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Old 01-02-2013, 12:33 PM   #21
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Maccabee's poop was normal this morning! I didn't give him any pumpkin in his chicken and rice breakfast this morning. Hopefully his poops will stay firm/normal.

I'm still waiting to hear from the vet regarding the type of bladder stones. When I speak with him, I'll ask if I should start transitining Maccabee back to his regular food or keep him on chicken and rice for a few more days.

Eight more days of chasing down Maccabee and holding him still enough to administer the antibiotic.
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Maccabee's poop was normal this morning! I didn't give him any pumpkin in his chicken and rice breakfast this morning. Hopefully his poops will stay firm/normal.

I'm still waiting to hear from the vet regarding the type of bladder stones. When I speak with him, I'll ask if I should start transitining Maccabee back to his regular food or keep him on chicken and rice for a few more days.

Eight more days of chasing down Maccabee and holding him still enough to administer the antibiotic.
Yay! Don't make the mistake I did of transitioning him back too soon. A few more days on chicken and rice won't hurt him, and it will give his gut more time to heal.

Are his antibiotics liquid or a pill? If it's liquid, that's tough. But if it's a pill, I just wrap any pills in a tiny piece of cheese and Kodi swallows them before he even knows he took a pill! I can call him by saying "Wanna piece of cheese?" and he comes running!

Keeping my fingers crossed for you AND him about the stones!!!
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Old 01-02-2013, 07:20 PM   #23
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Are his antibiotics liquid or a pill? If it's liquid, that's tough.

Keeping my fingers crossed for you AND him about the stones!!!
Unfortunately, the antibiotic is a liquid.

On a positive note, the vet believes the stones are the dissolvable type. We have two treatment options: special diet or two week course of medication. Since we had a tough time finding food that works for Maccabee, the vet suggested sticking with what has been working and doing two weeks of medication. We'll start the medication next week, after his gut has had a chance to get back to normal. The new med s a pill, which will be much easier to administer.

Thanks for keeping Maccabee in your thoughts.
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hey Tillie's on week 2 of her antibiotics for crystals!! lol
What is Maccabee taking? Tillie's on Cipro and Kelfex ... sigh.
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hey Tillie's on week 2 of her antibiotics for crystals!! lol
What is Maccabee taking? Tillie's on Cipro and Kelfex ... sigh.
The vet said the oral antibiotics used to treat UTIs often cause GI distress and diarrhea. Since Maccabee is also being treated for a GI infection, he thought an antibiotic injection would be a better route. I don't recall what the injection was.

The med we start next week should dissolve the stones and crystals.

Is Tillie feeling better? I think the oral antibiotic Maccabee is taking for the GI infection makes him feel "yucky." Last night he looked uncomfortable and was very feisty. Today, he's hanging out in his expen while I work, and he looks like all he wants to do is veg out. He's still peeing in the house I think once the stones are gone, I'm going to have to start house training again, like he's a puppy.
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ya, Tillie seems to have a very stron GI system, thus far. She's had probiotics daily for a year and a half along with her diet.
The 2 antibiotics haven't caused her any issues what so ever! we are very thankful!! I am being careful not to walk her in place where there are lots of dogs as with being on the antibiotics her system is probably pretty vulnerable right now.
She seems to be doing much better, but we STILL have the hallways/bedrooms gated off.
She has pee'd in her CRATE twice now, so I know she is still having issues, but overall is feeling much better! We are just making SURE she doesn't have a chance to pee on the beds and gating rooms off/watching her like a hawk. It's odd for us because she potty trained SO far when she was little. That's how I KNEW something was wrong. She NEVER had accidents, let alone on our beds!!!
I hope Maccabee is feeling better soon! How are his poops?
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What a drag poor guy . Sorry you have had to go threw all this with him we are hoping he will recover very soon. It seems you have a very good vet.
PS: He probably remembers all his potty training but he's just sick right now.
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What a drag poor guy . Sorry you have had to go threw all this with him we are hoping he will recover very soon. It seems you have a very good vet.
PS: He probably remembers all his potty training but he's just sick right now.
I love our vets. An ex-boyfriend insisted I take my cat to them when a vet at a large animal hospital in our area wanted to do $1,800 worth of treatments on my 18-year-old cat to treat her "acute renal failure." When I suggested they run blood tests and I'll consider treatment options after we have a diagnosis, the vet told me I could take her home and "she might make it through the night." He gave her some subcutaneous fluid and I took her home. He called me about 3 hours later with the blood work results: her kidney function was nearly exactly the same as it had been 8 months prior. She had mild kidney disease as one would expect to find in a geriatric cat.

A few days later she went to the new vet (our current vet). He said she did not look like a cat at death's door and after examining her said she was in very good health for a cat her age. He suspected she had an acute GI issue which resolved on its own (she threw up constantly the night before she went to the original vet) and had become dehydrated. The fluids helped her and she bounced back. That vet and his partner treated Cleo for another 3.5 years, until she died from a skin cancer lesion that metasticised.

The vet we initially saw for Cleo (Jason) had worked at the large animal hospital for 7 years and had recently bought a practice with another vet from the practice. The other vet (Len) had worked at the large animal hospital for 17 years and had been their director of medicine. Cleo saw both Jason and Len. Maccabee had seen only Len until this illness, when she saw Jason. We love both and I'm comfortable with him seeing either vet. They recently hired an associate, who I have yet to meet.
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