October 11th 2013 7:28 am
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Well, a night away from the boys sounded like a good idea, but I sure didn't expect it to be at the emergency vet!
I had a regular vet visit scheduled for today, but last night I was exhibiting some strange behavior. Mawmee called our vet but they were closing in 15 minutes and had three emergencies come in, so they suggested I go to the ER vet.
Last week, I started limping a little on my back right leg. Mawmee thought maybe it was from walking on the kitchen counter. Sometimes when I get to the sink area, I slip and a foot goes in the sink.
So, she made my vet appointment. But a few days later, I was doing okay. Then suddenly yesterday, I started holding my head down and walking slowly and laying in places I don't usually go.
When I got to the ER vet, my mouth was open and I was breathing heavy which is unusual for me because I like going places in the car. They took me back and put me in an oxygen kennel.
After blood work and a urinalysis, it was determined that I have very low potassium levels. I was also somewhat dehydrated. They decided to keep me over night, start an IV with potassium and recheck me in the morning to see if the potassium levels go up. Apparently, you have to administer potassium very slowly or it can cause heart problems.
The vet said my blood work is a mystery as to what is going on. I guess low potassium happens when something else is going on with the body. Diabetes was ruled out, and my kidney levels are not bad. However, my urine is not concentrated like it should be, so there is probably some type of kidney issue going on. My white blood cell count is high which can indicate either an infection or even inflammation from a chronic disease. The ER vet doesn't think it is an infection because there is no evidence that indicates it. My temperature is normal. They also checked my blood pressure over night, and it is at the high end of normal but not hypertension.
Mawmee just got a call from the vet. She said my potassium level has gone up from 2.5 to 2.75 but it still needs to go higher, so I'll probably be spending the day at my other vet's office. Once they got me hydrated, my BUN level came back to normal, but now the blood work indicates that I'm anemic.
So, if you cats could get your purr machines going, I sure would appreciate it! I'll update you later today!
My family is revving up all of our purr motors, Samoa! Hopefully your regular vet will get all your levels up to par so you can go home fur the weekend. Lots of love to you.
We will be purrin' up a storm for you sweet Samoa!
Platelicker and PurrFamily
You are getting great care and with all the purrs I hope you'll be home soon.
Mazie and HL
We got our purr engines going at full throttle here, Samoa! Get better!
Your brofurs need you, MOL!
Sending tons of purrs that soon you will be well and ready to use your furmouse smacky paw...
Sending lots of pawsitive purrs your way Samoa!!
Hugs and purrs,
Simon & Reuben(an angel)
Oh my goodness! Teebo, Callie and I are revving our purr engines for you sweet friend. We even got the foster kittens to purr for you too, so there are lots of healing purrs being sent your way.
My furmily and I are purring fur you and we hope that it's something minor and nothing serious so you can come home tomorrow!
We purring for you Pansy. Gets betters real soon.
We are all purring for you to feel better and sending some purrs for your meowmy too, I am sure she is worried. Love from Norman and family
We are purring really hard for you sweetie. Love, Harley, Cody & Raj
Lots of purrs from us too
We are all purring for you and your Mom.
Sending angel hugs and butterfly kisses
QT and family
We're all purring healing purrs for you, Samoa.
Please get better!
Purring a storm for you Samoa! I have mildIBD, and my potassium levels dropped - nothing showed on bloodwork either - the vet said it can be from that & the prednisolone I take for it...just a thought. I take a potassium supplement tablet that gets smashed in my food & it is tasteless, so if you must take something, it is not a bad deal. Sending many purrs your way to feel better real quick.
Oh, my heavens, will we ever get our motors running for you, Samoa! Gentlewomen, start your engines . . .
Minnie & Penny
We're purring and praying for you, dearest Samoa. You should eat a Possum. That will get your Popossum levels up. I'll try to catch you one.
Mietzi, Timo, Guestcat
Purring as hard as I can fur you Samoa! I hope they can figure out what's wrong so they can make you better!
Sending lots of purrs your way, Samoa. Hope you'll be feeing very soon!
Hugs 'n purrs,
Sillyvester 'n Keisha
I'll purr as loud as I can for you, but I've got a better idea!
We've got to bust you out of there! It seems that only no good, rotten things happen at those 'hospitals'.
I'm sure if I rounded up every Dreamboat you've ever crowned, all the Dreamboats-in-training and added the super powers of the Angel Dreamboats we could form an unstoppable cat posse and get you back home!
We are praying for you Somoa! rest little one and get well quickly. lots of hugs
Oh, gosh! The Peekster and I are starting our motors right away. We will ask Angel Missy Mups to sprinkle some healing angel dust too.
Ok...the group of us are ready to do some heavy purrrrring....Our best purrs go from us, Alex, Juliette, and our angels, Natasha and Ben...purrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrs .....ahead watch out illness...