Thursday, October 8, 2015
Mancat Thursday?: An Update on Carmine
Carmine went to the vet yesterday. He lost two more ounces (10 pounds, 3 ounces now), and that did not make any of us happy.
We kept Carmine's carrier on the examination table, and after the vet tech left, he kept nudging the top of his carrier to try to crawl back in. So I lifted the top up for him so he could get back in.
The vet and I discussed where to go from here since Carmine's Prednisolone at 5mg clearly isn't working.
We decided to raise his Prednisolone to 7.5mg once a day for two weeks and to give him B12 injections once a week for now. He will go back in two weeks for another checkup.
I am getting discouraged by the lack of progress we are making. I asked about the appetite stimulant for Carmine, but the vet said that Prednisolone is an appetite stimulant (but it's clearly not for Carmine). He is still being very picky about what canned food he will eat. It often takes a lot of convincing to get him to eat at least some of his canned meals.
The vet taught me how to give Carmine B12 injections in the scruff. It's just like giving subcutaneous fluids - except easier because there's no IV line or anything to mess with. The needles are very small - 25 gauge.
I don't understand why his treatment stopped working or why he is having such a bad flare or why his IBD isn't stabilizing like it did the first time.