Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Not that Scary...

The Dude (and the vet's hands!) getting an X-ray

The Dude has a little bump under his chin that seems to be bone...

View from below - the hand over The Dude's tummy made this really confusing at first.




The Dude was really sick a month ago, the right side of his face swelled up overnight and he had trouble breathing. I only took one picture, and he looked so awful that I don't even want to look at it, much less post it. Luckily his blood work and X-rays came back clear, and it seems like he had an upper respiratory infection combined with an allergic reaction to a lysine supplement. He had an ephedrine shot and an antibiotic shot one day, and the vet came to the house the next night to give him a steroid shot. He was back to normal by the third day!

Technically we probably could have waited to see how the shots worked and not done the X-rays and bloodwork, and the vet did give us that option. We had been planning to X-ray the bump on his tiger chin anyway once the vet's building was finished, now at least we know he didn't have pneumonia or metastasized bone cancer. Seriously, googling pet medical issues can give me a heart attack!

Hope your Halloween isn't too scary! Happy Halloween!

36 comments:

  1. Wishing the Dude good health! Wagging Wordless Wednesday Halloween!
    Maggie

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  2. Oh poor Dude and how scary it must have been. We send big love and healing paw. Take care guys. Have a happy Halloween and we wish you all well.
    best wishes Molly

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    1. We were scared, the Dude was very good about everything. Thanks for the good wishes!

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    1. He's pretty much back to normal, thanks!

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  4. We sure are glad that the Dude was okay! Happy Halloween!

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  5. I'm glad The Dude is okay. I would have panicked for sure if Georgia's face had puffed up like that. On the bright side, those X-rays make super interesting pictures!

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    1. Thanks, I almost did a post about a Mutant Tiger, but he looked too awful.

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  6. Oh, I know how that googling goes! A real fright!! Thank heavens it was something temporary. But really -- allergic reaction to a lysine supplement? Wow! Oh well, very happy The Dude is all okay.
    Happy Halloween :)

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    1. The allergic reaction is supposed to be pretty rare, but of course one of the 4 cats would get it! Thanks, Happy Halloween!

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  7. So glad Dude is okay! You must have been so relieved! Sometimes it's nice just to have those tests done to put yourself at ease! Those x-rays made for some great Halloween pics! :)

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    1. Thanks, I was so relieved, I was expecting the worst. Luckily the Mr. was right and the tiger boy was fine. :)

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  8. LOL re: your last line. No kidding, huh? So glad it was something temporary and that all is well with your little one.

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    1. No kidding! Thanks, he's back to his usual fat cat self.:) He was just hanging off the couch trying to poke Serena in the face.

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  9. That last x-ray of the Dude with the hand is perfect for Halloween, it looks like he ate it! On another note, I'm glad he's doing better now.

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    1. I didn't even think of that! I was wondering what the heck those extra bones were at first. Thanks!

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  10. Its good to hear he was better sooner rather than later. Sometimes to much information is a bad thing. then you get worried about every little thing, like me. :/

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    1. Definitely! It didn't help that our vet and the one we went to for the X-rays plus all the techs were looking worried.

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  11. Those are amazing photos! I'm glad he is okay.

    Sam

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    1. The digital x-rays are great, they go right to the computer.

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  12. Glad to hear The Dude is feeling better!

    Christie from lifewithbeagle.com

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  13. Oooh those xrays look weird! So happy that he is feeling better. The first time I looked at an xray, I got the giggles & could not stop laughing. I am sure the doc thought I was nutso :)

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    1. We thought he looked like an alien in the last one.

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  14. Glad to here Duke is all better. Lee and Phod PS we think x rays are creepy!

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    1. Thanks! We think they're kind of cool, but they are creepy. :)

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  15. Glad that Duke is okay! Dog skeletons sure are weird looking.

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    1. Luckily it's the Dude Cat, this would be really weird for a dog skeleton!

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  16. Dude, so glad you are ok!!! How scary that must have been. Thank goodness the X-ray could rule out the bad stuff, that level of worry is so hard!

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    1. He's completely back to normal, well, normal for him. :)

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  17. Mental note: don't google pet medical issues! It has only EVER steered me wrong!
    Glad the Dude is doing well!

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  18. Ummm...your vet should be wearing lead gloves, or at least something like the ones Teri wears at work, called mittens, hahameow http://www.bar-ray.com/products/gloves/1035/Vet-Mittens

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    1. Our regular vet freaked out when she saw the X-rays on the screen, she was wondering why the tech wasn't wearing gloves! The X-ray was taken by a different vet, so ours is going to give them a call. Thanks for the link!

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