realllllly unfortunate news at the vet today
Posted 09 October 2011 - 04:28 AM
many of you know about Zevon and his heart disease and that i've been treating him for years now. well he and Cassady are related. and heart disease is genetic. see where this is going yet? yeah, Cassady's heart has a murmur. she (he, whatever) is 8 now - the average age for this to show up. i've been waiting for it, knew it was likely, but now that it's here i'm just sick about it.
what if i have to do meds 3x a day again!?? that was one of the hardest things i've ever had to carry off and i did it for 2 years with Zevon until he could go down to twice a day. i don't wanna!!!! it's probably the same kind of heart disease. we have an appt with the cardiologist the next time he's up here but i should probably get her in sooner at some other office. he's in saratoga the week after next.... the sooner the better, right?
she also needs some dental work but we can't schedule that until we know what's up with her heart. she has a week's worth of antibiotics to take for now, and has been very good at taking them today.
so that's another reason why i should get her in sooner isn't it. fuuuuuuuuck!!!!!!!!! this is going to be a bite, financially, too. fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted 10 October 2011 - 10:59 PM
my HOPE, is that since Cassady's symptoms aren't nearly as bad as Zevon's were, that it won't be necessary.
i rescheduled Cassady for saratoga on the 18th, and made TWO back to back appts for January, guessing that she'll need a 3 month follow up.
i am reallly not sure if i'd prefer to bring them both in at one time, in which case each of them is going to have to wait about an hour in the carrier while the other is being examined, or if i'd prefer two separate appts maybe 3 hours or more apart in case he runs late.... i don't want to schedule them on different days all the time because it's a half day's vacation each time.
Posted 12 October 2011 - 12:24 PM
Posted 15 October 2011 - 01:12 PM
Posted 18 October 2011 - 10:39 PM
$335 for the evaluation but it does go down from here. checkup first week of december to see how the meds are doing. to start there will be just 1/4 of one pill 3x a day and a baby aspirin every 3 days which i'll split into 1/2 in the a.m and 1/2 p.m. Zevon gets 1/4 diltiazem 2x a day, 1/4 atenolol 1x a day, an enalipril 2x a day AND a baby aspirin every 3 days, for comparison. though he built up to that over the years as the disease changed.
i went to hannaford and bought them a roasted chicken for treats.
Diamond has NO interest in chicken!
if i'm very diligent and the disease reacts well we might be able to go to a 3 month checkup the next time so i went ahead and made them appts in march, one at 1pm and the other at 4pm. Zevon will be slightly overdue by then but he understands and isn't too worried about it.
sad. scared. worried. but - all i can do is the best i can do and that is my plan.
she was very good and just kept hiding her face but apparently it would have been better if her neck wasn't bent - coulda told me that during, but he mentioned it afterwards when she only got a 'good' behavior rating instead of 'excellent' and i asked him why. poor Zevon has never received an excellent rating either but that's because he occasionally tries to make a break for it.
i liked that the office had separate waiting rooms for dogs vs cats and i kind of liked that they take the kitty and shave them down for me, where that's always been just a little bit of a struggle with Zevon, but not enough to make the longer drive every time i don't think. it was a very quiet room which i don't get at my vet's either but he's supposed to be getting a new room there that's a bit more out of the way so that should help for both of them.
thanks for all the support and for the faith in me - it really helps a lot.
Edited by nancykind, 19 October 2011 - 12:21 AM.
Posted 19 October 2011 - 12:31 AM
the first night away is nov 15th so i have a few weeks to gear up. might have to suck it up and use the pill pockets to start. Dr Verra didn't love her at 11lbs, 9 or 10 would be ideal but he wasn't too worried, either. she's not really fat, per se but she doesn't quite have that very waspish figure that cats really should have, though rarely do.
i JUST got back to being able to leave food out all the time, thanks to Diamond actually, so hopefully i can keep that going. once she's doing better i can play with her more,with less worry, and she'll really burn it off quickly, then. fortunately they are all very playful!!
Posted 19 October 2011 - 10:20 AM
did manage to pick her up and bring her downstairs and she took the pills like a champ. then got chicken! but she takes the tiniest bit of chicken and breaks it up, she just does not like big pieces of anything, never has.
so i think the pill pockets are going to be too big though but maybe i can squash the pill into even half of one. my pet sitter is really hoping for pockets though. and i cleeaaaarrrly remember chasing Zevon around and around at the beginning of his treatment, too. it's why i ended up having to shut both bedroom doors for years when i went away and why i still shut my bedroom door when i go away.
we can do this, we can do this....
*sigh* i can't believe i'm going to have to come home every single lunch hour. no more walking.
we can do this. we can do this.....
Posted 19 October 2011 - 05:18 PM
My 16 y/o has a level 4 murmur. It was a level 2 when she was a baby. Luckily, she's never had any issues.
My orange boy, that looks a lot like your crew, is a NIGHTMARE to give pills to. Of course he's the one that always gets sick or injured! I have to tightly wrap him in a towel and massage his neck for a good minute or more to get him to swallow. He'll hold it in his cheek, waiting to spit it out, as long as it takes They are such little shits
Posted 21 October 2011 - 11:34 PM
Posted 25 October 2011 - 04:09 PM
last night i did have the pill with me so when she went into the cubby i just shut the door and well, pretty much dumped her out of it. this morning when i went to do the same thing, she must have been hanging on for dear life because she didn't fall out! so i rolled it a bit in my arms to loosen her grip and then shook it a little again. one back leg falls out and starts poking around in the air trying to find firm ground. then the 2nd back leg falls out so she's got two legs hanging down from this tower thing but from the waist up is still in the cubby! it was very funny and very cartoon-like!