Keiko was not breathing well last night around bedtime, it looked like she was hyperventilating. Needless to say I didn't get much sleep and ended up just getting up at 5am to check on her. She was lying on the floor in a place she never usually would be. I put her in her bed and she curled up to get more comfie.
I called into work to spend the day with her. She lied down on my lap a little while and slept on the couch most of the rest of the time. We took her to the vet for her breathing issues because she was also becoming very weak... She would go to her water dish and hover over it but not take a drink and just sit there like that.
The doctor gave us some special food to mix w/water and feed her w/a syringe. She really hated it and growled a lot... but now seems to be resting well after going to hide under the futon.
Here is the letter from the doctor that was sent home w/ her meds that explains better than I could try to:
Keiko has become a critically ill patient in a very short period of time. She has developed additional fluid around her lungs, called pleural effusion, which is in creasing her respiratory rate and effort. The patchy infiltrates in her lung x-ray also look more abundant and denser today compared with the results from just 24 hours ago.
I am very concerned with the rapid course of her decline; based on her ultrasound she does have an element of cardiac disease but also there are abnormal masses within her chest cavity. I attempted to aspirate as much of the fluid as possible but was only able to evacuate approximately 4 cc. The fluid has ben submitted for analysis and we are hoping the official test result of the fluid analysis will steer us in a more definite direction... if this is cancer, an infection, consistent w/cardiac disease etc.
We also submitted a CBC to evaluate her red blood cell and while blood cell count. Results should be back Saturday, a toxoplasmosis titer was also submitted, results should come Saturday or Monday. She has been given Mirtapazine to help stimulate appetite and Clindamycin. This is an antibiotic that is used in the treatment of toxoplasmosis.
We'll keep everyone posted on her progress; thank you all so much for your overwhelming heartfelt emotional support as well as generous monetary support. You're all the shining light to comfort us in this difficult time =^_^=