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  • #21078
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    ChandlersMommy
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    I work at a local animal clinic in my area, and rescued 1 (approx 9 week old, 1.9 pound) kitten from the local animal control on Tuesday, 4 min before he was scheduled to be euthanized. (Just due to overcrowding) He had been at animal control for 7 days, and was extremely skinny. Starting Tuesday he had the usual kitten sneezes, something they all are just passing around up at animal control, which then I started weekly B12 injections to help him fight it off, but now it has turned into a cough, not eating, not drinking, burning up with fever. I am almost in tears. I am syringing Nutrical and water down him every few hours, but now he has started to throw it right back up. I am taking him into work with me tomorrow early AM, and I am going to demand clavamox and fluids, do any of you know if clavamox comes in an injectable? I am wondering if you guys have any suggestions for me. The doctor I work for says I should have never rescued him, that he would be just “too much trouble and money” which almost puts me in tears as I type it. We have fallen in love with him just over these past 6 days. I would rather not pay my rent than put Chandler to sleep, that isn’t an option. Do any of you guys think A/D is a good food? His body is HOT, but his ears cold, his gums are now looking pail. I am just a WRECK! I have him in my bathroom, where I have the lights off, and he is in his bed, so he can rest. My husband will be taking me to the ER for insanity if something happens to Chandler!

    #304459
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    cricketsmama
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    oh ChandlersMommy, I am not knowledgeable in this area, hopefully someone will be able to help. I hope he will be okay. Poor baby. ((Chandler))

    #304460
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    jcat
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    I wish I could help, it sounds to me like you have more experience in this area than me, Chandler’s mommy, but I will keep him and you in my thoughts. There are some very knowledgeable people on here so don’t despair.

    #304461
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    ChandlersMommy
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    Sorry for sounding psychotic! I am just a *bit* worried. He is my baby!

    #304462
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    ChandlersMommy
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    He is holding down the fluid I gave him about 30 min ago, and thankfully his gums are pink again. He is meowing for me to hold him, which is a good sign. =-)

    #304463
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    jcat
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    Of course you are. We all know exactly what you’re going through with your baby. Like I said, I wish I could help more. Anncetera, who is one of those knowledgeable people, would probably advise pedialyte rather than water — and gatorade if you don’t have pedialite, to keep baby hydrated. Other than that, I don’t know.

    #304464
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    ChandlersMommy
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    That is a good idea. I forgot all about pedialite! We do use that at work! Thanks for reminding me of that! My husband gets off of work in about 10 min, so hopefully he can swing by the store for me. I wish I was a vet tech, then I would just go up to the clinic and start an IV by myself….but I am just a receptionist. =(

    #304465
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    Hi Chandler’s mommy,they have other antibiotics in injection form and they can give him fluids. Has he been tested for Felv and Fiv yet?

    A/D is an excellent food,I would emphasize brothy fluids at this point not too heavy with the A/D since he has a fever.

    I don’t care for the opinion of the doctor(vet?) you work for saying he is too much trouble as I fall for kitty babies quite quickly and easily as do most of the other people here.

    Others will respond with more advice,it sounds like you are doing a lot for him already. Hugs

    #304466
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    Buttercup
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    Pedialyte is wonderful,you can get unflavored at the drug store for about $2.00 and add it to some A/D for hydration. It worked wonders for my kittens when they were sick with URI and mucky eyes. They are fine now.

    #304467
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    jcat
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    Do you have a friendly vet tech you could ask a favour of? I know you can also inject a ‘bubble’ of fluids. It sounds like he is feeling a little better!

    #304468
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    ChandlersMommy
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    I know, my husband and I are hurt by his comments. There were 5 just like him, I am guessing his whole litter was dropped off at animal control. I live in an apartment with my husband and two small children, or I would have brought them all home. I guess it is better to save one over none, but it still breaks my heart. He is my little angel, and I know that he is a fighter. I will do whatever I have to do to save his little life. I am glad I have found some place to talk to other animal lovers, I feel so lonely and stressed right now. You guys are very sweet.

