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Title: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Kathy on January 18, 2011, 10:33:49 am
Pets, although important family members, aren't people, and problems relating to them, although sometimes heart-breaking, can seem trivial in comparison to the tribulations faced by hoomin beans. So I thought a pet-specific "Bad News" thread might be appropriate.

Anyway, Wellesley the ferret is in a bad way. He's always been fat and cheerful, but late last year he developed a peculiarly distended belly, and was diagnosed with adrenal disease. The vet began hormonal treatment, and we hoped all would be well. Then he got flu over Christmas (he caught it from Kitty, who was severely ill and also lost an eye in a fight with a cat), and then he began to waste away and not eat. We're pretty sure he has insulinoma - an insulin-secreting tumour on the pancreas - which can't be surgically treated given his age and condition. We're currently having to force-feed him every couple of hours, and we're due to pick up some pills to alleviate his symptoms later today. But he can't be cured, and he's going to need constant supervision even if he does start eating of his own accord. 
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: matthew on January 18, 2011, 12:55:19 pm
Sorry to hear that Kathy,

it sounds like your mustelids are going through the wars at the moment though Kitty may have started her own battle.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Kathy on January 21, 2011, 10:50:47 am
Pets are quite binary, aren't they? Wellesley spent most of Monday semi-conscious and on a drip, and looking so emaciated as to be skeletal. We were having to syringe food in to his mouth. Today, his body weight is 20% greater, and he's cheerfully troughing down about 3 x the RDA of hi-calorie recovery food each day.  ::-) :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: matthew on January 21, 2011, 11:32:11 am
Yes, I know that feeling.

Step one, elderly cat looking sorry for itself, not eating/drinking loosing weight.
Step two, put unusually docile cat in basket and take to vet.
Step three, vet diagnoses raised temp but no obvious cause. Administers antibiotics and steroid injection.
Step four, take cat home, open basket and watch cat disappear outside.
Step five watch cat return to garden with wild rabbit hanging from mouth.

Rinse and repeat on a 12 month basis.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: redshift on January 21, 2011, 06:30:28 pm
Aye.

Tuesday: Charlie (8 months old) looking a bit quiet
Wednesday night: Charlie looking very sorry for himself, bit of a temperature, listless, a bit of pathetic squeaking when picked up. Me thinking "bloody hell, at this rate I'll be at the vet's first thing..."
Thursday 0600:  Looking a bit better, so we decide to leave him be for the day, tucked up in his basket.
Thursday evening: Wolfs dinner, beats Bonnington over the head, then tries to look pathetic again.

The previous time, he went and licked something odd somewhere and came back with his eyes crossed, stoned off his trolleys, resulting in a day's incarceration with an i.v. in his foreleg.  The vet decided he was ok when he became 'too wriggly' to take his temperature any more.


Cats.  ::-)
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: border-rider on January 21, 2011, 06:48:06 pm
Pets are quite binary, aren't they?

They are

Cats especially are very good at appearing quite well when they're really not.  It does mean that when they appear unwell they're usually very unwell.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: longers on February 19, 2011, 01:00:23 am
Mum had a horse put down with "colic" yesterday morning after they'd been up all night with her. Dad did the deed. I've phoned but really want to give them both a massive hug.

I'm not particularly attached to the horse but they were, she was a useful jumper and they did a fair bit of Trec in the seven or eight years they had her. She was 34 and had a good innings with them.

Big hole.

Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Kathy on May 25, 2011, 12:55:32 pm
Well, Wellesley's back at the stage he was in the OP: refusing food. Medication has made no improvement this time, so it looks like he's nearing the end.  :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: barakta on May 25, 2011, 02:26:33 pm
Sorry to hear about Wellesley.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on May 25, 2011, 02:31:05 pm
Oh poor ol' sossige :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on August 03, 2011, 09:06:09 pm
Took kitties to the vet today. Vet tentatively agreed with our suspicions of senility and knackered kidneys in Mojo.
Blood test results tomorrow to confirm  :-\
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Butterfly on August 03, 2011, 09:54:25 pm
Took kitties to the vet today. Vet tentatively agreed with our suspicions of senility and knackered kidneys in Mojo.
Blood test results tomorrow to confirm  :-\

 :( Poor Mojo.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: barakta on August 03, 2011, 11:18:01 pm
Aww poor Mojo.  Sorry to hear this.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: TimO on August 03, 2011, 11:30:56 pm
The forum moggies don't seem to be doing too well at the moment.  Poor Mojo indeed. :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on August 04, 2011, 07:19:43 pm
So, no to liver disease and diabetes. Yes to above normal kidney enzymes. They want a urine sample now. Quite how we're supposed to get that in a 2 cat household, I'm not sure, but I figured it was less cruel than sending a confused kitteh to spend the day at the vets waiting for a pee straight off the bat.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Pingu on August 08, 2011, 05:56:20 pm
Took a tube of cat's wee to the vet's this evening.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on August 09, 2011, 04:06:26 pm
Pee analysis says yes to knackered kidleys, so Mojo will be going on ace inhibitors and new food. Paws crossed that coming off the struvite food doesn't have any adverse effects.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Kathy on August 09, 2011, 04:24:17 pm
Oh dear.  :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: matthew on August 09, 2011, 05:15:03 pm
 :( How will it work for feeding the two cats seperately and ensuring they don't pinch each others grub?
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on August 09, 2011, 07:33:13 pm
They are both eating the struvite food and the vet said it will do Pippin no harm (and may actually be a good thing given her advancing years) to eat the kidley food as well.
Hopefully they eat it as happily as the struvite food, and Mojo doesn't get any crystals. Better do it slowly too or Pippin may get the squits.....!

Ho hum, hopefully get that sorted soon, more urine and bloods in 4 weeks and if that all looks ok we'll start looking at the dementia medication.

Kerching!
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Auntie Helen on August 13, 2011, 10:05:50 am
The vet is coming round after 3pm today to visit Lucy and, we think, to have her put to sleep. Lucy is our 13 year old Weimaraner who was supposed to have died four years ago following a mast cell tumour but it seems like it's finally got her as she was very unwell last night and is not happy this morning.

We've expected it for four years but it's still really sad. :-(

(http://www.hancox.org.uk/lucy1.jpg)

(http://www.hancox.org.uk/shipsdog5.jpg)
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: TimO on August 13, 2011, 10:15:44 am
Oh no. :(

So sorry to hear that Helen, having gone through it recently myself, I know exactly how you feel.  I never met her, but from what you've said, she seems to be a fine dog, and has obviously had a great life, and somewhat longer than was expected.

