This house is located not far from ours and the owners just finished having it resided. I love the color. Since the roads were really messy everyone was going about 20 miles an hour as we drove by, otherwise I wouldn't have been able to get this picture. You can see the snow is still falling, perfect against the red colonial. Not only is the house old but they also sell antiques. I've never stopped in but they have the cutest little shop!
And here's my snow dog loving every minute of the white stuff. She has a great nose and managed to sniff out her ball underneath the snow, dig it up, and then bring it to me but not give it to me. Basically she's a big tease! lol! I love my Lily girl!
And then there's Phineas. He became terribly sick last Monday before Christmas, the same day these two photo's were taken. He had been to the vets in the morning since his UTI wasn't clearing up. Dr. Richards wanted to take an x-ray to see if he had any kidney stones, which he didn't. Everything seemed normal enough when we went home but by the time 6:00 pm rolled around his temperature had shot up 4 degrees and he was a very sick boy.
My husband and I rushed him to our vets just before they closed where he was immediately put on an IV, antibiotics, and pain meds. They also did some bloodwork to try to figure out what was going on. As far as we knew he was just battling a Urinary Tract Infection. The next day the vet said Phineas needed to have an ultrasound because the only thing his bloodwork showed was Anemia. The woman who performed the ultrasound had an answer.
The diagnosis: Feline Hemotropic Mycoplasmosis
We'd never heard of it and the vet said it's very uncommon and can be deadly. Later on our vet said if we hadn't brought Phin in when we did, he most likely wouldn't have made it through the night. Since there is no specific test for Mycoplasma they basically have to go by symptoms. It's a parasitic virus that destroys the red blood cells causing the anemia. The cat usually also has a high fever as well as a thickening of the bladder wall causing them to continuously strain in the litter box, mimicking a UTI. Phineas had all these symptoms. Since Phin never goes outside and our dogs are treated for fleas and ticks, our vet seems to think Phineas may have been carrying this virus since he was a kitten, but there is no way to tell.
Looking out at the snow
Once Phineas was diagnosed he was immediately started on Doxycycline of which he must take for 3 weeks. After 2 days on an IV he was allowed to come home on Christmas Eve but I stressed terribly all day Christmas since he didn't seem to be getting any better. Around 7:00 pm he finally turned the corner and wanted to eat. That night he slept on our bed and has been getting better each day since. Unfortunately I think he will carry this virus forever so there is a chance it could reoccur. We are just so thankful we didn't lose him!
I hope you had a wonderful low stress Christmas day!