I agree with the other member who posted earlier, you have no room to wait for Chloe's appetite to improve. While you and your vet continue to try to figure out what's causing this, don't wait...immediately join the yahoo group:
There are other Rx drugs for nausea. It's up to you and your vet to figure out which one works for Chloe. Don't delay, pls. It can be gastric, the lip licking indicates gastritis for sure. Pleas continue to explore your Rx options, but join the assisted feeding group tonight
From: zan200 <zan200@...
To: feline-heart <email@example.com
Sent: Mon, Jan 14, 2013 5:52 pm
Subject: [FH] Chloe Update - Not Eating/To Vet Tomorrow
Chloe's been having some "ups and downs" so I thought I'd post a long overdue update.
Chloe's last vet visit was 1/7 for a checkup - bloodwork was very good - so no change in meds. Vet still has Chloe on the enalapril/spiro/lasix combo AM and PM, with the lasix being skipped every other AM. She's on 1/4 tab cypro for her appetite - with not much success.
Chloe's been doing a lot of lip licking/burping/tooth grinding - vet says this is nausea, so I was given Cerenia to administer as needed. Chloe was also given 50ml's of fluids because she was slightly dehydrated. Heart sounds/respiration all OK.
Fast forward to this weekend. Chloe experienced more lip licking/burping etc., Sunday, so I gave her a dose of Cerenia - she looked miserable and about 15 minutes later threw up...Ugh! Not much eating since then despite a dose of cypro Sunday night...Early this morning I did one of my 2-3X daily hydration tests (pulled up a small section of fur on Chloe's upper back to see how quickly the skin snaped back) - hydration seemed poor - so I performed my first ever home IV...
Set up went OK - thankfully I had my mother available to turn the IV mechanism on and off...I managed to get the needle in correctly, but Chloe was understandably not happy and decided to try and "leave" right in the middle of the procedure - YIKES! I had to let go of Chloe's fur with my left hand to hold her in place, all while keeping the needle positioned with my right hand - not easy! After the procedure was complete, I took a few deep breaths :), and then called the vet office to let them know what was going on...Vet has surgery all day tomorrow, but she will see Chloe before office hours - 8:00AM...
Chloe's respiration rate still seems good - running about 16-24, but she looks "off" - I can't get her interested in eating - no tuna "juice, salmon "juice" - nothing entices her to eat more than a couple of little nibbles...I did notice yesterday that along with the tooth grinding, Chloe did paw at her mouth - could she be having a dental issue (Please NOOOOOOO!)?
Any advice regarding the not eating issue or suggestions of any kind would be greatly appreciated...
Thanks so much,
Suzanne and Chloe
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