Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
We also said tearful goodbyes to "Honorary Golden Heart" Murphy, who spent 15 wonderful years caring for his guardian Valerie. He was always welcomed by all of our dogs during his visits with us. He will be deeply missed, and our hearts go out to his mom.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Today was "Leo Liberation Day" as he got to lose the e-collar and doesn't have to stay crated anymore. He's moved into the cat room in the main house, where we can continue to monitor his eye, and he lives where he seems to be the happiest ~ in the house. He really never enjoyed the outdoors as much as I hoped he would. As a matter of fact, when we brought our Christmas tree indoors, he growled at it for a couple of days every time he went past it!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
This was our final big project to get ready for a week of rain, something really needed after a dry year!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Melody's labwork was normal. There are many things to rule out within the scope of "brain problems" but the best picture is painted with an MRI of the brain. It's a pretty costly test, something which we need to 'save up' for. In the meantime, we will be doing a trial of Prednisone for a couple of weeks to see if her symptoms improve. She's really enjoying the extra treats!
Sunday, December 07, 2008
Saturday, December 06, 2008
Monday, December 01, 2008
Leo was seen by one of our favorite opthamologists at the Eye Clinic for Animals, Dr. Schorling, who ever so gently looked at Leo. We knew he had entropian eyelids (lids that turn in) that we were hoping would resolve once his skin healed. His skin is looking pretty good, but the eyelid problem persisted and daily medication wasn't enough. Dr. Schorling says he, like Phoenix and MeiLi, has feline herpes virus; herpes cats tend to squint too much, and in Leo's case, caused his misshapen eyelids to rub directly on his eyes. He ruptured one of his corneas as a result.
Leo had emergency surgery to fix his lids, essentially a kitty "face lift". Dr. Schorling also did a corneal graft to try to repair his damaged eye. We will have to wait and see if it will take ~ it may heal or he may lose his eye, but this is the best chance he has to keep it. Tonight Leo is much more comfortable, sporting an Elizabethan collar to keep him from scratching out his sutures. I hope to have a picture of him in the next couple of days - he's a little camera-shy right now!