I haven’t updated this blog in a while. I lost my job when I moved back in September… to make things worse Lulu was diagnosed with CRF. I can’t afford to put her on an IV which is the only thing the vet I’m currently seeing wants to do. When I had taken her in she was near death. She had been throwing up daily, sleeping a lot, not eating… I had the worst experience with a vet ever, it was a vet I never met before. He came in, noted that she had lost 1.5 pounds since her last visit said, “so not a big difference from last time” (she was only 9 pounds to begin with, she lost 1.5 of that). Looked at her ordered a blood test then left, never returning or offering me any advice on how to get her to eat or anything. I learned more from google and the Tanya CRF site then I did from him. I got her test results back a couple days later and they wanted to put her on an IV. I said she wouldn’t be up for that (she cannot take vets or strangers at all, getting the blood test done was hard enough) and also I can’t afford it. I asked if she could do sub-q fluids instead and was told they won’t do them because they “aren’t as effective”. Wouldn’t they be better than nothing?! The vet gave her days to up to two weeks to live, and up to a couple months if I spent the $300+ and put Lulu through hell. I didn’t do the IV.
It’s been four weeks. I changed her diet to all-wet and she is doing great. Her energy is back, she’s happy, she’s eating. I dropped off a urine sample and didn’t hear anything for two weeks so I emailed the vet asking for the results. I got an angry phone call days later saying that they “have been ATTEMPTING to reach me for days now! They have called NUMEROUS times!! The vet still wants her on an IV and the vet said that she has already discussed this with you!!” They have never called my house before this. My cell isn’t on file, plus I haven’t had any missed calls. WHO have they been calling?!
I’m done with this vet. I thought I had found a good vet but it’s not. Lulu had been in the vet earlier this year because she was throwing up, not eating, and walking on her hocks (sign of neuropathy or kidney failure) instead of doing a blood test they told me it was just arthritis and put her on steroids. So she’s probably been in kidney failure for almost a year already.