Poor Poor Pitiful Jimi

Oh no…!! I had to take Jimi to the veterinarian hospital, this afternoon. Last Saturday, I noticed he was suffering a bit from a swelling under a healed wound on his right paw. Today he stopped playing and wanted to be left alone. Just to be sure, I called for an appointment at the hospital.

Jimi doesn’t like the car rides as Mr. Bowie did. Bowie always enjoyed the car rides, even if it meant an irritating medical check up. Jimi’s medical check up all went well. It seems he was suffering from an infected wound. Jimi was treated with appropriate medication after they cleaned and disinfected the wound and the abscess. All should be well and healed very soon.

Afterwards, back home, Jimi needed to take some time to relax and recover from this first stressful event with his new human. I needed time to relax too. No espresso please, I’ll go for some dark chocolate…

Enjoy this beautiful day, my friends, wherever you are. Peace, love and understanding.

Newsflash #30

Control. Yesterday, Mr. Bowie had his medical check-up concerning his ear (and eye) condition after his surgery from 2 months ago. And again, the lab results were very good, no signs of those stubborn bacteria. There is no reason to look so angry or sad, Mr. Bowie. We’re going to reduce the antibiotic medication even further. Let’s hope we can give up the medication soon…

Afterwards, Mr. Bowie took the rest of the day off. I’m so happy right now.

Enjoy this beautiful day, my friends, wherever you are. Peace, love and understanding.


I’m Okay

Receiving a wrong diagnosis can be devastating. If the diagnosis is wrong, the treatment will be wrong. But taking the time to get a second opinion – or in Mr. Bowie’s case a third opinion – about the diagnosis you have and a careful evaluation of what treatments there are can be a relief.
Today, I took Mr. Bowie back to Natalie, an experienced cat dermatologist. She performed some medical tests for Mr. Bowie’s comprehensive medical check-up concerning his ear problem. Replacing Mr. Bowie’s food 3 months ago with a hypoallergenic food seems to have solved the problem. At last, after a long 2 years of receiving a wrong diagnosis, time after time…

Meanwhile, Mr. Bowie is outside enjoying the sunshine and recovering from the car ride.



Update: WordPress says: “Congratulations on writing 1.337 total posts on Hands on Bowie.” Huh…??


About Monday

Allergic Dermatitis? Oh boy, I’m so tired… The route to be followed in order to find the correct diagnosis often takes a long time. This is for both the cat owner and the veterinarian sometimes very annoying.


Today, I took Mr. Bowie to Natalie, an experienced cat dermatologist.  She performed some additional medical tests. Mr. Bowie may be allergic to either food or environmental factors like dust, pollen or mold. Food intolerance is not uncommon in cats. Natalie recommended to gradually replace Mr. Bowie’s food with a new hypoallergenic food for the next 8 weeks.

And to be sure, two samples of ear wax were sent to the lab to exclude fungus, parasites and infections. We’ll have the results back in three weeks time.


Don’t worry, Mr. Bowie. I’ll stand by you. And you got a lot of wonderful devoted followers and fans.

About Today

Another day at the hospital. Mr. Bowie’s ear surgery went well today. The surgeons were looking for an aural polyp but instead they found another chunk of dirt pushing against the eardrum. It took a while but the chunk was successfully removed and a sample is sent to the laboratory for analysis. They also examined Mr. Bowie’s throat and nose but no problems were found.

For the moment, Mr. Bowie is a bit confused and disoriented but I’ll take good care of him.

I want to thank all of you for your comments, support and tuning in on HoB. I also want to thank Renate and the medical staff at Venhei Veterinary Hospital for their care and support.

Mr. Bowie, a bit confused and disoriented.

Mr. Bowie, a bit confused and disoriented.

A Day at the Hospital

Can you (h)ear me? Today I had an appointment with Renate, a really brilliant veterinarian at Venhei, a Veterinary Hospital. Mr. Bowie needed an ear examination to identify the cause of the recurring inflammations.

Mr. Bowie in the waiting room.

Mr. Bowie in the waiting room.


Renate removed a lot of foreign materials such as dirt and other tiny things. The planned exploratory surgery wasn’t necessary.

A mixture of dirt.

A mixture of dirt.


The examination went well and we got home around noon. Mr. Bowie’s ear problem should be solved.

Oh no! She's coming back...

Oh no! She’s coming back…


Can we go home now?

Can we go home now?

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