February 1, 2014

An Update on Moosey


We received the special blood test results last night, and they confirmed what the veterinarians had believed.  Moosey has an aldosterone-secreting mass on his adrenal gland, which is causing his body to overproduce sodium and causing his potassium levels to be very low.  This condition is known as hyperaldosteronism, or Conn’s Syndrome.  Possible courses of action are: 1. surgical removal of the mass, or 2. daily medication to suppress the production of aldosterone, and supplements to raise his potassium levels.  There are important considerations with both of these, and we are now working to learn as much as possible so that we can make the most informed decision for Moosey.  I am trying to set up a consultation with the surgeon for this week, and intend to ask LOTS of questions.

Interestingly enough, the doctor said that the symptoms (lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting, and dehydration) that caused us to first bring Moosey in are NOT caused by Conn’s.  Most likely, Moosey just “had a bug.” And it was only because they performed an abdominal ultrasound that the mass was even discovered.  Otherwise, we would not have known.  The silver lining is that they’ve caught this early enough that many of the complications associated with Conn’s Syndrome are not yet in play.

Moosey is acting fairly normally, and is definitely happy and comfortable here at home.  He is such a good boy about taking the potassium supplement (thank COD).  We still have a ways to go, but at least we know what it is we’re dealing with now.  Thank you all for your love, purrs, prayers, and positive thoughts and energy.  Please keep them coming, because we know they are truly powerful.

71 comments:

  1. Thanks for the update. We're glad that Moosey is doing well; we hope that you will get the answers you need to make the right decision. And how crazy is it that the minor thing showed the big thing????

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  2. I guess that means the bug was a "blessing in disguise". I am glad you shared the news with us... I wouldn't know what I would do if I were to be given a choice. You and Mom Tracey are strong. I wish I had the same passion and confidence in taking care of my dogs.

    God bless you and dear Moosey. We hope you make the perfect decision.

    Hugs

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  3. Read the news and I am glad you have an answer now and you are proactive and because you know your kitty so well, I am sure you will be the best 'nurse' Moosey could have, whatever direction you go!

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  4. Continuing to send good wishes and prayers for Moosey. I know you'll do whatever is best for your boy and I hope the decision isn't difficult.
    xxoo
    Maggie

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  5. We are big belielvers in the power of the purr. We will continue to purr for Moosey.

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  6. I am continuing to send Moosey purrs. I know you will make the best decision for his treatment.

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  7. Sending warm, healing thoughts to Moosey. And love to you all. (Moosey is so fortunate to have you as his family) xo Ann

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  8. Moosey is at the top of our Purrs List--I purr really, really good, and the Human does the best she can. We know Moosey could not be in better hands, and we are vurry happy he is doing well at home XOXOXO

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  9. Sending you lots and lots of comforting purrs.
    Moosey is so very lucky to have such a loving family who are advocates for his health and well being.
    Hugs to you both. We'll be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
    xo

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  10. We know Moosey has the best parents in the world and we know you guys will make the best decisions possible for your precious boy...We will keep sweet Moosey in our purrs and prayers and hope for an easy, complete recovery asap...kisses, dear friends...J, Calle, Halle, Sukki, Mommy Cat, Daddy Cat

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  11. Many hugs to Moosey! You'll make the best decision possible once you learn all the facts about the options.

    Luf, Us and Maw

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  12. Everyone here at Our paw pad wishes Moosey well, we know of these problems and hope that either option will see a return to Moosey being in good health..we send our love our Purrayers our woofs and Baa's your way..Hugs and loads of lovies Fozziemum Dinnermintz Pickles and the rest of the gang xxxxxx

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  13. We believe 100% in the power of the purr. We know you will do your best for Moosey.

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  14. Thank you for the update about Moosey.

    Good that you will meet the vet and will be able to ask a lot of questions about the treatments that are availible.
    Sending lot of (((purrs))) and huggies

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  15. It's good you have a definitive diagnosis now, and options. We've never heard of this Conn's Syndrome, would guess many of us haven't.

    Continued purrs to Moosey and to you all; we know you'll make the best decisions for him.

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  16. I'm thinking of Moosey and his sis-furs and rooting for a wonderful outcome.

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  17. Well, it's good that you know what you're dealing with. We know you will do what is best for Moosey. He could not have more loving, caring parents.
    BTW, he looks very comfy.
    Continued purrs.

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  18. We're purring mega purrs for Moosey. We know that you will do the best for him. And we're glad he's feeling better.

