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Friday, July 1, 2011

Update on Travis

Hi furry friends and pet parents!

Travis is home and doing a little better.  The only issue I have, is that I don't know what kind of urinary crystals Travis has, because the vet won't send out the urine to be tested.  She said that she wouldn't do any tests or procedures that weren't absolutely necessary for immediate relief, because I can't pay a huge vet bill.  So the prescription food she prescribed may or may not be the right food for him, depending on what kind of crystals he has.

A lot of what I am going through now reminds me of my trials with vets when I was offering forever homes to cats with feline leukemia (FeLV).  All of the research and reading I did, combined with the support of the group at www.felineleukemia.org, made me more and more aware that although veterinary advice is essential for optimal pet health, most of the old ideas with regard to FeLV, FIV, FLUTD and other chronic diseases are still in practice.  I am learning MORE about FLUTD from the Yahoo group I joined.  There are a number of things that DO make a difference with FLUTD kitties.  The triggers that cause flare ups vary depending on the individual cat.  Therefore, just as there is no "standard" trigger, there is no standard answer.

In any event -- he's getting better, and due to the vet's insistence to keep costs as low as possible, my remaining balance with the vet is under $200.00.  I had to agree to pay a minimum of $75 per month until the balance is paid off.  Once that is done, I may switch vets....because they quite offended me when I brought the T-Rav to the office.  I don't know that I want them handling my baby any more.

Will continue to keep you all posted as I am able.  As always, feel free to drop me a line any time.  I'm also available if anyone is curious about FeLV.  FeLV is not necessarily a death sentence -- I had a FeLV+ girl who lived to be almost 10 years old.

Cheers,
Terri

Kimiko T'Paw

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