Tarzan Mama of Two
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: The land down under!
This could only happen to us (another story for Bob! lol)
Last night we rushed Milko to the emergency vet. It was just before 11.30pm and I was coming out to the computer to say goodnight to Alex (he was doing some work...and I was still up cause it's HOOOTTTTT! I sat in a cold bath for an hour and a half last night and did not get cold...I should've slept in there) and to pee. Well I went into the laundry and realised that Milko wasn't breathing properly (he went to bed at 10pm fine and dandy). At first I thought he was going to cough up a fur ball (he never has but he is shedding his fur like crazy right now) but that didn't happen after I watched him for about 15 minutes. I was being a freaked out cat mum watching him try and breathe but was trying to stay calm...his nose and eyes were clear of dishcarge so I thought he might have one of his biscuits caught in his throat...I checked his airways and found nothing. His colour was good and it was then that I noticed there was a bit of phlegm on the floor. Alex told me to ring the vet and at that point he started panting. I rang the vet, who put me onto the emergency vet and they suggested a tick (they have three tick cases in there but I knew that Milko getting a tick in the 45 minutes he was outside a week ago and only seeing symptoms now was highly unlikely). I didn't even bother to check him (he would have to have gone to the vet anyway...we only get paralysis ticks around here) and we bundled him up in the car (me in tears thinking he was going to die, Alex yelling at me for not being able to get it together and asking how I was going to cope if this was our daughter...haha I'd have a whole medical team flown in!) and I managed to compose myself by the time we got to the clinic.
The diagnosis is..........cat flu!!!! My fully vaccinated, indoor only cat has managed to contract cat flu in the 45 minutes he was outside last week! I swear only we could be so unlucky!!! We got home at 1am and he is on an antibiotic paste for a week. I got up and checked him at 4am and he was no worse and the vet said it could take 2 days to see signs of improvement and to only worry if he gets worse. Once I thought about it he hasn't really eaten all week but with how stressed he gets from loud noises and builders I knew this week was going to be bad for him and I put his not eating much down to stress and the heat.
Oh and I had Biscuit at the vet yesterday morning too but she thankfully is fine and her dermatitis has cleared up.
So Bob....I know you said you like to read my stories but seriously, I'd like to be the next one going to the hospital!!!!!! Can't all my pets just stay healthy now!
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