<Hugs>
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Auntie Helen on August 13, 2011, 11:03:41 am
Just took her out on a short walk and she doesn't seem too bad - but diarroea that is mostly blood and vomiting are not good signs generally. She's sleeping now and I'm trying to decide whether to phone my mum to tell her beforehand.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Auntie Helen on August 13, 2011, 01:39:44 pm
Lucy is no more, we all agreed it was best that she was put down. Very sad.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: barakta on August 13, 2011, 01:50:15 pm
I'm sorry for your loss.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: peliroja on August 13, 2011, 01:54:56 pm
So sorry to hear this, Helen. I really felt like I knew Lucy from all your posts and photos on here. RIP.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Arch on August 13, 2011, 04:22:53 pm
Aw, sorry to hear it. Still, she'll have had a grand life with you.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Peter on August 13, 2011, 09:55:24 pm
That's very sad, Auntie Helen.  I hope you are ok.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Red on August 14, 2011, 11:20:36 am
Jake has been back to the vet today (following the car incident in the rant thread). The vet suspects his hip may be broken, and is doing an x-ray today. Will ring us back later today with the results, but will only give a 50/50 chance at this point for fixing it. I feel sick to my stomach at the idea of losing him.

EDIT: He has a badly dislocated hip. Vet has said he could pop it back in, but it would only come out again, so he's having surgery tomorrow (an arthroplasty), and with any luck we should have him back tomorrow evening. He's keeping him topped up with ketamine so he's not in any pain, poor little bugger. He should pull through and be just fine, though (albeit with a limp).

EDIT: He came through surgery just fine, and we get to pick up up this evening!
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: TimO on August 16, 2011, 04:26:30 pm
EDIT: He came through surgery just fine, and we get to pick up up this evening!

Yay! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Valiant on August 17, 2011, 05:26:25 am
I'm sorry to hear about Lucy Helen :( x
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on September 11, 2011, 07:37:57 pm
RIP Chorlton. Someone brought his body to my brothers' door after an altercation with a car. Poor little soft ginger daft sausage.  :'(

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3512/3893661811_9f56f9808f_z.jpg?zz=1) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/the_pingus/3893661811/)
chorlton01 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/the_pingus/3893661811/) by The Pingus (http://www.flickr.com/people/the_pingus/), on Flickr
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: border-rider on September 11, 2011, 07:47:46 pm
Oh No !

he looks just like our Tambert.  he's daft as a brush too
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: barakta on September 11, 2011, 08:40:03 pm
Ohno poor Chorlton he looks a lot like my mum's now died of old age silly cat Brian!

Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on September 20, 2011, 10:23:23 pm
Oh fuck. Pippin's been looking sorry for herself all night and has just deposited what I think is a load of bloody liquid poo in the pit.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Pingu on September 21, 2011, 12:25:45 pm
Pippin went to the vet this morning &, after a lot of prodding, poking & squeezing of her abdomen, it has been decided to treat her for gastroenteritus in the first instance. She got 4 injections, a packet of magic powder and a lot of petting (and a kiss  ::-) ) & compliments from the rather gushy vet. She goes back on Friday for a follow-up exam.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: border-rider on September 21, 2011, 04:14:23 pm
Old bad news, with happy outcome

On Friday we were just heading out of the door to drive to Manchester to collect my mother, and then on to North Wales for a wedding, when Tam came in with his eye all closed up and swollen. A quick trip to the vet resulted in a diagnosis of him having scraped pretty-much the whole surface of the cornea on a stone or somesuch, and needing 2 types of eyedrops every 6 hours.

Bugger.  Couldn't miss the wedding, but the vet managed to find a cattery near us who could take him at zero notice and were happy to do the medicines, so off he went for his first ever weekend alone (his sister stayed home)

Fast-forward to Monday and he was all mended, if a bit sad.

He's still on the drops, but he's such a pliant and amiable animal that he doesn't seem to mind; even the cattery woman said he was particularly gentle and soft :)

Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: rogerzilla on September 21, 2011, 04:54:42 pm
Pippin went to the vet this morning &, after a lot of prodding, poking & squeezing of her abdomen, it has been decided to treat her for gastroenteritus in the first instance. She got 4 injections, a packet of magic powder and a lot of petting (and a kiss  ::-) ) & compliments from the rather gushy vet. She goes back on Friday for a follow-up exam.
One of my parents' dogs had it and shat blood all over the driveway  :sick:

With emergency treatment, he made a full recovery and lived another 10 years.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on September 22, 2011, 09:39:54 pm
Well, she's looking a lot better but we don't think she's eaten yet, and she's dropped from 4.0kg to 3.4kg.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on September 23, 2011, 08:32:59 pm
Can we have fingers crossed for Pippin now please?
Vet could feel a 'mass' tonight. White blood cell counts are all over the place. Could be bacterial (and the lump is a lymph node), but also could be more sinister. She's still not eating much so she got more jabs and special convalescent food to help if it's bacterial.
She has the weekend to get better or the vet thinks we should investigate the mass further.

OTOH Mojo is off his food and has been hiding in the wardrobe all day, so I'm hoping it's all bacterial.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: border-rider on September 23, 2011, 08:41:57 pm
20 fingers & 8 paws crossed here for little Pippin. 
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on November 19, 2011, 01:56:44 pm
Took Pippin to the vet last night to get her the Good Drugs for her arthritis, only to find her blood glucose was sky high. So yet another urine test to confirm, but she may have diabetes to contend with too :(. Here's hoping not though.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on February 18, 2012, 06:14:26 pm
RIP Chorlton. Someone brought his body to my brothers' door after an altercation with a car. Poor little soft ginger daft sausage.  :'(

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3512/3893661811_9f56f9808f_z.jpg?zz=1) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/the_pingus/3893661811/)
chorlton01 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/the_pingus/3893661811/) by The Pingus (http://www.flickr.com/people/the_pingus/), on Flickr

And now his replacement, Boris  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/68163197@N02/6255517114/) has gone the same way, poor bruv's not having much luck... ;(

Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: barakta on February 18, 2012, 06:46:47 pm
Mrspingu: Ohno!  That's so sad.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: TimO on February 18, 2012, 09:04:01 pm
That is rather rotten. :(

Over the years my parents cats, my siblings cats, and my cats, all seem to have been remarkably lucky.  The only incident I can think of, was with the cat my parents had when I was young, Tiger, a big ginger tom.  At some point he was probably hit by a car, my Mother thought it was likely he was hit on Calthorpe Road (for those who know Exeter).  He dragged himself home with a broken rear leg, and had to be taken to the vets asap.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on February 18, 2012, 09:11:05 pm
It is rather unfortunate. He's lived there ~10 yrs and had no problems until September :(. I suspect if he can bear to get any more kittehs they will be house cats. He did think about it with Boris but I think he felt a bit cruel being as Jock was able to come & go.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: SandyV on May 10, 2012, 05:26:38 am
Went to feed Misty Greyhound last night and she had quietly died.  She was 14 (which is very old for a greyhound) and had been ailing for some time.  We were working up to making the hard decision and she saved us that.  RIP Misty.

ETA The other two dogs have been very clingy all day.  Last night, Blue, the other greyhound, started howling for no apparent reason ( he was on the other verandah to Misty and so couldn't have seen her ).  I wonder if that was the time she died.

