A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper

A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper
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Thursday, July 03, 2014

Clooney's Follow Up Appointment

Clooney had his follow up appointment today - with the same vets office who saw him right after he was injured.  The news is all good....

His physical exam went well.  He did drop a bit of weight going from 1004 grams (2.21 pounds) to 944 grams (2.08 pounds).  He was active and alert during his exam.

They did a small blood draw - enough to check his Packed Cell Volume (PCV) also known as hematocrit. Normal is 43 - 55% - Clooney was at 46%.  They also did a couple of x rays - a side view and a view of him laying on his back.  They showed me the side by side comparison and the difference is remarkable.  His chest looks perfect!  Hooray!

So - in regards to his injuries - he is looking great and has been cleared to return to his normal activity levels. He will be quite happy to not be cooped up any longer and has been "set free" to roam at his leisure.

As for the insulinoma - his blood glucose level is not where we want it quite yet. The vet decided to double his dosage of medication as his number was only 61 - it was 55 with no meds.  We will try that for a bit and then head back to the vet on the 14th for a quick glucose level check and hopefully it will be up a bit. Normal is 80 - 120.  Once we get that worked out and he gets settled into the right dosage we should be in for smooth sailing.  Fingers crossed!

All in all - I am quite happy about how my little man is doing - I am a bit paranoid about letting him loose but he has to get back to normal activity some time.  I will resist the temptation to be an overprotective, smothering mom....

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