Monday, February 7, 2011

Time For A Specialist

Layla went back to the vet (finally) on Friday night.  I stalled quite a few extra weeks because, in all honesty, she was happy and eating well, and I didn't want to stress her or her body out with another blood draw so quickly after the last one.

As it turns out, she lost more weight - about a pound since her previous vet visit 6 or 7 weeks ago.  She's down to 6.1 pounds.  Due to this, my vet opted to not take blood, and, he, instead, filled out the dreaded referral form for what is arguably my least favorite place in the entire world - Garden State Veterinary Specialists. No reason to draw blood now, he said, if they will repeat everything when she goes there.

I've been to GSVS once before and although I have no complaints about the way they cared for Layla through her battle with allergies, it's so depressing there.  I get way too emotional over seeing very sick animals (one of the main reasons I did not go through with being Pre-Vet in undergrad).  I might just have to strike up a deal with my mom, so that she sits in the waiting room until our name is called, so I can just whisk my way in quickly from the car.  I simply CANNOT deal with it.

Because she's eating well and still losing weight, there is obviously some sort of malabsorption issue going on.  She's producing a LOT of poop (much of which is formed, but quite soft), and therefore might not be retaining nutrients as well as she should be. It may be something as benign as an intolerance to the food she's on (all of these problems seem to have started right after the whole food switching debacle).  It could be Irritable Bowel Disorder (definitely not farfetched for a cat with a lifespan's worth of digestive issues).  It could also be something more serious, like gastrointestinal lymphoma.

My vet did say that IBD is consistent with her voracious appetite, gurgly stomach, and stool output.  He did, however, say that IBD and lymphoma present very similarly in the early stages.

I'm hopeful that what ever she has is something that can be fixed or managed, but the fact that the dreaded C word has come up twice in the past few months is a bit unsettling.

Either way, we're scheduled for an appointment with an Internal Medicine veterinarian on Saturday at 2 PM.

It may not even give us a definitive answer, as I am pretty set on NOT putting Layla through any invasive procedures.  X-Rays? Fine. Ultrasound? Fine.  Bloodwork with all sorts of fancy panels? Fine.  But I'm really not comfortable putting her under general anesthesia at her age (12-13).

I'm just trying to stay positive and take things as they come.  I hope that Saturday will be the end of our vet visits and worries for a while.


Cyndi and Stumpy February 7, 2011 at 5:11 PM  

Poor Layla. And poor you, too! You'll both be in our thoughts.

Chris and Ricky February 7, 2011 at 5:16 PM  

So sorry to hear all of this about Layla. We'll be thinking about you and hope for the best possible news on Saturday.

LauraK February 7, 2011 at 5:17 PM  

We'll be thinking of you on Saturday- hope you get a simple answer to Layla's issues. Poor girly! Looks like you and Marge have been having fun in the snow lately :)

Sue February 7, 2011 at 5:33 PM  

Our thoughts will be with you and Layla. We hope it's an easy fix.

Sara February 7, 2011 at 5:39 PM  

Poor Layla. I hope you get some definitive answers from the specialists.

Hang in there.

Diana February 7, 2011 at 5:58 PM  

I feel for you. Keeping our fingers crossed that its something easy to treat.

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ February 7, 2011 at 6:01 PM  

Poor Layla, we will cross our paws for some good to come out of this visit. You are doing all you can to help her, hugs to you from all of us.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Maggie Mae and Max February 7, 2011 at 6:16 PM  

Puppy prayers are on da way fur Layla!

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

Kari in Alaska February 7, 2011 at 6:40 PM  

We hope for a good outcome with the specialists and hope your mom agrees to your plan!


Lavi February 7, 2011 at 6:57 PM  

It seems like today was the day for bad news... I'm sad to hear about Layla's health problems. I hope they won't be serious and that she will get well soon...

Two French Bulldogs February 7, 2011 at 8:09 PM  

Poor baby. We will send good thoughts your way
Benny & Lily

Amy / Layla the Malamute February 7, 2011 at 8:58 PM  

Oh no! I'm sorry that she has to go to Garden State. I know how you feel about it being so sad and depressing, but think of all the miracles that happen there, too. If your mom can't/won't do the waiting room thing, I can do it for you. I don't have anything going on on Saturday and it isn't all that far away. Either way, I'm a message away if you want to talk about it. Good luck! You and Layla will be in my thoughts; I'll keep thinking good, positive things for her appointment.

houndstooth February 7, 2011 at 9:15 PM  

We're sending good thoughts for you and Layla! I hope you get some good news!

andrea February 7, 2011 at 9:41 PM  

best thoughts for an easy visit from me and the gang

Roxanne @ Champion of My Heart February 7, 2011 at 9:49 PM  

Well, crap. Sending good tummy vibes.

KB February 7, 2011 at 9:52 PM  

I hope so much that Layla's tummy can be made happier with a simple solution. I hope that Saturday solves things for you.

I totally understand the vet waiting room stress. Very occasionally, I end up in a waiting room where mayhem is passing through (terrible injuries, etc), and I simply can't take it. I usually go wait outside (or in the car) and ask the receptionists to come get me when it's my turn.

Lorenza February 7, 2011 at 10:11 PM  

Paws crossed here for Layla!
I hope everything goes well at her appointment!
Take care
Kisses and hugs

Anonymous February 7, 2011 at 10:13 PM  

Oh, Miss Sam. I'm so very sorry you and Layla are going to have to go to that place. I know it must be stressful for both of you. My paws are crossed and my mom is sending you positive thoughts that they'll find out what's wrong with sweet Layla and be able to fix her right up.

Hopeful wiggles and wags,

hornblower February 8, 2011 at 12:18 AM  

I know what you mean about how stressful all the exams are for cats. My kitty has crf so we've been down the test, test, & retest road.

I hope you get a definitive diagnosis quickly & develop a good treatment plan for Layla.

Unknown February 8, 2011 at 5:06 AM  

Layla and you will be in our thoughts and we hope to hear some good news from the vet soon.

Frankie Furter and Ernie February 8, 2011 at 9:06 AM  

I will send some healing Vibes fur Layla>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Kathy Mocharnuk February 8, 2011 at 10:55 AM  

I hope the appointment can get to the bottom of things and give you some answers ;-(, sorry you and Layla are going through this. I will be thinking of you on Saturday..

Anna the GSD February 8, 2011 at 11:02 AM  

Paws crossed and big hugs!!!

Stella February 8, 2011 at 11:48 AM  

All kinds of good wishes to Layla, and you too, Sam.

We will be looking forward to hearing your upcoming report on the puss!

Cheers and hugs,

Jo, Stella the Dog and Ali Z, the cat.

Tucker The Crestie February 10, 2011 at 10:48 AM  

We're sorry to hear this. Please check out for advice on helping cats live with IBD.

ForPetsSake February 10, 2011 at 6:30 PM  

I'm sorry you two are having to go through this...I will be thinking of you and hope Sat is uneventful!

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