Saturday, October 5, 2013

Taking Tabs to see a 4th vet today

Thank you, everyone, for your suggestions and concern.

It is 5am now and there is still no defecation from Tabs.

I gave the pumpkin last night. It did not work.

I also consulted the 2nd vet who did the X-Ray again and he said that though there is faecal matter in her intestines, she was not constipated yet, so it did not warrant an enema. He said to give it about 3 more days, and if there is no improvement, Tabs may have to be put on drips. He also suggested an esophagal feeding tube (inserted through the neck) to ensure she gets enough food but that sounds very stressful. I didn't think it was necessary since I am able to force-feed her. And what if the problem is not in the eating, but at the intestines?

The 3rd vet said it may not be hairball but something called "sentinel loops" which requires surgery and should not be delayed, but the vet is going on leave today for a few days, so he could not do the surgery as he did not want to leave his patient after the surgery. Which leaves me to look for a 4th vet this morning who is able to do the surgery should it be warranted. It is all so scary and worrying. Meanwhile Tabs is obediently eating whatever I force-feed her without putting up a fight. There is still no defecation as of this morning.

We'll be taking her to the 4th vet the moment he opens this morning. The problem is that whatever the X-Ray shows isn't conclusive. The vet would have to palpate her again today, and it all depends on the what the vet feels (concluded from the X-Ray and the palpation) is the best thing to do. All four vets are experienced.

I even consulted Dr Susanna yesterday if acupuncture might help, but she says acupuncture cannot help at all in such cases and that I must refer her to a conventional vet, which I already have.

I hope the 4th vet will be able to solve the problem once and for all.

Meanwhile, I am thankful that Connie is helping me man the booth at PWTC today. I hope Lester can help too, or she would be all alone.


Tabs, this morning.


Syeeleo said...

It is indeed worrying as Tabby is such a young cat to ve accumulated so much hair balls in her intestine. Hope she gets a diagnosis n gets treated duly. Get Well Soon TABS!!

chankahyein said...

Thank you, but it may not be hairball, after all. We will see what this 4th vet says this morning.

Joyce Yeoh said...

Think positive, all is going to be well!

Chen said...

Looking forward to see pictures of poo!

Feeding stuff not working & she does not want her tummy to be touched - so have you tried giving her a hot water bottle or something warm to wrap around her tummy? When I get a tummy ache, something warm always feels nice. And maybe the heat can help the intestines get more energetic?

chankahyein said...

The 3rd vet says it could be sentinel loops and if so, it can only be corrected via surgery. So I think it's best to wait for the 4th diagnosis today. Thanks for the suggestion.

chankahyein said...

Thank you. I hope so too.

Norely Abd Rahman said...

I don't have any words of wisdom for you Dr. Chan. Just know that my thoughts are with you and Tabs! Hope the vet will be able to help Tabs today. Take care!

BoBo Salem said...

purrs and prayers for Ms Tabitha

BoBo Salem and catlings

Marina said...

Prayers for Tabs..Get well soon dear..

Joy E. Saga said...

Tabs, we are all praying for your recovery. Am praying to God and all in Heaven to send their healing powers so you may be healed. There is no IF, it's WHEN you will be healed. (Praying it is soon... I'm having anxiety attacks since Friday night to hear about you Tabs)

From the gang in Joy's house
Kat, Pedro, Yasmin, Maori, Hope, Faith, Kecik and Subaru

and of course, Joy and Hubby