Good news that Sweetie is doing better...two days in a row is
One other thing I meant to mention earlier. When Muffin was with me
and when he would get a "cold" (runny eyes, sniffles or extra
sneezing) I had my vets permission to give him L-lysine. It seemed to
help him kick the "bug" whatever it was. I take it too when I feel I
am "coming down" with something. My Naturopathic physician said that
L-lysine seems to interfer with a virus' ability to replicate, so it
is mainly effective for suspected viral infections.
I was wondering is possibly Sweetie might have a mild viral
infection in her upper GI tract that might be contributing to her
L-lysine is an amino acid and is available at most well-stocked
healthfood stores. I know of several other cats who have used it and
it seemed to help them, but they were dealing with sneezing, sniffles
and runny eyes. My vet recommended 250mg once per day. The tablets are
usually sold as 500mg, but the split easily and crush up easily too.
They have a very mild, slightly "sour milk" taste, similar to yoghurt.
You should be able to slip some into Sweeties wet food easily enough.
Hang in there...you are doing an incredible job with a very
difficult balancing act! BTW, my vet said that I should not get too
worried about the BUN numbers as they can easily rise and fall
depending on what sort of food had just been eaten last. I gave Muffin
high protien meals (which, even though he had CRF, seemed to work best
for him) and so his BUN was often a little elevated, but that was just
what was "normal" for him.
And finally, we did see Muffin's liver ALT numbers go DOWN after
using Milk Thistle extract, so I can recommend this for kitties who
have a serious balancing act to maintain. Again, available in a good
health food store. Get the organic kind and the no alcohol kind, but
you knew that I'll bet! ;-)
We will keep praying for Sweetie...hopefully she will continue to
have nice steady good progress!
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, "Carol R." <carolroars@h...>
> hi Everyone,
> Sorry for not writing sooner, but things have just been so touch and
> I don't have much news to tell you. I'm giving Sweetie the dandelion
> extract for her fluid and I think it's helping some. She's at least
> breathing easier most of the time and she's eating a bit more.
> We're still battle the throwing up, but she went Wednesday and
> Thursday without spewing, so she got some rest from that. Don't know
> what Friday will bring, but I just keep hoping that she can go
> another day "spew-less".
> Her heart has taken a beating with this second bout of fluid
> and it's developed a galloping now that it didn't have before, and
> that's not good.
> We took her in for labwork on Tuesday after the weekend, and the
> bloodwork came back with her BUN and Creatinine elevated again. Her
> BUN went from mid 60's to 86 and Creat went from 4.0 to 5.6, so
> that's not good. I'm being very careful with her subQ's and trying
> keep her hydrated to help her kidneys get back to more normal again,
> now that the dandelion has been getting rid of the fluid from her
> chest. It's a tenuous balancing act for sure, but she's doing okay
> for now.
> All her other numbers were normal, except she's got a high wbc count
> again, and we're not sure why. Could be infection or they keep
> suggesting cancer, but I'm not putting her through any more tests.
> The vet also said the tumor on her thyroid, which is the cause of
> hyperT, has gotten really big. I felt it and it's about an inch
> around. That's really disheartening, because there's nothing we can
> do about it. Radioactive iodine is out and so is surgery. She's
> live through either of those things. All we can do is increase her
> Tapazole, because the growth is making her thyroid really be
> and spewing out too much hormone all the time. The vet said that
> thyroid is probably the reason for her weak heart, that if we could
> get the thyroid under control, the heart might recuperate some. That
> would be nice if we could have that happen. But the Tapazole is
> hard on her liver and kidneys, so it's a catch 22.
> Anyway, she seems comfy for now. She's sleeping a lot, but when
> up, she's alert and is eating, and she still is giving Chelsea a
> time, so I like that.
> Thanks to everyone for all the prayers. We still need them and
> appreciate them with all our hearts.
> Carol FritzyAngel and Sweetie
> Puddy Boo Punkie MeanMama and Chelsea