A few pictures of Misty from Christmas.

(http://i787.photobucket.com/albums/yy155/sandyvigar/DSC_0051.jpg)


(http://i787.photobucket.com/albums/yy155/sandyvigar/DSC_0082.jpg)

(http://i787.photobucket.com/albums/yy155/sandyvigar/DSC_0084.jpg)
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: barakta on May 10, 2012, 09:53:38 am
Sorry for your loss SandyV, I guess like you say it saved you a decision but is still very sad.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: why1040 on May 10, 2012, 10:07:25 am
Very sorry for your loss, though it sounds like at least she went peacefully.  Always so sad to lose a furry member of the family!

Hugs!
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: SandyV on May 10, 2012, 10:30:27 am
Very sorry for your loss, though it sounds like at least she went peacefully.  Always so sad to lose a furry member of the family!

Hugs!

Yes I think it was peaceful.  She was such a lovely, affectionate dog.  It just seems wrong that she's not around ( although given the obvious struggle she was having walking I suppose it is for the best)
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: clarion on May 10, 2012, 11:25:45 am
Awww.  Goodbye Misty.  Sounds like time for the end of a happy life.

Good you still have Blue (one of our greyhounds was called Blue, as it happens)
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on May 10, 2012, 02:38:58 pm
Sorry to hear that SandyV :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Auntie Helen on September 24, 2012, 09:12:12 pm
Poppy's bestest friend Rose the Fox Terrier is in the vets at Newmarket (too complex a problem for the vets here near Colchester) to have investigations of a delicate lady-like nature. Apparently they think she has bits of ovary left (she was spayed a year and a half ago) and these may be infected or something. Sounds like she'll have another general tomorrow and be opened up. Her owners are v worried, as are we, as Rose is one of the nicest doggies you'll ever meet.

Here she is playing with Poppy

(http://i738.photobucket.com/albums/xx30/Auntie_Helen/Poppy/th_PoppyandRosetugofwar.jpg) (http://s738.photobucket.com/albums/xx30/Auntie_Helen/Poppy/?action=view&current=PoppyandRosetugofwar.mp4)
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Auntie Helen on September 26, 2012, 06:54:59 pm
Well Rose has had her operation where apparently they removed an ovary and some 'legions' (I think that's a predictive text special from my friend). Rose had previously been spayed - do they remove ovaries with that? Anyway, hopefully she is now sorted but I haven't spoken to my friend to find out, just had a couple of texts.

Here is Rose attempting to get Eurosport

(http://i738.photobucket.com/albums/xx30/Auntie_Helen/General%20pictures/0FE9D9AB-6294-48C1-972F-411C1C5F7363-4707-0000062473A1332C.jpg)
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: rogerzilla on September 26, 2012, 07:46:13 pm
That is rather rotten. :(

Over the years my parents cats, my siblings cats, and my cats, all seem to have been remarkably lucky.  The only incident I can think of, was with the cat my parents had when I was young, Tiger, a big ginger tom.  At some point he was probably hit by a car, my Mother thought it was likely he was hit on Calthorpe Road (for those who know Exeter).  He dragged himself home with a broken rear leg, and had to be taken to the vets asap.
Sassy was hit when she was about 1 year old and her pelvis was shattered.  A small animal bone specialist rebuilt her and Petplan got stung for about £750.  At 15 years old she is still going strong (a bit too strong TBH; she's a shocking hunter).
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: CrinklyUncle on September 27, 2012, 01:18:52 pm
Our cat Ebony has been put to sleep this morning at the vets due failing kidneys :(

She was fine, then on Monday we noticed she was eating/drinking a lot less than usual, we took her to the vets yesterday morning and blood was taken. The results where bad and the vet recommend she was put to sleep.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7157/6691735561_8b196e98e2.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/74277693@N03/6691735561/)
Ebony (http://www.flickr.com/photos/74277693@N03/6691735561/) by CrinkyUncle (http://www.flickr.com/people/74277693@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on September 27, 2012, 01:29:02 pm
sorry to hear that, CA and CU   :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Riggers on September 27, 2012, 01:36:56 pm
Poor old puss. She doesn't look that old mind.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: CrinklyUncle on September 27, 2012, 01:50:15 pm
Poor old puss. She doesn't look that old mind.

She wasn't, the picture was taken about two years ago. Today she was about 9.5 years old, which the vet said was young to get kidney failure. (Not sure on her exact age as she was a cat’s protection rescue cat I got about 3.5 years ago)
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Pingu on September 27, 2012, 03:45:50 pm
Condolences CU.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Kathy on January 23, 2013, 01:45:30 pm
Thorn the ferret broke a tooth a month or so ago. It's not damaged the nerve, so he's fine, but it's got a razor-sharp edge and he's been slicing the other ferrets open when they've been playing.  :facepalm:

Last week I took Eth to the vet with (what I thought was) a nasty non-healing bite on his leg. The vet said "hm", and asked permission to run some tests. The results came back today: it's probably cancer.

The weird thing is that, although he's not insured (I've never found a cost-effective pet insurer who covers ferrets) and we don't know the survival odds yet, the bit that upsets me most is I'm going to have to drive him to the vet's surgery on Friday and break my 100% cycle-commuting record for the year-to-date. Am I selfish and wrong? ???
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Peter on January 23, 2013, 03:42:40 pm
Kathy, it depends how much you love your ferret.  Your cycling record is only 23 days, after all and Friday might be the day you were due to fall off anyway!

Sorry about Eth, by the way; that's sad.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Kathy on January 23, 2013, 04:24:40 pm
Well, the vet is going to operate on Friday, and has estimated costs of about £250, which isn't bad (Emmie the cat cost nearly £1k to have a cancerous growth removed from her nose). Fingers crossed for him. And maybe it'll do me good to have a rest from the bike. ;)
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: barakta on January 23, 2013, 05:08:34 pm
I hope Eth's operation on Friday goes OK.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on January 23, 2013, 05:20:43 pm
Aw, poor fert.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: ferret on January 23, 2013, 05:54:44 pm
in 45 minutes I have an appointment at the vets, my favourite shar pei, Pasha AKA The Breeze Block on Legs, has been diagnosed with acute kidney failure, she's at the vets on a drip now. It's caused by something called Amyloidosis which can be age related in most dogs but shar peis can get it early in life and there's nothing that can be done,  :'(

Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Kathy on January 23, 2013, 06:59:58 pm
in 45 minutes I have an appointment at the vets, my favourite shar pei, Pasha AKA The Breeze Block on Legs, has been diagnosed with acute kidney failure, she's at the vets on a drip now. It's caused by something called Amyloidosis which can be age related in most dogs but shar peis can get it early in life and there's nothing that can be done,  :'(

