Zeke is back from his vet appointment his morning. He had a regular checkup and is doing fine. He also got three shots while he was there:
- Updated rabies vaccination
- Feline distemper vaccination
- Feline leukemia virus vaccination
He also needs to have his teeth cleaned and I’m going to schedule him for a cleaning in the next couple of months. Apparently, PG County has been cracking down on unlicensed pets. I had no idea you even had to license your pet, but apparently you do. It costs $5 and I have to show proof of neutering as well as his recent rabies shots. I’ll do that in the not too distant future too, even though I think it’s silly.
In any case, I think Zeke is happy to be back home. He hates going out. I also confirmed that he can be boarded at the vet for the three weeks that I will be in Europe this summer. I only need to give them a few weeks notice, but I’ll likely give them more.
Off to run more errands. I’m feeling better now that I’ve taken some Advil.
It’s really strange. I have a fever (and accompanying chills) but no aches, no stuffed up nose or head, and only a slight cough. I just took some more Advil (no NyQuil) during the day and hopefully this thing will run it’s course before the day is over.
I was up close to 7 AM after getting nearly 12 hours of sleep last night. I headed over to IHOP for breakfast and now that I’m back, I’ve got a list of things to do before heading to the airport, starting with Zeke’s vet appointment in about 25 minutes. He’s sitting on my lap right now, purring away, completely innocent of the fact that I’m getting his carrier out in about five minutes and that we’re heading off to the vet. He hates that. I’ve got to gas up the car, do some laundry, clean up the kitchen, get a haircut, go to the gym (if I feel up to it), call the accountant, print out my boarding passes, etc. etc. It’s a busy day off.
I spoke to Zeke’s doctor a little over an hour again. He is doing fine and can come home. I will be picking him up after work today and it will be good to have him home!
I’ve arranged to board him over the weekend while I am in New York, just to be on the safe side. So he’ll get to be home for 24 hours before I take him into my local vet tomorrow evening in order to board him for the weekend.
But at least he’s doing better and coming home!
I spoke with the vet this morning. Zeke is doing better. His breathing is still rapid but not as labored as yesterday. He ate twice overnight, which is good considering how nervous he gets. They are going to do some more chest x-rays this afternoon and compare them with yesterday to see how things look. I don’t yet know if I’ll be able to bring him home this evening, but I hope to find out later this afternoon.
Zeke is at the vet hospital in Annapolis tonight. He threw up last night and afterwards was having some trouble breathing. This is nothing new with him. This has happened to him twice in the past; the last time was 15 months ago. I took him in as a precaution and the good doctors are keeping him in oxygen and giving him albuterol to help return his breathing to normal. His lungs are a little fuzzy in the chest x-ray. While over the last 2 years, no doctor has been able to figure out exactly what causes Zeke’s breathing problems after he vomits violently, the general theory seems to be something called neurogenic adema. Basically, it’s fluid that gets into the lungs when an animal chokes. Normally, this goes away by itself; that’s what happened 15 months ago when he last threw up violently (he’s thrown up in the interim, as all cats do, but normally he’s fine afterward.)
So they are keeping him at the hospital overnight, in oxygen, with some medication, and hopefully, he’ll be able to come home after work tomorrow.
I worked from home today in order to keep an eye on him. He hates being taken to the vet, and he gets really stressed, but I felt that having the doctors there check him outweighed the stress it might cause him.
I sometimes think it’s tougher on me than it is on him. When he does throw up, I get major anxiety, wondering if it’s going to be routine, or whether he’s going to have breathing trouble afterward.
I’ll post another update tomorrow after I have more information.