Girls is getting 20, wow!! Wishing her a fast recover.
Dr Ironmonger called...Teia's blood work looked okay except her thyroid number is tight against the top of normal, so she's having the lab run a T4 count. Also, 1 kidney number is high and her urine was more dilute than normal.
She said there is a medication for both, which can be compounded so we will not have to stress Teia by trying to pill her.
I also asked again her opinion on Teia's age. She looked at her notes, apologized. Said she's rarely seen a cat as old as Teia. Thinks her first impression was incorrect, but Teia IS likely about 6 months older.
Missy T will be 19 in June.
Dr Ironmonger called, Miss Teia is now, officially hyperthyroid, by just a few points. Bringing her in tomorrow so they can use a needle to withdraw a sample from her bladder. She wants to culture it to make sure Missy T isn't running a low grade infection, which would explain the kidney function to some extent.
The thyroid medication is to be compounded into a gel we can rub into her ear once a day. The kidney medicine into a tuna or chicken flavored liquid we can mix with her food once a day.
WoW .I never see a inner ear gel product for cats here.But I have no problem giving pills to my girls.Liquids are the hell - thank Lord joy is again a good eater and I could give up that messy sugared vitamine
Sorry for the need of needle sample from the bladder
It sounds like Teia's issues are a clone of Jade's. We were offered the gel for thyroid, too. Unfortunately, it was too expensive for us. I'm glad you can afford. And kidney med compounded as well; that's great!
Thanks for keeping us updated. I'm sure you're worried, Pip. Sending hugs.
Gave Mss Teia the 1st treatment this morning. it's usually twice a day, but since the numbers are just over the border, Dr ironmonger wants to try a half dose. We'll take Missy T back in to the vet in May after 3 months to get her blood checked again.
Dr Ironmonger called, nothing in the culture. We'll be starting Teia on a twice a week dose of kidney medicine.
Happy to hear Teia doesn't have an infection. Is she eliminating and keeping her food down now? May I ask what the kidney med is called?
Hi Pip. It's been a long time since I've been on here. Just wanted to check to see how my buddies are doing and am sad to read that Teia is having issues.
I am wondering if Teia needs to increase her sub q fluids. I know that with kidney disease they do end up dealing with constipation.
Hope that you get good news with the test results. I also hope that you're doing well, too.
Monday night, Miss Teia was having the pukes again, did not keep down either food or water.
Got her in to see Dr Ironmonger Tuesday at 11:30. Vitals were good, she had pooped before we left the house, but was still a little full on examination. Will try upping her daily dose of Miralax a little as Doc thinks Teia is a little constipated, likely wages of being as elderly as she is.
Blood was taken and Doc gave her subq fluids, anti-nausea med and a mild appetite stimulant. Will have blood counts today full results next week.
Miss Teia has become quite the lap kitty, even letting Buff sleep near when she is on Anita'
A week later. Miss Teia seems to be doing just fine, back to her routine of ejecting solid waste every other day and liquid waste over night.
♥ good job miss Teia....wishing many more good days ahead for you sweet girl
I'm thinking that Miss Teia's kidney trouble may not be anything other than mild. Her pee seems to have more color, which the vet said is a sign her kidneys are filtering and concentrating the impurities properly.
We'll find out in a couple weeks when I bring her in for another check.
Woo Hoo, Miss Teia made a solid deposit today...2 Days in A Row. Very unusual for her, it's usually every 2 - 3 days.
Dr Ironmonger called to check and see how our old gal is doing. Said she'd like to see Teia again next month.
Miss Teia is getting to be very insistent that she be given a bit of the people food we are eating: Sunday - grilled lamb, Monday - roast beef, Tuesday - baked chicken, Wednesday - potato salad (though, Anita just let her lick the mayo residue off her plate).
Just back from the vet clinic with Miss Teia.
She was stopped up a little, also needed blood work to check how the thyroid medicine is working.
Over all, she looked good for her age, even gained a few ounces since last time.
Blood work results were good, no surprises. Kidney numbers are still at the low end of too high.
Thyroid, liver, calcium, electrolytes and blood count were all good, too.
Got subq fluids, considering taking her in every week or so for that. She will not stay still long enough at home for us to do it.
First thing she wanted when we got home was food, which is a change from earlier today.
Started Miss Teia on Calcitriol to see if this will help her kidneys (early stare renal failure) this past Sunday morning, dose 2 this evening. Will bring her in to get her blood work rechecked 2 days after dose 5.