Spock's Trips to the Eye Specialist
March 24, 2016
BENEFITING: Purrfect Pals
Poor little Spock, currently being fostered by Foster Dad John in the Critter Room, has been struggling with an upper respiratory infection. He has seen the vet several times and been taking antibiotics (Clavimox). John has also been using a humidifier in the Critter Room but Spock's congestion has been getting worse. He now has a very stuffy nose and is open-mouth breathing. He has also been losing weight so John has been supplementing his nursing with formula.
Spock was so stuffy today that he wasn't willingly bottle feeding. John couldn't get his nose cleared so he could breathe, either, so he took him to the emergency clinic at VCA's Veterinary Specialty Center. After an examination, Spock was admitted to the hospital for IV antibiotics & fluids for 1-3 days to try jump start his system into recovery.
Foster Dad John shared, "He was very well behaved during his exam and when the vet carried him off to the back, she squealed "Look at the baby! Look at the baby!" and everyone not busy crowded around. He's in good hands at VCA."
Purrfect Pals could really use your help paying for Spock's medical expenses. The estimate for his emergency stay is up to $3,000 and that is in addition to the bills for his previous vet appointments. Will you help us care for Spock by donating or sharing this link today?
Any donations not needed for Spock's medical expenses will be added to our Tipper Fund for other kitties in need of outside veterinary care. Thank you!
UPDATE #1 — March 15, 2016
Spock is Slowly Improving But Still in the Hospital Spock is still at VCA's Veterinary Specialty Center but is quite a fighter and slowly showing improvement. Here are links to videos of Foster Dad John visiting with Spock:
Spock's brother, Orion, is also suffering from a serious eye infection so the vet at VCA changed his medication. Poor little guys! Thank you so much for your generous donations! As of yesterday, the bills for Spock and Orion have added up to about $3000. We expect that number to continue to go up since Spock may be in the hospital for a while. We will keep you posted!
UPDATE #2 — March 17, 2016
Spock went home today! Spock is now lapping up food that's placed in front of him and no longer fighting if syringe fed. Here is a sweet video of Spock and Foster Dad John on their way home from the hospital:
"Let's go home, Daddy": https://youtu.be/ABznScBP8S4
UPDATE #3 — March 22, 2016
A Message from Foster Dad John...
"If Ros had her kittens in the wild, Spock & Orion would not have survived. If born to the typical home, the cost of their (ongoing) care would likely have exceeded their financial capabilities and probably would have been put to sleep.
Spock has an appointment at an animal eye specialist this afternoon. I noticed at 3 am that his eye was notably more swollen so I communicated with the shelter and this appointment was set up. He otherwise is acting normal and doesn't seem to be in any discomfort but just to prepare people, the specialist was given permission to take whatever action they deem necessary, including removing the eye.
If your cat or dog is not neutered or spayed, please consider taking that action. It improves their health and temperament, can remove or lessen hormone driven bad habits, and plays a large part in reducing overpopulation. Contact your local shelters & rescues to schedule an appointment. If you have financial concerns, many also offer low cost or free neuter/spay."
UPDATE #4 — March 24, 2016
When Foster Dad John took Spock to the eye specialist earlier this week, it was discovered that Spock's eyelids had fused together. The Eye Doc was able to open Spock's eye. The tissue where the upper & lower eye lids come together had fused. Feline Herpes can cause the eye tissues to become sticky (something I learned today) and combined with being an actively growing kitten caused the tissues of his eye lid to fuse or grow together (my totally non-medical assessment). The fuse likely happened right at the start of his stay at the ER vet when they stopped trying so hard to keep his eye open because the act was causing the tissue around his eye severe irritation. He pretty much had a "can't win" moment.
The vet basically had to cut the eye lids apart. He was partially numbed but due to his eye lids being fused, they couldn't numb too deep. After draining the built up fluids & puss, they still were unable to assess the condition of his eye due to tissue swelling. We hope we'll have a better idea in a week for his reassessment.
Spock took the whole thing really well. He barely fussed the way there, napped the way back, and every time someone stopped doing what they were doing to him and just petted him, he was very accepting of said pets.
Today, Spock had to return to the eye specialist because his eye sealed itself shut the night he had it opened so he's back at the eye doc to have it reopened and either glued, sutured, or stapled (attempting in that order) to hold the eye open while under sedation.
Poor little guy! We are so grateful to have your support paying his medical bills. Thank you for helping!