Monday, August 10, 2015
Last week, the Mom drug me off to see Dr. Stabby again. I am getting rather tired of going there!
Again, they stretched me out like a pancake and took photos of my insides (x-rays). Dr. Stabby told the Mom there was no change between the last x-ray and this one.
Dr. Stabby told the Mom that she should treat me for lungworm, which the Mom had never heard of before. The Mom went and researched it some and found out that it is a parasite that kitties get from eating infected rodents and other small animals (which I never do) or from drinking contaminated water (I drink bottled Spring water). The Mom gave it a lot of thought and decided it wasn't worth traumatizing me with that awful medication they use to treat lungworm at this time. She said that there is a very tiny chance that I would ever get this parasite, but she will talk to the fill-in vet this week to see what she thinks. Dr. Stabby said the vet she consulted recommended treating me for lungworm simply as a rule out to other things.
All I know is that it means I don't have to be tortured with 3mg of horrible chalky liquid everyday for a week.
A note from the Mom: Symptoms of lungworm include coughing, shortness of breath, and sometimes weight loss. Milita is not experiencing any of these symptoms. Rather, she sounds a little congested at times. If the fill-in vet feels it's best to treat her, then I will definitely do so. I'd feel better, though, if they took a fecal sample to test rather than taking a shot in the dark.
Dr. Stabby said that I have feline asthma, and the Mom agrees with that. The Mom thinks we should be focusing our efforts on getting my asthma stable. Dr. Stabby recommended raising my Prednisolone dose from 5mg to 7.5mg a day, so the Mom has been doing that for the past couple of days now.
Dr. Stabby also wanted us to change to a lower dust litter, so we are trying out Dr. Elsy's Precious Cat Ultra Premium Clumping Cat litter. Carmine and I haven't minded the transition so far. The Mom mixed our old litter with the Precious Cat this week, and in a few days, she will switch us all the way over to the Precious Cat.
Milita will be going back to the vet on Friday. I hope that she will be sounding better with the increase in Prednisolone.