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Layla Poinelli

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Hi Judy and Cindy!! We miss you too!!

Whew...more updates!!

Layla Ann had to go to the vet's on Saturday because she pee'd some blood out :( So they did a urinalysis and the results came back yesterday. Layla has a severe UTI and has to be on a special food for the rest of her life!! It's a specific blend that will alter the pH in her urine to make it inhospitable to the bacteria that causes the struvites (crystals). She is also going back on Thursday for some abdominal x-rays to make sure there are no stones since she had sooo many crystals! We are grateful that it is nothing worse and it's fixable :)

Unfortunately, she's been kinda sick on and off. See, we had her on this GREAT food, Dogswell, but they had a bad batch of food get out and it turned moldy. Of course, we bought a bag from the batch and when we returned it we decided to switch the food so we didn't get a moldy bag again. We switched to Mulligans and I tell ya, that stuff makes a WORLD of difference! It's baked and apparently yummy since Layla gained one whole pound in just one week!!! No by-products, wheat, corn, soy...none of the junk. Amazing difference - you could see her energy levels increased and her eyes got soo bright! BUT - then the UTI so now we have to have her on the Urinary SO. So, three foods in a month and antibiotics and she just doesn't feel so good. But, her urine is yellow again, thank goodness! And of course, we are slowly introducing her to the new food but it's still shocking her stomach a little. And we can't use any baby rice cereal anymore either...a little known secret to eliminating diarrhea!

I don't know if you remember my first foster Jynx. He is a brown tabby and he is about 8 years old. He and Layla were best friends. Well, he was supposed to go to a friends when he was about 2 and he couldn't take him. So I kept him and then one of my best friends fell in love with him and took him. She and him have been together for four wonderful years. Jynxie cat wasn't feeling good and lost some weight so she took him to the vets and they found a sore in his mouth. The biopsy came back positive for cancer and long story short - the vets informed her that it is extremely aggressive and has spread throughout his head. He was given a month. She is staying by his side and making his last days as comfy as possible. Please say a prayer for Jynx, it would mean a lot to us.

I will post more updates soon and let everyone know what happens at the x-rays and with Jynxie cat.

I will also try to stay grounded! :) Miss you all!

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WELCOME TATIANA!!!

My niece was brought into the world this morning and I am officially an auntie again!!! She was premature and is tiny, weighing only 3 lbs. and 5 oz. and is 15 in long, but her heart is strong!! She is on a respirator and she was born with gastroschisis and had emergency surgery this morning but she is recovering and is stable. We are all so happy she is doing this well and look forward to seeing her grow stronger and stronger each and every day. :heart:

She is beautiful :heart:

Just wanted to share!!!

Love,

Gabs

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Right after I posted, Layla got another UTI. It was the oddest thing. She was on medication for her UTI and prescription food but three days after she finished her meds, she was peeing every two hours! So, back to the vet where they diagnosed her with another UTI and gave her more meds. She goes back next week to get another UA and some more bloodwork. Cross your fingers that all goes well.

I don't know what will happen if she keeps getting these UTI's. We give her just the prescription dog food and nothing else, well she gets her meds and cranberry pills, but nothing else. The vet says that the first round didn't rid of the bacteria and that hopefully this round will. She was on amoxi/augmentin and now on Baytril. The Baytril are the neatest pills I have ever seen. You just push on the sides and it breaks the pill in two! Amazing! Anywho - we are hoping that this will rid her of the UTI and they will stay gone!

She is great other than the UTI's. She's sleeping a lot these days but I think it is because we take so many walks during the day! We don't have a backyard right now but we are hoping to move soon into another house. Layla needs a yard! She loves to suntan! She actually goes into the bedroom and lays under the window in the sun during the day! Too cute! She gained some weight and is now almost 50 lbs! My Layla Ann has never weighed that much! She is actually 48.6 I believe but if you recall, when we first came to IMOM, she weighed about 30 lbs! Oh I do love my angel face!!

She hates Dove though..it's kinda funny. Dove is just too hyper for Layla and Dove loves to jump over Layla's head when she is sleeping. So Layla wakes up grumpy and usually moves next to me and stares at the cat. I'm always teasing Layla and telling her that it's her cat and she just lookes at me as if she is saying "I DID NOT ASK for another CAT!" It's true, she didn't...but I just love my Doveykins! She is a wild child though...and Layla is more relaxed these days. They butt heads! LOL

Love

Gabs

I edited this to add - We got the x-rays done of Layla and woohoo! No stones!!!!

Edited by LaylaAnn05

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Gabs, It's so good to "see" you and Layla again.

I missed the earlier announcement about Tatiana!!! Congratulations, Auntie! How is she doing?

It's seems I am hearing about dogs and cats all over the place with persistent UTI that will not quit. Come to think of it, people too. I hope this round of AntiB knocks it for her. Give her a hug from me.

Paula

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