Monday, December 26, 2011
My little Annie has always been a nervous kitteh - startling easily and darting from one thing to another. In fact, with her grey coat, this had earned her the nickname, "Squirrelette." Over the past year, she had taken to being even more timid than usual, hanging out by herself more and more (aka hiding), developed a chronic sneeze, lost weight and, frustratingly, decided the dining room floor was an appropriate place to relieve herself. (Yes, she's ruined some of the brand new hardwood flooring... *sigh*)
Long story short - Annie has become a "frequent flyer" at the vet. Poor thing has had tests out the wazoo and we tried a number of things to address her various issues, including putting her on Prozac for the peeing (sadly, ineffective). One trip revealed deterioration in her kidney numbers. So, on meds she went (one for the kidneys plus an appetite stimulant) and things improved somewhat. She's chilled out and seems happier (more snuggling, etc.). She's been in regularly to keep an eye on her weight, let the doc recheck her numbers, and to treat the recurring bouts of sneezing.
Last week she started again with the sneezing and I had a heck of a time getting her to eat (probably because she can't smell when this happens). The day before Christmas Eve, Annie and I headed to the vet. Doc has been worried about her chronic respiratory issues, even though we manage to get the episodes under control, so he suggested it was time for an x-ray to look at her lungs.
Well, her lungs are fine! But something weird showed up on the x-ray. Don't mind saying I was plenty worried we were now looking at a surgery to remove a foreign body. Doc sent it out to a radiologist for review and he came back with a happy answer - it's a bile stone and it requires no intervention. He also said that it appears Annie had undiagnosed heart problems in the past which are now healed. Good to know - Doc will be keeping an eye (or ear, as the case may be) out for any cardiac complications.
So, all together, not a bad day at the vet. Looks like my little lady is going to be high maintenance for the foreseeable future, though!
Posted by HubbleSpacePaws at 11:51 PM