13FOct22: an update…

Andy had a visit with his veterinarian yesterday morning. I have an appointment for today to get the full report on the $420 worth of evaluations and the extensive blood tests. Andy’s veterinarian had so many patients yesterday the separate appointment to review Andy’s report became necessary, though he did let me know most of his tests were acceptable.

Happiest of all: the eye drops brought the pressure in his eyes – the glaucoma – into the normal range! His blood pressure, on the other hand, was high.

I still feel the blood pressure issue is partly “white coat syndrome” – the stress of being at his doctor’s. I probably will have to give him medication for blood pressure, but I will find out what his veterinarian wants later today.

Andy was a very bad kitty when I had to get him ready to go, but he made up for it by being very good when I put drops in his eyes later. I’ve returned to the technique of swaddling him in a heavy towel when I medicate him. That’s worked well with Andy over the years.

Technically, “white coat syndrome” should be “red coat syndrome” in the instance of Andy’s doctor’s usual dress. Note Andy’s posture. He never moves much from that position except when they check his blood pressure five, six times to get an average. He freaks out! 

42 thoughts on “13FOct22: an update…

    • Sorry to take so long to comment! I sometimes miss comments made days after I post something. Anyway, thanks! Everyone can use “paws”itive healing energy!

    • The trip to the new clinic is several miles compared with the trip to the old one, which was five blocks away. He never complains on short trips, but the trip to the new clinic brought out a complaint.

  1. I am glad to hear all these dear Doug, vet visit always being nervous for me too. And I know how stressful for them. Lovely Andy, a good one, Love and big hugs to you both, Thank you, Love, nia

    • I was assured by his veterinarian that they make an effort with pheromones and a quiet wait before measuring blood pressure to make the patient calm and comfortable.

    • I brought that concern up with Andy’s veterinarian yesterday (the 13th). He told me that’s why they put their animal patients in a quiet place for an hour or so and use calming phenome spray before they take blood pressures. In Andy’s case, though, the high blood pressure is suspected to be related to hyperthyroidism, just detected in his last exam. He’s on a new medication for that. In three weeks, he has a new appointment to evaluate the efficacy of that medication on that problem.

  2. We hope for more good news in Andy’s test results. The glaucoma drops are working for Buzz – a month ago his right eye pressure was 50. Monday t was 12 (his left eye has stabilized).

    • I was surprised how quickly the medication brought the pressure down into the normal range. Fifty is a scary number for that condition! Glad you had success, too. Andy’s was 25 in one eye and I forget how much (lower) in the other.

    • Though he will need medication the rest of his life, he’s been a good boy when I apply it. That helps my blood pressure, too!

  3. I would not be surprised if at least a part of Andy’s BP problem is from being in the vet’s office. Vets do sometimes let clients take BP equipment home to get readings. Sometimes the cats just does not want to cooperate. Keeping Andy, and you, in my thoughts and prayers.

    • When I brought up that concern with Andy’s veterinarian yesterday, he told me that’s why they wanted him in for the whole morning. They put him in a quiet place and used phenome spray to help calm him down. Also tests results indicated he has a hyperthyroid condition that’s thought to partially explain the blood pressure issue.

    • I take mine at home, too. I don’t have a problem with white coat syndrome, however, thanks to years of health issues with occasional hospitalizations and lots of follow-up appointments.

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