It has been a wild few days, but things are getting a bit better for all. Little by little we are getting some answers and getting our footing now.
Mickey was discharged from the hospital after a little more than 24 hours there. Apparently they thought he was adorable, but they were less thrilled that he chewed through 3 IV lines, even with a cone on him, and Bitter Apple on the lines. He’s a willful little kitten!! But he is doing better.
His stool is taking some form and he is not having constant diarrhea anymore. The diagnosis is three fold: food allergies, gastroenteritis (probably from the food allergies), and they are treating him for parasites just in case. His fecals are clean, but he did have round worm a month or more ago (and was treated for it) but he is being treated for parasites in general again, just in case.
They sent him home with some serious probiotics that are given every four hours, so it was loads of fun getting up twice in the middle of the night last night. Luckily, that part is finished at bedtime tonight, and he continues just on the capsule version put on his food daily. He is also getting a dewormer for five days, and it tastes like crap, but he’ll survive. He is also back on metronidozole for the diarrhea and Clavamox, an antibiotic. So he has a very full med schedule, but I’m getting the hang of it.
He is now eating a duck based cat food, and rather than having kibble available all the time, he is getting four meals a day. It seems like he is endlessly hungry and eats non-stop and that just makes the diarrhea worse. So he is eating regularly through the day and evening, and I’m trying to balance what he needs with what his two brothers need. I would normally leave kibble out all the time for kittens, but Mickey can’t eat the kibble they eat, and he shouldn’t eat all day long. So everyone is getting multiple canned food meals from 6 am to about 8 pm. If it gets him feeling better, so be it.
Bodhi also had a vet visit on Wednesday, and was diagnosed mostly with anxiety, but I was glad the vet mentioned the possibility of CCD, or canine cognitive disorder. Bodhi has many of the symptoms of CCD, though there isn’t a specific and definitive test for this. But if you ever need to know more about it, Eileen Anderson’s book, Remember Me? is a readable, carefully researched, and practice guide to living with a dog who has CCD. Maybe six months ago Marley observed that Bodhi kind of “sun downs” late in the day, and that hasn’t improved over time. Being blind makes it a little harder to evaluate some of the usual symptoms but Bodhi’s generalized anxiety, his overall change in behavior and activity over the last six months or so, and his new habit of getting himself stuck in corners (again, harder to evaluate since he is blind), his wakefulness as night which never happened in the past, pacing, etc., all sort of point to CCD. For now he has been put on Trazadone to help with the anxiety, but I will be re-reading Anderson’s book and we see the vet next week, and may look at some medical options if they seem helpful. For most CCD dogs environmental assists, and some enrichment activities, along with medications as needed, are pretty much what can be done. But for the moment, he is more comfortable on the sedative. Getting old is tough, whether you have two legs or four.
That’s the news for now. I’m so glad we aren’t working fulltime anymore, and have enough space in our schedules to provide what everyone needs. It is all stressful, but not nearly as much as it would have been in years past when we were hardly home all day.
Thank you for all your kind thoughts on the previous blogs. I was a little overwhelmed with vet trips and what all the various pets needed, and didn’t get to answer in detail, but I so appreciate knowing that you’re all out there pulling for these guys!