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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Hudson did "it" again!

Guess what "it" is...go ahead, guess.

HE ATE SOMETHING THAT COULD KILL HIM.

I got home last night, and there was cloves of Garlic all over the floor! It was chewed on, smashed, clawed up....just all around destroyed! A whole head of Garlic, gone! Our house smelled like an Italian eatery.

I happened to be on the phone with my Mom when I got home, so I had to rush off the phone and call one of the vets from work.

I got a hold of Dr Chavis, her greeting was "oh no..."

"Idiot cat got into something, wanna guess who I am talking about?!"

She knew immediately I was talking about Hudson.  She hopped on VIN (Veterinary Information Network) to research Garlic Toxicity in Cats. We know it can cause Hemolytic Anemia, but needed to know how much and how to treat. Thankfully she found a post almost identical to our situation, and they were able to manage conservatively. The plan was for me to head to the Clinic, and pick up some Endosorb to give every 4 hours (to absorb the toxins), and for me to start him on Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C, we figured for the antioxidant properties) and to run a CBC in the morning and make sure his red blood cell count (RBC) was normal. If Hudson got worse overnight I would have to take him to the emergency clinic.

Thankfully he did fine, because it was bad enough that I had been up since 5:30, had class all morning, worked that afternoon, had to get up at 12 and 4 am to medicate Hudson, and wake up again at 5:30 to repeat.

I dropped him off at work on my way to class, and we got the bloodwork results back from the lab by 4pm! His RBC markers were actually slightly elevated, so no Hemolytic Anemia!

We cannot forget about Willow during all of this excitement. We took some radiographs of her yesterday (Tuesday) after her bandage change. Her legs look better externally, however her x-rays...WOW! We sent them off to the radiology specialist, and the surgeon that saw her originally. The radiologist didn't tell us much more than we already knew, but suggested bloodwork to rule out any metabolic or endocrine disease. We are still waiting to hear back from Dr. Balara (the surgeon). 

Here are her radiographs, click here for the post about her first radiographs and some basic terminology.

A VD view of her pelvis and lower limbs

Same as above

A lateral view of her rear limbs

same as above

a AP view of her front limbs (AP = Anterior/Posterior.Same thing as VD, but different terminology for the limbs)

A left lateral of her front limb

A right lateral of her right limb

The feline skeleton


We kept the bandages off overnight to allow the skin to dry and some of the irritation from the tape to subside. I took Willow to class today since Dr. Graham teaches Nutrition at school, and he has been bandaging her legs for me. After class, we bandaged all four legs. She gets around SO well considering. Maybe one of these days when I am not so busy, I will take some video and upload it here! We MAY have a diagnosis that fits Willow's problems though, we will draw blood Friday (once we know how much can safely be drawn with out causing anemia) and test for this disorder. Once we get the results, I will post an update :)

I really don't know when I won't be so busy. We have our first quiz in A&P tomorrow morning, today I had to go over last weeks lecture with a student who was out due to tonsillitis. Our instructor, who I work with, called me Tuesday after class and asked me to sit down with this student and help her. I think that was such a good compliment, about my knowledge and personality♥ it made my day that he called to ask ME. In addition to basic studying, I am working on my projects for A&P and Animal Breeds & Husbandry. The first project is about a disease process, I chose what Cole has, Hypoparathyroidism. The second is a breed of our choice, I chose the Sphynx. I am doing a powerpoint presentation for both projects. I also have some extra credit assignments due by Friday morning for my Microbiology class. In the meantime, I need to sleep, eat, take care of our animals/house (even though Todd is doing most of it...) and want to research the disorder Willow might have!





So much to do, so little time! Good night♥



Friday, August 19, 2011

Update!

Wow, time really has slipped away from me! I have been so busy lately, I haven't thought about updating my blog at all! I have been keeping busy with Heal'd Kittens on Facebook, trying to enjoy the little Summer break I had before classes start again, and taking care of my special needs group of animals.

Here is what has been going on...

Last Saturday (8/13/11) we lost my oldest cat Fluff. She was diagnosed with Renal Insufficiency (Kidney problems) two years ago. We were lucky to get two great years after her diagnosis though. It was extremely difficult to make the decision to euthanize her, because I have had her for 18 years. I remember finding her at the local SPCA in Dover Delaware...I was 8 years old! I miss her terribly, but feel grateful for all the wonderful times we shared, and for having such loving family, friends and co-workers (who are more friends/family than anything) to help me get through this. Two days ago I got her paw prints tattooed on my back. At work, after euthanasia's we take an ink pad and get the pets paw prints for a sympathy card. I decided to take that one step forward and just get her paw prints tattooed! I have been tearing through pictures lately, looking for more of Fluff. I have found some, but not many. I guess when I was 6 years old, taking pictures of my new kitten was not a priority!
My baby girls paw prints!

Last Thursday (8/11/11) I received AMAZING news....I made it into the Vet Tech Program at Trident Technical College! The Vet Tech classes start this Tuesday the 23th!!

I will have classes 5 days a week...and work 4 half days weekly. If I am not at work, I am at school...this should be interesting but worth it! I will graduate May 2013.
This semester I am taking-
  • Microbiology
  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Animal Breeds and Husbandry
  • Animal Nutrition
I was so happy when I got the call from Benji, who is the Faculty LVT & works with me part time...I wasn't sure how to react, so I cried, cussed and laughed all at the same time! 
This semesters books (to the left of the yellow one is a GIANT black binder, which is full of lecture slides/notes)


We also starting bandaging Willow's legs, and changed the bandages last Tuesday for the first time. They look a little straighter. She is such an awesome kitten for it! We sedated her the first time, but had to re-bandage later in the day because she pulled them off! We have been doing it sans-sedation ever since.  
Her second bandage change, she was NOT pleased ♥



Hudson has been causing his fair share of trouble. Between having Raven in our room, then Fluff while she was sick, and now Willow...he hasn't really been in our room since the beginning of July. Which apparently means he needs to eat our bedding....

Don't worry Hudson, I only got that blanket after my Ur Oma (Great Grandmother) passed away....
I guess eating the ties off were not enough!
So life has been busy, but good for the most part. I will try to update this blog more regularly, however with a full work and school schedule, it will be tough - I won't lie!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Heal'd Kittens

Check out my newest project @ Heal'd Kittens *Helping Educate About Limb Deformities in Kittens*