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Beowulf Update: Diagnosis and Treatment

Wulfie wasn't doing so hot this morning (like really, really not so hot,) and I was on pins and needles waiting for the doctor to call. When he finally did he told me it looked like he was fighting some internal infection..he had some ideas but more than anything he asked me to bring him in...TODAY...as soon as possible.

I tried not to panic...but I called my mom asking her if she wouldn't mind coming to the vet with me. I was afraid I might need a little bit of handholding. Since he is her "grandkitten," she agreed. I was grateful for some moral support.

So folks...here's the deal. It could be a number of things but they are working from most likely to least likely in terms of treatments. All signs are indicative of feline cholangio hepatitis and the treatment is a series of antibiotics that will go for about eight weeks. Some genius of a doctor came up with a transdermal antibiotic. This means twice a day I have to rub it into his EARS. That's right folks...no messing with needles or trying to force anything down his throat. I am grateful.

I also have to up his protein intake so bought some higher protein stuff at Petsmart after the visit.

I really like Dr. Cook...the vet who is working with Beowulf. He has a good manner and he seems to research everything. One reason they redid the bloodwork was because there were some things he wanted to be sure of and I guess he spent some time on the phone talking with some other vets about possible causes and treatments. The receptionists at front commented on this when I asked them about it. They said he is really, really thorough and I for one appreciate it.

Mom and I stopped at Petsmart where I got his new food and she got a carrier for Edward. He has his own appointment coming up. Poor Beowulf though, he must have been really stressed out and he must've really needed to go (he hadn't used the litter box all day,) and so he wound up urinating in his bag. This made him (and Mom who was holding his bag) unhappy.

Back in Farmington I decided since he was relatively out of it and it was hot and his fur was so ill kept it was time to bust out the clippers. He did really well all things considered. Mom snapped some pictures and as soon as they are emailed to me I will post them up. He's not all the way done...right now he sort of looks like he got in a fight with a lawn mower but he seems considerably more happy now that he doesn't have all that hot fur and those mats.

He does still look pretty silly though.

He still is inordinately groggy...the antiobiotic the vet gave him is supposed to act fast so we will see how he feels tomorrow.

Thank you all for your kind words and thoughts and prayers. He's only six and I want him with me for a very, very, very long time.


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May. 19th, 2005 05:35 am (UTC)
whew. Will he eat eggs? I try to give my old lady eggs at least once a week because I read somewhere they were a good simple protein for dogs to digest. I don't know if the same is true of kitties.

Of course tuna is also a kitty friendly choice. :)

Glad to hear it isn't something beyond the realm of hope. Do let us know how the medication works. What a great idea for application...who doesn't love their ears rubbed eh?

Beowulf has been promoted in my mind to Wulfie the Frengie. *giggle*
May. 19th, 2005 05:50 am (UTC)
I am so glad that you know. Even though it's not a great dianosis, it's SO much better than no knowing. And yay for ear antibiotics!! I remember giving General oral antibiotics for a bladder infection and nearly getting my finger bitten off every day.
Thanks for updating us. I've actually been thinking of the little guy each day. :-) He's got a lot of friends that he doesn't know.
May. 19th, 2005 05:52 am (UTC)
Geez, that was an illiterate response. I swear I'm not stupid. Just very tired, and not proofreading. :-)
May. 19th, 2005 08:37 am (UTC)
Good to know the vet's on the case. And antibotic cream rubbed on ears? Genius! Hope the furball is soon on the mend.

May. 19th, 2005 01:28 pm (UTC)
Transdermal antibiotics?! That's awesome! I like picturing him with the lawnmower cut, but I suppose that's not very nice...I can just imagine bits and pieces of fur stuck here and there. Anyway, glad to hear he's doing better and that you're relieved, too.
Still sending good thoughts...
May. 19th, 2005 02:23 pm (UTC)

Ah... nothin' like a good transdermal ear rub!

Glad Mr. Moon Boots is getting good treatment! And hooray for great vets.

May. 19th, 2005 09:39 pm (UTC)

He urinated in his bag? Why was he in a bag? {confused}
May. 19th, 2005 10:55 pm (UTC)
I have a Sherpa carrier for Beowulf.

May. 20th, 2005 01:56 am (UTC)
ooo, pet in a bag. Do they like them?
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