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PostPosted: Mon May 10, 2010 11:30 pm    Post subject: Return Visit Reply with quote

Well Bengy was back at the vets this morning for his first check up since he has been on the tablets for Cushings Syndrome.
I didnt get any results today because the blood samples have to be sent to a lab. to be tested
Up until now he has be showing an improvement. But just the past 2 hours I've noticed a difference in him walking he seems to be sore and he wont go down/up the steps and he looks a bit 'bloated' .
If he is the same tomorrow morning I will 'phone the vet just in case its something related to the tests he was given today. I did read that the first blood samples are taken then they give the dog 'something'(an injection?) and wait for a length of time then take some more blood samples. (That is why he has to be left at the vets for over 2 hours)
I must ask about this.
If he is ok tomorrow I will have to wait until Thursday until I get the results.
Fingers crossed all he needs is a good nights sleep. (I could do with that too Dancing )
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PostPosted: Tue May 11, 2010 6:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good luck with Bengy! My wife brought the older of our two cats, Lucca, to the vets Sunday afternoon. He spent the night there and was given a few routine shots plus two IVs to build up his strength. The vet also took some blood and we are awaiting the results. Poor old Lucca only has one tooth left and I think he will end up with a special diet. She picked him up after work on Monday and he is back to sleeping in his bed or one of our kitchen table chairs. He is either sleeping in my wife's chair or mine, not the other four!

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PostPosted: Tue May 11, 2010 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gil its true our animals know who are good to them, and they seem to pick out favourite people to 'stick' with.
Sorry to hear about Lucca not being well its a shame when they lose their teeth, but its great what can be done to feed them, but as you said he will probably need to be on a special diet to make sure he gets all the proper balance of proteins etc that he will need. I'm not joking here saying this! I remember reading something a while ago where dentures had been made for a dog who had lost its teeth. Just wish I could remember where I read the article. I expect Lucca will be looking for lots of extra cuddles from both of you they're not long in letting you know when they want petted. I do hope he gets better soon.
My granddaughter's cat Miss Molly follows my daughter all the time, and when Molly comes in from hunting she usually comes and leaves her 'prize' at my daughter's feet. (Wouldnt say that my daughter really appreciates that though, especially when Molly has thought about halving the catch with her Dancing :-& )
Bengy is still a bit stiff but not as bad as last night so maybe he has pulled a muscle in his leg when he's been going up/down the steps again but I'm watching him like a hawk and worrying all the time too.

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PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2010 6:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The vet called earlier in the evening and the blood tests indicates that he has thyroid problems. This can probably be cured by a $1,400 US laser or something like that treatment (one time) or by pills. We opted for the pills!!!

My son had a cat that used to hunt and bring his catches to the house. In fact, he'd drop them on the side steps where the door he went in and out of is. One evening he came home with a squirrel that was bigger than he was. We are sure that the squirrel was hit by a car. That night my son had a strange dream, he dreamed that his dear old Angelo had caught a small deer and was dragged it from the woods to the house!!! The two cats we have now are indoor cats as the adoption papers my wife signed stated that they be indoor only.

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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2010 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gil, I'm sorry for your cat. Confused

A friend of mine has an excellent website about cats. She wrote some interesting articles about diseases and illnesses cats do get. Here's her page abut thyroid problems:
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I'm also a member of her forum, but after my cats passed away, I did not write anymore there Sad , but sometimes I take a look at it, because it is a very friendly forum.

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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2010 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No wonder you opted for the pills Gil.
I hope the pills make a difference .
I got my bill in today for the lab tests - just over 40 I was expecting it to be much more than that the previous one was over 100.
I still havent got the results but I do know they are in but the vet I usually see wont be back until Monday and I'd rather he explained the results to me. I want to ask him a few questions too. I expect if any immediate change was required to the medication one of the other vets would have 'phoned me.
I'm still a bit worried about Bengy's back leg It seems he still cant put any weight on it and when he goes out to relieve himself he just cant lift his leg so anyone watching him would think he's a she! d'oh! I expect animals will be like us and if he has pulled a muscle it may take a while to sort out I'm praying it is that and nothing more serious.

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PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2010 6:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The board is nice and bright like Spring is supposed to be!!!

Thanks Simy. I'll check out your friend's sites in the next day or two and forward them to my wife and her cat loving friends.

Emmy, He got his first pill tonight. My wife bought these little treat things that have a pill pouch built into them and he just gobbled up treat and pill like he does other treats. When we first got him a few years ago he was heavier, we attributed the weight to the lady at the cat rescue place overfeeding him. All of a sudden he lost weight, we got worried and brought him to the vet only to find out he has thyroid problems. I'll try to keep you informed about he progress.

I just hope that Bengy improves soon for your sake.

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PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2010 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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little treat things that have a pill pouch built into them

Now that is a good idea I have never seen anything like that over here that must be much easier giving the pills that way. Do they have a brand name?

Monday wont come quick enough for me. If anything I think Bengy's problem is getting worse. When I lift him outside he'll walk/hobble about a bit but after 2/3 minutes he just lies down its as though its too much effort for him. I must find out what it was they injected him with on Monday after he had the first blood sample taken. If it's not that then I think I'll ask the vet to x-ray his back leg to make sure nothing is out of place.
It's unbelievable the difference in him- after he had started the pills he was going up and down the steps and looked brighter then suddenly after that visit its all going 'downhill'. I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that there is a simple reason for this happening.
Please let us know if the medication is helping Lucca.
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PostPosted: Sun May 16, 2010 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are called "Greenies Pill Pockets Feline". They also have regular "Greenies" without pouches. They are sold as dental treats that cats love.


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There is French writing along with English on the bags. At first I thought they might be from France, but I think the French writing is for Montreal, Canada.

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PostPosted: Sun May 16, 2010 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Gil
I have tried the link and typed in the name 'Greenies Pill Pockets Feline' in the search box but it keeps coming up cant be found I think what we have over here is an equivalent ='dentasticks' which I give to the dogs daily for their teeth. I'm going to pass it on to my daughter in France because if she can find them there I think she would get them if she has to give her cat 'pills' (medication) in the future.
Have you found sometimes even although you wrap the pills up the the most tastiest piece of meat they can eat the meat and spit the pill back out-clever little 'monkeys' they are - (cant blame them though I just hate swallowing pills especially when they stick in the back of your throat and then you have to drink about a litre of water to get them to go down :-& :-& :-& )

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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have had trouble in the past with the cats and/or dogs spitting out the pills and eating the delicious wrapper(s)! Lucca is such a pig he inhales the fishy tasting pill pouches pills and all.

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So long as he doesnt begin to 'grunt' you'll be ok Applause Applause
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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2010 6:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If he starts grunting I'm shipping him to Scotland or to one of our kids!

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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2010 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Make it Scotland Gil You do know just how I love PIGS Whistle Whistle
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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2010 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gil wrote:
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Eh? d'oh! Think
Hope that people from Lucca get not offended..... Arrow

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