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Sep. 10th, 2007 @ 11:32 pm Ceebee update
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This afternoon I finally brought Ceebee in to the vet to learn how to give her subcutaneous fluids. Hubby wasn't that keen on learning this, as he felt it might put too much stress on the poor 17 year-old kitten, but I thought that it was better than doing nothing and we should at least learn how.

The vet had originally suggested we do a full CBC on her as well, as she had been having those dizzy spells. But after discussing it with me tonight and realizing that by changing her food they stopped, he thought it was no longer necessary. Yay for a doc that decides against the $250 blood test!

The tech came in and Ceebee was perfect. For a cat that had such an attitude for the first 15 years of her life, we all escaped with our limbs intact. We had to put an ecollar on her to help hold her steady, but she barely flinched at the injection and while you could tell the 150cc's were uncomfortable (cold and forming a huge lump under her skin) she handled it perfectly, which is more than I could say for me if I had to go through it. I thought it was bad enough having a 25/27ga needle stuck in my a couple of times a day - but for the sake of it draining in to her quicker, they use an 18ga needle! Ow! I don't even think we used one that big for the IM shots for me and those suckers hurt!

Lets hope next week's session goes just as well when it's just hubby and I to do it, with 2 nosy dogs watching on. And let's hope this helps those little kidneys feel better.
Who does she think she is?
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From:purplesquirrel
Date:September 11th, 2007 03:48 am (UTC)
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We keep our LRS wrapped in a heating pad so the fluid is warm when we inject it. Most of the time, the squirrels and bunnies barely flinch when I give them a sub-q.
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From:neeroc
Date:September 11th, 2007 09:58 am (UTC)
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Thanks so much! I will make sure to do that next time, although Ceebee is a full-on heating pad addict, so I might have to fight her for it.

I did catch myself from putting everything in the fridge, which is where I've been used to storing all my 'injectables'
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From:running5k2day
Date:September 11th, 2007 10:31 am (UTC)
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Awww~Poor CeeBee. I hope she gets better real soon. 15 years old is still very young for that kitty. I suck at giving injections, all my dogs are lucky they are sick. I feel real bad for those sick foster pups that come in here needing med's. Hugs and well wishes to her from me.
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From:neeroc
Date:September 11th, 2007 01:40 pm (UTC)
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She is still young, and really young at heart - she still plays like a kitten (and looks like one too - she only weights 5.2lbs). It wasn't easy, but I think it's the right thing to do.
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From:aussieteddie
Date:September 11th, 2007 10:34 am (UTC)
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Maybe she realised that the needle would help her so that is why she didn't flinch.
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From:neeroc
Date:September 11th, 2007 01:40 pm (UTC)
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I'll keep that in mind next week. Thanks.
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From:heathog
Date:September 11th, 2007 11:13 am (UTC)
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Praying for you and your kitty.
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From:neeroc
Date:September 11th, 2007 01:41 pm (UTC)
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Thanks K. I'm hoping she bucks up with the toughness.
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