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Old 08-21-2011, 11:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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This morning I took Grim (now 8) to the Emergency Vet Clinic because something seemed profoundly wrong (not interested in food or ball and whining) and the vet diagnosed constipation (no signs of an obstruction - as tight as his belly was I feared bloat and it was sudden onset .) --

Tramadol, stool softeners, a drug for motility and getting him to eat pumpkin - he sent us home and the digital exam broke up some of it and he went while we were there......but he said there seemed to be a lot of backed up feces. Strange - he has been going. But he said there would be more evidence if there was a blockage.

However, he also noticed an anomaly with the spleen and they are going to work us in for an ultrasound tomorrow. So my first though straight on is hemangiosarcoma.

He said there are spleenic tumors that are not cancerous and that it was a good sign his blood panel was perfect, (other than slight glucose elevation but he said that was probably from stress of being x-rayed and the pain) ......Well we take it one day at a time.

Right now he seems groggy from the tramadol (he gave him a shot) but he did heat half a can of pumkin and his stool softener and I am just keeping him with me all day.

So I may be struggling with what to do / how to process what I will hear tomorrow. FWIW he also appears to have benign prostate hyperplasia and some spondylosis mid spine but he said it was all in normal range for his age.
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Old 08-21-2011, 11:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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i hope everything goes well.
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Old 08-21-2011, 12:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't have any advice but wanted to offer my support. Hope all goes well with the ultrasound and that Grim is feeling better soon.
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Old 08-21-2011, 12:09 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Wishing a speedy recovery for Grim. May he completely recover from all these issues. Hugs
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Aw, so sorry he isn't feeling well. Sending many positive thoughts that it's not hemangio.

Half of a can of pumpkin is a lot--I would give a couple tablespoons at a time first and see how that goes.

Cleo, my 19 year old cat, has had problems with motility for a while. Apparently hair balls were causing a back-up in her system and she even ended with pancreatitis because of it! I started adding pumpkin and that helped but she still wasn't great. A year ago I started giving her refrigerated, heavy-duty people probiotics and the supplement Perfect Form (by Honest Kitchen) twice a day. She goes three times a day now.

Also, when Chama was a senior she could not handle Tramadol the way she could when she was younger. It made her into a nauseous zombie.
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Old 08-21-2011, 12:20 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Sending lots and lots of good thoughts that Grim is okay and will be back to his old self in no time!!
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Oh, I'm so sorry to hear this--I can only imagine how worried you must be. Here's hoping it's NOT hemangio.
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Crossing my fingers it's nothing more serious.. thinking of you both!
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Hope that your boy is ok, and has a quick recovery.
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Old 08-21-2011, 01:28 PM   #10 (permalink)
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i hope everything turns out ok. the unknown can be quite unnerving. sending healing and positive thoughts your way.
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