Hi everyone, it's Milita today.
Last week the Mom took me to Dr. Stabby to make sure the Coccidia was gone. Remember in one of my last posts when I asked when three weeks was? Cathy Keisha said, "Three weeks is too short, that's how long it is." She was right - it was too short!!
I was pretty quiet on the way to Dr. Stabby's, but I sure made my displeasure known when I was taken out of my carrier! I hissed and growled, but they took another fecal sample anyway. How dare the Mom allow them to do that!
It turns out the Coccidia is all gone, though, so no more icky pills (of that kind at least) for me or Carmine.
It was also discovered that I lost 5 ounces. The vet tech was pleased by that, but the Mom doesn't know how to feel about it because she hasn't changed my diet any. She has noticed, though, that I am eating fewer kibbles, and maybe this is why I lost some weight.
The Mom also brought Carmine to Dr. Stabby's just to weigh him. He only gained an ounce or two. The Mom was disappointed that he did not gain more since she is feeding him some a/d mixed into every wet meal and snack he has, but she is very thankful that he did not lose any weight. He has been eating pretty well for the most part. Sometimes he needs a bit of convincing, but many times these days, he demands to be fed. Maybe I've taught that orange one something after all.
We have been getting Christmas cards from a lot of our friends. Thank you all for the beautiful cards - we just love getting them and putting them on our wall!
The Mom wants to give you a quick update about that orange one, so I guess I'll be going for now.
The Mom here: The vet and I had a conversation about Carmine's treatment. She wants to begin to taper Carmine down on the Prednisolone, but she wants me to talk to the specialist first and make sure she is fine with me and the primary vet tapering the dose to the lowest most effective one. I am nervous about tapering again as the last time we did Carmine crashed so hard.
We also talked about Cerenia, and she is not familiar with the protocols for it. So she is going to talk to the specialist about what to do regarding that. A lot of people use it for 5 days and then take a 2 day break and repeat that cycle over and over. Carmine certainly seems to benefit from it.
Hopefully the specialist will call this week so we can move forward with Carmine's treatment plan. He has been off the Cerenia for about five days now. I've been giving him Slippery Elm Bark for nausea (like we did with Jewel).
I will continue to keep you posted. Have a great week, everyone!