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Old January 4th 04, 11:03 PM
tunenut
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My little female cat is probably around 12 or 13 yo. She has always
been a small 6 pound cat. In early December at her annual
vaccination, she was down to 5 pounds 3 ounces, I had a blood panel
done. T4 was 16, BUN and creatine were normal. She was started on
2.5 mg Tapazole twice per day. I had to leave town for 2 weeks near
Christmas and boarded her at a good facility. By then, her weight was
up a to about 5 pounds 8 ounces so things seemed to be going well.

During boarding, everything went wrong. She wouldn't eat, then they
found food she liked- but even so her weight declined sharply, by the
time I picked her up she was down to 4 pounds 1 ounce. The vet did a
urinalysis, it showed infection, so now she is on twice daily
amoxycillin as well as the Tapazole. The specific gravity was 1.025,
indicating probable kidney problems.

Now she is at home. She eats ravenously. I open cans of her favorite
food 5 or 6 times a day and each time she eats with great enthusiasm.
Her behavior and demeanor are completely normal. But she is horribly
thin and seems unstable when jumping from one level to another. My
plan is to feed her as much food as she will eat for a week, try to
fatten her up and get her blood levels checked again.

What really worries me is that perhaps treating the hyperthyroid
condition is unmasking a more serious kidney condition. But this
boarding disaster may simply be due to stress (although she has
boarded with no trouble quite often before) or infection (she has also
been sneezing since getting home). Any ideas or experiences other
people have had would be appreciated. Thank you.
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Old January 4th 04, 11:06 PM
Cathy Friedmann
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You could have the BUN & creatinine tests run again, to check possibly
unmasking CRF. I'd definitely bring her back for yet another vet check.

Cathy

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"tunenut" wrote in message
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My little female cat is probably around 12 or 13 yo. She has always
been a small 6 pound cat. In early December at her annual
vaccination, she was down to 5 pounds 3 ounces, I had a blood panel
done. T4 was 16, BUN and creatine were normal. She was started on
2.5 mg Tapazole twice per day. I had to leave town for 2 weeks near
Christmas and boarded her at a good facility. By then, her weight was
up a to about 5 pounds 8 ounces so things seemed to be going well.

During boarding, everything went wrong. She wouldn't eat, then they
found food she liked- but even so her weight declined sharply, by the
time I picked her up she was down to 4 pounds 1 ounce. The vet did a
urinalysis, it showed infection, so now she is on twice daily
amoxycillin as well as the Tapazole. The specific gravity was 1.025,
indicating probable kidney problems.

Now she is at home. She eats ravenously. I open cans of her favorite
food 5 or 6 times a day and each time she eats with great enthusiasm.
Her behavior and demeanor are completely normal. But she is horribly
thin and seems unstable when jumping from one level to another. My
plan is to feed her as much food as she will eat for a week, try to
fatten her up and get her blood levels checked again.

What really worries me is that perhaps treating the hyperthyroid
condition is unmasking a more serious kidney condition. But this
boarding disaster may simply be due to stress (although she has
boarded with no trouble quite often before) or infection (she has also
been sneezing since getting home). Any ideas or experiences other
people have had would be appreciated. Thank you.



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Old January 4th 04, 11:06 PM
Cathy Friedmann
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You could have the BUN & creatinine tests run again, to check possibly
unmasking CRF. I'd definitely bring her back for yet another vet check.

Cathy

--
"Staccato signals of constant information..."
("The Boy in the Bubble") Paul Simon

"tunenut" wrote in message
om...
My little female cat is probably around 12 or 13 yo. She has always
been a small 6 pound cat. In early December at her annual
vaccination, she was down to 5 pounds 3 ounces, I had a blood panel
done. T4 was 16, BUN and creatine were normal. She was started on
2.5 mg Tapazole twice per day. I had to leave town for 2 weeks near
Christmas and boarded her at a good facility. By then, her weight was
up a to about 5 pounds 8 ounces so things seemed to be going well.

During boarding, everything went wrong. She wouldn't eat, then they
found food she liked- but even so her weight declined sharply, by the
time I picked her up she was down to 4 pounds 1 ounce. The vet did a
urinalysis, it showed infection, so now she is on twice daily
amoxycillin as well as the Tapazole. The specific gravity was 1.025,
indicating probable kidney problems.

Now she is at home. She eats ravenously. I open cans of her favorite
food 5 or 6 times a day and each time she eats with great enthusiasm.
Her behavior and demeanor are completely normal. But she is horribly
thin and seems unstable when jumping from one level to another. My
plan is to feed her as much food as she will eat for a week, try to
fatten her up and get her blood levels checked again.

What really worries me is that perhaps treating the hyperthyroid
condition is unmasking a more serious kidney condition. But this
boarding disaster may simply be due to stress (although she has
boarded with no trouble quite often before) or infection (she has also
been sneezing since getting home). Any ideas or experiences other
people have had would be appreciated. Thank you.