    #304469
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    Buttercup
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    Chandler is very lucky to have you. I know about that feeling about not being able to save more,I know I do the best I can,take care of my own animals well and pray for the others. You sound like you’ll fit in here just fine.

    Welcome!

    #304470
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    jcat
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    You would think that one of the benefits of working for a vet would be that he would be extra-supportive when your animals were sick! Maybe he was just having an off day but I’m with BC, I don’t care much for his attitude. Keep posting, Chandler’s Mommy, I need to go back to work now (I am in New Zealand) but I will keep you and Chandler in my thoughts and check back, and there are many caring people on here whom you can keep talking to. {{{Hugs}}}

    #304471
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    ChandlersMommy
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    Oh, sorry ButterCup, I didn’t answer you. Yes, I tested him for Fiv/Felv, and he was negative for both, I had one of the techs run a fecal, negative, we checked his ears and they were clean. I dewormed him with Strongid-T and Cestex (due to him having fleas)….so overall he checked out o.k…..my vet just said he was extremely skinny, and his eyes were a bit pink at the time, and he had the occasional sneeze. He is very skinny, I can feel his ribs, he has 0 fat on his body, but that didn’t scare me off, a lot of people rescue and save skinny kittens. I could run him to the Emergency clinic we have here, but they will probably just run an IV and charge me 300 dollars. I am just going to stay up with him this evening, and go in first thing in the morning when our head tech come in around 5:30.

    #304472
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    Chandlersmommy

    give the kitten aspirin! dose is 10 milligrams per pound the cat weighs, so most vets recommend baby aspirin for cats. However, a lot of vets will tell you to use a little less, and a good guideline is not to use more than one baby aspirin per 3 days. this is to bring the fever down and take Chandler to the vet tomorrow!

    hope this helps

    Peace

    Dorie

    #304473
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    Buttercup
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    I would disagree with giving a cat/kitten aspirin. I just sponged my kitten off and when he had slightly damp fur I put him with me in an air conditioned room or in front of a fan. Just to get him feeling less warm. Fluid(Pedialyte) will also help bring his temp down.

    #304474
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    Buttercup

    If the kitten is hot to the touch it’s fever is high! It is ok to give animals aspirin. I’ve done it many times! she has to get the temp down so chandler can keep the fluids down!

    #304475
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    I believe he has cooled down now, and he is keeping the fluids down. I will keep you guys updated, I will post throughout the night, and then tomorrow. Hopefully I can get him treated tomorrow without any “rude comments” from anyone I work with. =)My husband just got home, and he is holding Chandler, which makes Chandler feel that much better.

    #304476
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    CheetahBoysmommy
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    I know the general rule is that aspirin is poison to cats, but that’s not really completely true. My vet had us give aspirin to one of our kitties with really bad knees. He said the secret was in the dose and a little less was better than a little more.

    I was pretty leery when I gave her her first dose (60mg and she was a 7.5 lb cat) but it worked. I gave it to her every three days.

    I hope you can give Chandler a little relief tonight and get him some meds in the morning.

    I’m not sure I understand why the vet would say what he said, except that maybe he sees so many “throw away” pets that he has hardened himself so that he doesn’t fall apart.

    Keep us in the loop – we feel for every kitten and cat we know about.

    #304477
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    sullis
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    oh, Chandler’s mommy! I can just feel your heartache through your post…I’m no expert, but plenty of others here are, and they’ve given you good advice..good for you picking the little fighter to help…sending good vibes and positive thoughts and hugs your way…

    #304478
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    Cat talk rules
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    Its so hard when one of the fur babies is sick and we don’t know what to do and when they are that tiny really hard. My mom used to put our pets who had respitory illnesses in a steam tent (just like she did us kids) This was a long time ago but it seemed to help them. we always prayed for them, too so I will say some prayers for your baby.

