Saturday, February 6, 2010

rough days

Boz man had some rough days on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. I'm not sure he kept anything down. I had to give him 30ML's of fluids, 15 on Wednesday, and 15 on Thursday. I made an appointment for him with the surgeon, to see if they could do anything for him. Dr Brown put into words what I already knew...He was circling the drain.

I managed to get an appointment at 11:00 on Friday, before the storm hit. Of course, On Friday, he was having a good day. Breakfast, no vomiting. Alert, almost back to "normal". We went to the appointment at South Paws, and met with the surgeon. She was awesome. She checked out the little guy, looked at his films, and consulted with another vet there. We sat down to discuss our options.


Boz takes a nap in his favorite spot.


Napping with Bishop.

Neither the surgeon or the other vet (sorry, I can't remember her speciality) was convinced there was a hernia. They both were leaning to the megaesophagus as the biggest problem. Both think that even of they fix the hernia (if there is one) that the congenital issue (megaesophagus) will continue to be a big problem. This is a very rare occurrence in cats, but with dogs, the low motility causes them to aspirate, and get pneumonia. They don't usually live long. Not great news.

They are willing to do a fluoroscopy, but think that they need to wait until he is having a "bad day" to really see if there is a hernia. If it is in, they won't see anything. If it is out, they will be able to see it. The risk is, he could aspirate on the barium. If he is not keeping anything down, and they have to lay him on his side and give him food with barium in it, if he were to aspirate it could kill him.

The hard part is, he was feeling pretty good on Friday, and Saturday. I guess at this time we just wait and see how he does. I don't want him to suffer, but I can't make that hard decision when he is feeling good, and eating. Friday and Saturday, there was no vomiting. Even on a good day that's unusual. Maybe I am being crazy, just getting more attached, when the inevitable is going to happen, but so be it.


Buck gives Bosley regular baths.

As for the nausea, I started him back on the stuff I got from Pet Sage on Thursday, and Friday he was a lot better. Just lucky? Maybe. But I am going to give it to him again, 3 or 4 times a day, as long as I think it's making a difference. I still believe there is a hernia. I don't know how else to explain how he goes from horrible, not able to keep anything down, to no vomiting, and seeming to feel pretty well from one day to the next. Nothing else makes sense. For now, we will just play this by ear.


Boz snuggles with Buck.


Buck sometimes forgets Bosley is not his toy.

Sunday, and another good day. He did vomit after breakfast, but I gave him a squirt of the Pet Sage mixture, and he ate again after a few minutes, and was fine. I can't imagine what else this could be but a hernia. I am sure we will be chatting with the vet about it again. He was just so cute and happy this weekend. Check out this video. He sure doesn't look sick!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vRjvFdj5BQ

15 comments:

Angel and Kirby said...

It is so worrying that you don't know what is wrong. He is so sweet especially with Buck!

Jamie said...

Well, we will hope for more good days than bad, and see what happens. Today is the third good day. Hoping for another one tomorrow.

Lita and the boys said...

blessed be, little heart. how could you make that decison, Jaime, i know i'd put it off as long as possible because the good days are so very precious. this little soul knows what he came for. wishing you all health and happiness.

Val said...

Oh - I'm already attached to lil Bos. I hope the doctors can perform miracles and Bos doesn't have to suffer much longer. He is so cute. I love the underdogs. I hope he can make it.

HubbleSpacePaws said...

We are all attached to the Bozman, Jamie...and that's just from your posts. I can only imagine how it feels hugging and loving him daily.

Know we're with you in spirit and praying each and every day that it will be another good day! I'm so glad the Pet Sage stuff seems to help.

The mighty Boz was mighty cute in that clip... such energy! And those pics with Buck just melt the heart.

quiltcat said...

The video of Boz is so cute...now, just don't drop that boy in the soup pot! I know how worrying it is not to know what's wrong. Here's hoping that there's something that can be fixed or that he could grow out of. Glad that after his bad days he's had good days...sure hope those continue!

Ali said...

Awww! Sending good thoughts & prayers your way for Bosley, from DC!

Jamie said...

Thanks everyone, for your well wishes. I hope to post a little more often, but with him being so sick last week...well, I just wasn't up to it. He is feeling OK it seems today. No vomit! Yay! He vomited once yesterday, but nothing since. Fingers crossed we stay the course!

Patti said...

I so love that little man.

Hugs to you for being such a good momma to him and for all of your efforts.

Webbthistle said...

Great to hear that there's another good day on the chalkboard! The folks at South Paws are wonderful: glad to learn they are involved. Please know that whatever happens you are doing everything possible-and most of all, giving dear Bosley a lifetime of love!

angie said...

i love the video, he is adorable! i hope they can find something to "fix" or we'll all be heartbroken. :(

AnnF said...

All good thoughts for you and Bosley. It's got to be so tough not knowing.

Terry said...

Boz is such a great little cat! Sending loads of good energy his way.

Val said...

Oh no, we haven't heard from you in a week. That can't be good. I'm worried.

Please let lil Bos be ok...

Jamie said...

He's OK. New post coming shortly!