Thursday, October 18, 2012

Tabby Thursday - Joey Update

Me with my t-shirt collar - keeps me from scratching my boo boo.


Joey here today to give you a update.  The past two weeks shave been full of vet visits, tests, Mom waiting by the phone to hear back from them...but we think we have things down now.

I had a physical with our vet and they did blood work on me.  It shows that I have some underlying health issues that may make surgery more risky than normal.  Mom took me to another vet - a surgeon, for another look and he also did  two needle aspirations on my lumps.  Both came back as abnormal cells - cancerous.  Both vets seem to think they are different forms of cancer, are localized in the upper layers of skin, don't seem to have spread and are slow growing.

My cool ear tufts!

Then another consult with a holistic vet who specializes in cancer treatment.  Conventional treatment would be to take the lumps off but I may have a harder time with surgery and recovering due to my unrelated health issues going on.  The holistic cancer vet wants to try to build up my immune system and shrink the tumors using herbs, homeopathy and other alternative treatments and see what is going on in two to three months.  I may still have to have the surgery then but maybe not if all works well with this treatment. Mom likes this vet and has used him successfully in the past on other cats.

All the money you helped raise for me  has gone for two vet visits, blood work, needle biopsies and pathologies, and for the alternative vet and treatments.  We still have some put aside for future use in case I do need surgery and will leave up our donation button for that too.


We wanted to let you all know what is going on and will keep you updated on this alternative treatment.  Keep on purring for me - I do want to be around for many years to come.


25 comments:

Marg said...

We sure are purring for ya Joey. We are glad you don't have to have surgery for now. Hopefully the new treatments will help you a lot. Have a great day.

The Island Cats said...

We continue to purr for you, Joey, and we hope the new treatments help you get rid of those bad lumps!

Mr. Black said...

Hi Joey--
You look like a nice gentleman and I am hoping for the best outcome for you!

I really like that t-shirt collar.
It sure beats the plastic lampshade that the vets normally use.

Nicola Carpenter said...

We're sending our best purrs to you Joey

The Paw Relations

Fuzzy Tales said...

Joey, we, too, are purring hard for you. We hope the alternative treatments help you and that you won't have to undergo risky surgery.

You're such a sweetie, you've been through a lot lately! We hope you get lots of extra treats and cuddles to make you feel better.

Hannah and Lucy said...

We are purring big purrs for you Joey and are purraying you won't have to have any surgery.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

TK and Squashies said...

So sad that Joey has to go through all this. It does seem that building his immune system would be beneficial. We are purring fur this sweet boy, which ever way you decide to go.
Love, TK, Squashies, Pip and dee

Sparkle the Designer Cat said...

Thanks for the update, Joey! I am sending lots of purrs your way - I really hope the treatment from the holistic vet helps you, even if you still need the surgery done!

Kjelle Bus said...

Sending lot of (((purrs)))
I hope you don´t have to do any surgery !!

Brian said...

Oh handsome Joey, we all send you our best purrs, hugs and love. We know you are in the best loving family!!!

Mariodacat said...

So happy you don't need immediate surgery. I'm purring for you pal - want you to get all better and for that mean ole cancer stuff to go away.

Katie Isabella said...

I love you dearest Joey and my purrs are deep and full of love for you. xxxooo

Old Kitty said...

Awwww sweet Joey! You are a brave beautiful boy! We send you many purrs and hugs! Take care
x

Father Tom said...

Joey, we want you around for many years to come, too, my furriend!

I really like your t-shirt collar. It sure beats the plastic. I'm all for a strong immune system and your holistic vet. You're a real trooper, Joey. You hang in there!!

Hugs,
Tom, the mom & the kitties

Tillie and Georgia said...

WE send along our purrs with the hope they help make the lumps go away. We purr the new treatment works !
Purrs Tillie and Georgia,
Tiger,Treasure,JJ and Julie

Meg & Quill said...

Glad you're doing better. Purrrrr

michico*Adan said...

You are very brave and strong!!!
We are giving you purrs and hope you give you more strength!!!

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

Sending you many purrs and prayers

Keisha said...

I send u luv. (((Luv)))

dArtagnan Rumblepurr/Diego Hamlet Moonfur said...

I'm purring for you Joey, so is Hammy. We sure hope you feel better.

Cezar and Léia said...

Sending love and purrs for you dear Joey!
Luna - WE LOVE LUNA

(A)FSS and Alasandra said...

Sending tons of healing purrs your way Joey.

ABBY said...

We are saying our purrs Joey.

purrs
>^,,^<
✿•*¨`*•. ♥Abby♥Boo♥Ping♥Jinx♥Grace♥✿•*¨`*•.

The Cat From Hell said...

Joey! It is great yous don't has to has surgury (yet)! We is sending purrayer and we loves your new collar!
Kisses
Nellie

Alley Cats and Angels of North Carolina said...

Purrs and paws crossed for Joey. What a handsome boy.

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