Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Ceilidh's visit to the Animal Emergency Referral Center

I've lost 2 cats in 2 months, so when Ceilidh punctured my asthma inhaler last nite after I got home from work, I about lost it! All I heard was an boom and she raced into my room and under the bed. I coaxed her out from under the bed and onto the bed and she appeared ok, so I went back to the living room. Thats when she came in and she was making noises breathing. I felt her chest and her heart rate was FAST! Felt like her heart was going to jump out of her chest!

I called the pet emergency, and was out the door with all of the dogs in tow around 9:45pm. She was taken into the back immediately and her vitals were taken. I authorized them to call Poison Control. After which they told me her heart rate was 220 and her blood pressure was high. They also wanted to check her Potassium and Phosphorus levels-poison control had told them to watch out for these levels to drop!

She ended up spending the nite at the pet emergency. I had a really hard time going to sleep. I called at 2am, 5 am and 8:30am and each call I was told she had been given a drug to drop her heart rate and that her heart rate was slowly coming down.

10:30am - HR 220
2:00am - HR between 190-200 and she was given a beta blocker
5:00am - HR between 190-200 higher dose of the beta blocker was given
9:00am - HR between 150-180, she was quietly resting and had eaten a 1/2 jar of chicken baby food

I picked her up at 10:30 and transferred her to my vet where she will spend the day being observed, her HR checked again. Her blood work was taken again at 9am and her Potassium and Phosphorus were back within the normal levels, YEAH!!!

I'm so glad she made it thru the nite!!! When I left, I had to sign a CPR code to allow the pet emergency to do whatever means possible to save her life in the case of cardiac arrest. That was the hardest thing to sign! I cried while signing it!

She's just a little over 1 year old and has a MAJOR oral fixation to things that are bad for her!!!! I'm just so glad she is on the mend!!!!