Momma here - this will be long, so bear with me -
On Wednesday I got a call from the vet - The good news:
**The X-rays came with a perfect report from the radiologist. Just a little fibroid tissue on the lungs (I think that's what he said - my mind is in a bit of a fog....) - but that's normal with her age.... He said the lungs do thicken/harden with age, and it's perfect according to HER age.
**CBC/Senior Panel - BUN was high - he is not concerned because of her diet. Glucose was high - he said this is due to the stress of the vet visit - she hasn't eaten carbs for over 3 years..... he sees this all the time. Creatinine was perfect, as was everything else in the blood panel.
**Fecal was fine, no parasites.
**Urinalysis - The good: No blood, no bacteria, urine is concentrating perfectly. The not so good: There is protein in her urine - while it should be none, the level was +2 (he said the max is +4). I asked if he is concerned about the kidneys at this point - he said no - since the X-rays came back perfectly, the crea is perfect, and the urine concentration is also perfect, he is not concerned about kidneys at this point. HOWEVER - he DOES want to do a follow up Creatinine/Urine Protein Ratio test in two weeks to find out more - he said this test will tell a lot more about her kidneys than what we know right now, specially if the urine protein hasn't come down at that time - it will be something we will have to monitor.
** Pancreatitis tests will be back on Monday.
Lucky threw up on Tuesday night, and showed signs of nausea on Wednesday morning - so he decided to go ahead and put her on Cerenia before the results from pancreatitis. He feels her lack of appetite might be due to nausea...... maybe caused by inflammation - we will know more as the remaining tests come in.
I went in on Wednesday to get the Cerenia, gave it to her with a dose of cyproheptadine and a tiny liver treat to wash it down...... This was at dinner time. She threw up 5 minutes later. Twenty minutes later, when I fed her meal, she ate a bit and threw it up. I then followed with my "nausea emergency plan" - feeding her her a small filet of FD chicken every 30 minutes until I went to bed - she was very hungry, and that's the only thing she seems to hold down on times like these.
That worked really well, so for the late night meal, which is the meal I give them right before going to bed, I fed her an full meal of Freeze dried Chicken - she ate it all with gusto, and kept it down.
Thursday I continued with the Vet's medication plan - Cerenia and Cypro, but now I fed her regular raw meals. Since then she has been eating her entire meals and keeping it down.
She DOES have nausea - the signs are very clear - even with cerenia, she will eat half of her food, crouch down, come for a drink of water (a lot of water, actually), wait a bit, then go back for the rest.
She is bouncing back from the nausea quite quickly though, eating on her own, and most importantly, not throwing up.
At this point I am 100% sure I can not let go of either medications.
I don't know what is wrong with her yet..... I think pancreatitis is a big contender..... And I hope to goodness the Creatinine/Urine Protein Ratio test comes back normal in two weeks.
Aside from that..... The Cyproheptadine is making her REALLY hungry - she is talking like crazy - she is already a chatter box...... But I don't mind..... As long as it keeps working and keeps her eating...... It's doing its job.
Thank you all for the vibes and good wishes -