Last Tuesday I brought him in for his four-week follow-up visit. Remember he was diagnosed with hyperthyroid and we decided to treat it with the special Hill's Prescription Diet y/d food?
His initial levels when we first started the food where at 11.1. The V-E-T said this number was off the chart! Normal levels are between 0.8 and 4.0. The special food (as long as it's the only thing he eats) is supposed to bring them down pretty quickly -- and he'll have to eat that for life to keep his levels down.
Well, when we went in, she retested his thyroid stuff, and his levels are almost back in the normal range! He tested at 4.5 now... almost there!
I am a genius!
She also wanted to do two other test, just to make sure there weren't any underlying kidney problems (these can be masked by the high metabolism caused by hyperthyroid). He took one of those tests and passed with flying colors (yay!), but there was one more we weren't able to do, because of a little "issue" Pimp had.
See, whenever we go to the vet, poor Pimp always pees in his carrier in the waiting room and then poops in it there to, or right when we get in the examination room. It's just been his routine for the past couple years. So, like the good mom I am, I brought a towel to soak it up in the carrier so he didn't get icky.
Sure enough, he peed (on the towel, yay!) and pooped. I cleaned it all up like a good mom.
And then the vet said she needed a urine sample.
Um, I said as I waved the plastic bag with the pee-soaked towel in it, can you squeeze it out of here? (I was really only half joking.)
She couldn't, and Pimp didn't even have a drop left in his bladder to give her, so we have to get back to that one. He refuses to go in the special non-clumping litter she gave us so I could collect a sample, so it looks like we're taking a car ride to the vet this week -- without the towel. ;)
Paws crossed the pee test comes back great, too!