|Abbey meditating, Jan. 10, 2017|
Abbey and I want to thank you for your thoughts and prayers and healing vibes. We appreciate your support!
Abbey saw an internal medicine specialist, Dr. Rios, on Monday. She took a detailed history, conducted an examination, took x-rays, and did extensive lab work (blood work and urinalysis).
Her blood work, x-rays, and urinalysis were “unremarkable.” She has not lost any more weight since her visit with our regular vet in December. She weighs 12 pounds and 11 ounces. Dr. Rios said she had normal muscle mass.
Dr. Rios is not sure what is causing Abbey’s chronic bringing up of food (usually regurgitation, sometimes vomiting). She thinks it’s possible that it’s related to gastritis, such as a food allergy or inflammatory bowel disease.
But there are many things that could be causing the problem. Because of that and because Abbey had shown improvement after a diet change in late 2015, Dr. Rios wants to take several steps.
She wants Abbey to eat exclusively Hill’s or Royal Canin Venison. If she eats it, we need to keep her on it for at least 3 weeks to assess the effects.
She will be on Cerenia once a day for 7 to 10 days. Dr. Rios wants to try it to see if it makes any difference.
There is also the possibility of gastric parasites, so Abbey is receiving 3 doses of medicine for that over 4 weeks.
If there’s no significant change, then more testing will be done, including a gastroduodenoscopy. Dr. Rios said because of her young age and because she looked in good physical condition (not emaciated), she wanted to try the above first before doing a scope.
Dr. Rios wants us to continue keeping a log of any episodes and keep her updated via email every few days about how she’s doing.
Abbey did very well at the vet’s on Monday. Usually she has to be sedated for anything to be done, but she didn’t have to be. The fact that she allowed the x-rays, etc. without sedation is astounding to us, but we are glad. Dr. Rios said Abbey was even purring for them.
We had to order the venison food from our regular vet, and because of delays due to weather, it won’t arrive until later this week. Meanwhile, we’re offering an ID food that Dr. Rios gave us.
We had a helpful discussion about commercial cat food and prescription food and how one little tweak in a formula or recipe can have effects on the cats.
Abbey seems to feel good, and is eating the ID food and her regular food. Connor and Natasha seem to like the ID food, too. I hope all three will eat the venison. It is always easier in a multi-cat household if everyone is eating the same thing!
We are going to take it a step at a time. We are thankful that nothing serious was found in her blood work, x-rays, or exam, and we hope the diet changes will help. We liked Dr. Rios, and we appreciate her willingness to get emails from us about how Abbey is doing.
Thank you again from the bottom of my heart for caring about Abbey.