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  19. Oh my! I went through this myself. I totally feel for Moosey. My heart goes out to him. Your vet is great, to have found this. I am praying for Moosey, and all of you. Hugs. ~xo~

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  20. I am glad that they found it early and that it can be treated. Every cloud ehh. Its good that the bug brought it to light so they can hopefully sort it out for sweet Moosey. Hugs to you x

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  21. We are relieved this was found quickly and Moosey can be treated. We had never heard of this before.
    We are sending purrs and prayers to you all.
    Luv Hannah and Lucyxx xx

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  22. We are all sending our best purrs and prayers to you dear Moosey and we just won't stop. We are very glad to hear you are doing good, so please keep it up pal.

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  23. Awwwww Moosey! Marvellous Moosey!! Keep getting better now!! Purrs and more purrs for you!! Take care
    x

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  24. p.s. So sorry, the comment got posted 3x! :-)

    Take care
    x

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  25. Moosey continue being a good boy, taking your meds so bravely! You are in extremely capable paws, between your Mommy, Daddy, the Surgeon and other doctors, we are CERTAIN you are going to get the best care that you could possibly have! We are all purring and praying for you Moosey! We LOVE YOU!!
    xoxo

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  26. That is such a sweet photo of you Moosey! We are very happy that the vet was able to find this condition accidentally as it would have otherwise gone undetected for much longer and the end result could have been unsettling. We know you will find the right course of action once your pawrents speak with the surgeon and get all the facts.
    You continue to be in our thoughts and purrs sweetie.

    all our love,

    the critters in the cottage xo

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  27. Thanks for the updates! We are glad he is doing a little better!




    We continue to purr and pray for a fast recovery.

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  28. Glad Moosey is doing well and you have treatment options. He looks great!

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  29. A diagnosis, especially an early one, sounds like a blessing. I know you will both research every possibility to have the best help for dear Moosey!

    Hugs,
    Oskar & Pam

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  30. Thank you for the update. It sure is great to know what is going on, and you have options. Sounds like Moosey had a lucky bug that led to early detection of Conn's Syndrome. And he is in such good hands..I know you will do lots of research and all lots of questions to surgeon for Moosey. We continue sending purrs and positive energy to you all xoxo

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  31. Lots of purrs and prayers for Moosey and all his family, too!
    Hugs from your TX furiends,
    Samantha and Clementien

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  32. It's great news to have a diagnosis. How fortunate for Moosey that he has such a wonderful family who are so in tune with him, and knew that something wasn't right. We are continuing to send our very best purrs, and headbonks

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  33. It's always a relief to know what we're dealing with. We've never heard of Conn's Syndrome but are happy to know there are options to keep it under control.
    We'll keep sending you our purrs and will keep you in our purrayers, Moosey!

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  34. I am glad Moosey is doing well at home and taking his meds. I hope that the surgeon is able to give good answers to your questions to help you decide which course of treatment is best for him. I am keeping my purrs coming.

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  35. We are happy Moosey is at home and you have time to consider things.
    We will keep purring for Moosey :)
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure,JJ
    and Angels Tiger and Tillie

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  36. That is one of those blessings in disguise for sure. Happy they found the problem in time to help sweet Moosey. Will be saying prayers and thinking of you as you make the decision on what plan of treatment to take. Hugs and nose kisses

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  37. Oh thank you. I have been waiting and waiting hoping you would hear. I knew you would let us know when you did. Moosey, love and purrs and prayers still coming. xoxoxoxox

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  38. What a weird coincidence. We are sending healing purrs they are able to find just the right treatment.

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  39. Glad he is feeling well now and that you have options. Prayers for Moosey. Beth

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  40. Moosey you Sweet boy, we all are purraying fur you ^.,^ ♥ You haz de Bestest pawrentz! and we know they will take Eggcellent care ov you! We sending lottza purrz & luvz your way ♥♥♥♥♥ ^.,^ x5

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  41. Got this update from the TCC email earlier. I'm not really familiar with Conn's but sounds like it's a manageable thing thankfully. Glad Moosey is doing well!

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  42. Now that you know what the problem is, you can make a better decision about Moosey's treatment. We're sending healing vibes and purrayers for him to get better soon.

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  43. Sending healing purrz. To look at him, you wouldn’t think anything was wrong. I know you’ll make the right decision for him.

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  44. Just stopping by to add a few more purrs to the ever-growing mountain of them! XOXOXOXO

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  45. Moosey, knowing what is wrong is good and so is having options. We know the humans will make the right decision for you, and we are going to keep praying and purring like crazy cats for you. Purrs and paw-pats, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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  46. We love you Moosey! Having a proper diagnosis helps and glad to hear it's treatable. Continued purrrrrs of healing and comfort are coming from all of us.

