Monday, August 26, 2013

Pets Are Expensive. Period.

 Last Monday I took Banjo to the vet.
His vomiting, one of the main reasons for the renovations
was getting the best of me.

We found out he had lost another 2 lbs since last year
even though he was eating more.
He now weighs 14 1/2 lbs.
And you have to remember
he used to weigh 30 lbs!

Many tests (and many $$$'s) later...
we got the results back last Thursday.

Banjo has Hyperthyroidism.
He had to start on a daily regiment of Felimazole.

UGGG!
The thought of giving Banjo pills every day
for the rest of his life was disheartening
as he was NOT a good medicine taker.


BUT - thanks to Greenies Pill Pockets,
Banjo eagerly anticipates his twice daily does of Felimazole.

THANK YOU GREENIES for a most wonderful invention!!!!


When you have unconditional love for someone, 
you don't ask 'How much is that going to cost me?"
You say "Do whatever you need to do to make him better."

Pets are expensive.  Period.
But the love and enjoyment they give you is priceless.




“Until one has loved an animal,
a part of one's soul remains unawakened.” 
~ Anatole France





Anyone else out there have a kitty with hyperthyroidism?







P.S. Renovations are almost complete - photos soon.  :)





45 comments:

Deb said...

I agree; they can be expensive. Every time I drop in with one of ours for whatever reason to the vet I leave $100.00 poorer. And that's basically to have very little done..maybe a checkup. Whenever something major has to be done the tests are very expensive. But, as you say, we do what we have to do for them because we love them. That is a lot of weight that Banjo lost in total. What does the vet say he should weigh? I don't know of any cats that have hyperthyroidism. I'm wondering if it is related to the fact that he lost so much weight over a period of time.

Tails from the Foster Kittens said...

I had a kitty diagnosed with it and meds were given.. turned out in the end she had cancer (do not let that frighten you. Her tests came back normal and the vets were convinced they were wrong)

I adore that photo of the pills and the pill pockets and Banjo looking so excitedly at them.. it made me smile.

TexWisGirl said...

sorry for banjo's diagnosis, but hoping you can get him regulated soon.

yes, pets are expensive, having spent about $400 on thelma in the past 2 weeks.

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Pill Pockets are great. Have used them for our dogs before. And pets expensive? Oh YES!!!

S. Etole said...

Cute photos of Banjo; he has such beautiful eyes. And that is such a great quote.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Catherine,
Sorry to read this about Banjo-boy. He is heavy, my goodness! Our tiny Tiggy-Tiger weighs 8.6 lbs and her sister by adoption weighs 14.1 lbs. She is the one that could have Banjo's problem as they all get fed the very same but she is wobbly fat in comparison. She has short legs too, so it is a walking 'fur ball'.
Guess that our felines can get all medical conditions that a human could be facing and yes, it is unconditional love and you just DO whatever it takes. Like we paying $ 500 in medical bills for our Smokey boy for getting him back to health. Somebody abused him and probably caused his condition for life. We know we got a problem kitten but we love him and that's it.
I learned from you about those Pill Pockets; those are great indeed!
Look at Banjo's face over the table... Poor guy but I'm glad you now figured out what's wrong with him.
Hugs,
Mariette

He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals. Immanuel Kant

Lin said...

Ugh. Well, at least it is something that can be treated. He will learn that he needs to take his medicine each day...it will become routine.

He's such a lovely guy...how do you NOT take good care of him? But in the cost of pets, I'd say hamsters/gerbils are the worst! For little guys, they need a lot of supplies.

Eileen said...

Awwww....poor Banjo! I'm glad it can be treated and he looks pretty eager to get the pill pocket.

I have to say I cringe when we need a trip to the vet. But I can't imagine my life without them. You're right, they are priceless!

Betsy Adams said...

Sorry about Banjo's problem--but glad it treatable. Glad you found a good way to give him his pills!!!!! Neat!!!

Yes, pets are expensive.. People who don't have pets may not realize that --but they can really cost us some $$$.

Glad the renovations are almost completed.. Yeah.
Hugs,
Betsy

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Oh, poor Banjo! But at least you know the problem and have meds. Wishing everyone the best

Splendid Little Stars said...

very true.
I'm glad you found out what Banjo's issue is. Pill Pockets sounds like a great invention! cute photo of Banjo looking longingly at them!

SquirrelQueen said...

Aw, sorry to hear about Banjo's diagnoses. The pill pockets are a great invention, I have used them several times.

