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By Thursday morning, Ki still hadn't pooped, making at least 4 days without a bowel movement. I made an appointment with our regular vet to get him checked out that morning.

The vet took an x-ray, to see if anything was wrong. We were able to see on the x-ray that there were no obstructions. His colon was full and ready to go. He was just probably constipated from being dehydrated as a result of not eating. The vet and I also agreed that Ki may actually have been holding because he prefers to do his thing outside. And he's not allowed to go outside until his incision heals.

They gave him subcutaneous fluids to help hydrate him and move things along. They also gave me a laxative to give him at home. I was so relieved that everything seemed normal.

I gave him the laxative (Laculose, I think) as soon as we got home. He visited the litterbox about 10 minutes later.

By that time it was 1:30 and I hadn't eaten lunch yet. I probably would have taken the rest of the day off work, except that my boss asked me to do some specific things before the next day. So I grabbed my already-packed lunch and headed back to town.

Such drama this week! I am just emotionally fatigued by it all. And I still don't know what was wrong with him. Maybe he got into some trash or ate a mouse that had been sitting in the sun too long.

At least now he's eating, NOT vomiting, peeing, and pooping. Everything going in one end and out the other. Just like it's s'posed to!
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Ki had exploratory surgery last night, but they found no obstruction in his GI tract. They did find a calcified nodule in free-floating in his abdomen, and removed it. It's about the size of a large lima bean. Ir certainly could have made him uncomfortable.

He wasn't hungry when they fed him this morning. We went over to visit him around 1pm. I took a can of tuna to see if that would entice him. He completely refused it. He wouldn't even lick it off my fingers. He didn't seem to be in pain, but he was obviously unhappy. We gave him lots of pets, and he liked that. But clearly wasn't happy with the situation.

They're supposed to call when he has eaten and been able to keep the food down. It is 8pm now and they haven't called. Rob was thinking about visiting him but to be honest I think it would just depress me more...and I have cried a couple of times today.

To be honest, I don't think the nodule they removed is the cause of him not eating. I think it's something else, but I haven't a clue as to what it could be.

If he isn't eating tomorrow morning, I am thinking about transferring him to our normal vet, who will be open by then. They might be better equipped to deal with figuring out what's wrong. And they have his past medical records.
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For the past few days, my cat Ki has been refusing to eat. He'll ask for food as usual, then sniff at it and walk away. Or take just a few bites. Then he throws up what food he did eat.

As this has been going on at least three days, we decided it was time to take him to the vet. Our normal vet is closed on Sundays, so we took him to an emergency vet. They're pretty sure he has an obstruction in his digestive tract. X-rays showed an animal skull in his intestines. They want to do a barium scan to make sure then know exactly where the obstruction is. I just got a call that the vet just did the barium scan. The obstruction seems to be in his duodenum, the first section of the small intestine right off the stomach. He vomited up the barium, which indicates it's a pretty large obstruction.

He'll be getting surgery tonight to remove the obstruction. They'll keep him overnight and until they know he can eat safely.

Poor thing. I'm glad we went ahead and took him today. His blood work is fine and he doesn't have a fever. If we had waited longer he could be in worse trouble.
duriyah: (farmhouse winter)
Patches made it through another vet visit yesterday morning. I treated her for an upper respiratory infection a month ago. It returned, so this time she was given a different, stronger antibiotic. She's prone to these sneezy colds; I hope this med kicks it. I must remember to give her some yogurt once the course of antibiotics is done.

She also has a mild eye infection, and we got some antibiotic ointment to treat that. Otherwise, she seems to be doing well. As well as can be expected for an old girl. We did get a recommendation for a glucometer that can check blood glucose. I can use the tip of one of the insulin needles to prick a vein in her ear to obtain the tiny drop of blood the meter requires (immediately throwing the needle away, of course). That way I will be better able to stabilize her blood sugar and adjust her insulin dose as needed. I'm relieved to be able to have that ability so there's no more need to get her blood drawn at the vet, which just stresses her out too much for my comfort.

She has been on insulin since last May. She's made it through an entire vial, something I never thought would happen. She's a resilient, stubborn old girl. Later this afternoon I'll go get her prescription refilled, and pick up a glucometer at the same time. Caring for her is work, but I'm glad she's still with me. It makes me happy when she's happy and feeling good. :-)

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