TBT: I am annoyed and Marley will be on Monday!
Last month, I brought Marley in for dental work (his teeth were fine) but part of it involved checking his blood. The results were at a borderline level of concern for kidney issues, so they asked me to bring Marley back after a month to see if they changed. This vet is big on preventive care and I appreciate that.
So they took a blood sample Friday and said they would call me with the results. They did. Apparently Marley has "too much fat in his blood" for their equipment to handle. Now, that concerned me immediately (like there were liver problems) but they stressed I should not be concerned until they actually had test results. OK, that makes sense.
They asked if I had "fasted" him 12 hours before the visit (that could cause temporary "fat" in his blood). I had. And we don't have mice in the house, so he wasn't finding anything to eat on his own.
So they want to send a blood sample to a lab with more sophisticated equipment. The "annoyance" is that the sample they got Friday is not enough for the specialty lab. So I have to bring him in for another, larger blood draw.
Well, Laz is scheduled for booster shots Monday, and they agreed to fit Marley in to that appointment. Which I appreciated. One appointment for 2 cats goes faster than 2 appointments for 1 cat each. And if Marley is developing a problem, I think "the sooner, the quicker" about dealing with it.
The vet mentioned that if Marley's creatinine and blood urea nitrogen are higher than on the previous visit last month, he may need weekly sub-cutaneous fluid injections weekly. And they would want to do it themselves. Weekly visits seem like a lot. I've read it is possible I can do that myself. But we will wait to see what the lab tests say...
No POTP is needed right now. I will know more in a week. Marley is doing fine for now...