Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Update on Abbey


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.

20 comments:

  1. I sure do care about your Abbey. I have had similar problems with Katie who didn't lose weight. Since I started her on feline probiotics, she has improved a lot. Please keep us up on her. Love to her. xox

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  2. I gave Toby Evo venison food a few years back. He's another one with a delicate stomach. He loved the taste but it DID NOT agree with his stomach, at all. Please keep us posted on her progress.

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  3. I hope everything turns out well. Keep us posted!

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  4. Lets hope it's nothing serious

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  5. Well, I know you will still be worried till the rounds of testing are done, but this does sound encouraging in many ways and your vet sounds very thorough and wise, doing the least invasive options first. Lizzie is a venison fan -- can't stand the stuff myself but it's one of her favorites. I hope the change of food and parasite meds together help the problem. Thinking good thoughts!

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  6. Praying for Abbey. I had to take corn out of one of my cat's diets and she stopped throwing up. That one was easy. Still have a kitty who keeps breaking out and have not been able to pinpoint whether food allergy or not. Purring you find out what is going on with dear Abbey furry soon.

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  7. Purrs for Abbey. I hope you figure it out soon.

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  8. Feeling confident about your vet is so important when you have a sick kitty! Well, no so sick, maybe...? Keeping my fingers crossed!

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  9. abbey...we iz buzzed happee for ewe that yur a point mint for de most part wented well....we iz even mor buzzed happee ya haza vet that haz sum troo concern for yur care....round heer itz mor like...sign heer...is that chex cash ore charge ~~~~~~~~ tell yur mom ta chex out: chewy.com az they may haz de foodz ya knead...and yes they troo lee DUE, get it two ewe in like two dayz ♥♥♥♥♥

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  10. Sometimes "unremarkable" is a GREAT word! We will continue to pray for Abbey! We hope the new food comes in soon and that she responds well to it.
    Cammie, Mags, and our mom KZK

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  11. Prayers for beautiful Abbey. It sounds like she is in good hands. ❤

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  12. My heart goes out to you, it has to be so difficult. Praying the change in food helps. catchatwithcarenandcody

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  13. I had a cat with IBS that had to be on id his whole life (he was diagnosed as a kitten at the vet er - we had to do exploratory stomach surgery on him) It was a pain but we always fed him separate since the id was so expensive compared to other foods. Glad Abbey is doing alright and I hope the new foods go over well.

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  14. We hope Abbey is okay. It could very well be a food allergy or IBS. Sounds like the vet has a good course of action in place.

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  15. I am glad Abbey's tests were good and I pray that these changes will help. Does she eat too fast? I know Joanie vomits a lot because she eats it too fast and doesn't chew.

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  16. Happy to know about the test results. Praying for Abbey. I am sure Abbey will be alright. Please don't worry. Keep your calm. I know it is tough, please try. We all are with you.

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  17. Sending love and hugs to Abbey and you!

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  18. We are glad the tests showed nothing remarkable! We will keep on purring and praying for Abbey and you!

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  19. Everything will be akay! Keep in touch Tina)

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