Friday, November 3, 2017

From Purrfect to Puny

Thursday morning we woke up and Brulee was doing great!  She climbed into our new cat bed (we will feature it in December) and let Mom Paula clean her eyes and trim her toenails.  Everything was going pretty well. Mom Paula gave us some treats, fed us, gave us some fresh water and decided to go see the opening of Thor at the movie theater.
Beautiful Brulee Thursday Morning

Life was good or so we thought...



Brulee at SC Emergency Vet Hospital

Mom Paula got back home around 10:00 pm ready to settle in for the night. She couldn't find Brulee and looked over in the living room and Brulee was in the "meatloaf" position and not moving; she wouldn't even look at Mom Paula when she said her name. Mom Paula walked over to Brulee and she heard Brulee sneezing and the ruff of her fur was a mess (yellow, sticky, and wet). Mom Paula immediately grabbed Brulee and placed her in one of our Sleepypod® Mobile Pet Beds that stay in the living room all the time and out the door they went.  Since it was so late in the evening, our regular vet was closed, so Mom Paula drove as quickly as legally possible to South Carolina Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Care. We're pleased to know this emergency vet hospital is AAHA accredited.

Sick little Brulee inside her Sleepypod in the examination room

When the ladies at the registration desk asked what was wrong and Mom Paula said she suspected an Upper Respiratory Infection (URI), they wouldn't even let her put the Sleepypod down and escorted Brulee and Mom Paula immediately to a private examination room since she may be contagious. Mom Paula opened the top of the Sleepypod so Brulee wouldn't be so restless in a strange place.  It's really nice to know Brulee feels comfortable in her carrier, even in a strange place.

The Vet Tech came in and took Brulee's vitals: 

  • Temperature - 103.2 (Normal: 100.5-102.5 F)
  • Weight - 3.87 kg (8.5 lb)
  • Respiratory Rate (RR) - 36 (normal for cats is between 20-30 breaths per minute)
  • Heart Rate (HR) - 200 (normal is 140-220 beats per minute)
  • Capillary Refill Time - pk-1 (normal time it takes for the capillaries to refill in a cat is 1.5 seconds)
  • QAR - 0/4 (A cat who’s a bit under the weather or one who has a more laid-back disposition might be QAR (quiet, alert and responsive).


Brulee getting a reassuring pet from Mom Paula while waiting for the vet

The examination was unique and comforting because the vet tech let Brulee stay in Mom Paula's arms while she checked her out. She didn't make Brulee stay on the cold steel examination table; she let Brulee go back in her Sleepypod where she was comfortable. We waited in the examination for a little while (seems like hours) until Dr. Hassinger came.  Dr. Hassinger came in a complimented Brulee on her cuteness (even with all the yucky stuff under her chin) and began to examine Brulee. She said Brulee appears healthy but is showing signs of early URI. Thankfully, Brulee wasn't dehydrated and the vet didn't see a need to do any bloodwork. The vet said that even though most URIs are viral in nature, she recommended taking an antibiotic to help with any secondary bacterial infections. Brulee was given Clavamox to take for 14 days. Dr. Hassinger recommended taking Brulee to our normal vet in about two weeks. This emergency trip cost $135.29, which is a lot less than some of Brulee's previous trips to the hospital. Thankfully, we have Care Credit to pay up front and Trupanion Pet Insurance which will reimburse us for most of the visit (except vet fee). We highly recommend purchasing pet insurance.

Brulee eating some of her Wellness treats in her Go Fish! toy

Mom Paula brought Brulee home and opened a pouch of Wellness Tuna (lots of liquid) to see if Brulee would eat. She licked up most of the liquid. Mom Paula stayed up an additional couple of hours to monitor Brulee and decided to put some of our Wellness Kittles in the Petmate® Jackson Galaxy Go Fish! toy. At first, Brulee ignored it (probably because of her stuffed nose) but after several minutes, she heard someone pawing the treats and looked and saw it was Brulee eating the treats. Truffle stayed away from Brulee all evening and most of today (there is some hissing going on). Mom Paula felt better when she saw this and decided to finally go to bed around 3:00 am this morning.

Brulee hanging out in the home office today

Brulee has been okay so far today. There are a couple of sneezes, but Brulee isn't hiding. Mom Paula had the challenge of giving Brulee her medication this morning and eventually, Mom Paula won, thanks to the Kruuse Buster Pet Pill/Tablet Syringe we reviewed earlier this year. She also followed up with some water through a medicine dropper to encourage Brulee to swallow. We don't have a warm air humidifier, so Mom Paula is turning on the shower and allowing the hot water to turn the bathroom into a steam room so Brulee can breathe better. We run a cool mist humidifier all the time, but Mom Paula is thinking it's time to purchase a warm mist humidifier for these times Brulee gets sick. Brulee keeps coming to Mom Paula, meowing for a treat, but doesn't eat it when she gets it because she can't smell. Brulee tends to run from Mom Paula because she is associating her with the medication and trip to the vet. We know this is temporary, but it breaks Mom Paula's heart to see Brulee ill.

