Updated: Just heard from the vet...Smokey is not responding to treatment at all. His numbers have not improved. He is telling us it is time to go. Smokey will be crossing the bridge in the morning, at home, in his favorite bed, surrounded by love and family.
Today, I am thankful for the blogging community and friends! Thank you all for the support you are showing me and Smokey, (and Tanner) at this time. Thank you Ann for the wonderful graphic and for spreading the word about Smokey.
Smokey is at the vet for day three of fluid therapy...he seems a bit perkier today, is walking/standing better, and is cooperating at the vet's office! He still does not want to eat much, if at all, on his own. The vet used a syringe yesterday and fed him 1/4 can of AD food. I hope if we can support him and get some more food into his system, he will feel better and want to eat on his own. Eating is something we have struggled with for months though, although not to this extreme!
Today, he will have his blood work rechecked, and I hope we will see the numbers going in the right direction. If not, other decisions may need to be made. The vet has listed his prognosis as "guarded" at the moment, so we are taking things slow and are thankful for any small improvements we see.
I'm not exactly sure all the meds he is getting at the vets office, but this is what I do know:
- Cerenia (nausea)
- Clavamox (antibiotic)
- Something to help bring the phosphorous levels down
- IV fluids
A couple of things I am truly thankful for are:
1) Timing - so thankful I did not treat the Hyper-Thyroid at the radiation center earlier this year when we determined he had a problem. I have had many wonderful months with my Goose!
2) I am thankful we held off on doing the blood work until August, and did not do it at the visit in July...the pet sitter would have been dealing with this problem because I would have been out of the country!
3) Very thankful that Tanner is doing well, and at least for the time being, I am focusing my main attention on one sick boy instead of two.
Things happen for a reason, and at the right time!
I appreciate all the comments on the last post, and the suggestions many of you made about alternative care options. I plan to research those suggestions and may be contacting some of you for more information!
Thank you all for the continued purrs and prayers!