Thursday, April 26, 2007

Speaking Of Animals...

For those of you who are interested in an update, I took Vir back to the vet today, since his breathing has, if anything, gotten worse rather than better. He doesn't seem to have any horrible attacks where he can't breathe or anything, but he spends a lot of the day sounding like he's stuffed up even though he appears to be snot-free, and there are times when he's unambiguously wheezing.

So the vet took some x-rays... His lungs mostly look good, but there was a bit of a white area on the x-ray the doctor wasn't too sure about. He still thinks it's probably asthma, though. So Mr. Catto now has more steroids (for if it is an allergic thing), and antibiotics (just in case there's an infection) and a bronchiodialator (to open up his airways). Oh, joy, oh joy... I get to feed him four doses of liquid and part of a pill every day.

If all that stuff doesn't help, they may want to look at his heart, although that may require equipment my vet doesn't even have. Man, I'm really hoping this'll do the trick.

9 comments:

  1. I hope it does the trick, It would be rather ironic if it turned out that Vir is allergic to people.

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  2. I've been told that you can give ventalin to cats...you use a regular ventalin or steroid inhaler and a special "adaptor tube" that fits over the cat's nose and mouth tha tyou express the puffer into so they have to breathe it in...maybe that would be an option? It's supposed to really help with asthma for cats...
    Poor Vir.
    I've been going through allergy hell this spring...can't imagine how a cat would deal with it.

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  3. The vet mentioned that the last time I was there. It doesn't exactly sound like happy fun times for the cat, though, so I'm kind of hoping he doesn't need it. Again, he's not having full-blown asthma attacks where he can't catch his breath or anything (yet). I'm keeping my fingers crossed that he won't get to that point.

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  4. Poor guy! I hope he gets better soon!

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  5. I have never heard of cat asthma, I am truly sorry Betty. (and Vir)

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  6. Apparently it's actually fairly common, just like in people. I feel like I shouldn't complain too much, or accept too much sympathy, because he really could be a whole lot worse. Still, it is rather disturbing.

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  7. Notice how everyone has more sympathy for the cat than when you had the allergy issues.

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  8. Ha! Well, I guess he is furrier and more lovable than I am. :)

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