February 13th 2011 11:34 am
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Hello all you furry beautiful kitties! We have some good news all the way around fur a change! Little Vern is doing GREAT. My momma really thinks he doesn't have an embolism at all. That test was never done and it was a complete guess by the vet. He has every sign of having diabetic neuropathy and is currently responding to the high doses of Methyl B12. Mom told Vern's mom about Methyl B12 being used for that condition in kitties and that it's a drastic change in a short time. Of course he needs to get his glucose tested but in just a few short days, he's up and walking around. His legs are still weak and wobbly but on Thursday he couldn't stand at all, couldn't get to his litter box and was very weak. The first day on the B12 he ate by himself and went for a poop. Later the second night, he pawmailed Finney to tell him that he actually RAN to his mom! He was still very wobbly in the legs but his mom was crying tears of joy. So we're hoping to keep up the B12 treatments for him, add some sardine oil for his heart and joints and everything, he's already changed his litter to Sweat Scoop and we're advising about a possible diet change. Keep purring hard and keep your paws crossed because this could be a miracle in the making! If it is in fact diabetic neuropathy, that's very easily treated and reversible with insulin, proper diet, B12 therapy, etc. Of course my momma is not a vet and this is also a guess but the alternative was poor Vern just losing his fight. So an educated guess is better than nothing and it seems to be working. Whoo hoo!
As for Midnight, you may know that last week she had to be brought to the vet quite suddenly because she was bleeding when she peed and was in a lot of pain. This was more than just a little blood too so it was quite scary. She'd been to the vet almost 2 months ago and had Clavamox but it only made her more sick. So they did x-rays and said her large intestines are swollen 3 times their normal size! They did blood work and it all came back normal except for a high WBC count and signs of infection. So now she's had her food changed to Natural Balance and she's on Amoxicillan. Yesterday she was bugging everyone for their food, she had big black eyes, a pink nose and was feeling very hungry. Which is good because she lost a whole pound in less than 2 months!!!! Ugh, speaking from someone who knows how dangerous that is, we were quite scared. We're hoping it's just an infection because this can also signify cancer but for now we're hoping for the best and will deal with what comes next when it comes. She's 2 years older than Moufasa so anything is possible. She's about 16 I think. I just put up a picture of her and of Mouffey on my page if you'd like to see.
AND, since Finney and Lacey got themselves valentines I had to see if my favorite friend here at the bridge would be mind. I asked him and he said yes but only if I'd share him with his long time valentine Sky. I hope she doesn't mind sharing at all and is okay with it! But Aryeh said Sky will be his earthbound valentine and he'll be going to the Valentine's Day ball with me here at the bridge. I'm so excited I don't know what to wear! I think I'll have some pink glitter hearts decorated on my wings. What do you think? I think it's going to be a glorious night and it's also Aryeh's birthday that day! So it will be doubly special.
Last but not least, occasionally we'll ask if anyone would like to get our newsletter from our website. www.ibdkitties.net. We don't like to seem pushy or bug anyone so we just ask once in awhile. It's a great newsletter. Mommy gives all kinds of research links and news on feline health, preventative stuff, new products we think are safe for kitties. We also send out immediate recall notices for not just food but medications and medical supplies, share information with each other and all kinds of stuff. Your email stays completely private and is never, ever given out to anyone. It doesn't even show up in the mailing, it's blocked so nobody sees your name or anything. COMPLETELY your choice, we just like to offer it. Lots of people are on it and seem to like it. If you do decide you'd like it, you can either email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and give your parent's full name and regular email address and say "subscribe". OR you can pawmail us that info as well. We do need your full name for the address book though so don't leave that out. Like we said, nobody sees it but us.
Okay everyone! Have a furtastic day and don't forget to stop by and wish Gumpy a happy DOTD! Wow, that's so great. He's having a wonderful week and thank goodness. We think it's doing wonders to help him heal. He's such a special guy and we love his whole family furry much! Concats Gumpy!!!!
Luv Alex, sending Valentines kissies from the bridge
"Blushes" Of ccourse I'll share my Valentines. So happy you are feeling better Vern.
Kisses and hugs
Great to hear about Vern!!!
We are so happy he is doing well, and feelinb better.
Thank you Natalie and thank you furry much Sky! I didn't want to intrude on your tradition with Aryeh so I wanted to make sure it was okay. Are you feeling better now that you had some of those bad toofies taken out? I hope so sweetie! Big hugs.
I think it is a miracle We've been hoping and purring from him. He's left us some mail, but I believe you guys have a tighter relationship than we do.
