September 22nd, 2005

Spitz

Cat problems

I was intending to pop down to the local vet and have a look at the place, just so I could know what they were like, but I didn't want it to happen like this.

Woke up this morning, and Spitz was a bit groggy, a bit clumsy and uncoordinated. I at first put it down to he wasn't fully awake, but by the time I got to leave he hadn't changed. He was having trouble walking in a straight line and weaving a bit instead, having trouble jumping up and down from furniture, and his coat wasn't as glossy as I would expect and seemed to be covered with dandruff.

I rang Julie and talked to her, and she recommended to take him straight to the vet which I did.

I was reassured when I got to the vet as the first thing I see on walking in is a big ginger cat sitting on the front counter. Good sign in my books.

Vet had a look at him, and he was definitely not 100%. Actually seemed skinny (which he isn't usually), shedding a fair bit, and seemed to have lost a lot of strength in his back legs (hence the jumping and walking problems).

Vet couldn't see anything directly the problem, but thought of three possibilities:
1) Tick. Unlikely, since both him and Xavier are indoors only, but still possible. A tick may have been brought in on my clothing, or something like that.
2) Toxic reaction. He's either eaten something that he shouldn't have, or been bitten by something. Unlikely that it's something that he's eaten, as if it was it probably would have affected Xavier first, as he's the greedy guts who eats anything.
3) Spinal problem. Since it's just his back legs that are the problem, it's possible that it's a slipped disk or similar that is causing everything.

Spitz is still at the vets at the moment. They're going to do x-rays and blood tests, just to make sure, plus do another couple more tick checks on him, just in case. If the vet can't work out what's wrong they'll treat the symptoms and hope they can fix it.
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Update

Just got a call back from the vet.

Blood tests came back normal, and nothing visible on the x-rays.

Vet says he going to be treating the symptoms, so he's assuming it's toxic reaction and/or a back problem, so that's what's being treated. Vet said that Spitz isn't looking any worse, and possibly walking better, so that's good at any rate.

I'm going to ring back between 5 and 6 for an update. Current plan is for me to grab Spitz and take him home for the night (he'll be more relaxed at home in a familiar environment) and then possibly take him back to the vet tomorrow morning, depending on what they recommend.
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It was good news, then not...

Rang the vet about 5:30 for an update and he seemed to be fine, so I arranged to pick Spitz up on the way home.

Got there about 6:45 or so, and the lady working the counter went out the back to pick him up, and when she did he seemed very jerky and twitchy. This worried her, so she called the other vet over to have a look at him. After another look at him, they brought him out the front and he was not himself. Very twitchy and weak.

After a bit of a discussion between us, it was decided that it would probably be best for him to stay there overnight for observation, and they put him on a drip.

The general consensus is that it's probably a toxic reaction to something. The drip should help his system flush whatever it is out, so he should be fine by tomorrow evening. I hope so.

(As an aside: One of the questions that the vet asked was wondering if there was anyway Spitz might have eaten some pot! :)

I give him a little bit of a cuddle and then go home. Xavier certainly noticed that something was wrong, as he was exceptionally affectionate and clingy. I had some plans for the evening, but I ended up scrapping them and spending the night in front of the TV with Xavier on my lap.

We'll see.
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