Saturday, August 8, 2015

Laundry List

The veterinarian says:

1) The left side of Chuck's heart is enlarged, and he has thickening heart muscle,
2) Possible bladder infection: waiting for culture results,
3) One kidney (cannot remember which side) has two parts, which isn't normal but it appears to be functioning okay right now; to be monitored,
4) No sign of Irritable Bowel Disease; no thickening of intestine walls.

Therefore, Chuck is now on four medicines: blood thinner, a diuretic to pull water away from his heart, and something else...I really cannot remember!  The fourth is the anti-inflammatory for his intestines, which has been working for the past few weeks.  Hopefully, we can drop that last medicine by working on different foods.

HOWEVER, the vet recommended some stupid prescription-only food, that we all know is crap.  I've looked over the ingredients, and the venison-and-green-pea canned stuff we feed Angel and Chuck has better stuff than the prescription, so I was a bit dismayed by that.  I think I'll return the six cans they sold me, and work this angle on my own.

Before ultrasounds
After ultrasounds
Yay, back home!
Belly shaved!
Chuck is behaving normally;  Angel is hissing at Chuck.  The two hour visit at the vet this morning wore me out a bit...well, a lot, so I'm going to post this then relax by reading a book.  I am sure I'll learn a lot more about Chuck's conditions in the coming weeks, and we'll monitor and adjust and do what we can to keep him in the best possible health.  Chuck did not sing the song of his people on both car rides, there and back...he HOLLERED instead!  It was pouring rain, and the road in front of the vet's office is torn to pieces for construction.  But we made it; I'm glad we did, and we will all look to the future.


  1. I'm sorry Chuck got some concerning health conditions. I hope the meds will help. I think it's great that you are gonna work on diet on your own. I'm happy with my vet, but don't agree with her on diet choice, either. Chuck and you must be exhausted after a trip. I hope you both get a good rest. Happy weekend :-)

  2. Some of that news sounds manageable, and hopefully hopefully you'll get more encouraging news in the days to come. Most of my kitties have been members of the shaved belly club. On one hand, it's sad because it's a physical reminder that something is wrong. On the other hand, it's fun to rub their shaved belly! Hopefully you can find a better food for Chuck. Purrs, Raven.

  3. Well, at least you know what you're dealing with and can deal with it. We hope the meds help Chuck. And you're right to try and find other food options for him. It's very possible there are foods that can help him other than the prescription diets.

  4. I have been praying for Chuck as well as the coughing feral you mentioned a while ago. I agree the prescription meds are not great , my cats with allergies eat the venison and green pea and we gave up on the expensive prescription dry food .Good luck.

  5. I know exactly what you mean about that stoopy prescription food!
    We agree with the island cats. At least you know what has been going on with Chuck. Purrs for improvement.

  6. Aw, Chucky! It sounds like you and your mom had a Very Trying Time at the cat fix-it place. And then that whole belleh thing! (Well, *my* mom loves shaved cat bellehs but she is weird.) We will keep all of our paws crossed that things will improve post haste, pal.

    Oh, and thank Bast Mobile App Developers found you! I'm jealous. ;-)

  7. dood....all de best two ewe for few chure happee nezz & all wayz, de manee blessings oh st francis two ewe.... ♥♥♥♥♥

    { we iz crackin up at william's last sentence !!! ☺ }


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