    #304479
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    ChandlersMommy
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    I think my vet has just become “numb”. He is actually a very sweet and caring person, I think he was just worried about how it would affect me if Chandler did get worse, which has happened….plus he was having a bad day. I just wish he had not said it, at least out loud.

    #304480

    Hi, ChandlersMommy. Welcome to the Daily Kitten! I’m so sorry your kitten is ill. Is he the little guy in your avatar? What a sweet face! I don’t blame you for worrying. It is surprising how quickly we come to love those furrbabies who choose us! It sounds like you are doing all you can to support him until he can be treated tomorrow. Good luck tonight. I will keep you in my thoughts and send some positive healing light in Chandler’s direction.

    #304481
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    ChandlersMommy
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    It is 11:30PM my time, and we just got back from the pet ER. I pretty much went in there and told them he had an URI, and that he needed fluids, but the DR pretty much had the attitude of “I am the doctor, not you”, and then she just proceeded to tell me he had a URI and that he needed antibiotics, and she said he didn’t need fluids, even though he hasn’t drank or eaten in almost 24 hours, except for the few ounces of fluid that I squirted down his throat. I am so angry, and sad. He is so dehydrated. My clinic opens in about 6 hours, so until then I have started him on his Clavamox, and will continue to squirt fluids down his tiny throat until I can get him into my clinic where he will get fluids through an IV. Thanks all.

    #304482
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    OH, and I forgot to mention we were there only 10 min, and I have $100 less in my bank account now. Depressing. =(

    #304483
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    jcat
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    Oh, CM, that stinks, one thing I have learned on this site is that little kittens dehydrate very very quickly. Did she do the ‘tenting skin’ test thing? I hope that Anncetera will see this thread soon, she always has good advice, as do many others here, but I truly think you are doing everything you can for little Chandler. We are all pulling for him! I will be popping in and out for several hours yet, it is just 5.30pm here, so if you need to vent, feel free…

    #304484
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    Buttercup
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    I’m sorry to hear about the behavior of the emergency vet,I wish they would listen to the the pet owners,especially one’s who are as knowledgeable as you are.I would dilute the A/D with some water(or pedialyte if you have it) and dribble that into his mouth to help with hydration as long as he’s not vomiting or having diarrhea and take him to your vet in the morninng. Prayers and positive thoughts for Chandler and you.

    #304485
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    sullis
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    I hope little Chandler does better once you get him into the vet; I’m no expert, but just keep him hydrated as you’ve been doing…you must be so frustrated with the emergency room experience…I’ll be thinking of you guys today and sending positive thoughts your way..

    #304486
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    Momof6furrballs
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    Hold onto hope CM. I had a cat that I had to give fluid shots under the skin when he was sick…that was not fun but it kept him with us and got him over the hump of problems. If I can do it anyone can. I will have you in my thoughts today. I have told my little bunch about it and they will be crossing their tails and hoping for the best also.

    Give him a big kiss all of us and tell him we are all sending big hugs his way.

    #304487
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    GreatDane
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    Chandlersmommy, my Milo was in the exact same situation as you describe with your Chandler.

    He did get sub-q’s at the vets for dehydration, vitamin b12 to stimulate his appetite and clavamox as well.

    Since he has an URI, try feeding him very smelly food. If he can’t smell the food because of his cold, he’s a lot less likely to eat it. I mixed plain Pedialyte with the gravy from packets of wet kitten food and made him “Pedia-Gravy” that was easier for Mi to get down and would help hydrate him. Once he started perking up a bit, I started on feeding him the high-calorie, high-fat wet food my vet had sold me – but drenched in either tuna water or gravy and with some of the Pedialyte mixed in. I let him eat/drink as much of the Pedialyte as he wanted. I also mixed Lysine powder in his food for a couple of weeks to help his immune system.

    Best of luck with the little guy!

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