All about our Sexy Saxton and our Unkown New Chapter
Saxtons health history
Saxton has significant PTSD from all his past vet experiences; he needed Msu countless times at 8 weeks of age for IBD. We managed the IBD well. Then constipation started, we managed not easily, mind you, the poor guy had so many er visits and so many enemas he is traumatized to leave the house. And I don’t blame him! We have successfully managed constipation for years with Miralax and a motility drug called Cisapride . Very few home enemas, and Saxton has had a great qol. No more er trips needed! (KNOCK ON WOOD)
Getting anxious cats to the vets
Saxton’s anxiety has worsened over the last few years, taking him for his 6-month wellness exams. Since we moved to the cat clinic, our vet has worked with us to help Saxton get to his appts with less stress. We have trialed many drugs to help him, Xanax (which did the opposite effect and wired him), Gabapentin 50 mg, again wired him and was a great appetite stimulate. We tried Sileo; (off-label for cats) it worked excellent at home. The actual test, the car ride, vet visit failed miserably.
Latest Wellness Exam
For the latest wellness exam, we tried Buprenorphine and Cerenia. On the way to the vet, Saxton was silent unheard of. I turned around to check on him, and he was okay. I thought, phew, we found his mix! Well, I turned around again 5 minutes away from the clinic to check on him again, and he was panting, wild-eyed, and clearly distressed! I could not get to the clinic fast enough. Thankfully they got us right in, and I showed Dr. R. and said what is going on here?!?! Pointing to his breathing and she said it was stress. I’m going to kill poor Saxton, ensuring he gets his wellness exams!
Our Exam and the UNEXPECTED
The exam went well until she listened to Saxton’s heart. I knew in her eyes something was not right. She said she heard a gallop and had never heard that before. She said it could be stress and med-related. I was sure she was correct because we had never seen Saxton like this.
Dr. R inquired how Saxton does at home when strangers come. I tell her he is usually nosey Joesy, our nickname for such times as Saxton’s middle name is Joe ( my gramps middle name ), and he watches them from his safe distance and observes. He does this with the neighbor as well;) Nothing, no one gets past Saxton in or around his home. I told her Purrkins would run and hide. The boys are the opposite in most ways and alike in few. She was inquiring about a HOME VISIT to rule out stress/meds and get an accurate read on his heart!. She is ONE OF A KIND, and we are truly blessed to have her!!
Saxton and Purrkins see the Vet at home.
The home visit happened, and Saxton did well. You could see in his eyes he knew who Dr. R was and was leary as if he said, ugh, what are YOU doing here? Sadly she heard the gallop once again. Mark and I are just sick!
She said this could be many things, such as high blood pressure, hyperthyroidism, or the heart itself. She had us schedule an appt with a cardiologist in case we need one since they are booking so far out; our appt was booked for Oct 10 th (the boy’s gotcha day). In the meantime, we need to rule the others causes out. She came back the following week with a tech (another gem) for a home visit to get a blood pressure reading & draw some blood. Dr. R was happy with Saxton’s blood pressure and heart rate but still heard the gallop. She did labs on both the boys.
She called me the following day with shocking news Saxtons probnp (heart test) is eight times higher than it should be, meaning this is the heart, and that’s showing damage to his little heart!!! (heart disease) Now we know we need the cardiologist, and sooner! Dr. R got the soonest available appt for the 26th of this month as the cardiologist is on vacation. So far, Saxton is doing well and stable; We have one thing we monitor Saxtons resting respiratory rate, and thank the lord, it has been good. We started a supplement immediately with her permission, and we have a drug on hand (Lasix); if Saxton’s resting respiratory increases, we will regroup with Dr. R and start it. If it is needed, it will help Saxton divert a crisis. We HOPE/PRAY we don’t need it, and we keep checking off our days uneventfully and get Saxton to his cardiologist appt.
More Drug Trials
We are experimenting on what is best and safest to get Saxton to his appointment without a cardiac event. We did a 100 mg trial with Gabapentin Saxton was wobbly on it, starved, and a little too aware we think once his Adrenaline kicks in, yes, it won’t be enough. So we will trial 100 mg on Tuesday Night and 100 mg on Wed plus Cerenia 3 hours before Dr r comes for another home visit.
Dr. R can better access Saxton that day and decide if we need more gabapentin to make the trip safely. She has used up to 300 mg for really anxious and aggressive cats. Saxton is not aggressive but anxious.
This situation is SO TOUGH as Saxton’s stress so bad & then yes, I stress, and it’s a terrible circle. I have no shield.
When we first got the horrible news, I thought, let’s treat this now! I did not want to stress Saxton taking him to a cardiologist, but yes, that’s not doable, I asked. We do not have enough information yet to treat.
Thankfully Saxton is doing well, and we are checking off each day without incidence, so I HOPE this continues!
Saxton has shown us symptoms two times, once on the way to his wellness exam and once when I was playing with him with his favorite wand toy. He coughed and got winded, and yes, thats the heart, So we cannot play for now and have to keep him as calm as possible.
The boys celebrated their 12th bday
On June 30th, we celebrated the boy’s bday! We are so blessed to get this far with all their health challenges. They are OUR daily GIFT!
There is not a day that goes by that I don’t thank the lord for these boys; they are our life, my heart & my soul.
Do your wellness exams
Please do not skip your wellness exams; yearly or every six months as they age for cats. Cats are masters of disguise, and none of us like having to take anxious furmily to the vet. We are a good example of going for a WELLNESS exam and finding a problem!
Hoping for early disease, treatable, and yes, time!
We can only hope/pray we have early disease as Dr. R has not heard the gallop until now. Saxton had his dental in December and did well.
I also encourage anyone scheduling a dental to have the probnp test added with labs for insurance and ensure the heart is good.
Thank Heavens for Insurance
Think about insurance for your furmily; we got Embrace AFTER Purrkins amputation knowing we had many exclusions, but yes, it has paid off for both the boys, and we are so thankful we have it. The cost of everything is sky high, and that is ONE less worry.
Our world revolves around these two boys.
Saxton does not get all the attention on a blog having four legs, make no mistake about it, both the boys are adored and treated the same. We have been BLESSED with 12 glorious years, have had our share of health challenges, and managed. We hope/pray for more qol years!
This forever-long post is to ask for some Pawsitivity, and good jujus, prayers for Saxton’s cardiologist appt. We can get him the help he needs and don’t kill him by taking him; I choke typing that yes, it’s a real threat and terrifying.
We wanted to get this post out before Purrkin’s 6 YEAR ampuversary, and yes, it’s the day after the cardiologist appt, and depending, I might be early or late posting.
I want to thank my support team, family, and friends! My very special peeps have pulled me out of the middle of the sea already. YOU KNOW who you are!!!🫂🫂🫂😘😘😘
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, AND THANK YOU!
YOU ARE LOVED, LOVED, LOVED BEYOND MEASURE!
Thanks, fur reading and sending Sexy Saxton some pawsitive thoughts!