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post #31 of 59
Wish we could all be there for you, but we are all here for you. I can't imagine how you feel, but I think I would feel the same way. I would rather her go in peace than at the vet's office, stange place, alone and in a cage. But, lay there with her and hang on today, then just hang on tommarrow. They say sometimes it is worse before it gets better. Again our prayers are with you.
post #32 of 59
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Originally Posted by TimmboJ View Post
After going outside and blubbering in the woods for a while. I decided to be strong and press ahead fighting for Puff. Since there was nothing I could do about her situation today anyway, all I could do is try and try again.

After watching the films for giving the pill, it still took me 5 tries (even with an assistant), but I finally got that capsule down her throat. Ack! It was SO frustrating -- she so stubborn! I tried to maintain my confidence and positive attitute, but several four letter words were popping out here and there. Afterward I gave her a little bit of water with a syringe. Then we placed her back into her oxygen again and proceeded to finger feed her some of that Fancy Feast. Surprisingly she ate some. Probably had another teaspoon full. I guess thats better than nothing.

(sigh) So I guess I'm back to being a little more upbeat. The person helping me said that maybe she'll respond to my "dangit, I know you're not feeling good, but you're gonna take that pill, and eat some food by golly" attitude and respond by doing better and feeling better.

We shall see, but for the moment I am pleased with MY progress.
The next pill should be easier! I hope so anyway! She'll probably eat better too with you giving her the capsules instead of mixing it with her food. With my three girls, it took me forever to get them to eat after I did that the first time.

If you want to try something else to encourage her appetite....try some KFC! They usually can't resist it!
post #33 of 59
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Originally Posted by taterbug View Post
The next pill should be easier! I hope so anyway! She'll probably eat better too with you giving her the capsules instead of mixing it with her food. With my three girls, it took me forever to get them to eat after I did that the first time.

If you want to try something else to encourage her appetite....try some KFC! They usually can't resist it!
Thanks, I may give it a try. So far the only thing I've gotten in her is that wonder-drug Fancy Feast (thanks katachtig). I tried yogurt, cream cheese, tuna, sardines, potted meat, and no success.

My plan is to have a traveling vet come out and visit tomorrow to give her fluids, nourishment, and perhaps a drug to promote appetite. And depending on when they arrive, her meds.
post #34 of 59
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It was a good Puff day today.

When I came home at lunch I wasn't able to get her to eat anything. Then as I was out the door on my way back to work, I thought about trying a bag of treats I'd bought. At first she'd have nothing to do with it, then she sort of smelled it, then scarfed one down. Then another, then another. I was able to get 5 moist treats in her. And I left her five more sitting by her water, and when I got home from work they were gone. PLUS in addition, from the time I left her this morning, to when I got home at lunch, she'd attempted to eat the Fancy Feast I left in her tank. I could tell because she pushes the food around when she eats, and it falls over the edge.

Hooray! Hooray for Puff!

This evening I was able to get her to eat four more moist treats, one of them containing her daily dosage of meds.

Perhaps, just perhaps (wishful thinking on my part I know) she's on her way back. I don't want to be too optimistic, and get my hopes up, but at least there were some positive things happening today.

The visiting vet arrives tomorrow to give her subcutaneous fluids, and a general once over, and I guess in a way, a sort-of second opionion in addition to my regular vet.

Yes indeedy, today was a definately a good day of progress for Puff.

post #35 of 59
I'm very happy to hear that it was a good day for Puff. Hopefully she will have many more!
post #36 of 59
That is very good news!!!
post #37 of 59
That is huge progress! Congrats!

Celebrate the progess and then remember that there will be some bumps in the road (small ones I hope). That is normal.

congrats and positive thoughts.
post #38 of 59
For a good vet visit tomorrow!! That she continues to improve!!
post #39 of 59
One thing my cats completely scarf down is turkey or chicken. Like leftovers from a hot turkey sandwich or a baked breast. I can hardly keep them off the counter when I'm cutting it up for them. They even like the canned chicken of the sea chicken. She's lucky to have someone care about her like you do. Did the vet recommend any supplements?

