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(Daily Mail)   Pinky may be 28-years-old but she's still perky as a kitten when Caturday rolls around   (dailymail.co.uk ) divider line
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2014-07-18 02:15:39 PM  
Hi, All. I just received a call from Dr. Bozer (sp?) at UGA. She said that Rufus was resting comfortably today, but she was a little worried last night. Seems that he wasn't able to sit up at all. They would sit him up, but he would immediately flop back down. Standing was out of the question (and has been for several days). She decided to go ahead and give him a round of steroids that was more powerful than what out vet had done, and she started him on treatment for Canine Myasthenia (here's a link to a good page that explains fully: http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/neurological/c_dg_myasthenia_grav i s) The thought was that the benefits would greatly outweigh any side effects.

When she came in this morning, she said that she did see improvement. Not only would Rufus sit up when they placed him, but he also stood up for a moment!!! I know that's not much, but for him to sit up and stand for a moment after being on meds for only 12 hours seems like a great leap to me! Dr. Bozer said that it was a very baby step, but it did appear that it was an improvement. She also said to expect him to be in the hospital for many more days.

Canine Myasthenia is a result of something. If this is what he has, then we have to find out how he got it and see if we can treat the root cause. She had already sent off blood work from this yesterday - the results should be back in a day or two.

Please continue your prayers for him. I know that he is in the best possible place to get the best possible care now.

She's holding off on the spinal tap until she gets the blood work back since he's stable now.

I'm trying not to get too excited.  But my heart really wants to be excited.
 
2014-07-18 02:25:44 PM  

spman: Ms MacGyver: spman: [fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net image 403x537]

My cat Fluffy Kitty made her way to the rainbow bridge this week, after battling vaccine associated sarcoma for a few months. She was 13, and was the such a sweet cat, I will miss her. We did the best we could for her, we had her original tumor surgically removed, and the vet referred us to an veterinary oncologist, but for a 13 year old cat my mother and I decided that putting her through that would be insane. She was doing quite well until the end, but she eventually was too weak to do much besides eat and use the litter box, and after taking her back to the vet on Wednesday, it was decided that it was her time to go. Goodbye Fluffy Kitty, I will see you again some day :-(

Oh, spman.  I'm so very sorry.  My heart is breaking for you.

Thank you and everyone else for the kind words. It's so crappy to lose a pet under those circumstances, she had her rabies shot last year around October, and then around March a lump started growing in the injection area. Prior to my having experienced this, I had absolutely no idea there was any correlation between vaccines and cancer and that there was any risk of this at all, but apparently it's always a risk. It sort of makes you begrudge yourself for having gotten the vaccine in the first place, but she enjoyed going outdoors, and the risks associated with not getting her shots were far greater than the possibility of cancer. My mothers other cat is strictly indoors, he wants nothing to do with going outside, so I think we may be a little more cautious when it comes to vaccinating him any further.


Where did the vet give the injection? It has been a protocol for over 30 years that rabies injections should be given in the right front leg, so that if there is a VAS reaction to the vaccine the leg can be removed. 3 legged cats adapt very well. There is an amazing Yahoo group for VAS and they gave me a huge amount of emotional support when I thought my cat had VAS. They also have a great amount of information available and can possibly point you in the right direction to get reimbursed for at least some of the expenses for the surgery. At one time it was a maximum of $1,500, but I haven't checked in 10 years or so.
 
2014-07-18 02:25:51 PM  

Ms MacGyver: Hi, All. I just received a call from Dr. Bozer (sp?) at UGA. She said that Rufus was resting comfortably today, but she was a little worried last night. Seems that he wasn't able to sit up at all. They would sit him up, but he would immediately flop back down. Standing was out of the question (and has been for several days). She decided to go ahead and give him a round of steroids that was more powerful than what out vet had done, and she started him on treatment for Canine Myasthenia (here's a link to a good page that explains fully: http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/neurological/c_dg_myasthenia_grav i s) The thought was that the benefits would greatly outweigh any side effects.

