Today Jake is looking even better. He is spending more and more time out from his little protective corner. (He's been kind of isolating himself in the cubby above my computer monitor for weeks). I got up in the middle of the night to take some pain meds for my back and he was laying on the floor in the living room, keeping an eye on the other cats like he normally does! After all, Jake is the man of the family here! Jake's reflexes also seem to be a bit quicker. When he was so sick, he didn't respond to anything at all. He is again responding to sudden noises and movements. Even the smallest things.
His toes look much better today too. As I mentioned a couple days ago, I soaked and cleaned his toes real good again. This is day 2 after soaking them and he hasn't built up tons of pus like he usually does. The toes are staying pretty clean. And most of the redness has gone away. He just has a couple small spots on the tops of his paws with a little redness. Probably from him licking them.
Quite a bit of the dried pus on his ears is starting to come off on its own. As of last night it was the inside only. Today there is much less dried pus on the outside too. The tissue, for the most part, looks normal color and fairly healthy. The inside of the ears seem to be healing a little faster then the outside. But the outside got bad so fast I'm not surprised. The inside of his ears were the last to become inflammed and pussy.
Jake has also gained 2 lbs. I think he must have weighed more then I orignally thought. The second time at the vet he weighed in at 9.3 lbs so maybe he had already lost some weight by that time. When I weighed him last Friday, he was 8 lbs. Yesterday he was 10 lbs. I'm not sure why the vet didn't weigh him the first time I took him in. Especially since he was so critically ill with lethargy and a temp of almost 106.
The sore around the one eye is hard to tell if it is improving but I think it is. The dried pus is starting to flake off it also. He has maintained a little more fur around that area so it's hard to get a real good look at it without probing and I don't want to irritate it.
What am I doing? Heck if I know! Actually, Jake is getting about 3 teaspoons of Transfer Factor Animal Stress Pack a day. I give him 1 teaspoon 3 times a day. I put the powederd T.F. in a sealed container and had added the powder from some Grape Seed capsules to that. Probably about 5 capsules to 1 package of Transfer Factor. I mix 1 tsp of that to 2 tsp of milk (I got the milk idea from one of the docs on an archived conference call) and just a tiny bit of flax oil and feed it to him in a 1cc syringe. He takes it pretty well until the last one or two syringes and then he gets bored! He seems to be tolerating that tiny bit of milk and he takes it better that way.
It seems Jake's progress has been accelerated the last 2 days. I hope it continues and he is healed soon. I want my little mischievious, playful boy back.