Sorry to hear that.  :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: ferret on January 23, 2013, 09:10:15 pm
so after a very long chat with 2 vets it was decided that their diagnoses was the most likely cause of the kidney failure, unfortunately there is no way of testing for the condition (well there is, but it means taking a sample of the kidneys which carries it's own risks and obviously needs to be done by a specialist, or post mortem, even if they find anything there's very little to be done) so we said our goodbyes and the deed was done, the picture below was taken on Thursday 17th so a week tomorrow, Pasha is the dark one at the front the 2 to the right are Chino and Manuka her daughters
(http://i587.photobucket.com/albums/ss319/MB1_63/animals/th_TheGirls_zps6bd7baee.jpg) (http://s587.beta.photobucket.com/user/MB1_63/media/animals/TheGirls_zps6bd7baee.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Wombat on January 24, 2013, 08:23:48 am
Its damn tough, but you know you did the right thing.  Nothing I can say will make it any better, though.  Virtual hugs.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Kathy on January 25, 2013, 09:18:54 am
Well, the vet is going to operate on Friday, and has estimated costs of about £250, which isn't bad (Emmie the cat cost nearly £1k to have a cancerous growth removed from her nose). Fingers crossed for him. And maybe it'll do me good to have a rest from the bike. ;)

Eth is currently at the vet, being prepped for surgery. The good news is that the operating vet has said she thinks she should be able to remove the entire thing in one go with good margins and no need for a biopsy* first. :thumbsup:

*Which would have involved a preliminary operation before removing the tumour at a later date, with all the risks (and costs) of an additional anaesthetic.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on July 07, 2014, 08:13:28 pm
Pippin has had a runny bum for the past couple of weeks. Vet said today there was elevated pancreatic stuff so she appears to have pancreatitis (to add to the diabetes). Still waiting on the turd analysis coming back. Poor lil kitteh :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on July 08, 2014, 06:57:09 am
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-R6Pu6dmv_Oc/Uvd0O4E9peI/AAAAAAAAAHA/kWZrD_dl0YY/s640/2014-02-02%252010.42.10.jpg)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-RdsO0vhzbqM/Uvd0TGFP1XI/AAAAAAAAAHI/tAqH-crEQ_E/s640/2014-02-02%252010.42.19.jpg)

The Cubs' Auntie NOTP's new puppy.... an absolute little sweetheart.  SmallestCub is in lurrrrve.

There's a huge puppy-shape hole at Granny Annie's gaff since last week and it is going to be very odd next time we visit for him to not be there :( 
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: hellymedic on July 08, 2014, 05:06:03 pm
 :( :( :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on July 09, 2014, 09:26:07 pm
Pippin has had a runny bum for the past couple of weeks. Vet said today there was elevated pancreatic stuff so she appears to have pancreatitis (to add to the diabetes). Still waiting on the turd analysis coming back. Poor lil kitteh :(

And the (huge) antibiotics she was given while we wait to get the poo results back seem to be making her puke them back up so far  :-\
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: peliroja on July 09, 2014, 09:47:22 pm
Oh no, Crinkles. What happened to the wee pup?  :'(

Sorry to hear about Pippin's troubles, Mrs P. I hope things improve soon.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on July 09, 2014, 10:59:40 pm
One of the Auntie(notOTP)'s dog-walking friends has a theory that dogs eventually end up with the home they are meant to be in.  Foss was incredibly unlucky, in some respects.  But very lucky indeed, in others. 

After assorted digestive troubles, including a nasty bug and then the discovery of some massive food intolerances he seemed to be doing well, and was a spectacularly happy and lovely chap.  But then, despite being from a really good breeder of working dogs and part of a litter from two impeccably hip-scored dogs he developed hip problems that were diagnosed after x-rays as severe hip displasia in his left hip.  The plan was to control his pain until surgery to stabilise the joint was possible once he stopped growing, but it deteriorated very rapidly and he was in a lot of pain so, in consultation with the vet, m'sis moved the surgery forward.  However the pre-op x-rays under general revealed that the problem was worse than they had thought and the catastrophic news that the other hip was also buggered.  All plans went on hold and an urgent referral to an orthopaedic specialist followed.  They said only possible intervention which might help was a complete hip replacement on the left, which our sister had always said she wasn't comfortable with as the op and recovery and subsequent care needed seemed like a pretty dreadful thing to put a young dog through.  This would then need to be followed by another complete hip replacement on the other side 12 weeks later - not a pleasant prospect for him.  Meanwhile the hound was maxed out on puppy painkillers and still in constant debilitating pain to the extent that he was crying and not eating.  Our sister made the (I think admirable) choice between his pain and hers, so last week Foss had his last, rather slow, walk round to the vets and was very calmly and peacefully put down.

So I think he got the right home, with the owner that was able to make the right decision.

It's a bit shit though.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Ruth on July 09, 2014, 11:05:15 pm
Sounds like the right decision, made for the right reasons.

Sad business though.
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Post by: Gattopardo on July 09, 2014, 11:08:04 pm
So sorry to hear, he had a good life and IMO the best decision made.
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Post by: Wowbagger on July 09, 2014, 11:09:18 pm
That's sad, Crinkles.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Dibdib on July 09, 2014, 11:15:57 pm
Jess (oblig. gratuitous photos (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=144.msg1622473#msg1622473)) has been off her food the last few days, and has spent nearly all her time curled up behind the sofa. Not like her at all.

Thankfully she's booked in at the vets on Friday morning anyway (to get snipped) so hopefully if there's anything wrong they'll pick it up. It's just such a change of character, it's got me worried :/
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Dibdib on July 10, 2014, 09:18:08 am
Jess (oblig. gratuitous photos (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=144.msg1622473#msg1622473)) has been off her food the last few days, and has spent nearly all her time curled up behind the sofa. Not like her at all.

Thankfully she's booked in at the vets on Friday morning anyway (to get snipped) so hopefully if there's anything wrong they'll pick it up. It's just such a change of character, it's got me worried :/

Well after another night of hiding and not eating anything, I phoned the vets this morning and booked her in for a consultation this afternoon. I managed to coax her out this morning and she licked some of the gravy off her food, but then scampered back into her hiding place. I have no idea what's wrong with her but it's starting to really worry me now.  :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: peliroja on July 10, 2014, 01:16:03 pm
So sorry to hear about Foss, CL. What a painfully sad decision for your sister to have to make. But it sounds like the right one.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Jaded on July 10, 2014, 02:23:36 pm
Hope the news is good at the vets, Dibdib.


Sorry about your sad news, CL
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Dibdib on July 10, 2014, 05:06:55 pm
Hope the news is good at the vets, Dibdib.

Not a lot of news, yet - it's not a temperature and there's nothing obviously swollen/painful, but as well as the behaviour changes she's lost a lot of weight and is pretty dehydrated. So the vet has put her on IV fluids for the rest of the afternoon/evening to get her rehydrated, and hopefully that'll perk her up a bit.