Good Luck!
post #40 of 59
OH! Really good news for Puff. I'm just catching this thread now, catching up on all reading. We have had experience with what we thought was Blasto. Blasto is freakin' scary. But with our dog! Our pretty puppy gir's breathing shut down last winter and the tissues in her lungs, nasal, snout and eyes were incredibly swollen and inflamed. The incubation time can be as long as 12 weeks, and we thought she had got it from swimming in the flooding river when tons of silt was coming through (she swims in anything, she's an amazing athlete). We almost lost her... we had her nasal tissues flown to Colorado State University where the best veterinary school is to examine the biopsy and for weeks they did not know what it was. Apparently, Blasto doesn't cultivate up in the north woods here, so they were stumped. She was finally diagnosed with lymphoplasma rhinitis, and put on Prednisone, which was a miracle and saved her life. Today she is all good and this winter if the swelling happens again due to molds and mildew, rain and cold, we have our game plan set.

I read "Blasto" on the Board and it sent shivers down my spine. We were told, in grim detail, what it would entail and how it's hard to get rid of. I am SO HAPPY your Puff is showing upward signs of fighting it off and healing.

Please continue to post and update, I am VERY interested in your plight.
(((HUGS))))
post #41 of 59
Hoping for another update ... ?
post #42 of 59
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This morning I was able to get Puff to eat a small amount of Fancy Feast. I stuck the bowl in front of her face and she chowed down for a while.

Met with the Visiting Vet this afternoon, and she was quite pleased with the condition of Puff. She injected her with fluids with Vitamin B and B-12 to make her feel good and to hopefully increase her appetite.

She assured me that I was taking the right steps by not giving up on her and continuing with the oxygen and drug therapy -- which instantly sent me into sobs of relief.

While the vet was here I thought I'd take advantage of her and have her shove the pills down her throat so I didn't have to, but Puff kept spitting them out. She said Puff is VERY good at spitting out pills. So now I don't feel so bad for having such troubles getting her to take pills for me. I was able to get her to take her meds with those salmon moist treats afterward.

Puff thanks you all for the well wishes, and I do too. Two pretty good days in a row for Puff, here's hoping there are more to come. As long as I can keep her eating, hydrated, grooming, etc. I believe she may pull through this.

More updates to come!
post #43 of 59
Excellent news!
Just think of this as practice for becoming a mom to a skin kid (human). Lol - very challenging.
post #44 of 59
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REALLY good news this morning. Puff ate a whole bowl of Fancy Feast (half a can, with warm water added to make a soupy consistency). She was ready and willing. Actually got in position and ate it like a pro. It was SO good to see her wanting to eat, and being able to eat, on her own. Ack! What a relief.

When I returned after walking the dog she wasn't in her oxygen tank! Imagine my shock! She'd jumped out and was lying on her chair curled up in ball! Stupid me, I'd left the lid open on her tank after I'd put in her food. Though I was VERY excited to see she'd had the energy to jump out and over to her chair. Her breathing was a little bit labored, but nothing major. I hugged on her for a bit then put her back in her tank WITH the lid on.

I'm still trying not to get my hopes up too much, dealing with this hideous disease, but its hard not to get a little excited about the small positive steps she's taking.

Wee!

Puff Vibes... Puff Vibes...
post #45 of 59
GO, PUFF!

Fight that nasty blasto off!

Great to read your post!
post #46 of 59
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Nothing but more boring positives happening for Puff.

She continues to eat well, take her meds, and have a positive attitude.

I'm hopeful things will keep progressing, and the Blasto meds will continue to get Puff well and back to normal.

I'm sure we'll have ups and downs over the course of the next few months. So for now, I'll only update the Puff situation when something REALLY interesting happens. For now its pretty much the same from day to day.

Thanks again for all your support.

post #47 of 59
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Originally Posted by TimmboJ View Post
Nothing but more boring positives happening for Puff.

She continues to eat well, take her meds, and have a positive attitude.

I'm hopeful things will keep progressing, and the Blasto meds will continue to get Puff well and back to normal.

I'm sure we'll have ups and downs over the course of the next few months. So for now, I'll only update the Puff situation when something REALLY interesting happens. For now its pretty much the same from day to day.

Thanks again for all your support.

Well you know the saying....."no news is good news"! I'm happy to hear that there's no news.
post #48 of 59
Way to go Puff. Keep improving.
post #49 of 59
Oh, definitely not boring positives!! It's plumb exciting!! You must be so relieved... that every day shows a little more improvement.
post #50 of 59
It's not boring silly!

