So, during the time while Annie was ill, we also had other occurrences of illnesses with Obi, G.T., and Jenny. With G.T., his allergies are continually getting worse, and although he gets a serum shot every 10 days, he now also needs a depomedrol shot on a monthly basis because he scratches under his right eye and makes it all yucky and bloody. And, if he goes too long without the depomedrol shot, then he makes his forepaws bloody as well. So, he is going back into the Dermatology vets on August 15 and will get another test done where they shave his side and poke him with a bunch of different allergens to see which he reacts to. And then he will get a new serum. His last test was in 2005, so it is possible that he has become allergic to additional items. Especially since this is Texas, and allergies are very nasty here for not only humans, but animals as well. Since G.T.'s last depomedrol shot was on July 5, he can't be seen for 6 weeks. He'll be a bloody mess by then!
Also, Obi has had bloody urine, and has been on antibiotics twice now. He has no stones, and the culture shows no bacteria, so it is likely that he has an inflammation that is causing this problem. He is taking a 5mg prednisolone in the morning and the evening, and Clavamox. Remember that Obi had the perineal urethrostomy which is where they cut out the super thin area of his urethra and reattach it, sort of like making him more unisex. This also causes some leaking after he urinates. Not his fault, and it's a few dribbles across the floor. He doesn't even know that he is doing it.
Oh, and he is also now on Prozac. I was getting tired of cleaning up his out-of-litter box experiences from all over the house! It isn't as if there aren't enough litter boxes for him to go in. We have 17, yes 17 each litter boxes in this house! Granted, only 4 of them are the scoopable type. The others are clay litter. A little bowl full of clay litter dumped onto a spread of newspapers. And when it is used, the whole mess is dumped and a new set of newspapers and clay litter is spread in the pan. This started years ago. Oh, it was Jenny who hated clumping litter! And once cats get used to a certain way of having their litter boxes, they don't want it any different!!!!
So, with Obi being on the Prozac, he is a bit lethargic. But I'm not having to clean up messes from all over the house! He is doing much better, and is on a minimal dosage of Prozac. Yes, Obi gets a wee bit too stressed with 7 other cats around here. After all, he is an orange cat. So, we will see if the Prozac will help him calm down and use the litterboxes appropriately. Oh, and he also gets 1/4 tsp. Metamucil daily to firm him up.
And yesterday Jenny had surgery to remove a tumor from her neck. It is likely a sebaceous cyst or something like that, but it was big, and it was leaking, and her fur was matting to it. So, the v-e-t removed it and sent it off for a histopathology report. And her blood work was doing fairly well. Her thyroid levels are a bit high, but she doesn't always drink up her tuna juice every morning with her methimedazole in it. And I definitely can't give Jenny pills. And her kidney levels are about the same.
So, that is what has been happening around here. Yes, although we were only reporting on Annie's teeth problems, and then her cancer, there were other issues here at Forty Paws. Yes indeed. As our profile says, Maw and Paw spend tons of money on us to keep us healthy! Yes sir-ree!