He's also taken some blood samples to send to the lab, so hopefully tomorrow we'll know what the problem is...  :-\
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: peliroja on July 10, 2014, 05:37:10 pm
Poor wee Jess. I hope she perks up soon. She's in the right place. All the best, Dibdib.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on July 10, 2014, 06:07:01 pm
Poor Foss :(

Hope Jess is better soon.

Pippin barfed up again and did an even weirder poo than the recent ones last night and refused to eat this morning. Am still waiting for the vet to call me back after leaving a message this morning >:( . She's managed a teeny bit of convalescent food just now but not enough.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Clare on July 10, 2014, 06:34:56 pm
Oh poor Foss, that is very sad.

Sending best wishes for Pippin and Jess.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on July 10, 2014, 06:58:09 pm
Vet's just said there was nothing found in the poo sample so she's going to spend the day at the vet tomorrow to be treated for pancreatitis which as far as I can work out means pumping her full of fluids.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Dibdib on July 11, 2014, 05:54:22 pm
Another day, more untouched food in the bin.

I've spoken to the vet and yesterday's blood tests have come back inconclusive; so we can rule out things like feline leukemia, liver problems, and a few other things. Our main worry at the moment is dehydration - I've popped in to pick up a couple of syringes and some hydration powder, which I'll spend the rest of the evening hand-feeding her. Then she's going back to the vets tomorrow for an antibiotic injection, a blood glucose test and another day on the IV fluids.

Hopefully this will sort it, or at least indicate what the problem is. The next step is some expensive x-rays/ultrasounds, and with no diagnosis yet that's getting worryingly close to "stuff wot I can't afford".
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: peliroja on July 11, 2014, 06:11:36 pm
Sorry to hear that, Dibdib. I hope the rehydration approach works. I take it she is not insured?
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Dibdib on July 11, 2014, 06:17:56 pm
Sorry to hear that, Dibdib. I hope the rehydration approach works. I take it she is not insured?

Yup, she's a rescue cat and it didn't make sense. :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on July 11, 2014, 06:51:47 pm
Hope Jess is sorted soon Dibdib.

Pippin has spent the day at the vets getting fluids, her blood glucose went from 15 to 8 at either end of the day (with more food and no insulin, which is a bit arse about face if you ask me) and steadfastly refusing to provide a urine sample. She's staying in overnight to get more fluids and hopefully home tomorrow some time.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Dibdib on July 17, 2014, 12:09:14 am
Goodbye Jess, you adorable, stupid, bonkers three-legged ball of fluff. :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Deano on July 17, 2014, 12:17:14 am
Sorry to hear that, dibdib :(

Take care.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on July 17, 2014, 12:19:20 am
Sorry that it's sad news, dibdib. 
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Post by: Dibdib on July 17, 2014, 12:24:09 am
Thanks both.
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Post by: andrewc on July 17, 2014, 01:43:10 am
Sorry to hear that Chris  :'(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Ruth on July 17, 2014, 07:35:51 am
Oh that's sad  :(

Sorry for you Dibdib.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Jaded on July 17, 2014, 09:20:08 am
Yes, very sad. Sorry to hear that  :'(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: marcusjb on July 17, 2014, 09:23:39 am
I am really sorry to hear that dibdib - really sad.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Pingu on July 17, 2014, 09:35:14 am
Poor Jess. Commiserations dibdib.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on July 17, 2014, 06:42:56 pm
Sorry to hear that dibdib :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: peliroja on July 17, 2014, 08:53:20 pm
So very sorry.  :'(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: barakta on July 17, 2014, 10:44:27 pm
Oh dibdib I am sorry to hear this. That's horrid.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: mcshroom on July 17, 2014, 10:52:04 pm
:( Best wishes Dibdib
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: madcow on July 22, 2014, 11:21:29 pm
Can I join the club,Dibdib?
I am away from home and was told tonight that Tiger Sam , the cat that has been in our house for nearly 16 years died this evening. In fact he's been in 3 different houses all told but our current house is his longest .
He passed away in his favourite spot, a nest he had made under the huge clematis that grows up our boundary fence. It's  dry and he could  get into the house by the back door,which we left open for him.
He was also a rescue cat, the last of a litter of farm cats that would have been shot/drowned/run over had he not been rescued.
 For the last year he was on thyroid tablets and was getting a bit troublesome in the wee department but we all still loved him. Last night and this morning before I left it was obvious he was not right. He couldn't settle and was sleeping in a very odd but  secluded spot in my office. Mrs M was undecided about calling the vet as he seemed O.K otherwise.
I think the heat and humidity were  causing him problems as well.
 This evening he even refused butter, which was most unusual so he probably would have seen a vet tomorrow.
Anyway when the end came there was only my son to see him go, which is odd because Rich was the only one who missed what was happening to our last cat which was unfortunately put to sleep by the vet before he  had chance to say goodbye.


 Rich was in floods of tears then as a 4 year old but this time round he's a bit more relaxed.
 We shall bury Tiger somewhere in the garden. We will miss him.

Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Kathy on July 22, 2014, 11:30:52 pm
Sorry to hear the bad news, Dibdib and Madcow. :(


Pippin has spent the day at the vets getting fluids, her blood glucose went from 15 to 8 at either end of the day (with more food and no insulin, which is a bit arse about face if you ask me) and steadfastly refusing to provide a urine sample. She's staying in overnight to get more fluids and hopefully home tomorrow some time.

Insulinoma? Over-active tumour on the pancreas that produces excessive amounts of insulin at the slightest provocation. They're common in ferrets, and when we were trying to stabilise Wellesley we would feed him a syringe full of glucose before the normal food to mop up the excess insulin. A combination of steroids and sub-cutaneous testosterone kept him going happily for another many months.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Pingu on July 23, 2014, 05:48:35 pm
Sympathies, Madcow.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on July 23, 2014, 05:56:54 pm
Sorry to hear the bad news, Dibdib and Madcow. :(


Pippin has spent the day at the vets getting fluids, her blood glucose went from 15 to 8 at either end of the day (with more food and no insulin, which is a bit arse about face if you ask me) and steadfastly refusing to provide a urine sample. She's staying in overnight to get more fluids and hopefully home tomorrow some time.

Insulinoma? Over-active tumour on the pancreas that produces excessive amounts of insulin at the slightest provocation. They're common in ferrets, and when we were trying to stabilise Wellesley we would feed him a syringe full of glucose before the normal food to mop up the excess insulin. A combination of steroids and sub-cutaneous testosterone kept him going happily for another many months.