We know this was a little long, but we wanted to let you know what happened to Brulee and her current status. Hopefully, she'll be back to her Purrfectly Persian self in a couple more days.

27 comments:

  1. Poor Brulee, I will add her to my prayer list. You are a good mom to get her right to the vet. That was a good price for the emergency vet and you are wise to have insurance.

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  2. That is a *very* reasonable price for an ER vet! Glad you were able to get her checked out so quickly and purrs that she's feeling better very, very quickly.

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  3. How scary! Hopefully, Brulee will continue to feel better.

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  4. Poor poor little girl. This made me sad seeing her like that. She was so sick. Of course you love your girls as we love our babies too. They have the very best of care.

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  5. Poor little, Brûlée. We pray she makes a quick recovery. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo and Cooper Murphy

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  6. Oh, poor Brulee! How frightening for Auntie Paula to get home and see you like that! No wonder she took you off to the ER vet right away! Feel better soon!

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  7. Purrs and prayers to you beautiful Brulee. We hope the all better finds you soon sweet one.

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  8. I'm glad you caught it early. Sending healing thoughts.

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  9. Poor Brulee. We purr that she is feeling better and back to normal real soon.

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  10. Poor Brulee! I hope she is all better soon. At least you caught her URI early.

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  11. We are so glad Brulee seems to be OK right now! Our purrs...

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  12. Poor Brulee. I hope she is feeling better today and soon gets over it.

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  13. Oh that came on suddenly Brulee! I hope you are feeling even better today. We have been worried about you having to go to the ER vet

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  14. Poor Brulee! Thank goodness Mom Paula noticed the symptoms and took her to the vet right away. I hope Brulee is feeling better now.

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  15. Poor Brulee! URIs are so yucky. Feel better soon gorgeous.

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  16. I am so hopeful Brulee is on the mend now! Poor baby!!! I know the gut wrenching feeling when a pet is suddenly ill! I still want / need to get those pods!! I also agree about the Wellness packets due to them being very wet and brothy! My cats LOVE it and for a sick cat they are NECESSARY!

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  17. It's great that you are so closely attuned to Brulee's and Truffle's habits and are willing to take quick action. Upper respiratory infections can turn serious very quickly in such small animals. I'm glad Brulee is doing better so that she can enjoy the upcoming holidays in proper form and looking fantastic.

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  18. Aww so sorry to hear. Brulee you have the best mommy looking out for you (and your sister). Glad you are starting to feel like your old self again. Get some rest.

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  19. I'm sorry that Brulee wasn't feeling well. It sounds like you have a very caring vet staff who helped make the experience a little less stressful.

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  20. Glad to hear Brulee is doing well, and thanks to you for having such an eagle eye and catching it early. It scares me that we don't have an emergency vet near us, given Red's precarious medical conditions, so you're very fortunate to have a reputable hospital with trustworthy staff to go to just in case. I would feel so much less stressed if I had that.

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  21. We hope Brulee is feeling better real soon. And that the Kruuse pill dispenser works! I learned a lot about sick cats during my cat years and the one thing you don't want is them to stop eating and drinking. After Rhette's surgery to remove some lumps he didn't want to eat and that's when I started force feeding him with a syringe and water. Works every time. Sandra and Dolly

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    1. The Kruuse pill dispenser was a miracle for me. I've also used the syringe to give some water in the past. Brulee is doing fine now.

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  22. Oh no, poor Brulee! We once had to put some ear drops in babu's ears which he hated and did not come near us for two whole days! Hoping for Brulee to get well soon and enjoy her treats again.

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  23. Oh my goodness, I'm so sorry that Brulee is ill! I hope Truffle doesn't catch the URI as well. Definitely keep a very close eye on Brulee. I hope she will be ok. Poor baby!!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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    1. The vets think it's a herpes infection. Truffle tends to get it in her eyes and Brulee gets the more serious URI. Both are doing fine now.

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  24. So glad that beautiful Brulee is doing better now...not eating scrumptious treats is serious. It was probably hard not to clean up Brulee's yellow gunk on her neck but the vet got a first hand look at what was happening to her that way.

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  25. As a dog mom who has a cocker who had 2 URIs I can attest how unfun they are. I am so glad all is okay. We have spent a lot of time at the vet hospital in these past 2 months so we know exactly what you experienced. Hugs!

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