Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Liver Failure

Journaling:

Smudge has been looking rather ratty and moth-eaten lately. She just looked like she didn't feel good. Input and output were normal but her hipbones were starting to protrude. She had lost too much weight. Sacked her up and took her to the vet.

He took one look at her and said, "Liver failure...and at her age (15 years) the prognosis isn't good." I hadn't noticed that her ears and eyes were turning yellow due to jaundice. Oy vey.

The vet ran tests and her liver enzymes were only on the high side of normal. He gave her a shot of antibiotics and a shot of steroids. Said to take her home and love her up and try to get some weight back on her.

She wolfed down a can of tuna fish when she got home and seems to be perkier. Maybe the steroids relieved some pain she may have had.

Now it's just wait and see. It's going to be a long summer.

4 comments:

Laure Ferlita said...

Hugs to ((((((((you and Smudge))))))).

raena said...

So sorry! Best wishes to you and Smudge!

PAMO said...

I'm so sorry for you and for Smudge. We had a beautiful kitty who suffered from the same malady. We gave her the best we could in her final time. It's never easy.

Speck said...

Thank you Laure, Raena, and Pamo, and thank you from Smudge too. It's so hard watching a once vibrant kitty go downhill knowing there isn't much I can do to make it better. It's heartbreaking.