The vet did posit the idea of a pancreatic tumour, but how do you tell in a diabetic cat? Especially one that has the shits constantly and therefore obviously isn't absorbing properly.
Anyway, since I last posted the runny poos haven't cleared up and the vet said last Thursday that he suspected gastrointestinal lymphoma. She's had no insulin for 2 weeks now and had stopped eating when we last went. Last chance saloon was to try steroids, normally contraindicated in diabetic cats but as her BG was normal he gave her a short acting one for a whirl, borrowed time really before she starves.
Appetite came back with a vengeance (can't remember when I last saw her eat so much food), though it has tapered off now, and she seemed to go blind for a couple of days which I'm guessing may have been blood pressure related.
She goes back on Friday for a BG check and we'll see what the vet says then.
We're going on holidays in 3 weeks and I'll never forgive myself if she were to need to be put to sleep with strangers

Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on July 23, 2014, 05:57:29 pm
Sorry to hear about Tiger, mad cow.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: hellymedic on July 23, 2014, 07:13:45 pm
Hope Jess is sorted soon Dibdib.

Pippin has spent the day at the vets getting fluids, her blood glucose went from 15 to 8 at either end of the day (with more food and no insulin, which is a bit arse about face if you ask me) and steadfastly refusing to provide a urine sample. She's staying in overnight to get more fluids and hopefully home tomorrow some time.

It's a long time since I treated diabetes in humans but ISTR the blood sugar would come down without insulin when patients were rehydrated. We gave them insulin as well, of course but rehydration was the major plank of much diabetic crisis management.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Ruth on July 23, 2014, 09:05:04 pm
We now combine insulin with rehydration.  Dehydration being an effect of the massive diuresis associated with diabetic ketoacidosis.  I'm thinking of the management of critical DKA, mind, is that the same thing you have in mind DrHelly?
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: hellymedic on July 23, 2014, 11:33:08 pm
DKA & HONK (Hyperosmolar, non-ketotic) states.
Both were given insulin but rehydration itself has remarkable effects.

Lots of saline,s watch the potassium, a little insulin WATCH THE POTASSIUM lots of saline watch the potassium check urine output... sort of thing. Rinse, repeat, keep an eye on the sugar and other electrloytes, check the blood gases but WATCH THE POTASSIUM!
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on July 24, 2014, 05:12:06 pm
Stat.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: hellymedic on July 24, 2014, 05:20:07 pm
You had my stream of semi-consciousness there; the sleep-deprived witterings of a junior doc on auto-pilot...
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on July 25, 2014, 03:47:05 pm
Nearly 2 weeks with no insulin and her BG was 18 which he didn't seem to think was that high because he only said to give her insulin if she started hoovering food. She's not getting any more steroids unless she stops eating again and she is pretty much blind. Plod on for now.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Pingu on August 11, 2014, 01:34:49 pm
I've just made the appointment for Pippin's last trip to the vet  :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: peliroja on August 11, 2014, 01:48:03 pm
I'm so sorry, Pingus. I can tell how much you both love that little cat. Thinking of you.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Basil on August 11, 2014, 01:56:46 pm
Sorry to hear this.  Difficult, isn't it?  But you know that it's the best for poor Pippin.
Be brave.  But don't think that you are not allowed to cry in the vet's.  We went in with poor old Pearl and the vet was very caring and understanding.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Baggy on August 11, 2014, 08:04:49 pm
Sorry to hear this, Pingu :-[ Have enjoyed the chronicles of Pippin and Mojo since C+ days, and know how loved she is.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Clare on August 11, 2014, 08:31:21 pm
I'm sorry to hear this Pingus, I hope Pippins final trip is as swift and painless as is possible.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: barakta on August 11, 2014, 09:23:19 pm
Sorry to hear about Pippin's vet trip Pingus, thinking of you all.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Jaded on August 12, 2014, 04:48:35 am
A good innings is scant recompense for such a loss.  :'(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: marcusjb on August 12, 2014, 07:44:26 am
I am so sorry to hear this and I will be thinking of you.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Kathy on August 12, 2014, 08:28:28 am
 :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Pingu on August 12, 2014, 08:18:41 pm
Thank you all.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on August 12, 2014, 09:20:50 pm
It's the kindest thing for her because you love her, but still so sad.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Wombat on August 14, 2014, 01:00:09 pm
More condolences from me.  Pippin was regarded by us as a distant friend, through YACF, so I feel like we've lost a friend too.  We've done the same trip less than a year ago, and the vets brought in tissues into the room where the deed was done, ready for Mrs W and myself.  They got used, copiously.

The bit I found hardest of all, coming home, and Baggins refused to have anything to do with me because I'd obviously killed his mate Tirion.  God, that hurt.  All that love is now concentrated on Baggins, and he is now forbidden from dying, ever....

So, farewell Pippin, you were a lovely cat.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Gattopardo on August 16, 2014, 03:42:33 am
Bye bye furball pippin.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: hulver on September 03, 2014, 04:33:49 pm
Just taken Murphy the dog for another visit to the Vet. Third time, and it's not looking good.

He's not been eating properly for a few weeks, but it passed un-remarked because he's always been very very fussy about eating. Then we started noticing other things, a slight huffing cough, lack of stamina while out and about. He was usually the last to stop playing with the ball while his brother got tired, but lately he's been the first to sit down, and not running as quickly.

First trip was a dose of anti-biotics in case he has a lung infection.
Second trip was heart medication, as the Vet could hear a swooshing and thought that his heart murmurer could be getting worse.
Third trip today I saw a different Vet, who said that he would have expected him to start showing at least a bit of improvement by now on the drugs if it was his heart, so he needs an X-Ray. Given the amount of weight he's lost (1.8 kg in 5 1/2 weeks, he's down to just over 15kg now, which is pretty low for a springer) it could be a malignancy.

I guess we'll know more tomorrow, after his X-Ray.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on September 03, 2014, 06:34:16 pm
Poor Murphy, fingers crossed.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: hulver on September 04, 2014, 08:18:31 pm
So we got the X-Ray done, and it revealed extensive lung cancer, taking over at least 70% of his lungs. That explains the breathing problems then.

Nothing that can be done. He's had a steroid injection which might make him feel better so he will eat something. He's got just days left, so we now just decide when to let him go.

 :'(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Ruth on September 04, 2014, 08:27:10 pm
Oh, no.  I am so very sorry hulver.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on September 04, 2014, 09:08:15 pm
I'm sorry, hulver, that's tough :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: peliroja on September 04, 2014, 10:42:54 pm
Heartbreaking.  :'( Poor Murphy, and poor you.
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Post by: Wowbagger on September 05, 2014, 12:06:00 am
That's sad, Hulver. How old is he?
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Jaded on September 05, 2014, 12:09:51 am
He's got just days left, so we now just decide when to let him go.

It's really hard, but choose for Murphy, rather than you.

There's the pain of loss to come, you know that, but that melts into lovely memories in the future.

Strokes to Murphy.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Feline on September 05, 2014, 12:27:20 am
Sorry to hear that Hulver. I hope he gets some really good days as a result of the steroids. Must be heartbreaking for you and your family  :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: hulver on September 05, 2014, 07:21:47 am

Thanks everyone.

That's sad, Hulver. How old is he?

