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has anyone dealt with Hepatic lipidosis??

post #1 of 8
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Duke is very sick his body is releasing fat from his stored fatty tisue into the blood stream and it's concentrating in his liver. He is getting IV Fluids and force fed today to try to jump start his metabolism.
I think introduceing him to the house with the puppy was too much stress for him. I don't know what to do about Him and the puppy in the future
post #2 of 8
Please don't take my story to heart as I know some on here have had alot better results. I personally lost two cats to it(a almost 10 yo and a 5 yo) both went downhill fast and at vet both were to far for the local and as my vet said "ANY hope of them making it means a trip to the animal hospital and INTENSE therapy" I put them both down at the local vet. Both were yellow and to weak and I just didn't want to put them through it and then have same end result(and cost wise I was told min 1500) I'll say a prayer for Duke
post #3 of 8
Oh no, poor sweet baby.
I'll keep you and Duke in my thoughts and Prayers.
post #4 of 8
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Duke isn't Jaundiced yet we caught it quite early and started treatment quickly so I am keeping my fingers crossed. I am also a realist and if I feel that Duke's quality of life has gone down or if he is in consistant pain I will not hesitate to put him down. I love him too much to watch him suffer even seeing him with the IV Fluids needle in him makes me cry.
post #5 of 8
My RB kitty, Spooky, went into HL for no apparent reason when she was about 13 years old. She never got to the point where she needed fluids, but she did drop from 6.5 pounds to just a smidge over 4 pounds. I aggressively assist fed her Hills a/d by syringe. It took nearly three months of syringe feeding before she began eating on her own, but she eventually did. She lived nearly 4 more years before losing her battle to CRF. Don't give up hope!

Talk to your vet about syringe feeding Hills a/d and also about the appetite stimulant cyproheptadine (Periactin). I used 1/6 tablet of cyproheptadine on my parent's RB kitty, Samson, for several years because of his loss of appetite from CRF. It can be a life saver!

Good luck. I think that you've probably caught it in time, especially since he isn't jaundiced, and should be able to fight this with aggressive treatment. I will definitely keep your sweet Duke in my prayers.

Pookie & the girls
post #6 of 8
I didn't what Hepatic Lipidosis was but I did learn from reading this thread. Wow my heart goes out to you and Duke he is beautiful try to think positive I know it's easier said then don't . I will be praying for you both.

Take Care
Heaven Angels ~
Scrappy-doo Kita too
post #7 of 8
i have no experience with Hepatic Lipidosis but I'm sending positive thoughts to both of you and many healing vibes to Duke.

It's good that you caught the problem early. It sounds as though he has a good chance with the early, aggressive treatment.
post #8 of 8
Our Boo girl had this before. She dropped from a whopping 20 pounds down to a little less then 7 pounds. She went through 3 vets stays getting intensive therapy, fluids, force fed, everything they could do. She spent almost a month in there. Everytime she came home, she'd go back downhill and back to the vets. When her third vet visit came, I told the vet if she didn't pull through to put her down. She was weak, jaundiced, fevered, and just plain tired. Happily, after her third vet stay, Boo-Girl pulled through. She almost didn't see her 5th birthday. I am happy to say she'll turn 9 this year.

Don't give up hope. It's a scary thing to go through but there is hope. I'll keep you and Duke in my thoughts!

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