A Julie update.
The vet called the next day to check on her, which was good of them. Bob talked to the vet about the pill-based antibiotic and the vet said the liquid one is both harder to manage (has to be refrigerated etc) and also costs $20 more. At this point Julie is gulping down the pill without much fuss so it’s probably just as well we went the pill route. We don’t even coat them in butter any more.
While she was on the Kitty-morphine she had pretty much zero appetite. She barely ate anything. She barely moved. Just a few hours after the kitty-morphine wore off, she was alert and hungry. So she’s back to eating and drinking at a normal rate, which is great. She doesn’t seem to be in any pain at all.
It’s a huge help to our schedules to have her now just on the twice-a-day antibiotics. I actually slept a full sleep cycle for the first time in nearly a week last night. So I’m no longer a zombie. We’re all happy she’s feeling better :).
We will of course keep the antibiotics going until they are fully done, to ensure she stays healed. And we’ll leave her on the Science Diet 11+ going forward, along with her wet food. She mostly prefers the wet food but occasionally takes a nibble on the Science Diet.
Thank you to everyone for the warm wishes along the way! I’m very glad it all seems to have resolved. Let me know if you have any questions. Hopefully my notes can help others who might face this issue in the future.