He's 12, almost 13. We got him as a rescue two years ago. We knew we wouldn't have long with him, but him going this was is still a bit of a shock.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: hulver on September 06, 2014, 01:37:29 pm
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5566/15155745775_bc5c36c79a_m.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/p6gacD)
Murphy (https://flic.kr/p/p6gacD)

His final trip to the Vet this morning. Went to sleep with us stroking him.

We both keep looking for him around the house, expecting him to be following us around like he always did.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: peliroja on September 06, 2014, 01:45:31 pm
What a beautiful lad. I'm so sorry. You did the right thing by him. Take care.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Pingu on September 06, 2014, 05:37:17 pm
Sympathies Hulver. Remember the good times you had with him.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Wowbagger on September 06, 2014, 09:44:07 pm
Yes, condolences indeed

I become more aware every day that Morphy probably has, at most, 3 years left in him. He's 10½ now but, apart from a grey muzzle and being a fair bit slower chasing a ball (we don't get him to run after them much any more) he is still a great big puppy dog at heart. Despite all the logic, telling yourself that dogs are like you kids but (hopefully) your kids outlive you, I'm going to be devastated when he dies.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: perpetual dan on September 12, 2014, 07:15:11 am
Katie the cat's back legs aren't really working properly any more. The vet is doing blood tests and we're already on hyperthyroid medication. I suspect arthritis as we've observed a decline in her bounce over a while, but now she falls over trying to eat from a bowl on the floor. We've raised her food, but a three storey house and a garden with steps out of the cat flap to anything soft isn't a great place for her. She was always a grumpy mog, but is feeling sufficiently sorry for herself to like a cuddle. We'll talk to the vet later, but I suspect we'll be saying goodbye soon, rather than watch her waste away.  :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Pingu on September 12, 2014, 04:10:45 pm
Oh dear, poor Katie. Has diabetes been ruled out?
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: perpetual dan on September 13, 2014, 12:13:39 pm
Blood tests were all OK. As well as arthritis blood clots were mentioned as a possible.
She's had some metacam and dreamies out of my hand, and that has improved her appetite, but her back legs still go out from under her quite a lot. Poor sod.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: perpetual dan on September 21, 2014, 09:41:43 am
An update: she's still with us. Still stumbling. But still making the effort to go further than she needs to: to the top floor of the house to sleep on the kids' beds; further up our quite steep garden to look around.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: SteveC on September 21, 2014, 01:41:53 pm
Our female Maine Coon, Dolly, took another step downhill last night.
She was diagnosed with cancer about six weeks ago; the vet gave her about two months then.
Last night, for the first time ever, she weed on the doormat. Very very 'not her'.
She's rather perkier this today, demanding the bones from our lunchtime sardines, but it is only a matter of not very much time.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on September 21, 2014, 07:49:15 pm
Hope you kitties have a bit more quality time, Steve & Dan
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: perpetual dan on September 22, 2014, 10:34:49 pm
Well, we had until this afternoon. Poor thing was getting worse and no happier. It's a bit quiet and empty here this evening.

Steve, much sympathy.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Pingu on September 23, 2014, 09:43:47 am
Condolences dan.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Riggers on September 23, 2014, 11:57:38 am
Yep, condolences Danners. Was she an old girl?
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: perpetual dan on September 23, 2014, 12:15:16 pm
Thanks.
Probably 14 or 15 - we got her from the RSPCA, who didn't know.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on September 23, 2014, 07:04:42 pm
Sorry to hear that Dan, it's very sad  :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: docsquid on September 24, 2014, 05:07:15 pm
Lots of commiserations about your kitties, Dan and Steve.

Been a bad year for our chickens.  We have now lost three of our bantams - two to Marek's earlier this year and last night our Pekin bantam, Dilys, succumbed after a very short illness.

But on slightly better news front, our old ginger moggy Willoughby is still pottering about with his arthritic hips.  He is 19.  And although we thought we would lose Squeaker (17 years old female moggy) when she started having epileptic fits earlier this year, she has now stabilised and is back to her normal disreputable self.

Our young cat, Ozzy, is a different story.  He is a big soft lump and hopeless at fighting.  Today he came in with a 1cm piece torn out of his scalp.  Vet, injection, cleaning it with saline and the Collar of Shame, which does nothing for his street cred since it is pink.  I have never seen a cat look more sorry for himself than Ozzy does right now.  We should get a discount at the vet at this rate!
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: perpetual dan on September 24, 2014, 09:08:06 pm
Poor Dilys and Ozzy. Commiserations to you too.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Pingu on September 24, 2014, 10:37:42 pm
Nice to have a Willoughby & Squeaker update  :)
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Jaded on September 24, 2014, 11:16:11 pm
It's always sad to hear of these losses.

Needs to be counterbalanced with lovely lively  stories as that is what pets are about...
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: docsquid on September 26, 2014, 11:56:41 am
Nice to have a Willoughby & Squeaker update  :)

Yes, they are both amazing.  Willoughby is very old, smells a bit, has gone senile, and needs brushing every day, but he is still a lovely friendly old chap, and we love him to bits.  19 is a very good age for a moggy who came from a rescue and has had learning disabilities all his life.  Squeaker, now she no longer has fits, is back to her normal disreputable self, meaning she likes men, and wants cream all the time, which she gets, because we are soft.

Ozzy is improving a bit and his wound has started to heal. 
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: SteveC on September 29, 2014, 09:14:42 am
Our female Maine Coon, Dolly, took another step downhill last night.
She was diagnosed with cancer about six weeks ago; the vet gave her about two months then.
Last night, for the first time ever, she weed on the doormat. Very very 'not her'.
She's rather perkier this today, demanding the bones from our lunchtime sardines, but it is only a matter of not very much time.
And that time ran out this morning. 
I'll find some pictures to post later. Typing's a bit difficult at the moment. :'(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Clare on September 29, 2014, 10:32:49 am
 :'(

Poor Dolly and poor you.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Pingu on September 29, 2014, 11:11:19 am
Oh dear  :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: perpetual dan on September 29, 2014, 12:01:08 pm
Oh dear. Big hugs.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on September 29, 2014, 06:10:39 pm
Poor Dolly. It totally sucks doesn't it?
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: docsquid on September 29, 2014, 06:15:42 pm
Poor Dolly :(
Commiserations and hugs.  Words aren't enough, so sad.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: SteveC on September 29, 2014, 06:39:58 pm
As promised, from happier times...

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IMG_2443_2 (https://flic.kr/p/i15evY) by Steve Cunio (https://www.flickr.com/people/22335868@N05/), on Flickr

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IMG_0381 (https://flic.kr/p/faRUyF) by Steve Cunio (https://www.flickr.com/people/22335868@N05/), on Flickr

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IMG_0382 (https://flic.kr/p/faRUAT) by Steve Cunio (https://www.flickr.com/people/22335868@N05/), on Flickr
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on October 23, 2014, 07:25:59 pm
Mojo's breath smells like jobbies and there's horrible icky stuff all round his lips, poor old dude.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on October 25, 2014, 02:14:06 pm
Mojo's breath smells like jobbies and there's horrible icky stuff all round his lips, poor old dude.
Vet y'day. What I thought was icky stuff is actually his gum or lip poking out of his mouth :( Vet doesn't know if it's "just" infection or something more sinister. Antibiotics or bust
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: peliroja on October 25, 2014, 02:22:43 pm
Poor Mojo, and poor you. All the best.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Ruthie on October 25, 2014, 06:14:55 pm
Oh, dear, MrsP.  Here's hoping for good results from the ABX.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on October 26, 2014, 12:04:36 am
Poor Mojo. Fingers crossed for the ABs.

