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katladyd
05-14-2014, 03:03 AM
My Mac is now about 16-years-old (we'll never know for sure, he was poofed) and slowing down. About 10 days ago he started puking white foam and not eating. So, I went on the internet to get some help (my vet's not open after 1 on Saturdays). I found out I could put him right with Pepcid AC and Vitamin B12. Well, I got those two things and he has made a complete recovery. He no longer pukes and is back eating like a horse. I just had bloodwork done on him last month and besides having hyperthyroid, he's in pretty good shape, so I wasn't too worried. I fear he may be going into early kidney failure and that may be causing the excess acid in his stomach. He now feels much better and so do I. BUT, he now takes methimazole twice a day, pepcid 3 times a day, and B12 in the evening. I'm wondering if I should get him one of those little pill organizers that some people use. I feel like a nurse sometimes, but I do love my patient very much. We go in next month for a check up and I will see what my vet has to say (she's expensive, but so very much worth it!) We would both appreciate some happy thoughts.:)

Karen
05-14-2014, 03:36 AM
Awww, prayers on the way!

Randi
05-14-2014, 03:56 AM
I hope Mac will be fine for a long time, yet. I see you got him some medicine, but I would be very careful giving him something your vet hasn't approved of. When Fister was sick, I suggested to the vet to give him vitamin B, but he strongly discouraged it, I can't remember exactly why, but he said it could make matters worse. The other vet agreed. Perhaps you could ring and find out.

Do you feed him a diet to prevent kidney problems?
Sending lots of positive thoughts to your sweet Mac. :love:

mbsmum
05-14-2014, 06:07 AM
Purrayers on the way to Mac

phesina
05-14-2014, 06:44 AM
We are sending along all our good wishes and prayers for Mac.

Why don't you call the vet's office and just let them know what's been going on and see what they say.

One of those pill organizers might be a good idea!

Best wishes and lots of love, :love::love::love::love::love::love::love::love:

catmandu
05-14-2014, 10:26 AM
We are sending all our prayers for Mac and we know that our Senior Angels will be with Mac to help him feel better.:love::love::love:

katladyd
05-14-2014, 12:17 PM
Thanks, everyone! Your kind replies mean so much to me. I stopped the B12 because Mac is now eating me out of house and home! Nothing wrong with his appetite now. The vet says Pepcid can't hurt him and many older cats start this vomiting when their kidneys start to go. Funny thing is, he doesn't drink an extraordinary amount, nor does he urinate too much. He seems pretty normal in those aspects. His last blood work shows slightly elevated liver values, but nothing going on with his kidneys. My vet just increased his methimazole dosage and took a "let's wait and see" stance. Anyway, we are going in for another blood workup next month, so maybe we'll get an answer to his tummy problems. For now, he is acting fine and begging for food once again!:)

snakemama
05-14-2014, 02:18 PM
Aww, I'm glad he's feeling better. It's astounding how a teeny bit of pepcid can go a loooong way sometimes when they're feeling urpy.