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  47. We love you Moosey and we are revving up our purr machines on high for you and sending the very biggest purrs, prayers and healing thoughts in your direction. Purrs and good thoughts to your sisters, and to your Mom and Dad too.

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  48. we are continuously sending healing purrs. thanks for the update.

    emma and buster

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  49. we continue to send love and purrs to you all

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  50. So glad you have a definitive diagnosis.Really is a 'silver lining' that you have caught it early. Beautiful picture of Moosey that you posted.
    Take Care
    Marty and Mom

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  51. Poor Moosey! We are glad that you know what is going on, but we are sure this raises many more questions and concerns for you, too. Our Mom is always here if you want to chat.

    We are sending lots of purrs, prayers, love, and hugs to you all!!

    Carmine, Milita, and Jewel

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  52. We know Moosey is in the best of hands. His mom and dad love him so much, and you'll do all you can for him. Please give him hugs from us! xoxo

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  53. Poor Moosey, and poor you! Hope you can make the best decision for him, and that he will be able to continue in the best possible health. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

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  54. Continued good wishes to Moosey. It sounds like, though his situation is serious, there are ways to ameliorate it. It's good to have options. I hope Moosey goes on feeling happy and comfortable - and he's at home, which is probably the best medicine he can have right now.

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  55. You know we're all rooting for dear Moosey! Purrs and pawtaps.

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  56. I am so sorry not to have visited before now, I was at my dad's this weekend and didn't have the internet. I'm sorry to hear Moosey's blood work came back with bad results, but I guess there are many things to be thankful for. There are options and he can be treated, which is really important. And this was caught early, another blessing. I'm sure you will do the best for Moosey, there is no doubt about that. We will be right here, pulling, praying and purring for you. We are with you all the way, and let me know if I can do anything for you.

    All your concerned and loving friends at TwinkletoeTails,
    Oui Oui, MMM, Carl, Julie and the mom

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  57. Moosey!
    Wes knows that yous will bes A-OK cuz your Daddy and Mommy is the bestest! Theys will do what is best for yous!
    Wes sends yous all strength and purrayers for healing!
    Kisses
    Nellie

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  58. Well that's an odd thing, isn't it? Here's hoping it all works out. And quickly.

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  59. Moosey I am still sending you my best rumbly purrs big fella. Those vets have worked out what ails you and now they will work with your Mom & Dad the best way to help you get sorted out and back to full Moosey strength!

    Luff from
    Mungo xx

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  60. we is still sending you purrrssss Moosey.

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  61. uh, we think google ate our comment a few days ago! So we're coming back again (sometimes we think mommy clicks off too soon maybe?)

    We're so very glad that his sickness allowed you to discover this other issue at a very early stage. We know you will make the right decision for Moosey and that he could not be in better hands!

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  62. Me sending get well hugs to Moosey! {{{hugs}}}

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  63. Continuing to send healthy thoughts and vibes for Moosey!

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  64. Wonderful news that it was caught early and there are actions that can be taken. Still praying for Moosey!

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  65. I am glad to read the latest update on Moosey, and am especially encouraged by the fact that an angel (gee, I wonder who...) was looking out for him.

    The prayers and purrs and positive thoughts are pouring out from the Squeedunk gang. May Moosey continue to feel better with each day, and let us know how things progress after meeting with the Dr regarding the surgical option. A lucky, lucky kitty to have a family who will take the very best care of him no matter what!

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  66. I am so happy that I stopped by to visit because I was off the blog because of computer problems. I am glad you now know the problem. Mossey is such a beautiful Kitty and please know we will keep Purring & Praying for you all!! Thanks for sharing with us!
    Purrs & Hugs,
    Loretta & The Girls

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  67. I am glad Moosey if feeling ok and that you have more options to treating this illness.

    Will keep sending purrrrss his any your way.

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  68. We are so glad Moosey is happy. We know the decision on what to do next is such a hard one to make. We will be purring and praying for Moosey and all of you.

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  69. Thank you for the update on Moosey - prayers he will be okay and it is so nice to know he is back home, safe and comfortable with the family he loves! Purrs from the Zee and Zoey Gang!

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  70. Oh best of luck to you and Moosey. Glad you know what it is and caught it early.

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  71. dood...guess catchin de heebeez wuz kinda a good thing...sorta...in a way...well, ewe noe what we meen...we hope yur medisins werk well for ewe N ya continue on de road ta ree coveree N we iz WAY happee de ewe noe who dood...vet...catched this in time...MOR blessings oh St Francis comin two ewe in....1.....

    XXXXX

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