We laid him on the bed next to me, but Uschi couldn't get comfortable. Les stayed up with him and offered him water, but Uschi just leaned against the water bowl. We knew that we needed to get him to the VET right away.
We decided to take Vladi with Uschi to keep him
company, and so Vladi could get one of his vaccines
(he'll get the second one next month).
We prepared quietly, to not disturb the boys.
hiding behind the pole.
Back inside, we wake Uschi up and get him ready to go...
I give him a little brushing and an ear rub.
Vladi starts howling like a crazy cat.
Uschi stares at me, and Vladi watches the dogs.
Once inside the room...
like his big brother Tanji before him, he heads for cover.
The veterinary assistants collect Uschi's information,
and then take him to the back area to get his weight
(he has lost 2.5lbs), and get his temperature (normal range).
"Hey, why is my kitty chart here? I'm just visiting!"
The assistants return with Uschi. Then its Vladi turn to get
checked out and he hisses at the assistants and we can
hear him howling when his temperature is taken.
"Guys, that was not cool."
Our Vet indicates that it is possible Uschi's not eating or drinking may have resulted from swallowing an object, or other causes, and indicates that the safest approach would be to admit Uschi overnight for monitoring, an IV, and possible ultrasound. However, it is Friday night and this clinic does not have these options available. Our Vet recommended other possible clinics, or the option of running some tests immediately, giving Uschi subcutaneous fluids to hydrate him, an anti-emetic to stop the nausea, an antacid to reduce the chance of reflux, and monitoring Uschi ourselves tonight. This is with the caveat that we keep a close eye on the little guy and are in contact with the clinic in the morning. We choose this latter, foregoing the tests that would require anesthesia for now, hoping Uschi resumes eating and drinking tonight before we have the initial test results.
Uschi is taken in the back area again to get a CBC blood test that could indicate bleeding, infection, or kidney concerns; a urine test (his bladder was too empty for this); a fecal test, the injection of fluids; the antacid injection (Famotidine), and the anti-vomiting medication (Cerenia) injection.
Uschi comes in pretty limp from all of the work, and a big lump on the back of his neck where the fluids were injected (that is normal). He was a very good boy,Uschi is a sweetie even when he is feeling bad. Uschi slinks down behind a chair to clean up the fluid residue from his fur, and puts up with our pets and hugs. We were too stressed to take any photos of Usch.
Its Vladi's turn for a physical exam (he looks good) and his FVRCP 3 year vaccine. Our Vet gives us further instructions (no food for Uschi for three hours), things to look out for, etc., we pay the bill, and head for the car.
on the way home to keep them as calm as possible.
Vladi clearly disagrees with this policy decision.
that we couldn't resist buying (parental guilt),
and keep a close eye on Uschi.