Jack has been at the animal hospital since Friday. Trying to treat him at home was becoming stressful for both of us. He’s got some fight in him, and I ended up pretty scratched up (even tho i swaddled him TIGHT), and we both ended up exhausted at the end of each feeding, and then I’d look at the clock and realize we had another one in an hour and a half. Because he is so large (18 lbs after the 4 he’s lost), it was difficult for me to get enough food and fluid in through force feeding through the mouth, and he became dehydrated and couldn’t urinate, which was a major concern so back to the vet we went.
Right now, he has a tube in his nose to deliver food and an iv for fluids. The initial idea was a peg tube but since his platelet count is low, they were worried about bleeding so we’ve gone this route for now. it’s been a long weekend but here is the rundown:
The Bad things:
Jack is very jaundiced (orange)
He is very sluggish (possibly caused by the slight sedative to get the nose tube in)
His glucose is high, but not terribly so
The Good things:
He is keeping his food down
He is using the litter box on his own
The vet said that he is not in pain…just anorexic and a little uncomfortable from the tube and iv
Somewhere in there, he is still paying attention…he flicks his ears towards noises and voices. And he still has his sense of humor, he stole D’s chair on Saturday and today he looked like he was dozing but opened his eyes WIDE when the vet mentioned “medication”
Tomorrow the vet is going to show me how to give him subcutaneous fluids and how to feed him through the nose tube. at home he can relax and will hopefully perk up after a few days of feedings.