When she came in this morning, she said that she did see improvement. Not only would Rufus sit up when they placed him, but he also stood up for a moment!!! I know that's not much, but for him to sit up and stand for a moment after being on meds for only 12 hours seems like a great leap to me! Dr. Bozer said that it was a very baby step, but it did appear that it was an improvement. She also said to expect him to be in the hospital for many more days.

Canine Myasthenia is a result of something. If this is what he has, then we have to find out how he got it and see if we can treat the root cause. She had already sent off blood work from this yesterday - the results should be back in a day or two.

Please continue your prayers for him. I know that he is in the best possible place to get the best possible care now.

She's holding off on the spinal tap until she gets the blood work back since he's stable now.

I'm trying not to get too excited.  But my heart really wants to be excited.


Fingers and paws crossed :)
 
2014-07-18 02:27:45 PM  

Ms MacGyver: ProcrastinationStation: OMG!!  This is BIG Guys!

Sweetie just sent me a pic of the whole fambily in the same room!  This is a first!!
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Dogs and cats living together!  Mass hysteria!



:D That is exactly what went through my mind too!
 
2014-07-18 02:33:35 PM  

akimbotoo: Ms MacGyver: ProcrastinationStation: OMG!!  This is BIG Guys! Sweetie just sent me a pic of the whole fambily in the same room!  This is a first!! http://[i204.photobucket.com image 640x480] Dogs and cats living together!  Mass hysteria! :D That is exactly what went through my mind too!

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akimbotoo: Where did the vet give the injection? It has been a protocol for over 30 years that rabies injections should be given in the right front leg, so that if there is a VAS reaction to the vaccine the leg can be removed. 3 legged cats adapt very well. There is an amazing Yahoo group for VAS and they gave me a huge amount of emotional support when I thought my cat had VAS. They also have a great amount of information available and can possibly point you in the right direction to get reimbursed for at least some of the expenses for the surgery. At one time it was a maximum of $1,500, but I haven't checked in 10 years or so.


Well I know that now, but in all the years I've had cats and brought them to different vets, I've never had any vet give them vaccinations anywhere other than the back of their neck.
 
2014-07-18 03:06:05 PM  
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Jack getting his face washed by Gremie.

I can only hope for such peace in my house... Right now there's about a 2 foot radius around Cooper.  If he tries to get closer to the cats they'll do the his/growl and he backs right down...

Perhaps in time...
 
2014-07-18 03:10:56 PM  

Ms MacGyver: Hi, All. I just received a call from Dr. Bozer (sp?) at UGA. She said that Rufus was resting comfortably today, but she was a little worried last night. Seems that he wasn't able to sit up at all. They would sit him up, but he would immediately flop back down. Standing was out of the question (and has been for several days). She decided to go ahead and give him a round of steroids that was more powerful than what out vet had done, and she started him on treatment for Canine Myasthenia (here's a link to a good page that explains fully: http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/neurological/c_dg_myasthenia_grav i s) The thought was that the benefits would greatly outweigh any side effects.

When she came in this morning, she said that she did see improvement. Not only would Rufus sit up when they placed him, but he also stood up for a moment!!! I know that's not much, but for him to sit up and stand for a moment after being on meds for only 12 hours seems like a great leap to me! Dr. Bozer said that it was a very baby step, but it did appear that it was an improvement. She also said to expect him to be in the hospital for many more days.

Canine Myasthenia is a result of something. If this is what he has, then we have to find out how he got it and see if we can treat the root cause. She had already sent off blood work from this yesterday - the results should be back in a day or two.

Please continue your prayers for him. I know that he is in the best possible place to get the best possible care now.

She's holding off on the spinal tap until she gets the blood work back since he's stable now.

I'm trying not to get too excited.  But my heart really wants to be excited.



Sending luck and well wishes Rufus' way.
 
