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 on: May 20, 2019, 03:04:43 PM 
Started by GKit - Last post by GKit
Alek, yes, I am finding that to be true! Gypsy had been getting supplemental B1, B2, B5, folic acid and biotin at way higher than RDA levels. A lot of this is historical to her gut problems, but in the last two years I have found that kicking the B1 up to 5mg/day and adding choline resulted in significant cognitive improvement. I just added B3 and B6 to complete the panel, and even though she ought to be getting enough from her diet, which is unfortunately all protein, she does seem brighter and her anal tone is improved. She gets B12 via injection. But yeah, I definitely agree that adding B vitamins is beneficial, certainly way, way more than I would have expected looking at the numbers on paper.

I was going to ask about your observations on cyproheptadine vs mirtazapine. Do you find the cyproheptadine more effective? We are using mirtazapine at half the normal dose. Vet prefers it for the anti-emetic properties. It works to get Gypsy to eat her food, but I am curious what you’ve seen with Mitzie of one vs the other.

Both raw and cooked egg were busts due to allergies. Surprisingly, Gypsy preferred cooked egg to the raw. Steaming the egg with a teaspoon of water (like making chawanmishi)  then running it through a fine sieve while still warm will produce a sufficiently fluffy textured egg that she couldn’t pick it out when mashed into her regular food. (She’s picked out millimeter diced carrots and hard boiled eggs, leaving a perfect layer of rejects at the bottom of her bowl.  Roll Eyes)But, allergies. Plan B is to try chicken fat to replace protein, and still working the B3 amount upward in hopes of reducing phosphate. (We are at ~30mg/day now.) Fingers crossed.

 on: May 19, 2019, 10:47:35 PM 
Started by GKit - Last post by alek0
GKit, I think vit. B makes huge difference. I am giving Mitzie human bit. B complex plus extra vit. B12 (also human pills that I cut in required dosage). One thing also which is a huge help for Mitzie is cyproheptadine, she was 3.7 kg in sept. of 2017, and she is 4.7 kg now. I know this is less popular option compared to mirtazipine but she tolerates it well and it is working fine for her.

 on: May 19, 2019, 10:43:23 PM 
Started by alek0 - Last post by alek0
She has good appetite for wet food, dry food eaten occasionally only when hand fed. I am hoping that this will be enough, we will see on her next blood test (she eats dry renal and refuses wet renal and eats normal wet food though I try to go for lower phosphorus options).

 on: May 17, 2019, 07:05:02 PM 
Started by billyD - Last post by NedF
They are so cute! That made me really happy to see!

 on: May 17, 2019, 11:08:47 AM 
Started by billyD - Last post by billyD
Five kittens that stowed away on a 400-mile trip to San Diego are looking for new homes.

The San Diego Humane Society says the week old kittens somehow wound up inside a 60-foot steel column that was trucked from Hayward in the San Francisco Bay Area to San Diego.

On April 24, construction workers building new Kaiser Permanente medical offices heard meows coming from the column.
They tilted the column and the week-old kittens slid out.

Scroll down to the third photo for the full story and video of the tiny kittens
(You might have to turn on sound; lower bottom right)

 on: May 16, 2019, 04:09:21 PM 
Started by rbauer - Last post by Mandycat
Thank goodness you heeded the suggestions to be cautious and not start treatment with the methimazole.  Mabel may or may not eventually become hyper-t, but that doesn't appear to be the case at this time.  Just monitor her, and if the T4 increases significantly in the future, you know that Penn can do the thyroid scintigraphy scan to confirm a diagnosis so there is no doubt.  I am so happy that she seems to be doing much better now!   Smiley

 on: May 16, 2019, 02:45:06 PM 
Started by rbauer - Last post by NedF
Great news! I'm so happy she's doing better now!

 on: May 16, 2019, 01:17:30 PM 
Started by rbauer - Last post by rbauer
Great news! Mabel’s T4 was 3.3  I just need to monitor and periodically recheck her at this point.  Her urinalysis also looked good.  Will know the cobalamin level in about a week.  I’m so glad that I never started Methimazole weeks ago thanks to everyone here urging me to be cautious and confirm the diagnosis.  I131 would have been a disaster but they would have probably confirmed.  So now it’s a matter of just getting her to eat more RC canned. She’s back to nibbling today instead gulping half a can like yesterday

 on: May 15, 2019, 05:39:27 PM 
Started by rbauer - Last post by rbauer
Thank you.   Smiley  They are not really recommending any changes to anything just yet pending the lab results. I should know sometime tomorrow what the treatment plan will be.  They also got the cytocentesis to follow up on the blood/crystals also.

 on: May 15, 2019, 04:25:42 PM 
Started by rbauer - Last post by Fizzy1
Yay Mabel Smiley.   Were you able to talk about any of your questions about increasing the prednisolone?  Maybe they want to see how she does after the dental.

I have no advice about your bite, I know you’ll keep on top of it.  Wish I had more to offer!  Hang in there, we’re here for you.   Smiley

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