It’s been a rough couple of weeks. I found out that instead of/in addition to IBD, this guy has pancreatitis, and his labs are finally showing that he has kidney disease. At the time of his pancreatitis diagnosis he was already doing better, eating well, no nausea - but this week he’s been resting a little more, and I’m hoping that’s just an effect of the meds. The vet wanted to focus on treating the pancreatitis first, but when we go back later this month he’ll start a kidney supplement and possibly periodic subQ fluids. He’s been on @primalpetfoods raw food for about 3 weeks now and I think it’s been good for him - I know the vet is probably going to want to put him on “prescription” kidney food so I’m preparing for that awkward conversation (it’s not gonna happen, but I am switching to a lower phosphorus formula). One thing I’m struggling with is that many cats with kidney disease can live for years but some have less time, and I have no idea what I should be preparing myself for. I guess that’s something I need to ask the vet about next time, too.
One of my profs has been encouraging me to go on a 2-week study abroad trip this summer and it would be a huge stretch financially, but I was gonna push to at least try and make it work. I was already nervous about leaving my *healthy* pets at home for 2 weeks, but now it feels kind of impossible to plan that far ahead. I asked my prof when I’d need to decide by and she said the program doesn’t fill up fast because the school does a bad job of promoting it, so at least I’ve got that going for me. 👍🏼