Hi, Tuffy did great with his ride to the animal hospital today, The DR was impressed with him to. She told me when she did his exam and did some kind of rectal exam that most cats try to climb the walls to get away, she said Tuffy didn't hardly fight at all.
We don't know much more than before right now, she seen something in his past blood tests she didn't like and checked it again today and it is still high. I am sorry but we talked about so much and she used words I never heard before so I can't tell you exactly what the problem is right now. If I understood her she is testing to see if the things in his blood are the same or a mix of different types, I think she used the word globuals [sp?] or something like that, she was trying to dumb it down for me to understand. She said if these things are all the same type it gives her more of a clue as to what to look for than if these things are all different types.
She don't think as of right now he has IBD, but has not totaly ruled it out. She said he don't seem to be loosing enough blood in his bowels to make him as enimic as he is, so another of the blood tests she is doing is to check for sure he is making new blood or not. She won't have the blood work back for a day or two, so depending on what the tests show he might have to go back in a few days for a ultra sound.
She did say after the rectal exam she didn't find anything other than his bleeding is not from a local spot, but it was seeping from a large area of his bowels. She also hasn't ruled out some kind of worm that is real hard to detect.
She put him on metronidazole for 7 days in case there is some wierd infection going on in him, She figured it would be a good start to try and help him till she can learn more. The tests she is doing are CBC+differential MF, Reticulocyte count MF, and Protien electrophoresis MF, It says 2 Vettest's on the bill also, I don't know if that is a kind of test or just means they did 2 tests there?
So bottom line it could be as simples as some kind of worm, to worst case she will need to get a bone sample if he is not making good blood cells to see why. She right now seems to me to be more worried as to why he is enimic over the diarea and the bleeding, because she didn't think he was loosing enough blood to make him enimic, she said unless he is loosing more blood than she thinks, but she was going on what I have seen for how much he bleeds and how much blood she got on the rectal exam. She also talked a little about feline FIP I think it was, I don't know what that is, I will have to do a search on the puter and read up on it. I really hope its just some worms or something like that and not something really bad, The poor little guy has gone through so much already, I would be crushed to find out he has some kind of cancerous tumor or something like that.
So I have to wait till she calls me when she gets his blood work back before we know whats going to happen next. She asked if I wanted to have the ultra sound done today also but that on top of all the other stuff would have been way to much for me to pay for in one shot.
She didn't think he is in enough danger right now that holding off on the ultra sound for a little while would be a problem. She said that depending on what the other tests tell her Tuffy might not need a ultra sound if she can figure out what is going on. With what they did today and if they had done a ultra sound his bill would have been around $650. It cost me $306 today without the ultra sound, don't take it the wrong way, I want Tuffy to be as healthy as he can be first and cost second not cost first. They have some deal with some other place that will help pay vet bills and then you pay them back so much a month, depending on how all this goes and if it gets to be to expensive for us I will have to look into this payment deal I guess.
So I have my fingers crossed that Tuffy will be ok in the end. He don't deserve all this, I think he has suffered enough already. He is my special Kitty.