Monday, January 26, 2009
Speaking of bathing Reggie...that took place last Sunday and what an ordeal that always is...as you recall Marley is very, very good with his baths, but Reggie on the other hand...
My long sleeve shirt was soaking by the end, water was all over the floor and Reggie squealed like a little piglet during most of it - no joke, that was the sound he was making. Poor thing. He then slept the rest of the day and wouldn't even purr for me like he usually does if he's napping and I start rubbing his back. Weird thing is, he enjoys sitting on the sink while I'm washing my face and brushing my teeth, but wants nothing to do with water when it involves him! Sphynx need regular baths because they don't have the hair to absorb the body oils. Lucky for me, and Reggie, he only gets a bath every three weeks.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Multiple views of the thorax were obtained. There is a mild bronchial
pattern with faint calcification of the bronchial walls. There is
slight cardiac enlargement with the heart traversing more than two
intercostal spaces in the lateral view.
Radiographic findings are most likely due to mild feline asthma
causing the clinical signs described. Infectious bronchitis and
fungal disease from Cryptococcus would be less likely. The presence
of early hypertrophic cardiomyopathy cannot be completely excluded
with the radiographic appearance of the heart.
Symptomatic therapy for feline asthma could be initiated as clinically
indicated. Echocardiography would be recommended to more accurately
assess the heart.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
They called me around 4:00pm and said he was ready to go. They were successful in getting all three x-rays, and good ones at that, but my vet saw some minor abnormalities on the x-ray and wanted to send them out to an expert radiographer. I said of course, along with another $100 (total vet bill was $420 and that was with my discount for the wellness plan!)
This worried me nonetheless, but those that know me know that I am a BIG worry wart about everything.....so I tried not to think the worse....
It was now time for me to leave work and I headed out to go pick up lil' Reggie. The vet was awesome when I got there and took me in the back of the hospital and showed me the x-rays and explained everything to me. His heart, aorta, veins, etc. all are normal and look the right size. His trachea is also perfect and clear. The only "abnormalities" she saw were these little itty bitty white dots that she called "Donuts" around his lungs in a few places. I forget what she said they were (collection of cells?), but basically they can be linked to bronchitis or asthma...she wants to get the expert's opinion to see if they are serious or not. We will have the results in about a week.
My awesome vet then explained to me what the next possible steps could be, depending on what the radiographer says. We could try steroids for the asthma, or possibly a tracheal wash with cytology and culture (more invasive).
Here's to hoping the radiologist doesn't think the x-rays are serious! Honestly, he's only had 3 minor coughing episodes in the last 2 weeks, that I've heard anyways, and in general we think he's improved. He is as peppery and hyper and loving as ever!
It was so cute when we got home - Reggie was in his carrier and I was opening the front door and Marley was on the other side howling and meowing and then Reggie started meowing too - guess they really missed each other yesterday....
Oh, and yes, Reggie got lots of "stinky goodness" last night, as did Marley!
This site's page talks about some of the items my vet explained to me yesterday, in particular the "donuts" and the tracheal wash. Just by "googling" feline asthma one can find lots more information. Please keep Reggie in your thoughts; if his asthma, or whatever it is, does not get any worse, I think that's the best outcome for now.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
I will be picking him up after work. He had to fast after midnight, but I sent him with his blanket and also some dry food for after they are finished with him. Poor guy was so hungry this morning - while I was brushing my teeth and washing my face he kept stretching out on my leg and nipping at my leg with his teethies!