Had a follow-up with the vet on Saturday. Hobkin's recent medical crisis has not improved his fondness for the vet or the clinic. There was a lot of indignant huffing and snorting, which made me wonder if the vet would be able to get a good listen with his stethoscope. Apparently, good enough.
Hobkin's lungs are completely clear, which the vet announced with no small amount of surprise. Hurray! But he also heard a mitral valve murmur. This is not surprising and is mostly indicative that Hobkin's meds are working (improved heart contractility leads to more obvious indications and symptoms of the heart's extensive dilation), but it's something else we'll need to keep an eye on.
Our vets are not exactly upbeat. One of them has said every time we've seen him (even for a routine check-up): "Y'know, skunks crash so suddenly and go downhill so fast." So when the vet started talking long-term med acquisition—we can get up to a three-month supply of Hobkin's pimobendan and enalapril—that's tantamount to unbridled optimism.
Hey, I'll take what I can get.
Yay for surprised vets! (My Sophie-cat confounded them for years, after they had first foreseen her imminent death. To do them justice, they were almost as pleased as I was, but even so...)
Um, been meaning to ask - are skunks a common pet, round your way? Clearly your vets are not inexperienced, but I had no idea that people kept them...
"Um, been meaning to ask - are skunks a common pet, round your way?"
Hee. No, not at all. I wasn't aware that folks kept them as pets either until we saw our first pet skunk at a convention the year before we got Hobkin. They're pretty uncommon, even in the states like Georgia where they're legal to own as pets. And there's not the wealth of veterinary and general physiology data on them that there is on dogs and cats, which makes it challenging to treat them when they get sick or start getting older.
Edited at 2010-02-09 08:07 pm (UTC)
That sounds like very good news! (And re your vets' views on skunks, humans have also been known to crash suddenly & go downhill fast - it all depends on the circumstances.) Here's hoping you & Hobkin have many more years together.