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The vet gave him the mirtazapine on Sunday morning. I forgot to mention that. He is due for another pill tomorrow. We already have them.
The emergency vet gave us a prescription for azithromycin but I wanted to wait because he had just been given the Convenia shot the day before. I didn't want to over "anti-biotic" him too much being an FIV positive cat. Should I get the azithromycin anyway?
Ok...I saw your answer on the azithromycin.
I don't have the precription with me but I remember seeing 200 something on the form. He weighed 11 pounds on Friday and 10 1/4 on Sunday.
Our regular vet did the nose drops. The mirtazapine seemed to work because he defintely wants to eat. He comes to the bowl right away and rubs the food with his nose. He tries to smell it and you can hear the clogged nose big time.
It was a tye that is for Opthalmic use also I believe. I remember our vet saying that.
Unfortunately I am at work and not at hme with the medications.
How long can cats go w/o eating as long as they are gettin hydrated?
Can I try to force feed some dry food in? The emergency vet did that with a pill pocket and the mirtazapine.
The emergency vet did a blood count Sunday morning. She said the normal white cell count is 8000-9000.....and his was at 20,400. So it was fighting the infection and I thought this was good since he is FIV positive. Meaning his body is still producing a good amount of white cells. Ok, we have the syringe. My wife is flying back from Germany as I typr this but won't get back to Tampa till 5 PM. We will immediately go and try that.
It is so hard trying to do everything on my own.
Yeah, really! She did ask her German vet (her Mom had a cat they took to the vet) and she mentioned enrofloxacin.
I think we are doing all we can. I will get the nose drops in along with the syrings of food asap when I can.
Ok, I will ask my vet for the doxycycline today. Is it a shot or a pill?
Ok, famciclovir. I will ask about that as well.
Rebecca, I have to go to a meeting at 9 AM.....in 9 min. I am so thankful for all your info and I will do everything you mention.
I am almost in tears here but I an hopeful.
Thanks so much! I'll give you an excellent rating now.
Ok, you were wonderful! Thanks again!
Is there anything else you think I should do at this point that we haven't discussed?
Ok. Sounds good. Take care and God Bless! Paul
Gandalf is doing better. We were able to get some doxycycline and have been giving him that since Tuesday night. We give him the phenylephrine drops for the nose twice a day, artificial tears every 4 hours, and the doxy twice a day (1 cc each time). They gave us enough for 15 days. He is eating now and is definitely more active. However, we believe he is either partially paralyzed on the left side of his face or it is numb because he can't seem to hold any food in his mouth in that area. We started to feed him with a syringe in the beginning because he needed the nourishment. He is eating on his own now but mostly only stuff that we puree for him or human baby food. He can eat these freeze dried turkey treats we give him because they are light and stick to his tongue. But even then he takes a while to get it down.
We think he may have lost his hearing because we have made sounds and he doesn't respond. When it is very loud he moves his right ear but never his left, where the infection was.
Rebecca, do you happen to know how long Horner's Syndrome can last and when will we know when the Upper Respiratory Infection has gone away or is no longer contagious. He does not have any more discharge from his nose and currrently we are letting him near our other cat because they are buddies.
One of the emergency vets said she thinks we may want to stop cleaning his ears right now because even cleaning them can irritate them. However, she did say we could take a cotton ball and clean the ear without using Q-tips. Do you think we can still do that? Thanks!
Is it normal to have facial paralysis with this Horner's syndrome and can it cause a loss of hearing?
He does have an ear infection (Otitis). Could that have caused the hearing loss and/or paralysis?
Ok, just one more. So if ths otitis is causing the paralysis, will this paralysis eventually go away or would it be permanent?