Well, things seem to be still escalating, as I knew they would sooner or later.
I had to take Rascal into the vet's again, for the second time in three days. I got home from work to find the place quite a mess. Rascal had thrown up like 8 times and seemed to have diarrhea which he tracked here and there, and he peed in the kitchen, and he was just doing terrible (no energy, lethargic, having a really hard time moving at all, even crouching down to drink water), and his front paw was swollen.
The way he looked -- well, you know how when you've got the flu and just want to curl up under the covers and stay in bed all day? That's what he looked like he was feeling like.
It turns out
1. His front paw was filled with the subq fluid. Which is what I thought it was at first, but usually when it goes down into his paw it is absorbed within a day or so and the "swelling" goes down, but it has been swollen for longer than that. It is possible that his system is now having a harder time absorbing the fluids.
2. He didn't have diarrhea, but the opposite. He was constipated (only the liquidy stuff was able to get around the blockage, so that's what I was seeing). So the vet cleaned him out (ew).
3. The vomiting might have been due to the constipation (i.e. he was pushing so hard to defecate that he made himself throw up).
They also did some blood tests, and things really aren't looking good. I've got a copy of the results and it looks scary (lots of indicators of HIGH or LOW).
- His kidney values are worse.
- His anemia values have gone back down.
- His thyroid is showing some problems (may just reflect that he's sick).
- His white blood cell count is bad (not unexpected as he's got an infection).
- Most importantly, his liver values are now bad, indicating either a liver infection or tumor. (Liver problems may also be the cause of his vomiting and lowered appetite.) So he may now have cancer in multiple places.
There was some talk about ultrasounds, biopsies, hospital, IV, etc. Sigh.
For now, we're going to go with the antibiotic (Clavamox), and extra B vitamins and subq fluids, and some other adjustment, and see if it helps him at all.
Honestly, I have to think about his quality of life here. The way he's been the past couple of days, he looks miserable. If he's going to stay that way, I'm thinking trying to prolong his life would just prolong his suffering.