2014-07-18 03:12:18 PM  

spman: akimbotoo: Where did the vet give the injection? It has been a protocol for over 30 years that rabies injections should be given in the right front leg, so that if there is a VAS reaction to the vaccine the leg can be removed. 3 legged cats adapt very well. There is an amazing Yahoo group for VAS and they gave me a huge amount of emotional support when I thought my cat had VAS. They also have a great amount of information available and can possibly point you in the right direction to get reimbursed for at least some of the expenses for the surgery. At one time it was a maximum of $1,500, but I haven't checked in 10 years or so.

Well I know that now, but in all the years I've had cats and brought them to different vets, I've never had any vet give them vaccinations anywhere other than the back of their neck.



I am so sorry sweetie. After this happened to me I always tell my vet that I expect them to give the vaccine in the recommended spot NOT in the scruff of the neck just because it is easier. I also do not get my inside only cats vaccinated for rabies. If the vet knows that you know where the shots are supposed to be given they won't try for the easy way. It does take more skill to give the injection down on the leg, but it can be done.
 
2014-07-18 03:32:01 PM  
More cats and dogs, anyone?

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Or bears, as the case may be...

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Rufus and his kitty, Nutmeg, in better times.
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I have this pic as the screen on my phone.  Rufus and his Shelbi :D
 
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Ft of pg4. Numerous Delays getting back in, distractions & Other Typing.  Client said Section 3 arrived as dots (she said Dots; I sent back before looked at what I'd sent, if there were dashes too it might be Morse code ha hi ;-p).  Was garble actually, dunno how JAWS her reading device (Job Access With Speech) interprets garble besides verbalising letters/numbers, spitting out punctuation.
Already furrgot who came up with chicken coupe  for the maynerdkitty-ish foto, either syzygy whizz or spinach gunk.  Once I finnish (sic) typing I can scroll back furr enough to remind self.  Sick, but good.
DLC, there used to be medals awarded for various actual & imagined accomplishments> Lemme go see what can be found from Ago:
Do have folder labelled Caturday Certs, as thought. Don't see anything in there suitable for this tho.  Number of 'em were crafted by sherpa18. Not summat I could do, 150% unable to photo shop; layers in .jpg don't do well by me either.  See summat in mind's eye, as bet you do; construction of same may be challenge.  Title's almost a given....

  i.imgur.com    from New Semi-Improved imgur, started on reddit: They're almost as afraid of us was we are of them by mwhitco19, round most recent midnight   Didn't Note who isn't fond of spidery fotos & .gifs (especially)  besides Many Of Us.  Add.........

 
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laulaja: Ft of pg4. Numerous Delays getting back in, distractions & Other Typing.  Client said Section 3 arrived as dots (she said Dots; I sent back before looked at what I'd sent, if there were dashes too it might be Morse code ha hi ;-p).  Was garble actually, dunno how JAWS her reading device (Job Access With Speech) interprets garble besides verbalising letters/numbers, spitting out punctuation.
Already furrgot who came up with chicken coupe  for the maynerdkitty-ish foto, either syzygy whizz or spinach gunk.  Once I finnish (sic) typing I can scroll back furr enough to remind self.  Sick, but good.
DLC, there used to be medals awarded for various actual & imagined accomplishments> Lemme go see what can be found from Ago:
Do have folder labelled Caturday Certs, as thought. Don't see anything in there suitable for this tho.  Number of 'em were crafted by sherpa18. Not summat I could do, 150% unable to photo shop; layers in .jpg don't do well by me either.  See summat in mind's eye, as bet you do; construction of same may be challenge.  Title's almost a given....  [i.imgur.com image 197x138]    from New Semi-Improved imgur, started on reddit: They're almost as afraid of us was we are of them by mwhitco19, round most recent midnight   Didn't Note who isn't fond of spidery fotos & .gifs (especially)  besides Many Of Us.  Add.........


Re: Certs - if you have something remotely approp saved, might try that, mail me some can check for meself.

Re: Nope - NOPE!  Like the words on the GIF, but have a policy not to touch or keep Nopes that look big enough to carry ME off in my sleep!
 
2014-07-18 03:45:46 PM  
But Desi, you don't own a comb...

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And we haz 1/4(KiloKitteh).  Yay!

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