Saturday, April 18, 2015

Kentucky Derby Hopeful: Dortmund

Dortmund, one of the possible contenders for this year's Derby, seems like a different kinda horse. For one thing he is HUGE! I think he is 17H tall. And he has a good track record and enough heart to snatch victory out of the jaws of defeat -- see below. I think he will be the one I root for, even though I don't especially follow the Derby...

Friday, April 17, 2015

Newman's surgery, Part 3

This is how Newman looked when I left in the morning, and when
I came home in the evening. Looking back I wonder how long he felt bad...
Here is some advice and/or lessons learned from my situation --
  1. Get informed on cat dentistry. I wasn't, and I'm not, but our vet told us that cat's teeth are nothing like human teeth. You can't draw too many parallels. For example, Newman ate JUST FINE with his bad, abscessing teeth. Hard kibble was his preference
  2. Extracting teeth is pretty common -- and not as life-changing as you'd think for a cat.  I'm told by other cat owners (who have been down this road) that many cats with NO teeth eat hard kibble, and even prefer it to soft food. 
  3. Have your vet check your cat's teeth in the annual visit. I don't know why this did not occur in our annual visits, especially given Newman's symptoms. 
  4. As Don Quixote said, "teeth are like diamonds." Our vet has encouraged annual dental care visits for our cats. We're looking into this, but we'll almost certainly do something, whether we do it ourselves or have the vet do it.

Whatever your species, when you're teeth don't feel good, you don't feel good. I guess it should be something we keep in the back of our minds when we have mystery symptoms.

So... I am laying odds that some of you all know a whole lot more about cat dentition than I do! What are your words of wisdom/advice, and what are your experiences?


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Newman's surgery saga, Part 2

Newman was in surgery for more than two hours. While the assistant reassured me that Newman was okay (no problems with the surgery), I was pretty nervous when I finally got the call from the vet, two hours after the projected time of followup.

What the vet said...
Newman had SIX teeth extracted. One was so badly abscessed that it had formed a hole in the nasal cavity--the source of the snotty nose. So it is a good news/bad news scenario...

  1. We have the source of the nasal discharge for sure. Good.
  2. The hole in his nasal cavity might need to be surgically closed. Possibly another surgery. Bad. 
We need to give Newman 8-10 days to heal, then we go back in to see if the hole from the mouth to the nasal cavity still exists. 

Newman is eating soft food and healing up. He seems pretty perky. The dental situation that has been dragging him down has lifted, and he really does look better, from his clear eyes to his coat (which is smoother in appearance) to his energy level. 

Four years we own this cat, thinking he is just not high-energy, just not very curious, and well, kind of lazy. It may have been his teeth the whole time. We'll see.

Stay tuned for part 3....