Yesterday, I brought the boys in for check ups. Benny, as usual, did great and is doing well. I had opened the top of his carrier and was petting him. He was a cooperative patient, like he always is.
|Getting a pet. He looks sad here, but he was purring at the time.|
Tucker boy didn't check out as well--but it's not terrible news. He had a chest x-ray to monitor his cancer. The growth went from 1.2 cm to about 2 cm in six months' time. While I was intially disheartened, to grow only 1 cm in 18 months is pretty darn good.
I also asked the vet about Tucker's teeth. He's been eating slower, sometimes not finishing his portion. A few times, the other cats have even pushed him away from his plate, and he just walked away. She saw some bad tartar and gum inflammation on his back teeth. She was able to scale some of the tartar, but he got quite upset so she stopped.
She gave me a course of antibiotics to reduce inflammation and I'm going to start brushing his teeth every day. (When we had two cats, I was quite good about brushing, but it seems three cats is the tipping point.) She could do a dental on him if needed but would rather not, given his health issues. She told me to monitor his eating and see how he does.
I had taken his carrier apart and he was quite confused. However, it let me have better access and I didn't have to pry him out.
|This is not acceptable.|
I will update this post when I have the bloodwork back. However, our vet didn't expect anything to be unusual.