Update on Luci
- We went to see the vet on Saturday and Monday. We go again on Thursday.
Her ulcer is about 3/4 healed but then it quit healing and her eye was just
accepting the ulcer. So on Monday he took a q-tip and rubbed on the ulcer
to try to rough it up so it will start the healing process again. He also
switched her to a different antibiotic which is now drops that get put in
every 4 hours (when possible). She had lost about .6 of a pound on Saturday
but was up again on Monday. I've been leaving her cone off which seems to
keep her attitude up and she eats normally. She's sleeping alot and keeping
her eye closed so that tells me it's healing again. It's not getting
inflamed this time either. He'll look at it again on Thursday and if it's
not healed then we'll be sent to an oncologist (eye specialist). He said
they'll do what he did but they'll rough up her ulcer with lasers and she'll
have to be put under.
He said her heart rate is normal. I asked for more information about who to
see for an ultrasound if I decide to go that route. He said the University
of MN has a new doppler machine for checking hearts. He showed me a price
list and it would be about $200. The might add on a charge for reading the
ultrasound and then for office visit and what not. I asked him about
checking her pulse. He said they have had a machine for about a year but
haven't had time to learn how to use it. It's a doppler one. Then he
decided to try it out on Luci. That was pretty neat. He let me listen to
it and he put it on his pulse so I could hear what it would sound like. We
tried to get a reading on her front paw but that didn't work very well. So
he got one on the bottom of her tail at the base. Then we tried to get one
on her back leg too. She was so good. She let them to anything but draw
blood from her neck. So they took blood from her back leg for CBC, thyroid,
and general chem. Everything looked good from the blood tests. So I'm
going to watch her weight to make sure she doesn't get too skinny. Her
weight loss is probably BARF related and kitten "torture" related. The main
thing now is to get her eye healed up. Then I have to decide if I want to
do the ultrasound at the U before we get her teeth cleaned. We were at the
vets for about an hour and a half on Saturday. He thinks for her heart I
should just keep doing the CoQ10 and taurine.
Thanks to everyone who offered advice. It helped me ask my vet the right
- -----Original Message-----
> From: Heather.M.Hamilton@...That should be opthamologist, presumably (oncologist == cancer
> Sent: Wednesday, January 02, 2002 1:15 PM
> To: email@example.com
> Subject: [feline-heart] Update on Luci
> We went to see the vet on Saturday and Monday. We go
> again on Thursday. Her ulcer is about 3/4 healed but
> then it quit healing and her eye was just
> accepting the ulcer. . . .
> He'll look at it again on Thursday and if it's
> not healed then we'll be sent to an oncologist (eye
specialist). BTW: it is a very good idea to have her see the
opthamologist at that point, as eye problems are something you
don't want to trifle with.
> He said her heart rate is normal. I asked for moreI recommend the ultrasound regardless of the cost. But at $200,
> information about who to see for an ultrasound if
> I decide to go that route. He said the University
> of MN has a new doppler machine for checking hearts.
> He showed me a price list and it would be about $200.
> They might add on a charge for reading the
> ultrasound and then for office visit and what not.
I wouldn't hesitate for a minute. TGhat's a real bargain
comapred to what we pay here.
> Heather Hamilton--
> Minneapolis, MN
Tabby (RB), Lynx (RB), Licorice, Tigger, Jet