she always has, it's not new). I tried an anti-diarheal and if anything, her stools are worse.
And what's with the white foam most mornings at dawn? That almost sounds like me when I had acid reflux problems the last 10 working years (stopped completely a few months after I retired). But I can't think of any stress Iza has.
So she regurgitates good high-quality food of various meats, drinks a LOT of water, poops pudding, and horks foam in the morning. She has always seemed to have a swollen stomach, but past x-rays have shown no blockage or twisted intestine. Dr Miller could never find a cause.
Its time to have someone new look at the problems...