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Old January 5th 04, 12:45 AM
MacCandace
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You could have the BUN & creatinine tests run again, to check possibly
unmasking CRF. I'd definitely bring her back for yet another vet check.

Cathy

Yes, I agree. But also maybe her tapazole dose is too low. Sometimes it takes
a little adjusting before it's right and, if she does have kidney disease, too,
it's a balancing act to keep the thyroid level at a point where it continues to
mask the kidney disease but still keeps the hyper-t from being too pronounced.


Candace
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See my cats:
http://photos.yahoo.com/maccandace

"One does not meet oneself until one catches the reflection from an eye other
than human." (Loren Eisely)
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Old January 5th 04, 12:45 AM
MacCandace
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You could have the BUN & creatinine tests run again, to check possibly
unmasking CRF. I'd definitely bring her back for yet another vet check.

Cathy

Yes, I agree. But also maybe her tapazole dose is too low. Sometimes it takes
a little adjusting before it's right and, if she does have kidney disease, too,
it's a balancing act to keep the thyroid level at a point where it continues to
mask the kidney disease but still keeps the hyper-t from being too pronounced.


Candace
(take the litter out before replying by e-mail)

See my cats:
http://photos.yahoo.com/maccandace

"One does not meet oneself until one catches the reflection from an eye other
than human." (Loren Eisely)
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Old January 5th 04, 03:10 AM
Gail
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Yes, the meds may be too low for her needs. She definitely needs to have
blood work done again.
Gail
"MacCandace" wrote in message
...
You could have the BUN & creatinine tests run again, to check

possibly
unmasking CRF. I'd definitely bring her back for yet another vet check.

Cathy

Yes, I agree. But also maybe her tapazole dose is too low. Sometimes it

takes
a little adjusting before it's right and, if she does have kidney disease,

too,
it's a balancing act to keep the thyroid level at a point where it

continues to
mask the kidney disease but still keeps the hyper-t from being too

pronounced.


Candace
(take the litter out before replying by e-mail)

See my cats:
http://photos.yahoo.com/maccandace

"One does not meet oneself until one catches the reflection from an eye

other
than human." (Loren Eisely)



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Old January 5th 04, 03:10 AM
Gail
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Yes, the meds may be too low for her needs. She definitely needs to have
blood work done again.
Gail
"MacCandace" wrote in message
...
You could have the BUN & creatinine tests run again, to check

possibly
unmasking CRF. I'd definitely bring her back for yet another vet check.

Cathy

Yes, I agree. But also maybe her tapazole dose is too low. Sometimes it

takes
a little adjusting before it's right and, if she does have kidney disease,

too,
it's a balancing act to keep the thyroid level at a point where it

continues to
mask the kidney disease but still keeps the hyper-t from being too

pronounced.


Candace
(take the litter out before replying by e-mail)

See my cats:
http://photos.yahoo.com/maccandace

"One does not meet oneself until one catches the reflection from an eye

other
than human." (Loren Eisely)



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Old January 5th 04, 06:27 AM
Dennis Carr
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On Sun, 04 Jan 2004 14:03:13 -0800, tunenut wrote:

Now she is at home. She eats ravenously. I open cans of her favorite
food 5 or 6 times a day and each time she eats with great enthusiasm.
Her behavior and demeanor are completely normal. But she is horribly
thin and seems unstable when jumping from one level to another. My
plan is to feed her as much food as she will eat for a week, try to
fatten her up and get her blood levels checked again.


When Neresse went in with her infection a few weeks ago, our doctor gave
us a few cans of Prescription Diet a/d to help build her back up. She
didn't *really* care much for it, but she finished it and it seemed to
help a bit.

I'd suggest asking your vet about this.

--
Dennis Carr - | I may be out of my mind,
http://www.dennis.furtopia.org | But I have more fun that way.
------------------------------------+-------------------------------

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Old January 5th 04, 06:27 AM
Dennis Carr
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On Sun, 04 Jan 2004 14:03:13 -0800, tunenut wrote:

Now she is at home. She eats ravenously. I open cans of her favorite
food 5 or 6 times a day and each time she eats with great enthusiasm.
Her behavior and demeanor are completely normal. But she is horribly
thin and seems unstable when jumping from one level to another. My
plan is to feed her as much food as she will eat for a week, try to
fatten her up and get her blood levels checked again.


When Neresse went in with her infection a few weeks ago, our doctor gave
us a few cans of Prescription Diet a/d to help build her back up. She
didn't *really* care much for it, but she finished it and it seemed to
help a bit.

I'd suggest asking your vet about this.

--
Dennis Carr - | I may be out of my mind,
http://www.dennis.furtopia.org | But I have more fun that way.
------------------------------------+-------------------------------

 




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