Yes pets are expensive but worth every penny. I take mine to the vet and tell them to do whatever it takes to make them better. I took a tiny, very sick, kitten in last week. It was worth the cost to see her eating and playing again.

Our photos said...

Lovely photo from Banjo!
Greetings from RW & SK

Catherine said...

We just discovered I have hypothyroidism myself ....one of my dog has hypothyroidism, but he is too old to have a treatment. I am sure Banjo will feel much better with his medicine, I feel much better myself , it is a relief.

Crafting Queen said...

Oh Banjo darling, sending you lots of hugs and purrs. Thankfully you have great humans who love you and take very good care of you. What a great idea, wish we had those pill pockets here! Skipper's medication is a liquid and thankfully she likes the taste. :)

Linens and Royals said...

Yes, my son's 12yr old cat Sabrina had the same problem and was cured with just one pill. The treatment was either pills for the rest of her life or one radioactive iodine pill. Only 2 vets in Sydney do this treatment and the cost was $1200.00 AUD. The pill came from the Nuclear Reactor at Lucas Heights in a special van, Sabrina swallowed it and stayed in isolation for a few days. When she came home again she was not to sleep near son's neck for a few days. Sabrina is now cured and no more pills.
Son D is going away for a week tomorrow and is paying for 1st class, top of the range cattery care for Sabrina. Lucky Sabrina, she was picked up from the street as a stray all those years ago.

Lisa Gordon said...

Oh, I know these little pill pockets all too well!
I sure am glad they found out what was causing banjo's weight loss, and I hope he's feeling better real soon.

Wishing you a wonderful day!

Penelope's Beehive said...

Oh dear, I am so sorry to hear Banjo has been unwell...but relieved to know that treatment is at hand! Although we are not experienced with feline hyperthyroidism, all of our kitties have special needs) seizures, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease.) Pet care is VERY expensive, but the cuddle-love that is returned is worth every penny surely!
Sending purrrry hugs your way...
Judy x

RoeH said...

Amen! And those little pill pockets are pretty cool. I know I give my Hank the Greenies and how he does LOVE those little things. But I hadn't noticed the pill thingys before. I will be remembering them.

Sandra said...

so happy to hear you found out what was causing Banjo to be sick. tell him he has the same thing as me, but i only take one pill a day and not in a pill pocket. i hope he starts to gain weight right away and keep us posted. you are right, they are worth every penny.

Fuzzy Tales said...

Annie was hyper-t. I have a good PDF on the management of it with methimazole, will send it to you if I have an email address for you.

Fuzzy Tales said...

I sent two PDFs, one from my "kea" address and one from the Fuzzy Tales address, I think. Both are vet written.

There also used to be a great Yahoo Feline Hyper-T group. I had joined that after Annie was diagnosed in September 2009 -- lots of good, albeit sometimes scary -- info.

God forbid either of the boys be diagnosed with hyper-t, but if that were ever the case, I think I would go the route of the I-131 radiation and go to Ottawa or Toronto. I'd have to find a way somehow. Annie never was the same after starting on the meds and I watched her slowly deteriorate. I don't think the prognosis of cats on the medication is much more than a few years -- or so I've read. I'm sure there are exceptions, but often hyper-t masks other issues (kidney, for instance) and once that's treated, the other issues come to the fore.

Also note that the meds tends to decrease blood platelets for the first little while, then they normally rebound in all but a few rare cares. It's something to keep an eye on and have tested, though, IMO.

Good luck.

Brian said...

Purrs and hugs to sweet Banjo and a big hooray for those pill pocket things!

Kerri Farley said...

Hope he does well on the meds!!!!

Carolynn Anctil said...

Well, at least you know what it is. That, for me, is cause for relief. That photo of Banjo with his paws up on the counter is priceless! So glad he's on his way to a full recovery...or at least stability.

I found out my cat had a tapeworm recently...ugh! I'm hoping the medication has helped...

Happy Tuesday!

SweetMarie said...

Isn't it strange that he has hyperthyroidism, but not long ago you had him on a diet? My three pups are expensive! And now we have our kitty too. :) But, Yes they're all worth it. :)
Give Banjo a hug for me!

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I am so very glad to hear that they have figured out what poor Banjo had, and that they can do something for him. That in it's self must be a relief...pill pockets? I have used them for dogs, does Banjo chew them? Or swallow them?

