Saturday, January 06, 2007
Balthazar's in the Hospital
He did not like being in the carrying case with the frozen peas, and I was afraid that his agitation would drive his fever up further, so I called Animal Emergency again and they said, "Bring him in."
We just got back from admitting him to the hospital, where they'll put him on IV fluids and monitor his temperature. The vet said, "We see these little guys all the time, and most of them do just fine." She said his fever actually wasn't high enough to cause brain damage (although that would be a concern if it went up any more). She also said that she'll be there all night, and I can call her for updates any time I get worried. Nice lady.
Gary came with me this time. We both liked the vet. We're both glad that Bali's being taken care of by professionals, so we can stop worrying about trying to monitor his condition ourselves. He'll probably be in the hospital for 24 to 36 hours.
I feel awful about the fact that he's going through all this, though. I hope it won't make him hate humans for life!
Update, Sunday 1/7, 5:30 a.m.:
I just called the hospital. He still has a fever: 104.5. So that proves that he really does need to be there, and that the high readings weren't just some fluke of our thermometer, as I'd been hoping/fearing. When I called, they were just about to try to get him to eat some breakfast.
Update, Sunday 1/7, noon:
He ate breakfast, which is a good sign, but his temp's now 105.3. It looks like he'll be spending at least one more night in the hospital. Poor kitty!