Please help Barney and Puffer
Organized by: Stephanie Christina
This fundraiser is to help out my friend Jackie raise money for medical bills for two of her cats Barney and Puffer. Both got very sick within two days of each other and each cat has their own story. This is also hopefully going to raise awareness to the antibiotic drug Covenia which played a role in Puffer's death.
Puffer is the first cat who got sick. She had an upper respiratory infection and was brought to the vet to get some antibiotics. She was given the Convenia shot on Thursday afternoon, and by Friday afternoon, 24 hours after the shot, she was dead. We brought her home after the vet visit and she just seemed tired. We figured this was due to the upper respiratory, the shot, and stress of going to the vet. Sometime during the night we believe she had a seizure, when we found her in the morning she had litter on her side and smelled of urine. The next afternoon we were back at the vet to get help because her right paw was curled up and she was very lethargic and drinking tons of water, indicating to us she was dehydrated. At the vet's, she had another seizure. The vet told us we should go to a vet that had overnight care and could do blood work for her on sight. They tell use this and also bring a bill of $260 to us. About half of this was paid before we went to the next vet.
At the second vet blood work was done, and Puffer was also placed on heating pads because her temperature was 92. 24 hours ago it was 99.8, normal for a cat. The blood work came back and things did not look good for her. Some of her readings were so high that a number could not be given to us.
Something happened in that 24 hour period to put her into acute kidney failure, and the best thing for Puffer at that point was to put her to sleep, which we did. I do have to say that the vet Shawn and the Rocky Hill emergency vet where we went was excellent, he was very smart and honest with us in giving a prognosis on Puffer.This vet cost about $250, and currently an autopsy is being preformed to try and get some results as to how a cat who had a cold, was dead in a 24 hours period. UCONN charges $200 for this to be done. This is being done to see if the drug Convenia had a role in her death, which in my opinion it did. How else cold a healthy cat with a cold die a day after getting this antibiotic? If so, we up that we can potentially save another cats life by proving this drug has fatal affects. Just Google the drug and you will see horror stories of pet owners who had similar experiences. We are also contacting the drug company to bring this to their attention.
Then there is Barney. Barney is a very sensitive cat, and we believe that Puffer having a seizure in the night freaked him out. Barney has had some issues in the past with Cystitis where he gets blocked up with crystals in his urine, making it impossible for him to urinate. He strains, and all this muscles tense up and he is unable to go. This requires a vet visit and a catheter and normally a stay in the hospital. For Barney, this is brought on mainly by stress. Puffer died on Friday and we noticed that night that Barney was in and out of the litter box a lot. By Saturday morning he was throwing up and completely blocked up. On a Saturday we had to go to the emergency vet, which costs a lot more then a regular vet visit. They confirmed that he was blocked up and would need overnight care. He will also be having a procedure done on Monday 8/18/2014 called perineal urethrostomy. They will basically cut off part of his penis to make the urethral opening larger, allowing the crystals to pass without blocking him up. This is not a complete fix to his problem, but it will lessen the amount of emergency visits he has. On Saturday we were presented with a bill of about $1,400 and this does not include the surgery or post op care. Barney is looking at about $2000+ in medical bills.
I am hoping to raise the money for my friend as she was hit with all these bills in the course of 2 days. She has not even really had a chance to grieve for Puffer because immediately Barney needed her. She has other cats at home and a dog, so money is tight, and with Barney needing surgery, anything at all will help. Even if you cannot donate, please share this and get it out to as many people as possible. Any donation will help, and even if I can only raise half of what I am hoping for, it's something and it will help take some of this weight off her shoulders.
Thank your for reading Puffer and Barney's stories. Pet owners, please be cautious of the antibiotic drug Convenia. There is also a generic version as well! it takes 65 days to work its way out of the cats system, and sometimes the horrible affects are not presented until day 30! Just be careful! They also use this in dogs!