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Az again

I don't know what to do about Az. He had a really good day yesterday, went for walks, played with Brythen, enjoyed his food.

Today he won't eat, not even fried liver or smoked salmon. I can't get his pills into him: he seems depressed. He wet his bed in the night, which he never does. He's drinking, but he has been sick again. He doesn't pant or cough. His resting respiration rate is 12 breaths per minute, which is very low compared to the 19 breaths a minute he was doing in Feb when he started on his frusemide and vetmedin.

If I take him to the vet he is too terrified for them to get any sense out of examining him. He just shakes and pants the whole time and if his heart wasn't so loud, they wouldn't even be able to hear it through the sound of him shaking. He's had blood tests, vet now thinks his stomach issues might be to do with heart failure, but he's not showing the typical heart failure symptoms.

I suppose I just have to wait and see.

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parrot_knight
18th Dec, 2012 14:00 (UTC)
It looks to me as if he is certainly not ready to go yet, which is a good thing.
bunn
18th Dec, 2012 14:40 (UTC)
No, he doesn't seem near that point yet. But every time he refuses to eat I start to worry, because it doesn't take long for him to go into dehydrated mode, so I feel I'm watching him like a hawk the whole time!
wellinghall
18th Dec, 2012 18:34 (UTC)
As parrot_knight says.

*hugs you*

*pats Az*
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bunn
18th Dec, 2012 18:06 (UTC)
Thank you. I seem to spend all morning fretting over whether he's going to eat at the moment. Am wondering if I should just relax and assume he's going to eat in the afternoons, or if he only eats in the afternoon because I've been wafting tempting things under his nose all morning!
adaese
18th Dec, 2012 17:11 (UTC)
Hope he improves.
bunn
18th Dec, 2012 18:08 (UTC)
Thank you. It is one of those situations where you sort of don't want to stop panicking in case the panicking is somehow holding off the worst!
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bunn
18th Dec, 2012 19:58 (UTC)
I expect they would, but he's been in there several times recently, and as I understand it, anything further that they could do in terms of tests would probably need sedation - they can't easily ultrasound him or Xray him because he's too terrified, but of course that's not equipment they can carry about too easily.

And sedation is difficult because he fights it, plus his heart is definitely knackered, which makes sedation more dangerous anyway. :-(
alitheapipkin
18th Dec, 2012 18:16 (UTC)
I'm so sorry you are having such a rough time, pets-wise. Poor Az, I hope he picks up soon!
bunn
18th Dec, 2012 20:03 (UTC)
Thank you! To be honest, I'm not sure he's going to pick up permanently - he's very old. But I'll settle for a few more weeks of enjoying life!
puddleshark
18th Dec, 2012 18:17 (UTC)
Such a worry when they won't eat... Hope he soon regains his appetite.

bunn
18th Dec, 2012 20:10 (UTC)
Thanks! He has now finally consented to eat half a pack of Naturediet and almost all of a slice of toast with scrambled egg, so crisis is averted, at least for today.
parrot_knight
19th Dec, 2012 03:03 (UTC)
That reads like a good breakfast, however late in the day (though I have no personal experience of Naturediet).
endlessrarities
18th Dec, 2012 19:13 (UTC)
Oh, this isn't good. Hang in there - all of you!!!
bunn
18th Dec, 2012 20:12 (UTC)
Thanks :-/
chainmailmaiden
20th Dec, 2012 00:35 (UTC)
Poor Az, I do hope he has more good days than bad ones as the weeks go on, he's so adorable.
bunn
20th Dec, 2012 10:23 (UTC)
Thanks! He has perked up again over the last couple of days, and is eating again, thank heavens. He even ate some kibble for his breakfast. PHEW!
alitheapipkin
22nd Dec, 2012 18:28 (UTC)
:) Glad I checked back to see if there was more news now
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