June 1st 2011 9:24 pm
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Lola is not only a good girl, she is a smart girl. She should have been a vet!
You see, she paw-mailed me suggesting that Sheba have a urine culture. And that's actually what the vet suggested too!
An initial x-ray suggested that Sheba may have kidney stones. But it turns out that Sheba just had too many newmies she needed to pass, blocking the vet's view.
The x-ray did reveal that Sheba's stomach is very inflamed and irritated. As Sheba had just completed a 4-week course of antibiotics, the vet said it is very likely that the antibiotic upset her stomach. The vet gave her zantac.
The bad news is that the initial urinalysis came back showing that Sheba has a uti. The urine culture due back on Friday will indicate whether it is the same bacteria as before, and thus just a continuation of her prior uti.
Alas, if it is a continuation of her prior uti, Sheba's new insurance will not cover it.
Whether it is the same bacteria as before, or a new one, Sheba will need to start an 8-week course of antibiotics. Hopefully the zantac will help her stomach while she is on the antibiotic.
But for now, there is no big C or even a kidney stone, and we are happy with that.
Thank you all for the purrs. We remain hopeful that Sheba will kick this uti and possible kidney infection once and for all, and will also feel better on the zantac.
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Lola is a smart girl! We will continue to send panther purrs for Sheba, poor thing!
Purring for Sheba! Yes, that Lola comes from a smart, kind family!!
Sheba's vet must be good and smart, too! ;)
That's great there are no stones and no C! I'll keep my family purring so she can kick that infection!
That's a hard one on the insurance but we're purring for good news on that, too.
Thank you all. My moms want Sheba well more than they want to be reimbursed for the medical costs. Sheba is showing some improvement and greater interest in food. I think the kitty cold tipped her into total sick feeling mode.
dood....total lee pawsum mews that the C iz outta here and de stones be rollin another direction...dont forget if ewe guys haza blech kinda stomach ache...eat sum trout...trout a day keeps de vet away....:)
Purring for Sheba to feel better soon. Great news that it's not C. Could Sheba get a shot of antibiotic. Our vet thinks the shot works well and there are no pills of liquid to give.
Miko & Family
Miko, that is a good point about shots. I think the shot only lasts a few days, and if the vet wants her on a 8-week course of antibiotics, that may entail several vet visits. But a shot would avoid the stomach entirely. I will tell my moms to ask the vet.
It's hard to find a smarter good girl than Lola!
Purrs for a settled tummy while the antibiotics do their work on Sheba.
A urine culture, we will have to remember that one!
So what is the deal? Not drinking enough water? You guys have filtered water, right? They have that cranberry urinary supplement at Foster And Smiths. Changes the pH so the bacteria won't like the bladder anymore. I'm sure it works better as a preventative thing, if it works at all. Maybe after the antibiotics have done their job it would be worth a try.
Is Sheba feeling any better, Nikolai? We're still purring for her!
Lola, check my update! I praise you yet again!