inb4 Vet, moar Vet
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Update with my sick, skinny kitten.
Bloodwork came back and the vet's diagnosis is cholangiohepatitis or FIP. Since FIP can't be treated, we're treating for cholangiohepatitis with metronidazole, amoxicillin, and denamarin, hoping to see improvement. His symptoms mostly match the disease, but over the last day or so (after being on the drugs for ~48 hours) he's developed some alarming behaviours which I'm going to call about tomorrow.
> Lethargy/listlessness, sleeping 23.5 hr/day (usually hyperactive 11mo. kitten)
> Weight loss and loss of appetite
> Some clumsiness
> Visible inner eyelid, squinted eyes
> Anorexia, refuses to eat more than a bite or two of junk food only, refuses all wet and dry cat foods
> Drooling, seemed to smell extra bad right before starting the antibiotics
> Dehydration, urine is very dark with significant particulate matter
> Clumsiness, unable to fully control hind legs
> Today he's had two fits of yowling, like deep, fighting growls, which he has NEVER done before
> Solid mass/lump in abdomen, just below diaphragm
I've been in contact with the vet almost daily, obviously calling again tomorrow about the new symptoms. She and I are both hesitant to diagnose to death, but I'm about ready to try for another urine and fecal (but his lower intestine is pretty much empty atm), maybe abdominal xrays.
I'll post scans of the bloodwork tomorrow if anyone expresses interest/wants to try to outsmart a trained vet.