Wednesday, November 17, 2010

No More Wobbles

Thankfully, Layla the cat has fully recovered from her episode two weeks ago, when she suddenly began to fall and stumble.

She is currently taking Clindamycin, 1/2 tablet twice a day, to treat for a possible middle ear infection and her recurring urinary tract infection.  To ensure she keeps the antibiotic down (she was starting to throw it up), she gets 1/4 tablet of Pepcid with each dose. She is also getting Mometomax liquid in her ears once a day.

Her blood test was repeated, and the ALT liver enzyme, which was high on the first test, did not change.  So, my vet put her on a supplement called Denosyl (S-Adenosyl methionine, or S-AMe), which aids the liver as it repairs from any damage it might have incurred.  It also has possible brain/mood properties, which makes it useful for neurological functioning issues.  We will repeat the blood test sometime after Thanksgiving to see what the ALT number reads.

That's a lot of pills for such a little kitty, but she's managing very well.  Her spirits are extremely high - she's active, running up and down the stairs, taunting Marge, etc.  I think that her ears must feel a lot better, and she's not worried about falling down any more, so she can be herself.  She even got pretty feisty the other night when I took out a toy for her to play with.

Here she is giving me one of her signature "hugs" - she can't resist but to climb on me and outstretch her arms when I'm laying flat on my back on the couch.  It's one of my favorite things that she does.

Paws crossed that her health continues to improve.


Anonymous November 17, 2010 at 5:27 AM  

That's wonderful news! Yay for Layla! Paws together that she can get off all of those pills in the near future :) Thank goodness they're doin their job!

Waggin at ya,

PeeS: Mom luvs the photo of her huggin you :)

tula monstah November 17, 2010 at 5:44 AM  

MEEEOW fur Layla- an ear infection, pheww! You're doing good & back to being your feisty kitty self:)

a previous akita, Jazze took Denosyl for her liver cancer.. i think it helped her live years longer. just a fyi!


Sara November 17, 2010 at 6:14 AM  

That's great news! I hope she continues to do well.

Kari in Alaska November 17, 2010 at 7:07 AM  

That is such wonderful news. I sure hope the improvement continues :)


Wyatt November 17, 2010 at 7:41 AM  

Glad to hear that Layla is doing better! :)


Chris and Ricky November 17, 2010 at 7:56 AM  

Glad to hear Layla is feeling better! Hope she continues to do well!

That photo is darling - she is a sweetheart!

LauraK November 17, 2010 at 8:41 AM  

I'm so happy to hear that she's doing better- I bet you are relieved!

Unknown November 17, 2010 at 9:03 AM  

Im glad that she is doing better and we will keep our paws crossed she stays a healthy girl.

I love the pic of her hugging, so sweet

Anna the GSD November 17, 2010 at 9:52 AM  

Great news!! I know that makes you so relieved!!

Cyndi and Stumpy November 17, 2010 at 10:04 AM  

Yipee! glad to hear layla is feeling better! yeah, don't send Layla... I am pretty sure she'd open a can a whoopass on Stumpy!

Kathy Mocharnuk November 17, 2010 at 10:45 AM  

OOOOH I am sooo glad to hear Layla is feeling better

Amy / Layla the Malamute November 17, 2010 at 11:04 AM  

I'm very glad she's feeling better. I know the frustration and helpless feeling when you don't know what's wrong with them and how to fix them. Hopefully the antibiotic (and slew of other medication she has to take with it) will keep the problems at bay.

I love her little hugs! I've never seen a hugging cat.

Sue November 17, 2010 at 11:24 AM  

We're so glad to hear that she's feeling better. It must be awful for an animal to have an earache and not be able to tell anyone.

The Army of Four November 17, 2010 at 12:48 PM  

What a sweet hug! We're so glad you're starting to feel better!!!
Tail wags,

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ November 17, 2010 at 2:49 PM  

So good to hear that Layla is improving. How you get those pills into her is beyond us. Our human sister had a kitty who needed meds and it was soooooooo hard.

Paws crossed that the wonderful care you are giving her has outstanding results.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

George The Lad November 17, 2010 at 4:32 PM  

So pleased to hear this. thanks for the update.
See Yea George xxx

Anonymous November 17, 2010 at 4:35 PM  

Oh, I am SO very happy that Layla Kitteh is feeling better! And my paws are double crossed for her to keep getting all the way better soon!

Wiggles & Wags,

Gus, Louie and Callie November 17, 2010 at 5:10 PM  

Oh Layla we sure hope you get well soon. Sounds like from your romping that you are feeling better..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

houndstooth November 17, 2010 at 6:47 PM  

I'm glad it turned out to be an ear infection! Those are pretty easy to treat. I hope she keeps feeling better!

Two French Bulldogs November 17, 2010 at 11:09 PM  

Yippee for Layla
Benny & Lily

KB November 17, 2010 at 11:20 PM  

Sounds to me like good news! I'm glad that Layla is playing and full of life. Fingers crossed about the liver enzyme levels...

Lorenza November 17, 2010 at 11:59 PM  

Glad to know she is doing so well.
I hope she will be fully recovered soon!
Take care
Kisses and hugs

Muttsandaklutz November 20, 2010 at 9:21 AM  

Wonderful news, Sam!!! So glad to hear it. Paws, finger, and toes crossed for continuing improvements in health and spirits.

Never Say Never Greyhounds November 22, 2010 at 12:15 PM  

I'm glad to hear that Layla continues to improve. That's all we can ask for.

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