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post #31 of 45
Good luck. You both are in my prayers.

This really seems a stupid question, but will your regular vet not even consider a payment plan?
post #32 of 45
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Originally Posted by Satai
Good luck. You both are in my prayers.

This really seems a stupid question, but will your regular vet not even consider a payment plan?
My regular vet doesn't accept payment plans either. The only consideration they will give to treatment without money up front is a post dated check,.
post #33 of 45
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Originally Posted by jlphilli
Ok, so this morning everytime he took a drink of water, he threw it up less than a minute later. I took him to his regular vet and they need to do Xrays (obstruction), BW, etc etc, and so now I'm having to take him to a different vet at 11am that allows payment plans because I am out of money until next Friday *gah!* I will keep you updated....keep your fingers crossed!

I'm not going to try and feed him anything b/c he obviously can't keep it down, and I don't want to upset anything further.
See if your vet offers CareCredit. I'm in your area and I found out about it through the Bowman Animal Hospital when Autumn had a sudden chin infection/skin problem and was going to cost a lot in treatment. Its like a credit card for emergency medical expenses. They allow different options interest free for 3-6 months, which makes it easier to pay back over time. I know not many vets do payments, but if you have a long reputation with a particular vet they will let you. In the meantime CareCredit is sometimes convenient.
post #34 of 45
oh you poor things!!!
I really hope your vet oks the treatment.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you.

Where are you?
Are there any shelters nearby? I know that they can sometimes give discount services...

Also, and this is a real stretch but if there are any veterinary hospitals that could be an option. Maybe some of the doctors there will consider treatment.

Gosh- i hope things work out ok! You're doing better than most i guess.... a lot of people wouldn't have taken the steps you are taking... You're doing your best and we're all here for you!
post #35 of 45
Thread Starter 
Ok update!

I took him to the vet (thankfully they have carecredit which I am doing). We took an Xray and saw that his colon was filled with either fluid or gas (it was swollen pretty big). He gave him a shot of Tylosin which is what they use to treat colitis, since the fecal came back with bacteria in it. We are going to give him water only by syringe every few hours to see if he can keep it down, and go from there...no food til tommorow though. I gave him his first cc of water, so I'm hoping he will keep it down!
post #36 of 45
Oh good! It sounds like they might be on track now. Hopefully your little guy will go through it ok. CareCredit is pretty nice, we have one more payment and then we are done with Autumn's sudden expenses. Now we are saving up our rainy day fund so we don't have to rely on it anymore but it really can save you if you need it.
post #37 of 45
Well, this is progress.

Good luck and please keep us updated on your little one.
post #38 of 45
Thread Starter 
Ok, so far he has kept down the water I have been giving him through a syringe. He also had his first bowel movement (since the past 24 hours). Even though it was liquid diarrhea, at least he passed something! Now the vet told me not to feed him tonight, but he is just laying around sleeping (probly bc he's so weak).....do you think I should try to give him some canned I/D...just a little bit?? It's been so long since he's had food....
post #39 of 45
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Originally Posted by jlphilli
Ok, so far he has kept down the water I have been giving him through a syringe. He also had his first bowel movement (since the past 24 hours). Even though it was liquid diarrhea, at least he passed something! Now the vet told me not to feed him tonight, but he is just laying around sleeping (probly bc he's so weak).....do you think I should try to give him some canned I/D...just a little bit?? It's been so long since he's had food....
Ring the vet/ER vet before you give him anything, explaining how long it's been since he's had food - I think he should probably eat, but I don't really know.
post #40 of 45
As is evryone else.... i'm so relieved to hear that at least you have a good diagnosis now!

You can substitue the water for pedialytye.... but check with the ER vet first, also ask about some weak chicken broth... and maybe even some natural yogurt.... after having not eaten for so long a sudden mouthful of food could be a bit of a shock to the system.

Does he seems like he is in pain at all?
I have a cat who had the EXACT same symptoms as your cat and we also did an x-ray which turned out to look like gas so the vet treated it as gas but it was actually an abcess.

By the time they figured out it was an abcess and not a gas/collitis problem the abcess was so big that it required several operations to close it.

My cat was very obviously in pain and lying to one side and meowing.... if your cat is not doing this then probably it is not the same... it just surprised me that both had such similar diagnosis
post #41 of 45
Thread Starter 
Oh wow that is similar. I took him to the vet again this morning for some SQ fluids w/ electrolytes, and right when I brought him home I gave him a little bit of canned a/d which he gobbled up (yay!). He doesn't act like he's in pain in a particular area, he was just laying around looking uncomfortable (but would still get up and play w/ the dog every once in awhile). He did throw up this morning, but he ate a tiny amount of canned before I took him to the vet and he has kept it down. Right now he is back asleep so we will see how it goes. If he doesn't get any better tommorow, I am taking him back to the vet for some comparison x-rays to see what's going on. The vet today said they didn't want to give him any anti-biotics yet since he is so small; they want to see if his system can "work it out" if he just got into something that didn't agree with him etc.
post #42 of 45
OK - well that's good! The electrolytes are important. You can probably give him pedialyte instead of water or chicken broth.

If i may make a suggestion, IF the gas bubble has not moved or gotten smaller, and if it has gotten bigger you may want to just ask you vet if it could be an abcess.

The vet may say yes or no but the great thing is that there are no test fees or anything. He will probably just palpate the area a little.

With my kitty with the abcess it was a full 4 days before they realised that the ER vet had mis diagnosed her. By that time a large area of her stomach fat had been taken in by the abcess.

So glad to hear things are under control!

Healing vibes coming your way!
post #43 of 45
I would ask about bene bac to the vet... since he is not on a antibiotic prehaps a good probiotic or prebiotic would assist his system
A/d doesnt read well but it works
post #44 of 45
Thread Starter 
Great news! He is back to his normal, crazy self and is eating like a pig...he still has diarrhea but the vet said that should clear up on it's own. I am still going to syringe him some pedialite (I think that helped a lot) until the diarrhea is gone. Thanks for everybody's advice and help!
post #45 of 45
fantastic!!!!

To clear up the diarrhea real quick you can give kitty bolied chicken breast. That should clear it up right away!

Then you can re-introduce dry food slowly.
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