How encouraging that Puff seems to be trending upward now. I hope it lasts and she pulls completely out of it. When is her next check up? And can they run another blood panel to see if the fungus is still in her???
post #51 of 59
Bumping for another Puff update -- they cheer me up!
post #52 of 59
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Thanks for the sweet replies. Today we're at four weeks with Puff on her Blasto meds. I've scheduled a visit for the vet to come out to the house for a check-up. Puff is still in her little oxygen "room" (bigger than the fish tank -- I made her a 4x4 room of plexiglas that allows her to move around a bit). As expected, she has her good days and bad. She has a little coughing episode now and then, but nothing too bad. Last week was very promising as she was eating very well and seemed to be more talkative and upbeat. I had hopes the drugs were starting to take effect, but this weekend she was a little off again. Very frustrating. Every so often she gets pumped full of fluids from the vet -- I still can't get her to drink water (she used to drink water all the time). And I got an appetite stimulant last week to get her to eat more because she was getting too thin. Now she's eating at least a full can of Fancy Feast, and a little of her dry food. I use a mini food processor and add Cat Milk and water to make a soupy consistency to get more liquids in her, and when I get home from work its mostly gone. Plus, the soupy stuff is easier for her to eat. Its still a struggle to get her to take her meds first thing in the morning. She LOVES to eat off my finger, and slowly I can get her to get into the bowl -- after a little while.

So anyway, just a little update to let you know where we are. Its still a struggle knowing if this the right course of action, it'd be easier if the progress were more evident. I guess thats why I scheduled a vet visit to get their input on what to do. I feel bad that she's stuck in that room. But at least she's got a view, and she can see me when I'm home, though most of the time she's sleeping soundly.

I'll keep you posted should anything happen.

Thanks again!
post #53 of 59
Thank you for the update. Continuing to hope that she gets over this
post #54 of 59
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Puff hasn't been doing well lately. She's not been eating well, and after administering some fluids last Friday evening I was hoping she'd bounce back. But it was not to be. I think she may be done fighting whatever it is she has. The plan is to take her into the vet tomorrow morning for a quick x-ray to see if her lungs have improved. If they have, then possibley doing some minor blood work to see if the Itraconozole is affecting her liver or kidneys. Either way, whatever the outcome, its not looking good for Puff. I'm not going to put her through any more than she's endured so far.

I'm still able to get her to eat her spoonful of Fancy Feast laced with her meds every morning, but the upbeat days of her eating larger amounts during the day and looking cheerful seem to have past. She seems listless and ready for her final journey across the Rainbow Bridge.

Sad as it is, I'm wanting to get it overwith and put her out of her misery, sooner than later. Even if she was mostly sleeping this past month, it was hard watching her day after day endure her little space in the oxygen room like a champ. The hope that the drug might fix her condition lasted for a while and we gave it our best shot, but I believe its time.

As much as I hate taking her to the vet for, what will most-likely be, her last visit, she might actually enjoy the change of scenery. I doubt anything good will show on the x-ray. I know I should be positive, but those days too, seem to have past.

I will keep you posted on how tomorrow fairs for sweet little Puff.

post #55 of 59
I'm so sorry that you are faced with this decision. But I know you will do what is best for Puff. Prayers for the both of you.
post #56 of 59
Poor baby...and bless yu for taking such good care of her.
post #57 of 59
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Puffer has been sent on her way across the Rainbow Bridge. Her x-ray proved that her lungs had not improved, in fact had gotten worse, and it was most-likely not the Basto we though it had been. So I sent her on her way...She lied quite peacefully after being given the first sedating shot, and it was nice to see her relaxed and sleeping. It was hard to have them administer the second shot that stops the heart. But it was for the best -- she'd been miserable the past few days, and it was hard seeing her waste away and losing her disire to continue to fight. Thank you all for your love and support throughout these past several weeks. I've so appreciated your comforting words. I wish Puff had pulled through, and I could have reported a full recovery to you all, but I guess it was not to be. My sweet little Puff will be missed dearly, but at least she is suffering no more.
post #58 of 59
I'm so sorry for your loss. You did all that you could for her. Rest in peace over the bridge Puff. You were loved.
post #59 of 59

We are so very very very very sorry. Puff was a fighter and now she gets to be in a peacful place. How brave you are and you acted humanely so she could sleep and send her little spirit to the RB - where I have no doubt my Sasha will watch over her and welcome her to the land of beloved kitties.
Peace to you. Thank you for telling us,



Elizabeth and S3.
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