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Ken Albin
post Jul 18 2010, 12:51 AM
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My 13 year old Sebastian has had a history of stomatitis. Most of his teeth have been removed over the years. A month ago his eating tapered off and his stomach was bloated. Our vet ran him through the usual xrays and then an ultrasound and tentatively diagnosed IBD or continued stomatitis. His symptoms didn't quite fit either of these completely so he went to a specialist in internal medicine. More xrays showed a developing lung infection. By this time he was wheezing. They put him on a heavy course of IV antibiotics there. They also sent off a full set of blood cultures and did another ultrasound. They ruled out pancreatitis and IBD. A throat xray shoed a potential blockage so they did an endoscopic procedure and found a mass in his thymus gland that was calcified. They sent off samples of the mass, which turned out not to be blocking anything. They also found a lot of mucus in the lungs and sent off a sample for a complete bacterial workup.

The results all came in and showed pneumonia in the lungs. There were three germs, one of which was resistant to most antibiotics. From the tests the germs all were sensitive to Zeniquin antibiotic so they switched him to that. They also found the rear of the mouth was very inflamed and the results came back positive for calicivirus. There isn't a cure for that virus. It was probably picked up years ago when he was feral and though he has been vaccinated for it for years it flared up. This led to a dilemma. Steroids were the best choice to reduce the mouth inflammation but they might reduce the effectiveness of the lung antibiotic. The specialist and my vet jointly decided to give a series of short acting steroids and to raise the antibiotic level. They also started him on Buprenex narcotic for the mouth pain.

Sebastian has been on the antibiotic for 1 1/2 weeks now. New xrays show a reduction in the lung congestion of about 50%. He was taken off of steroids and pain med since his mouth now looks better and he is eating more on his own. His mouth still bothers him some so he eats very soft foods and he occasionally needs an appetite pill to spur him to eat. He is more feisty at the vet now so I know he feels better. I have been loving on him a lot. He stays on the antibiotic for 2 more weeks.

Here is my little old man now. He is always tired after each vet trip and is resting. He is slowly getting better now but the calicivirus will be an ongoing concern that will have to be treated with steroids when necessary. It has been a very long and expensive recovery but he is worth every penny. He is our little tough guy who doesn't realize he is only 6 pounds. I knew if spirit could help pull him through he would be fine but we had to go to extremes this time.

Ken Albin

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post Jul 18 2010, 11:54 AM
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Hi, Ken, I am so sorry that your precious Sebastian is having so many medical challenges now. The only thing we can do for our beloved companions is give them a chance to recover from their illnesses. It sounds like Sebastian is doing his part. Getting his spirit and spunk back is a good response to all the wonderful care you are providing for him, and is a sure fire sign that he still has a heart and will to stay with you on this side of eternity for as long as possible. And I know this must be encouraging for you.

Ken, you are doing all you can for your Sebastian to help him through this medical crisis. I wish there were some greater words of "wisdom" I could share with you, but unfortunately the only thing I can offer you is my support, encouragement, comfort, and friendship - - and hope in some way this will help to strengthen you in the decisions that you continue to need to make for your precious boy.

One thing for sure, Ken, you and Sebastian are not alone in this journey. Please know you and your precious boy are in my thoughts and prayers, and that I look forward to knowing how things are going for you.

Peace and blessings,

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post Jul 18 2010, 12:43 PM
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Boy oh boy Ken it seems you have bad news, good news on an ongoing rollercoaster!

But I guess with all the cats you have brought into your home that is the way it will be for you. You are truly one of a kind.

Our daughter is trying to find homes for 3 kittens born in the back of the business she works for now. The boss has given her the weekend to find homes & then they have to go! She has inquires but nothing solid and insists on meeting the people & assuring good homes, spay & neuter & vet care. Last resort will be a no kill shelter/rescue.

Our thoughts are with you and Sebastian. I know you do exactly what is best for all the kitties that have been blessed enough to be in your care and they return your care with unconditional love.

Thoughts & prayers.... Ginger
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