Saturday, December 26, 2015
Happy Boxing Day
This is usually the best day of the year for the kitties as we generally have oodles of boxes laying around for them to play in, unfortunately this year we have but one and it is a wee bit too small for proper boxing day celebrations.. but that is okay, I'll make it up to them with plenty of bags from after Christmas sales shopping I'll be doing in the morning... and some more salmon treats :)
For those of you who didn't receive a Christmas card from us, why not?? it isn't like I wasn't willing to send you one :D but I suppose I need to respect people's need for privacy on the interwebs, so here is an electronic copy of the card:
The costumed photo was photoshopped from four different photos. I put each one in their outfit (well not Ethan Errol as he was opposed to clothing) and took about 100 photos until the right look was achieved. Since they were all taken on the same backdrop and generally at the same time of day we didn't have much more to do but crop and paste... well, there was a bit more to it.. I know I featured Jack on last year's card too.. but he's just so darn handsome. I figured you wouldn't mind.
Gandalf is a sick little boy. I took him into the shelter on Tuesday and the vet there said his lung sounded clear but his larynx looked inflamed. She wanted to sedate him to take a good look but she didn't have the time. Arrangements were made to take him to a local vet the next day for a once over since the shelter vet wouldn't have the resources to check him over the next day either. There he was given an x-ray and his lungs, which should be black, were all white. Since he only reliably eats raw food and they didn't have any to offer him, he hadn't eaten that night so he had no stool to offer them, so they guessed he has lungworm. They sent him home with two different antibiotics and Panacur a full spectrum dewormer.
I was also given instructions to get a stool sample from him. This is hard since he didn't eat while he was away from me and with no input there is no output.. so we are working on that
He produced his first stool on Christmas, so hopefully we'll have something to offer them today to test. I'm also afraid all of those antibiotics are going to kill the good bacteria in his gut and cause diarrhea, so I'm giving him some probiotics and a dash of vit c.
He doesn't seem any worse, but at this point we don't have any real improvement... it might just take some time. I just need to make sure he eats enough to sustain his life while we get everything else straightened out. He will be with me a minimum of two more weeks while he gets his course of medication and hopefully improves enough that at that point he can go on, but if it takes longer I'm okay with that too.. I mean seriously, with that face who wouldn't want him around?