Wear something strapy and chocolate colored. Don't look at me like that. I'm Zachery Bond the great dress giver to all women. I know what would compliment any womens figure and coloring. Glad you've got a date. I wish you could say hey to the Oreo Quad. Mom's Rainbow kitties.
We are still purring for little Vern,Midnight and Gump.
Great news about Vern!
Good to hear about Vern! I'm going to pass your diary entry to Diego's Mommy cause he is dealing with the diabetic neuropathy too.
Violet told my mom about your Diary entry about the Diabetic Neuropathy. I am so glad the Methyl B12 is working so well. I also have Neuropathy but I can still mostly get around. Mom has asked my vet to do some research on the B12 since I am the first Diabetic kitty in her care to have neuropathy. We are going to follow up later this week and hopefully start on it ASAP. I am glad to have a success story to relay to our vet.
Purrrrrs for continued healing!!
Diego I sent you a pawmail with the information about it and the product that Vern is using.
I don't think we know Vern but it souonds like a miracle that he is getting around so good and that is always good to hear after a kitty has been down. We will purr and pray for Vern and Midnight.
Oh my cat! Alex, I cannot believe we missed this diary entry about little Vern! We were just introduced to him and his mother on FB tonight. Did you know that his symptoms are very, very similar to Leo's neurological condition? Age, symptoms, everything! Leo's official diagnosis is Peripheral Neuropathy (immune-mediated, likely resulting from vaccinations). This is very similar to diabetic neuropathy but it is caused by vaccinations/stress/toxins in young kitties rather than caused by diabetes.
Leo, I can't believe you are writing this now. Tonight my momma JUST looked at your diary and was reading up on your condition!!! I swear it! That's so weird. Well, we don't think anymore that Vern has DIABETIC neuropathy but we do think he's got a form of neuropathy. The good news is that my momma spoke with her doctor friend about it last night. She said that if it came on suddenly, then it would be more likely to be an embolism or something to do with HCM. But for Vern it was gradual and that usually means some sort of nerve damage from birth or something. But we upped his Methyl B12 to 2 pills per day (6 mgs) to see how it would help. He was doing really well on the 3 mgs but it just plateaued and didn't get any better. Within hours of giving him that 2nd pill, his mom emailed mine to tell me that he actually jumped off the bed and followed her down the stairs to the laundry room. She was absolutely stunned! He didn't get hurt either! I can't wait to hear more in the next couple of days. I actually wanted to see if your mom ever thought about doing the Methyl B12 for you! They make a specific kind for cats with neuropathy. Let me know if she's interested and I'll give you the link okay? we already gave that info to a couple of other kitties here.
It's been a strange day! This is the third time today I've been asked to contact a kitty family about Leo's condition. No, the neurologist that treats Leo has not mentioned the B12. Leo was treated with Prednisolone (after multiple x-rays, blood and titer tests, a spinal tap, and nerve conduction testing to diagnosis his neuropathy). Within 2 days of starting the medication, he was able to walk again! He is doing so well! I did post a photo today that shows one of the few remaining visible symptoms: http://www.catster.com/cats/1000247/photo/5188317
Leo was seen by 5 different vets; none of them were able to correctly diagnosis him until the neurologist did the nerve conduction testing. Please keep reading his diary entries from that period in time. There is one in particular where the neurologist lists the possible causes of his back leg problems: http://www.catster.com/cats/1000247/diary/The_life _of_a_little_lovebug/623325
I've also started providing families with information on Veterinary Emergency Assistance, it's a fantastic support for families who qualify: http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.f veap.org%2F&h=8ebba
Yup, I did read that and see the picture. Here is some info if you'd like to just read up on the Methyl B12, it's got the name of it there and some info about neuropathy. http://delano.com/blog/?tag=neuropathy. Scroll down past the Vitamin E stuff. This one also has information about neuropathy (diabetic or not), and has more Methyl B12 info: http://petdiabetes.wikia.com/wiki/Neuropathy. Just some additional reading. May or may not be something you would want to try. But it won't hurt Leo and could speed up the healing in more ways than one.
Thanks for the info, Alex! Luckily, Leo is doing really, really well. His neurologist doesn't even think that a regular vet would be able to pick up on his condition and considers Leo 98% recovered! And we owe a huge debt of gratitude to all our Catster friends- as you can see by the comments on Leo's diary entries, the support was amazing and the purrs created a miracle!
Here are a couple of links on neurological conditions that we have found helpful for further learning about veterinary neurological conditions (for your resource archives!):
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?i d=667713492&aid=297294#!/note.php?note_id=11779543 1606837&comments