Renn continues to feel the effects of his surgery, which was a week ago last Thursday. He is suffering tremendous shedding. His hair is coming out by the handful. This is accompanied by dreadful dandruff, the worst I’ve seen in any man or beast. Some of the flakes are a quarter inch across, and there are thousands of them. He is not enduring any itchiness or anything that he can feel, so far as I can determine. The picture below is not a good one but the light-hued bits are dandruff.
These fur and skin problems may not be related to the surgery. I have found no documentary evidence of a correlation between the new pain-killer that he was given and fur-loss or dry skin. However, these issues began a couple of days after his surgery; coincidence suggests cause-and-effect.
I have started giving my big boy salmon oil, on the same schedule as Tucker (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays). I don’t think it would be bad for him in any case, but in this instance, it may help. I spoke with the hospital and instructed them to annotate my records, prohibiting the use of the sustained-release buprenorphine in any of my cats. I also told them not to use any new drug, medication or procedure on them without consulting me first. Though I did not mention it, I will use only our usual doctor at the hospital, so far as I am able; she knows my cats better than the others, and she knows I know them best of all.