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 on: December 15, 2017, 07:42:44 PM 
Started by alek0 - Last post by alek0
Haven't posted anything for quite a while, so here are some new pics, its finally cold enough for hiking:

This last pic is an abandoned village Tai She Wan, they tried to put some resort there but it didn't work, and now you have all these fake animals falling apart exposed to weather. It is now even more creepy than 3 years ago, when I tried that trail previously.

 on: December 15, 2017, 07:35:36 PM 
Started by alek0 - Last post by alek0
Big bundle of cute just destroyed my glasses (again!). Frame is broken and one of the lenses is broken, I had no idea polycarbonate could crack like that. And I had them less than 3 months, he destroyed previous pair by chewing on them and leaving bite marks/scratches on the lenses. I guess bulletproof (polycarbonate, very hard material) does not mean kitten proof Wink

More pics:

He is 7 months now, and Max has just turned seven years old, how time flies.

Mitzie is back to her normal weight, creatinine and urea are normal, but ALT has crept up. I am trying to see if we can stop cyproheptadine (appetite stimulant, works great for her better than mirtazipine), and she is eating canned food which is not prescription one, but eats very little of renal dry. I'll see how it goes for a week, but it looks like she might go back on cyproheptadine again, I want her to eat more renal food and in general she needs to eat both wet and dry to keep up her weight. She is nicely solid now, not squishy like before. Any advice would be appreciated.

She is currently on vit. B supplements, ursodeoxycholic acid and SAMe (Denamarin) for her liver, Azodyl for kidneys, famotidine for nausea and stomach acid (if I take her off it, she starts vomiting within a day or two) and she was on cyproheptadine for appetite.

 on: December 13, 2017, 07:09:45 AM 
Started by GKit - Last post by Meowli
Haven't put up the artificial tree for several years now but when we did it was secured upright by wires to the woodwork and heavy bookcases. The cats did climb but the tree didn't lights, but all the colorful ornaments were made out of cloth or painted wood. The little stuffed birds inevitably had kitty flying lessons by the time New Years rolled around but they don't break. Garlands went up but were taken down if anyone was naughty. The cats were pretty good for most of December though. Many years ago we had an "incident" with tinsel with one cat and his miracle digestive tract and a close call with another cat who had a penchant for putting those little tree lightbulbs in her mouth. Tongue

 on: December 13, 2017, 04:32:57 AM 
Started by GKit - Last post by merrihart
I dunno about these cat owners.   Cheesy  I let mine have the lower branches, actually.  LOL

 on: December 12, 2017, 03:12:34 PM 
Started by GKit - Last post by Fizzy1
Oh. My. Gosh.   Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

 on: December 12, 2017, 01:41:55 PM 
Started by GKit - Last post by GKit
From Huffington Post : “Cats versus Christmas Trees Supercut Shows Felines at their Holiday Worst”
(Video, about 10 minutes)

 on: December 10, 2017, 10:40:27 AM 
Started by billyD - Last post by billyD
If you’re thinking about gifting your dog with some bone treats for the holidays, think again.

Treats made with real bones can be just as dangerous for your dog as brittle animal bones, according to a new warning from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“Giving your dog a bone treat might lead to an unexpected trip to your veterinarian, a possible emergency surgery or even death for your pet,” stated Carmela Stamper, a veterinarian in the Center for Veterinary Medicine at the FDA.

Many dogs have choked on the treats.
Fifteen of the dogs died.

Full details here:

 on: December 05, 2017, 03:05:51 PM 
Started by alek0 - Last post by NedF
Beautiful flowers!

 on: December 01, 2017, 11:10:25 PM 
Started by ranger - Last post by mikken
Agree on the T4 and not needing a free T4.  (Also, $200 for a free T4 when I can get a five panel thyroid through Hemopet for $100 seems like highway robbery.)

Was there other bloodwork done? 

 on: November 30, 2017, 06:51:20 PM 
Started by ranger - Last post by Mandycat
It is impossible to know if these lab results are strange or not without the reference ranges.  These values can change for any number of reasons, but if they are within the reference range, they are fine.  The Platelet count can be low due to clumping of the platelets and the machine cannot do an accurate count.  Usually there would be a note on the report saying that "platelets are clumped" or something like that, and also that platelets are "adequate".  

The lymphocytes, eosinophils, and monocytes, which you listed, as well as the neutrophils, which you did not list, are called the Differentials of the white cell count.  They actually total the White Blood Cell count (WBC).  If the WBC is within the normal reference range, there is probably not any big problem.  However, one or more of the differentials can be out of whack for various reasons, but it is usually not a problem unless they are out of that normal reference range.  If you can give more information, I will see if I see any specific problem.  

You do not need a Free T4.  If your concern is the weight loss and possibility of hyperthyroidism, it is a T4 (also referred to as Total T4) that you would want to have done.  The Free T4 is not used to diagnosis hyper-t.  In fact, it very often only confuses the issue when it is slightly above normal and the T4 is normal.  The Free T4 can be elevated for other reasons.  I don't see that you listed a T4, but if you had that done, post the result.  In the past, it was thought that an elevated Free T4 along with an elevated T4 or a T4 in the upper end of the reference range was diagnostic for hyper-t.  That has changed with research.  The Free T4 is no longer relied upon to confirm hyper-t, especially when the T4 is not elevated above the reference range, and the cat has other non-thyroidal medical issues.

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