I wanted to first thank everyone with my whole heart for the outpouring of support and love I have received since posting my story regarding Alli. We just got back from the vet, and wanted to give a brief update of what was shared.
First off I would like to say this vet that we visited was a complete turn around compared to the vet we saw on Monday. Not only were they anxious to see what was ailing Alli but they also took time to try to work out a cost effective plan for us while still getting the treatment Alli needs. The first test we had done was the Feline Aids and Leukemia test to rule that out as a possibility given the symptoms she’s displaying. Next we had a full blood work done and the last was to be an x-ray if it was needed to determine the problem of her hips. The results back on the blood work was both good and bad. Good in the fact that her blood cells were at great numbers. However…. there were some concerns on some of the other items. I am not a vet and so don’t know if I’m using the correct terminology but I’ll do my best. The biggest concerns were her liver and globin levels. From what I understand they are at borderline levels of either being fatty liver disease or F.I.P. Either of those prognosis’ are bad. IF it’s the fatty liver problem and we catch it before it decreases any further and sets in, we have a good chance…but if we haven’t/don’t then unfortunately there’s no treatment available to fight it. F.I.P. also has pretty much the same prognosis. It’s unknown what causes F.I.P. and you aren’t able to determine 100% if a cat suffers from F.I.P. until it is too late and they perform an autopsy. Unfortunately again there’s no treatment or cure for F.I.P. This is what I have gleaned from the vet, which I will be doing my own research about these 2 conditions to learn more about them.
Alli has been given a steroid (will help with the pain), an IV which we have to administer daily to keep her fluid levels up, an appetite stimulator, antibiotics and some other thing that I can’t remember off the top of my head at the moment. They thankfully gave her this day’s dosage and already we see a difference. She was able to stand somewhat and walked tentatively to the water dish and drank, and ate 1 kibble. She’s acting more alert than she has in the past couple days. This treatment is to continue over the next 4-5 days at which point we have to go back for another checkup. If there isn’t significant improvement we will be referred to an internal specialist who will take it from there. If there’s a noticeable improvement, then they will continue on with the treatment cycle and retest her to see if her liver and globin levels have changed…so we are keeping our fingers crossed.
Again thank you so much for all your kind words and support, I couldn’t and wouldn’t have been able to have do(ne) this without you all.