To purchase intranasal vaccines to address chronic snotty noses, and FortiFlora to promote digestive health in sensitive stomachs (diarrhea issues).
This grant allowed us to vaccinate all our felines at once to more effectively address chronic sinus/nasal issues and to improve the digestive health of the cats in our care.
Widget (first photo) had chronic rhinitis that would clear up some with antibiotics, but as soon as you stopped the antibiotics, his snotty nose would return. He was miserable not being able to breathe well through his nose. It affected his personality and his personal grooming habits, not to mention his weight (he couldn’t smell food) and his activity level. Now he’s a play machine! He’s putting on weight and his coat looks great!
Moxy (second photo) came to us with weight and hair-pulling issues that had caused her to be transferred from shelters twice prior to coming to HHFS. Every vet who examined her deemed her to be at death’s door because of her low weight and her constant hair pulling on her lower back, which made her mostly bald on her back end. After the nasal vaccines and the addition of FortiFlora, she is now able to eat dry food as well as wet, has put on three pounds. and is still gaining, and has stopped pulling her hair out!
Rhu (third photo) has had chronic diarrhea off and on for the last three years, despite various treatments, including medications, supplements, minimal-ingredient diets, etc. He would sit down, and when he got up to leave, there would be a little puddle of poo. He had to have baths daily, sometimes multiple times a day, and his tail always had to be shaved. He was also always a little underweight. He is now in great shape, and has had NO EPISODES of diarrhea in the almost three months since we began with the FortiFlora.
Cairo (fourth photo) was born shortly after his mother arrived here. His sister has always been a strong, bustling girl, but Cairo seemed to struggle with a weaker immune system. He suffered from various skin conditions and a very sensitive tummy. Exposed to even the slightest sniffle, he would catch it. Since using the vaccinations and the FortiFlora on a regular basis, he is a normal, happy kitten (though he is still short on hair on his nose)! While still smaller than his sister, he now has no trouble keeping up with the “big kids”!