Boots had a few "problems" in one year that ended up costing us over $2500. A visit here, a procedure there...

It's a very expensive kitty we have here. And he wonders why we won't let him out to play in the front..

Here's to happy healthy cats!

Jen

BeadedTail said...

Poor Banjo! We're glad you found out what is wrong though and hope he feels better soon! Give him plenty of kisses from all of us!

It's very true that we say just do what needs to be done not what it costs. Pets are our responsibility no matter what and we must do all we can to keep them healthy.

BumbleVee said...

Isn't that was Estorbo had...and then he had radiation? ... do you go to his blog? .... The Libe ob Don Estorbo de la Bodega Dominicana. I'm sure that's what he has...had. They say he is fine now...

Tamago said...

Oh Banjo, I'm sorry he got hyperthyroidism. Glad he is happy taking pills thanks to pill pocket :-) I hope he gets better.

Penny said...

Interesting I didn't realize that animals could get that. I wonder if I could get fancy chocolate pockets for my pills????

Sylvia said...

So sorry to read this about sweet Banjo, Catherine !
Glad there is a treatment and I agree ... the love they give is priceless !
Nice week,
Sylvia

It's me said...

O poor Banjo !!!..give him a big hug from me...love Ria...x !

Ann said...

Pill pockets? What an awesome idea. I always wrapped pills up in a piece of cheese or bread but it didn't always work.
Those vet bills can be killer even when it's just a routine check

troutbirder said...

Been there done that till no more could be done....

Susan said...

Oh yeah, they are expensive that's for sure. Lucky for me,I've only had one cat that for whatever reason, had to go to the vet for injuries. He was a real expensive cat. But he was sweetest guy in the whole world.

Can't wait to see the reno's.

Kitties Blue said...

Banjo, you are beyond adorable standing with your paws on the counter in anticipation of your treat/pill. It seems thyroid issues are so prevalent in cats. Our mom has always wondered why. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

Pantherka said...

I am so sorry ... love how the cat and dog also is a member of the family.
Greetings.

Bonnie said...

Just in case you need this information in the future. I have a cat with heart disease. She takes a very tiny quarter of a pill each day. She hated the cat pockets and was able to sniff out the pill and leave it on the ground! So, I finally devised a way to get the pill down. I bought a small shot glass and ground the pill down inside of it with the back of a tiny egg spoon. I added a few drops of water and ground some more. Be sure to ask you vet if this is okay with your particular medicine. Then, keeping the glass tilted so as not to disperse the water/med. combination, I sucked it up into a syringe. After eight years, my cat opens her mouth and begins bird like swallowing motions as soon as I pick her up. It is too funny, but it works! I just squirt it into her mouth, being certain that she drinks water afterwards (only from a free flowing tap, of course as she is very picky about her water!). Hope this helps if you ever need it.

Tammy said...

Pill pockets. Now that is genius! Zack woke me up at 2:30 a.m. to tell me that Jingles was throwing up. Just foam but she would gag a little, and move around the room doing that, so who knows where it all is. I haven't even gotten to figuring that out and cleaning it all up. Since we got back, I unpacked and went back to work and that's about it. I definitely have major cleaning to do this weekend. We are one less person around here with my oldest son off at college in Colorado. Bittersweet but definitely time for him to spread his wings and fly. I loved seeing the post of the little bird eating out of your hand. So sweet! Have a great rest of the week. Tammy

Tammy said...

P.S. Jingles is fine today! She must have eaten something when she was out on the balcony that didn't sit right with her.

Terri said...

Oh poor thing.. I'm glad you got a diagnosis. Hope she does much better now that she has the meds.

ANGEL ABBY said...

It is very important to get that Hyper-T regulated. I just lost my kitty because it was unregulated and caused HCM which is what caused her death. I would look into the I-131 treatment if possible for your pocketbook. It is totally cured with that treatment but it is expensive and my research showed it was better to start with low dosages of methimazole. Good luck with Banjo.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

I'm glad you found out what is going on with Banjo. Pill pockets are really helpful.

Our 15 year old cat, Ginger, is losing weight. We've done all the tests and the vet can't find anything wrong with her. :(

Jaime said...

Hugs to Banjo..I know he is doing really good right now.
And hugs to you, my friend!
Have I cluttered up your email inbox enough yet?

I've thoroughly enjoyed catching up with you. I might just have to go back up to that post with Banjo dressed for Christmas just one more time before I go....

take care! xoxo

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