Friday, May 20, 2011
A Prince is Fallen.....
....may he find strength and spirit to rise again!
Jackson Manuel Brown Latry Burch is a very, very sick kitty. The doctors in the ICU at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists have his condition listed a "serious". Currently, he is receiving IV fluids to combat dehydration, and will get a feeding tube this afternoon to provide nourishment while he convalesces.
His case is complicated by his diabetes and a heart murmur. He apparently has feline hepatic lipidosis, which is an accumulation of fats in the liver. In his case, it was probably caused by the relatively rapid weight loss he experienced when his diabetes was treated and his diet changed.
There are several other things that can cause some of the issues her is suffering, so the doctors are working on ruling those out as they continue to stabilize his condition and get water and food into him. If he can be successfully rehydrated without complications, and the doctors can overcome his anorexia by force feeding him, he could pull through and live several more years.
The next 24 hours will be crucial for our little man. If the doctors decide that he can be treated, and he seems to respond well to initial treatments, then he will be treated and we will get him through this. He's always been such a strong kitty, and even through this hid his misery until the end! If what he has is not treatable, or if he doesn't seem to respond to the early courses of treatment, then Queen Ginger will be facing other difficult decisions.
Of course, Princess Shelby is a wreck! After being hauled along to 2 veterinary clinics in one day, plus getting some poking and prodding of her own, all she wants to do is snuggle up in a sunbeam with her brother, and she can't seem to find him! She seems to be acutely aware that something scary is amiss.
Please send positive thoughts Jackson's way. If you are a prayerful person, perhaps that would help him. I'm willing to try anything to keep my little man!