29 March 2011
Cinders' Blood Test Results
Cinders is feeling better. She moves very slowly and rests a lot.
Most times, Cinders follow EJ round the house. On Sunday, EJ decided to follow Cinders when she walked towards her toilet tray. EJ wanted to check whether there were any blood traces in her urine.
Cinders pooped! Not much but this meant she ate enough for this to happen.
EJ never knew that watching a cat poop could give such happiness. And finding an empty food dish gave even more happiness.
Cleaning herself after eating. The arrow shows the area shaved for blood extraction from the carotid artery.
Late yesterday afternoon, Cinders' vet phoned and said the blood tests confirmed that Cinders has Chronic Renal Failure (CRF). And off EJ went to the vet to discuss what is best for Cinders at this stage.
A daily dose of five pills, a supplementary powder plus potassium citrate liquid was prescribed. Among the prescription is Azodyl. This was packed with ice on the way back from the clinic and has to be put in the fridge immediately on reaching home.
To put it very briefly, Azodyl is a non-prescription nutritional supplement designed to help slow the advancement of chronic renal failure in cats and dogs. It contains bacteria believed to support the "flushing out" of the waste products associated with azotemia, a condition where creatinine, urea and other nitrogen-based toxins are not properly filtered by the kidneys.
SubQ fluid has not started yet and will be done when needed.
EJ shudder to think of the number of pills and medicine Cinders has to take. Not being sick often, EJ, a human many times Cinders' size, need at least half a glass of water to swallow one pill and would certainly need many hours to finish what Cinders has to take.
PS: We thank all for the purrayers, purrs, positive thoughts and vibes, and still may not visit as often as we would like to.
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