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09:07 pm: Giorgio and the Vet
I'm going to edit the info about Giorgio from a reply I made to Jill on yesterday's post:

The vet was here and initially seemed to think I should have taken him to the emergency vet ER over the weekend. It turns out the vet ER does close during the day, but if they have animals to watch, they move them next door to their internal medicine vet specialist. I would have been more likely to take him if I knew that. It's not on their website because they don't want people bringing animals they know have to be kept long periods.

She said "When cats don't eat baby food..." and I told her only Spirit would eat a bit of it, too, so maybe it's the baby food. Also, I didn't realize she doesn't have blood analyzers on the van. Helen did, so we got lab results right away. These are likely to come back tomorrow.

I paid for really expensive blood analysis and I hope it all comes back negative. He has a massively diseased right lower canine (one of the four teeth he has, all canines -- I knew his line had bad teeth when I took him, and the others all went years ago) and an infection under it. She said that's not usually enough to keep cats from eating, but it's possible, and he's lost two pounds since she saw him for the eye. I have antibiotic drops to give him tonight and she'll call me in the morning with the lab results and we'll see from there. The tooth probably has to come out, but maybe not. It's hard to take canines out, they don't have roots like most teeth, they're part of the jaw and she'll have to essentially break it off gracefully.

He has been drinking regularly -- four times since I've been up at 1pm -- and that's a good sign. I tried to look at his teeth, but I couldn't hold him, open his mouth, and shove his tongue aside -- not enough hands. She held him and just opened his mouth a bit on that side and the tongue didn't get in the way. I'll have to remember that.c

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From:dsgood
Date:February 6th, 2008 04:06 am (UTC)
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Good thoughts headed your way!!!
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 6th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)
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Thanks!
From:writingortyping
Date:February 6th, 2008 12:20 pm (UTC)
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Oh, here's hoping all goes well for poor Giorgio!
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 6th, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC)
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He's in massive renal failure. I just got back from taking him to an internal medicine vet where my vet got them to work him in. The general vet there is putting in a catheter and IVs and starting him out on potassium (I hope it doesn't hurt cats as much as it does humans through IVs). When the IM vet is free, they'll do an ultrasound. It's possible it's something like a kidney stone, but it's more likely that he's too far gone for treatment.

I told them I'd been told I was going to die in a few days three times and that I'd been in stage three renal failure for 17 years, so I had hope he would be stubborn, too.

Spirit and Shiva were very upset that I left with Giorgio and came home without him.
From:writingortyping
Date:February 6th, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
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Oh NO! Poor Giorgio. Poor Spirit and Shiva.

Poor YOU.
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 6th, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, thanks. I haven't heard from them yet.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 6th, 2008 11:33 pm (UTC)

Giorgio

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Marilee,

I am so sorry to hear about Giorgio. I was just going to leave a comment and decided to read further and saw your post about the renal failure. I very much hope he's a stubborn little cat and will come out just fine. I'll be keeping you and him in my thoughts.
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Date:February 6th, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC)

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Sorry ........ I forgot: I hope Shiva and Spirit as okay as well.
And this time I'll sign .......
Doris
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 7th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)

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Thanks. I just got the call from the general vet. They're getting fluids in (and it turns out cats don't react to getting potassium in with IVs which is good because it's amazingly painful for humans) and have taken more sophisticated blood tests. The ultrasound showed his right kidney is smaller (so is mine, and he's getting meds I've had) and both kidneys show the signs of chronic renal failure. His heart is fine, so they're starting aggressive IV therapy and they'll check his labs in 12 and 24 hours and then evaluate whether treatment is possible. I can call anytime, I wonder if I can visit tomorrow. It's not like I'd be freaked out by the IVs.
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