Friday, April 29, 2011

allergies??! / alergioj??!

waiting to go in.. / atendas eniri...
sorry for the delayed update! Fae went to the vet on wednesday. the visit went alright, although Fae didn't handle it nearly as well as her previous visits due to having to be examined a lot more thoroughly this time. she didn't much care for being "manhandled". :P

pardonon pro la malrapida novaĵo! merkrede Fae vizitis la bestkuraciston. la vizito glate iris malgraŭ tio, ke por Fae ĝi ne tiel glate iris kiel pasintaj vizitoj. ĉi-foje la bestkuracisto devis ekzameni ŝin multoble pli ol antaŭe kaj ne plaĉis al Fae la "manipulado". :P

while the vet visit went well, it really only confirmed suspicions that i already had. the vet confirmed that Fae has an allergy, but to what is still unknown. a flea allergy, which is supposedly the most common allergy in cats, was immediately ruled out narrowing the possibilities down to a food allergy or an environmental allergy... which isn't really narrowing it down much at all.

LOVE her expression in this photo. xD / amas ŝian mienon!
nu, la vizito glate iris, tamen ĝi simple jesigis supozojn, kiujn mi jam havis. la bestkuracisto konfirmis, ke Fae ja havas alergion, sed kian alergion oni ankoraŭ ne scias. la plej ofta alergio por katoj, alergio pro puloj, estis tuj neigita, do restas ankoraŭ du specoj de alergioj: alergio pro manĝaĵo kaj alergio pro ĉirkaŭaĵoj.... do, efektive restas MULTE da eblecoj.

the vet highly suggested that we put Fae on a trial diet of one "novelty" protein (meat) for 8 weeks, gradually reintroducing other food after that... the major problem that we have with this is that novelty meat like duck, rabbit, quail etc aren't easily found here and thus are fairly expensive. i imagine that it would be VERY costly to feed Fae nothing but this for 8 weeks. furthermore, while the vet said that such a limited diet would be alright temporarily, i still wouldn't be entirely comfortable with it...

la bestkuracisto tre rekomendis, ke ni donu al Fae nur nekutimajn "proteinojn" (viandon) dum 8 semajnoj kaj poste iom post iom ree doni al ŝi la kutimajn.... la grandega problemo pri tio, estas ke nekutima viando, ekzemple anasaĵo, kuniklaĵon, koturnaĵo ktp, estas malfacile troveblaj kaj do estas multkostaj. mi imagas, ke doni al Fae nur tian viandon dum 8 semajnoj estus TRE multkosta. plue, malgraŭ tio, ke la bestkuracisto diras, ke doni tian limigitan dieton al Fae mallongtempe ne estus malbona, mi ankoraŭ sentas kvazaŭ tio estus malbona....

gotta mark her territory! even at the vet lmao/ devas signi sian teritorion! eĉ ĉe bestkuracejo mdr

speaking of novelty meat, just before the vet visit we happened to buy some organic (yay!) duck breast for Fae. i really wanted to add a little more variety to Fae's diet and she had never had duck before. she loves it! but that duck cost $24 AUD/$26 USD for only 400g/14oz! crazy. duck will definitely STAY a novelty meat.

parenteze, preskaŭ tuj antaŭ iri al la bestkuracisto ni aĉetis iom da organika (jej!) anasaĵo por Fae. mi ege deziris doni al Fae ion novan por manĝi kaj Fae neniam antaŭe manĝis anasaĵon. ĝi ege plaĉas al ŝi! tamen, la anasaĵo kostis $24 AUD/$26 USD por nur 400g/14uncoj! nekredeble. anasaĵo certe restos malofte manĝitan manĝaĵon.

"grrr......"
anyway, back to the vet. i told the vet my concern about costs and she recommended trying goat meat as she had heard that it is really cheap. she also mentioned that cats seem to have a love/hate relationship with it. i have never seen goat before, so...

ĉiuokaze, pri la bestkuracisto. mi diris al ŝi, ke mi maltrankiliĝas pri la kosto kaj ŝi rekomendis, ke ni donu kapraĵon al Fae ĉar ŝi iam aŭdis, ke ĝi estas tre malmultkosta. ŝi ankaŭ diris, ke ofte katoj aŭ amas aŭ malamas ĝin. plue, mi neniam antaŭe vidis kapraĵon vendeje, do....

all hope is not lost, however. me and the other human now suspect that her allergy may be from her treats rather than her food as the timing of her scratching episodes (of which this isn't the first, this is just the first i've mentioned it here) seems similar to when we were giving her this particular treat. we'll be getting new treats for her this weekend and will be watching her closely to see if she improves.

tamen, ni ne senesperiĝas. mi kaj la alia homo suspektas, ke la kulpo de la alergio de Fae eble estas ŝia krommanĝaĵo, ne ŝia manĝaĵo mem. ni tion pensas ĉar ŝia gratado (kaj la nuna afero ne estas la unua fojo pri ĉi tio) verŝajne okazas kiam ni donas al ŝi ĉi tiun krommanĝaĵon. ni aĉetos novan krommanĝaĵon por ŝi ĉi-semajnfine kaj atente rigardos ŝin por scii, ĉu ŝi plibone fartas.

10 comments:

  1. We're glad the vet visit went (reasonably) well. Definitely stop the usual treats before you switch to a pricey food! Wow, we thought premium kitty food was expensive here in Canada! :-O

    Good luck!

    -Fuzzy Tales

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  2. Good luck with the food trial. We've been through that before at our house, and are thankful our problems are not food related. Do you have a vet school close by? We did allergy testing, for environmental stuff on Smokey and Mojo and now do the immunotheraphy injections on Smokey. They really help. Good luck!

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  3. Treats are a common culprit in food allergies. So are environmental allergens such as molds, pollens, leaves etc. Especially common are allergies to the storage mite, which lives in grains of any kind, from dry cat food to our flour and cereals etc. The allergy testing to pinpoint the cause is expensive but can rule out many things. Here's a link to info on the testing we do here at the practice Teri works at:

    http://www.heska.com/Documents/Allergy/Controlling-Storage-Mite-Exposure-Tech-Brief-0110-.aspx

    http://www.heska.com/AllergenList.aspx

    At least if you knew it wasn't due to meat sensitivity, you could approach the environmental aspect if she was allergic to one or more...

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  4. Cutting out treats sounds like a good step before buying such expensive food! What food does Fae eat now? We use Innovo Evo (grain free) wet and dry and our devons seem to respond well to that food.
    Hope you feel better soon little Fae :)
    the critters in The Cottage

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  5. Allergies can be so hard to figure out; we had the hardest time trying to figure out what was triggering Harley's EGC outbreaks. We think Harley might have been reacting to (among other things) brewer's yeast which is in lots of treats and foods.

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  6. Oh dear...poor Fae. Being manhandled is not a pleasant experience. We hope the allergy prob is solved soon. I don't know about Brizzy, love, but in Sydney goat meat (chevon) is cheap. Buy at the butcher, not those specially packed stuff at petshops. purrr....meow!

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  7. Hope it's the treats and not the food. Soooooo costly to do a diet like the vet was suggesting.

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  8. Oh poor Fae...still not certain what is bothering her. There are too many causes of an allergy. I hope new treat will improve her condition.

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  9. Oh, purrs to figure the mystery out...That is a such a cute expression on the photo you mention!

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