October 29th

Jackson is missing some fur

Jackson is back. We collected him at 1 pm.  Carla explained that it is quite likely that the vomiting will recur. Apparently a single “ballooning” is only successful in about 2 out of 10 cases.  Often it needs to be repeated 3 or 4 times.  We have to take him back on November 23rd and he will need to stay in for more tests and possibly another ballooning.  If he is sick before then, I am to telephone them and they will see him immediately.  I have two antacid medicines that I have to administer with a syringe. Joel said he does not like them and so it may be a struggle. If, after 3 or 4 balloonings, the  problem is still there, he will have to have an operation. They are trying the least invasive methods first.

He is very lively – rushing around the house – currently climbing the curtains!  His neck has been shaved under his chin and also about a third of his tummy.  Carla said that he was the favorite cat of the nursing staff!  He became very affectionate and they let him out of his cage and played ball with him  He is only to have dry food – this stimulates the oesophagus.   So, we shall see how he goes.

Tomorrow is the first shoot on the land that John manages and so he is somewhat prickly at the moment.  He worries about it all – whether things will go well etc.  I am going to have my hair cut at 9 am and then go shopping and then come home and play with Jackson.

The new Kim Hargreaves book arrived today whilst we were collecting Jackson.  I will put it in my shop tomorrow.

5 thoughts on “October 29th

  1. Three or four times? Gee I don’t like the sound of that, it all sounds pretty invasive to me. So, I guess no cheese then but at least he’s home with his family. Good luck with the medication. We have an animal that’s quite impossible and have had the joy of administering meds too. I’ll be thinking of you.

  2. Yes, I know it is invasive but I think they try to hold back from
    surgery if they can. They did say that the radiologist who watched the progress of the barium down Jackson’s throat, did see a small piece of his tummy protruding but they hope that by stretching the oesophagus, it will push it back in place.
    I am medicating at 6 pm and am going to put him in a bag with just his head poking out!

  3. Wrapping in a towel also helps if it’s too hard to get him in a bag. I guess you know putting in in the side of his mouth is a bit easier… unless he just rolls it off his tongue. It’s always the ones who are the most difficult that seem to need tricky meds. Mind you we also seem to love them the most. Hugs to all of you.

  4. Jackson is probably so frisky because he’s happy to be back in his familiar surroundings. However, it sounds like he had a pretty pampered life while he was staying at the vet’s clinic also!

    Mary, Queen of Oil

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