Thursday, June 11, 2015

Purrs and Prayers for Milita

Jewel's Journey will be posted tomorrow.

Thank you, Glogirly, for the beautiful badge for Milita! 

I took Milita and Carmine to the vet on Tuesday.  I had noticed that Milita sounded crackly when she purred again, and D told me that she even had a crackly meow the other day.  I hadn't heard the crackly meow, but on the way out the door, Milita began to sing the song of her people, and her meow sounded terrible!  Milita was also coughing at least once a day - sometimes a few times a day.

The vet weighed Milita before she began the exam, and she weighs 13 pounds, 6 ounces.  After her exam, the vet told us that this respiratory stuff with Lita is probably due to her herpes and that this would likely be a chronic issue.

However, her tune changed after Milita had a chest x-ray.  She brought the x-ray into the room to show us.  She pointed out a few spots and told us that these spots indicated that Lita has pneumonia.  She said that the pneumonia could have transitioned from asthma or from bronchitis, but we won't know until Milita's pneumonia is gone.  Now I'm wondering if all the crackly purring and breathing we've noticed over the past few months was misdiagnosed as upper respiratory infections when in fact it was asthma or bronchitis?

In any case, we have a treatment plan to help Lita get better.  Milita is taking Clavamox (which she absolutely detests!), Baytril, and Prednisolone for the next two weeks.  She is quite unhappy about all the medication.  The Baytril is so big that we are having to break it into four pieces to get it down her.  The vet said we might be able to crush it and put it in wet food, but we want to make sure she's getting all of it, so we will likely continue to pill her with it.

Milita has to go back to the vet next Tuesday for another chest x-ray.  What happens after that will depend on what the x-ray shows and whether her current treatment is working.

I am keeping a close eye on her.  I feel so badly for her.  I've had walking pneumonia in the past, and it is pretty miserable.  I am giving her extra love and spoiling while she recovers.

We appreciate the purrs and prayers all of you have given us on Facebook.  I really hope that Milita starts feeling better very soon and that we've finally gotten to the root cause of her respiratory issues as of late.

31 comments:

  1. Poor Milita she must be feeling ill and we are sending purrs for her and also our love.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

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  3. Tons of purrs and purrayers for Milita.

    Asthma should show on a chest xray -- usually with the "halos" around the airways. That's how my Nicki was diagnosed. If she has it, she'll definitely need to be treated on an ongoing basis, once she's over the pneumonia, with a steroid, either Prednisolone of some variety (pill, chicken-flavoured liquid) or via inhaled Flovent using the Aerokat chamber.

    But that's getting ahead of things.

    We'll keep our fingers and paws crossed for her recovery!

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  4. Poor MIlita, we are praying for her and we posted the badge.

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  5. Prayers and best siber-vibes,

    NukNuk

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  6. We are sure sending tons of prayers to dear Lita. We know all about that pneumonia and asthma stuff.

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  7. I hope Milita gets better soon. Sending love and prayers for Milita!

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  8. We send tons of healing purrs to Milita, and cross our paws so that she goes better soon. Purrs

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  9. Sending purrs and purrayers for your gorgeous gal. Our human sister's woofie has pneumonia (among other things) right meow, too. Awful stuff!

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  10. I have had pneumonia too - not fun. Purring for Lita!

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  11. Sending purrs and healing wishes for Milita - hope the drug combination does the trick so she feels better soon.

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  12. I'm sending lots of purrs to Milita! Paws crossed that this is the right treatment for her - and it works.

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  13. Well pooh, weez wrote this pawsum comment and it went oopsy page on us. Weez'll be purrayin'.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Lexi

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  14. Crossed paws, healing purrs and Mommy's prayers!

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  15. Sending glow and prayers for swift healing.

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  16. We are already purring and praying for Milita and posted her lovely purrs needed badge on our sidebar yesterday. Now that she has an accurate diagnosis and is getting treatment, hopefully she will be better much soon. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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  17. Purrs still going out for Milita.

    The Florida Furkids

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  18. Hope you get good news at the vets' next week. Glogirly's badge is beautiful. Purring for sweet Milita!
    xxoo

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  19. Oh gosh, we sure send tons of purrs. Hope she gets to feeling better really soon.

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  20. Deerest Milita wee iss so sorry yur so sick!! Wee read 'bout you on '15anMeowin' an wee had to run rite over an let you know wee will purr an purray fur you to get all bettur!!!
    Thiss Herpess iss no fun iss it?? As you knows, Aunty Nylablue had it fur thee last 4 yeerss of her life an mee has it also :(
    Thee new Vet says 80 purr cent of katss have FHV, like it iss OK??
    Mee takes sumfing clled NUTRI-LYS. It iss a yellow gel inn a tube an is L-Lysine. It tastes ok an it helps boost thee Immune system which iss berry impawtent....
    The other fing LadyMum gvess mee iss Co-Enzyme 10 powdur inn mee wet food. It has no taste an it helps with many fingss inncludin thee heart an blood pressure....
    ***purrss*** yur furendss, Siddhartha Henry an LadyMum

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  21. We're continuing our strongest purrs for Milita.

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  22. milita.....as all wayz, de blessings oh st francis two ewe, we hope they find we due KNOT haz de nastee pneumonia...we bee sorree ya haz had a terra bull time of it theeze past few weeks, we troo lee hope thiz treet mint werks thiz time; N if they say ewe haza infectionz oh sum type, we beg oh ewe... due KNOT... let de stabby place give ewe convenia....

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  23. Purring that this is the course of action that works for Lita!

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  24. We hope Melita feels better soon. Ashton had Baytril for the mystery injury she had last year, and it was really bitter, which made it extra-hard to get her to take, and breaking it up made the bitterness much worse, since it was a coated pill, so be aware of that.

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  25. Poor Lita! We are glad you have a diagnosis now, and that her pneumonia is being treated. We're purring and praying really hard.

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  26. Our meezer purrs and pawyers are added to the others...POTP is furry powerful. Get well, Milita, get well soon!

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  27. We have sweet Militia in our family purr circle and Dad is adding prayers. Our Rumpy had a sudden onset of laryngitis the other year and dad did not think much of it as Timmy had the same a few weeks before and got over it without the stabby place.
    A few months later he started a classic Feline Asthma presentation with frequent coughing that was triggered by stress or activity. He is now on a regular dose of steroid which has given him a frisky new outlook. (Dad says when Rumpy is being bad he is feeling good so we put up with it) Lots of great support in our online community which helped dad help Rumpy.
    Purrrrrrrs and prayers from all
    Timmy Dad and family

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  28. Sending good thoughts and happy purrs to Militia. I hope she's doing well and feeling better soon.

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