Even when the vet first approached me in the waiting room, she thought I had only brought Emmi Sue in to be weighed, and nothing could be further from the truth. I needed some blood work done to see how well (or not) she was doing since beginning her medications. She seemed quite adamant about doing this but finally did so after much insistence from me, but I shouldn't have to demand care for my cat each time I take her in. I also had a few questions written down and was not satisfied with her answers. As I'm sure most of you have realized by now, if I don't know something, I take it upon myself to do some research and find the answers. Of course, I've done this with Emmi Sue's chronic kidney disease (CKD), too.
I recently joined a sort of online support group for CKD and other cat illnesses. I've been amazed with the knowledge these members (especially the leaders) have! When I mentioned the amount of subcutaneous fluids (150 cc's) I give Emmi Sue and the high dosage of aluminum hydroxide she was prescribed, most of the members of this group were shocked beyond belief, causing me to wonder if our vet has any idea what she is doing. My baby barely weighs 7 lbs. and perhaps these amounts are fine for a larger kitty, but my baby is tiny! This got me wondering about many things and inspired me to search online for other local animal clinics and have found one that is a fully equipped clinic/hospital only 20-some minutes from me and have an appointment for both Emmi Sue and Jinger next Friday. I would take them in sooner but my parents will not arrive home from Mexico until next Thursday, so this is the soonest I'm able to get them in. Jinger began vomiting excessively a couple days ago (four times in one day), so I would like her looked at also. She has had hyperthyroidism for a few years and it's time for her check-up anyway.
|This is why I do what I do. I am my girls' voice! If I don't speak up for them, who will?|