Aby-a-Day – 5 March: Pyret at the vet (Medical Monday)

For a cat who lived such a long life, Pyret only went to the vet a handful of times. When she was young, of course, she got her routine vaccinations and her spaying. And then after I moved her, we brought her along with the Abys. She always hated the vet, and medical attention of any kind (as she demonstrated with alacrity when I gave her that pill one time), so it’s very fortunate that she was very healthy and had good, strong teeth.

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She was a good traveller to the vet, anyway.

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When we took Pyret to the vet this year, she had a panic attack.

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She hyperventilated.

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And the vet was very concerned.

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Apparently, being examined by a vet threw Pyret into a panic attack.

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So I brought Pyret in for her own, private vet appointment.

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At the time, she weighed 3.05 kilos. When she died, she was only 2.6 kilos.

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Because Pyret was so old, we wanted to get a blood sample to check all her levels. And to do that, we needed to draw blood. And to do that, Pyret needed to be sedated.

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The vet used a short-term drug to knock her out.

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Once she was unconscious, they worked quickly to get a blood sample.

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Ultimately, the results were positive, with some low-grade kidney failure – nothing unexpected in a cat of her age. She was prescribed a special renal/hepatic medicinal diet, but was otherwise given a clean bill of heath