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December 2023

Cautiously Optimistic

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

He's finally eating !The stress has been building over the past week for us. Our Atlantis who was diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism and beginning stage kidney disease stopped eating. He had been back and forth to the vet four times in one week. His last visit showed nothing in the stomach Xray. They hydrated him and gave him more medication but Atlantis remained listless and not eating. I decided to force feed him which was heartbreaking for me. Having food squirt down your throat when you’re not feeling well must be torture!¬† I felt so bad and guilty that I was causing my little friend to stay in a quiet corner¬† in another room away from us.

This morning I woke up to Atlantis at his bowl eating! I was ecstatic! I’m giving him an appetite enhancer and I’m pleased to see him eating even if it’s a small amount. He hadn’t touched food by himself in over a week. This can be very dangerous! He’s still not quite himself but I do believe that the stress from being poked and prodded from the vet and having food being squirt down his throat caused him a lot of stress. Right now, I’m not force feeding him. I want him to settle down and not feel threatened. We’re taking one day at a time but we’re hopeful that we’ll still see a good result.

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