lilyspad: some_beer_drinker: [scontent-b-lax.xx.fbcdn.net image 850x635]wtf is going on in here, you stupid monkeys....Your kitteh is so floofy!!! :D
sherpa18: My dearest friends, as most of you who do the FB thingee already know (thanks to valnt9) my beloved white boy suffered a severe relapse late last night, and I absolutely lost it after thinking he was getting better (for those of you who are allergic to FB as I am, he stopped eating, drinking, and began having urinary issues again). I honestly did not think he would make it through the night.Much to my relief, he was still hanging in this morning, but as the day progressed, he would not eat or drink and looked to be in some distress. I spoke to my vet, and we agreed that his demeanor was indicative of one of two things - either he had developed crystals/stones (which at this point is doubtful could be dissolved by conventional methods and would probably require surgical intervention, which in turn he would most likely not survive due to his compromised condition) or his kidneys are finally just shutting down after 18 months of late stage renal failure (which again, is fatal).We also agreed that it was probably time for me to help him over the bridge. I thought I was prepared for this, but after crying like a little girl, I sat on my bed with the white one on my lap, and asked him if he was ready to go - and if not, he had to show me a sign that I was pulling the trigger too soon.A few minutes later, he got up and had a drink. And then waited for me to crack open a fresh can of food - which he ate half of. While it still takes him 3-4 minutes in the litter box to urinate, he IS going (no blood, yowling or straining) ... and has continued drinking and eating and napping.I'm now well aware that the end is inevitably swiftly approaching - it may be a day, a week, hopefully longer - but realistically - probably not .... but now I'm sure he will tell me when. And it ain't tonight. So instead of going to the vet, I scraped up some spare change and ran out and bought him a half dozen chicken wings and his favorite pouch tuna.*sorry, i had to interrupt this post t ...
spinach gunk: John Buck 41: My little girl needs a trip to the vet tomorrow. We noticed symptoms yesterday. She won't jump or get on her hind legs and 'do paws', can't go up or down stairs, keeps her tail tucked down all the time, sometimes whimpers when she tries to lie down, yelps when she moves suddenly, and her poops are very short and thin (though not necessarily runny). She's almost 9. Hopefully just a bug and nothing serious but Mrs. Buck and I are concerned. If the Caturday gang could toss a good thought towards Jazzy it'd be much appreciated. Thank you.[farm6.staticflickr.com image 528x396]Aww, sending snuggles & healing thoughts to little Jazzy! Poor sweet thing. Fingers crossed that it's just a temporary blip, merely constipation, or something minor that will clear up by itself.If funds allow, I would wholeheartedly recommend the vet do a geriatric panel blood test while you're there, just as a routine part of the check-up, even if it turns out her current issue doesn't require it for diagnosis. It can detect a wide assortment of issues very early on, many of which are very manageable and even curable in the early stages long before she would exhibit any symptoms. Nine is hardly "geriatric" for many dogs, but things like liver and kidney disease, diabetes, certain cancers, etc can get a foothold very sneakily, and I would hate to have anything like that overtake yet another of our wonderful Caturday friends, if it is at all preventable.Apologies if I'm preaching to the choir -- I thought it certainly couldn't hurt to mention. If it catches something that helps her feel even a teensy bit better settling into her golden years, why not.Best wishes for a good appointment tomorrow. Feel better soon Jazzy!
gremlin1: [grmmmie.smugmug.com image 400x280]the temps are supposed to get into the 40's today and it's already 20F which means the snow is melting and the mud season is almost upon us.
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sherpa18: My dearest friends,
some_beer_drinker: [scontent-b-lax.xx.fbcdn.net image 850x635]wtf is going on in here, you stupid monkeys....
John Buck 41: gremlin1: [grmmmie.smugmug.com image 400x294]SNORT!
John Buck 41: Jazzy and I are back from the vet. No high temperature, and her anal glands weren't 'too' bad. She has a spot on her bum that she's been scratching/chewing which could account for some pain, and a loose rear kneecap (which I don't recall being mentioned before). He gave her a steroid shot and Prednisone pills.Thanks for all your good thoughts for her last night.[farm8.staticflickr.com image 640x480]
gremlin1: John Buck 41: Jazzy and I are back from the vet. No high temperature, and her anal glands weren't 'too' bad. She has a spot on her bum that she's been scratching/chewing which could account for some pain, and a loose rear kneecap (which I don't recall being mentioned before). He gave her a steroid shot and Prednisone pills.Thanks for all your good thoughts for her last night.[farm8.staticflickr.com image 640x480]Glad to hear it was not to serious.Hopefully she'll be pooping in comfort soon.
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