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post #1 of 28
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Gigi last night was I thought weezing /.... She was HAVING a MASSIVE allergic reaction, Luckily I knew a swollen tongue with her not answering me in the normal way was an EMERGENCY and got her to the ER clinic..IT SAVED HER LIFE..She required multiple hours in an O2 cage .... Long story short shell *knock on wood * be fine and IS GOING to her ACCUPUcture appt later this morning.... Know the signs of anaphylaxis and have a $$ cushion... I got lucky they took CARE CREDIT) intrest free for a yr) and her Grandma offered to pay so I didnt have to use the emergency funds card.....
post #2 of 28
oh my gosh! i'm so glad she's going to be ok! do you know what caused it? that is so scarey.
post #3 of 28
We had something similar happen to Butterbean after her first full round of annuals. She was doing the loaf sit, but up on all four feet, was lethargic, and (being white) was hot pink everywhere there was white skin showing! My DH said "She'll be fine" , but I knew something was wrong (thank you, Lord) and I took her to the emergency pet clinic (of course it always seems to happen after 10pm ) and they said she was in antiphylactic shock, and that she would have died if I hadn't brought her in!

Now she gets an antihistamine shot before her annuals .

I'm glad Gigi is okay! It's so scary!
post #4 of 28
ever find out what she was allergic too?

That's always scary :/
post #5 of 28
How scary, do you know what she reacted too?
One of my grandsons has severe allergies and has an epi-pen for emergencies.
do they do anything like that for animals?
post #6 of 28
wow, good thing you recognized the signs and brought her in. any idea what it was- did she eat something outside? i hope she's feeling better.
post #7 of 28
Oh boy...glad to hear Gigi is going to be fine...now, is your heartrate back to normal yet??
ps...when you can, please answer my pm from a couple of days ago.
post #8 of 28
Wow, too scary! Poor baby..and poor you, too. Glad to hear Gigi is okay and isn't is great that you were able to recognize "something's wrong"? Did you figure out what caused the reaction?
post #9 of 28
SO glad she is going to be ok. Any idea what caused the reaction? I have been around people having a reaction like that, but never an animal.

Lots of hugs for her.
post #10 of 28
That sounds very scary.. good thing you got her to the vet
post #11 of 28
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Originally Posted by Pat & Alix View Post
Oh boy...glad to hear Gigi is going to be fine...now, is your heartrate back to normal yet??
ps...when you can, please answer my pm from a couple of days ago.
I think by tonight my heartrate will be normal ... thank you for asking

I will pm you as soon as some cells start fuctioning

Thank you all ... Gigi turned up allergic to all her treats ... and many meats.. so for six weeks she is eating br rice, raw chicken, sweet potato s and califlower
post #12 of 28
Wow, that's scary. That was great that you knew what to do.
post #13 of 28
That is really scary.
Thank heavens you spotted her reaction in time to get her help.
It sound like her diet will be a challenge.

Thanks for the reminder that we all need to be sure we have a way to pay for emergency care.
post #14 of 28
I'm so glad your gigi is doing to be okay.

HUGS!!!
post #15 of 28
WOW! How scary that must have been (for BOTH of you!) I have several friends who are severely allergic to things and can go into anaphalaxis (sp), so I hope I could recognise it if it were to happen to one of my babies!
post #16 of 28
I would never have thought about anaphylatic shock in animals!
So glad that Gigi is going to be OK.
post #17 of 28
How frightening for both of you. I'm so glad that Gigi will be OK. It's surprising that she hasn't reacted before. Maybe some allergies have to build up over time. Hugs to both of you and good health vibes to Gigi.
post #18 of 28
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Yes her allergies happen over time ... we have to periodically test to ensure I am not posioning my precious ....

Last night I thought she was choking... I have seen this in Kandie also( hers was not severe)... Gigis tongue thickened and was also purple instead of pink... her gums were pale and when touched they didnt pink up and she sounded like me having a asthma attack ... I only knew the signs of choking and thus treated her at home for that and when it didnt clear off to the ER we went ... I am lucky the ER vet for the area is a mile away
post #19 of 28
Wow that's really scarry. So glad you got her to the vet so quickly!
post #20 of 28
That's really frightening, Jennifer, and thanks for reminding everybody about the need for a "financial cushion" for such emergencies.
We had a dog who was allergic to bee stings, and Gigi's symptoms sound quite like his were. It meant a mad rush to the vet's whenever he was stung, because he couldn't breathe. We eventually were forced to keep "Epi-pens" on hand - I wonder if they'd help in Gigi's case?
post #21 of 28
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she has another accupucture appt next week ( she is taking Kandies ) and I will ask about the epi pen...
post #22 of 28
That is so scary. And a lot of things to be allergic to!

My brother has a severe reaction to eggs resulting in anaphylaxis. They always seemed to make his eczema slightly worse but nothing too awful, then one day boom we're rushing him to the doctor because he's swelling up and can't breathe.

He was allergic to so many animal proteins that he's now a strict vegan, and his allergies have gone completely.
post #23 of 28
I'm so glad you posted this. I had no idea that dangerous reactions can appear in cats who never had them before. So now I'll know to be alert every time.

And based on some things I've read here in the forums, I don't think I'll ever let a vet take my kitties out of my sight again.
post #24 of 28
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An update and a PLEASE keep an eye out for weird signs and get the ER Xrays yourself

Gigi as many know is still ill... At this pt it looks like CUSHINGs disease ( her diet hide the most tale tell signs).... Gigi appreared to have asthma and I was treating her for it ... When the steriods and herbs didnt clear it her vet took blood.... One of her liver enzymes is 1100 ( normal is 15-89( ten months ago that same enzyme was in the 200s ) .... This prompted my vet to take a look at the xrays the ER vet took ... She didnt have them, luckily one of the techs also works the ER clinic and was able to get them... Her liver was enlarged at that time ... Vet took new xrays and liver was still enlarged...

MORAL of story no matter how silly the issue sounds talk to your vet ... oh and make sure the ER or any other vet used gets the tests , xrays and reports to your vet ..
post #25 of 28
Thank you for this important reminder ....
Gigi
post #26 of 28
thank you so much.
post #27 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by sharky View Post
An update and a PLEASE keep an eye out for weird signs and get the ER Xrays yourself

Gigi as many know is still ill... At this pt it looks like CUSHINGs disease ( her diet hide the most tale tell signs).... Gigi appreared to have asthma and I was treating her for it ... When the steriods and herbs didnt clear it her vet took blood.... One of her liver enzymes is 1100 ( normal is 15-89( ten months ago that same enzyme was in the 200s ) .... This prompted my vet to take a look at the xrays the ER vet took ... She didnt have them, luckily one of the techs also works the ER clinic and was able to get them... Her liver was enlarged at that time ... Vet took new xrays and liver was still enlarged...

MORAL of story no matter how silly the issue sounds talk to your vet ... oh and make sure the ER or any other vet used gets the tests , xrays and reports to your vet ..
Your post is of great importance once again not just to cat owners. For us ourselves, we also should learn to understand our own bloodwork and always make sure our doctors have recieved it from others when applicable.

I am hoping Cushings in cats is similar to Cushings in dogs and that it is highly treatable. It is a rare disease in people but pretty common in horses and dogs. I have never heard of cats having it before. Sending lots of healing vibes to Gigi
post #28 of 28
I am sorry to hear that Gigi is still not feeling well. I wish you all the best now that you know what you are dealing with, that it will be under control soon.
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