Well, Tanner started eating a little better last week after starting him on the nausea pills, so I did not take him to his "reserved emergency" appointment on Thursday. I should have known better since we were heading into a holiday weekend! By Saturday, Tanner was not eating well at all. I could tell he just didn't feel real well, but wasn't sure how to help him. He also seemed a bit wobbly on his back legs.
Sunday we weighed like normal, and he had lost a significant amount of weight. I knew I was taking him somewhere on Monday (the holiday) and hoping our regular vet was open, because I knew the vet school clinics were closed. Thankfully, when I called Monday morning they answered! They worked us in that morning and we ran blood work. I thought maybe his renal values would have gone up considerably and that would be the cause of the lack of appetite. They were not too high actually when the numbers came back...even the vet was a bit surprised. His potassium levels were very low though...this could explain the weakness and overall icky feeling.
We started on some potassium supplements, an appetite stimulant and he was given a small amount of fluids because he was dehydrated. By the afternoon, he was snacking away pretty well,but still wobbly as you can tell by his back legs. We had beautiful warm weather, so some time in the sun was good medicine too.
He will be going to the vet school on Thursday for a check up, ultrasound, blood work, biopsies maybe, and potentially his last dose of chemo, if they deem he is able to handle it. I hope these new symptoms and issues are just side effects from all the chemo, and once we get it out of his system he will bounce back for me. Right now, we are just supporting him through this and waiting to see what is found on Thursday.
Everyone keep sending purrs...we have another hurdle to cross!