We’ve just got back from the vets and have some updates on what’s going on.
The fainting is indeed syncope which the Vet believes is caused through a heart murmur. It’s quite a usual thing for King Charles Cavaliers to have as both of the CKC’s we had both lived with heart murmurs – one (our Pickle) had to have tablets whereas the other (our Mitzi) didn’t need them as her’s never lead to syncope. Those two beauties arrived within a week of each other (and were also related) and passed over within a week of each other when they had both turned 15. Strange world.
Anyway back to Daddy Bo. The lump she believes was originally a skin tag which as he has licked it constantly was irritated to grow and enlarge. She recommends that it’s removed since it is affecting his walking and making him angry. However she wants him to stop licking it as it’s a little infected so we have antibiotics to give him for the next 2 weeks and he has been fitted with a cat collar (he’s too tiny for a dog one) which has made him very peeved and is now grumbling at everyone who looks at him, including Little Pea who has obviously never seen one before and is finding it fascinating much to Daddy Bo’s disgust.
He also had the remnants of a skin condition. This started about 3 months ago when patches of his fur started to fall out and looked like it was surrounded by flea dust (which wasn’t, it just looked like it). Our old vet said that we should just wash him with mild shampoo and leave it at that. At the time I didn’t take that as gospel as I didn’t trust them much after the way they treated Bubba Biscuit so I bought some Denes Sulphur as previously that had helped with various skin conditions the others had experienced. A drop or two in his dinner per day over a few weeks saw the fur grow back which left him with little 2mm patches of missing fur rather than the gaping inch patches so it did something at least. This vet has said that it’s definitely not fleas, so could just have been connected to a vitamin deficiency due to his age. She thinks the antibiotics he has for the lump should clear that up too so we don’t have to worry.
I imagine once he’s finished the tablets we can book him in for the lump removal (blood tests and biopsy included) which will cost £435 (a little over what I raised but easy enough to find the extra) which includes everything as well as a different type of anesthetic due to his heart murmur.
I’m so glad we have this new vet. They actually seem to really care about their fur patients with utmost compassion and warmth it makes you much more at ease.
So that’s the update for now. Bo is grumpy (as always) but now grumpy with a pretty cat collar on… what a furry life!