Cleo: Day 2 at the clinic

The vet sent this photo at 9.45am this morning, shortly after the clinic opened. She said Cleo ate a bit of the leftover food through the night. It wasn’t enough, though, so they syringe-fed her. Cleo also appears calmer and more settled now. She urinated a fair amount but there was no defecation.

I visited Cleo at about 11am and spent an hour there with her.

I offered her food and tried to syringe feed her too, but she didn’t want any. I did bring along the Kidney Support Gold and fed her that with a bit of Ciao paste.

It took a bit of time before she was affectionate. But she is definitely more settled now.

I got to talk with the senior vet today. Based on the comparison of the ultrasound images of the kidneys two weeks ago and the ones taken yesterday, there is clearly something going on in the kidneys and it became prominent within these two weeks. Judging from all Cleo’s symptoms, it is possible that Cleo has lymphoma in her right kidney.

Lymphomas refers to types of cancer that begin in the lymphatic system (the various lymph glands around the body) when abnormal white blood cells grow.

Bunny had lymphoma in the gut and it spread to the brain. Sigh…could it be something genetic in the Cow family?

Lymphoma is not a genetic condition, though some genetic mutations increase the risk of developing it. 

We are not entirely sure if it is lymphoma as that can only be determined if the vet sticks a fine needle into the kidneys and draw some sample to check.

I asked about the bloody vomitus and the vet said this is most likely due to the high level of creatinine (714) which is a toxin and this causes ulcerations in the esophagus and stomach. The large volume of blood in the vomitus must have been due to the ulcers damaging the blood vessels.

If you vomit blood and also have a burning or gnawing pain in your tummy, the most likely causes are a stomach ulcer or severe inflammation of the stomach lining (gastritis). Bleeding occurs when the ulcer or inflammation damages an underlying artery (blood vessel).

So that high level of creatinine must have caused a lot of discomfort to Cleo. I’m relieved I agreed to let her be hospitalised to be on drips to hopefully, clear off the high level of creatinine. She would be more comfortable once the creatinine level goes down.

Of course at the juncture, we don’t know if the IV-drips is helping as we won’t be doing a blood test until late Saturday or Sunday.

I will be going back to see Cleo again this evening.







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