Cam has recently been drinking much more water than usual and consequently weeing loads. She's also lost weight, which was partly intentional on my part (the vet gave me a telling off for letting her weight creep up slightly at her MOT in April, and so I dutifully cut her food intake because I think it's cruel to let pets get fat) but she's lost more than she should have, IMO.

She's estimated to be around 14, so I'm trying to prepare myself for the worst. Taking her to the vet in the week so they can check blood & urine. She's still very sprightly in herself, at least.

I will be absolutely bloody broken when she goes.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Pingu on October 26, 2014, 09:59:56 am
Hope she's OK NTSN. It could be kidney problems or diabetes, both of which can be readily controlled if our mogs' experiences are anything to go by.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on October 26, 2014, 02:13:20 pm
Thanks Pingu. I'm hoping we've caught whatever it is early. I love the daft old thing to bits and she follows me around like a shadow.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: peliroja on October 26, 2014, 02:20:35 pm
Oh, Cam! I hope she's OK, NSTN. It's clear how you dote on one another.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Pingu on October 27, 2014, 03:07:29 pm
Mojo's breath smells like jobbies and there's horrible icky stuff all round his lips, poor old dude.
Vet y'day. What I thought was icky stuff is actually his gum or lip poking out of his mouth :( Vet doesn't know if it's "just" infection or something more sinister. Antibiotics or bust

The antibiotics seem to be working in that Mojo's breath smells a lot better now. It's difficult to see if the infected area is actually clearing up though.

His problem now is that he's not walking very well and there have been a couple of peeing on the floor episodes. He does seem to be a rather decrepit geriatric old geezer  :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Poly Hive on October 27, 2014, 09:30:30 pm
(http://i1293.photobucket.com/albums/b581/polyhive1/Nikkiforprinting2_zps05023641.jpg)

Nikki went to sleep a month ago as his cancer was causing pain and so... we did what you must if you love them. Yes it hurts.

Above (hopefully) is the pic we have had framed to commerate him, taken aged some 3 or four years old in Stonehaven.

They love us, we love them, and it makes life better for all.

PH
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on October 31, 2014, 09:14:08 pm
I'm sorry Poly Hive, he looked a very fine lad.

We took Cam to the vet yesterday, with a vial of wee, and he also took some blood. He palpated her abdomen and looked worried and said he could feel a mass, and it could be poo, but wasn't in quite the right place, and there was talk of referring her for ultrasound etc. We were told to bring her back tomorrow to see if the mass had moved, and get the test results.

I spent today at work close to tears thinking This Was It for her. Rushed home from work to pick her up and drag her across London on rush hour tube (fun).

The vet went through her test results - all normal. No diabetes, no kidney stuff, no infection, nothing. Then he had another palpate of her tummy. The 'mass' had gone. So it was a poo after all.

Fantastic news! I was prepared for the worst considering she's elderly.

(I'm wondering if the drinking more has been caused by stress - she pants more when she's stressed, which will make her lose moisture, and I have also been very stressed recently, which she picks up on. Plus we've had workmen in with power tools, which she's scared of)
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Pingu on October 31, 2014, 09:17:20 pm
Yay \o/
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: peliroja on October 31, 2014, 10:26:13 pm
Nikki was just beautiful, PH. So sorry.  :'(

NSTN, that must be such a relief about Cam.

Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Wowbagger on October 31, 2014, 11:14:23 pm
That's great news, Laura.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Feline on November 01, 2014, 12:04:53 am
That's a lovely pic of Nikki, she looks like a lovely dog, much loved and much missed I'm sure.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Pingu on November 04, 2014, 07:34:54 pm
Mojo's breath smells like jobbies and there's horrible icky stuff all round his lips, poor old dude.
Vet y'day. What I thought was icky stuff is actually his gum or lip poking out of his mouth :( Vet doesn't know if it's "just" infection or something more sinister. Antibiotics or bust

The antibiotics seem to be working in that Mojo's breath smells a lot better now. It's difficult to see if the infected area is actually clearing up though.

His problem now is that he's not walking very well and there have been a couple of peeing on the floor episodes. He does seem to be a rather decrepit geriatric old geezer  :(

Mojo went back to the vet on Friday. The good news was that the antibiotics seemed to have worked as his breath was much better and the abscess had just about disappeared.

The not so good news was the vet poked & prodded him and said she felt a tumour on his intestine. She also noticed fluid building up in his legs, possibly connected to the tumour.

The upshot is that it seems Mojo is at the end of the road. The vet reckoned about a week :(

He's not walking very well and is struggling to use his adapted litter tray, but he is still eating and drinking OK and enjoying strokes and cuddles. We'll see how he gets on  :-\
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: peliroja on November 04, 2014, 08:03:55 pm
I'm sorry, Pingus. Hard times.   :'(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: SteveC on November 04, 2014, 08:46:06 pm
Having just been through something very similar, and worrying about our other old cat, I know what it's like.
Hugs from here and gentle strokes for Mojo.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Clare on November 04, 2014, 10:56:34 pm
 :( Poor Mojo, thinking of you all.

Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on November 05, 2014, 01:48:37 pm
So sorry, Pingus. It's just so bloody hard.  :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Julian on November 06, 2014, 11:59:33 am
Ba'al has gone missing.  We couldn't use the RFID cat flap while the building work was being done, and when we weren't around a bigger cat was bullying our two, but that's now sorted and Belphegor at least is inside and appears entirely happy, though there's a chunk missing out of his tail where he's evidently been scrapping with Bigger Cat.  Ba'al came back in on Saturday night looking very sorry for himself but perked up after a tin of tuna and some love.  He was sticking his tongue out and drooling a bit so I was going to take him to the vet on Monday but he's vanished and I have a bad feeling about his whereabouts. :'(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Pingu on November 06, 2014, 12:04:57 pm
Oh, no  :( I remember how bad it was when Mojo went missing for a few days. Hopefully, Ba'al will turn up.

I presume you've checked any sheds and garages nearby.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Feline on November 06, 2014, 02:48:16 pm
Oh dear, that's worrying news about Ba'al  :(
If he's got a sore mouth for some reason maybe he's just hiding up somewhere feeling sorry for himself. Cats sometimes do come back after an extended time away when something isn't right. Fingers crossed he will be back very soon.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: barakta on November 06, 2014, 07:27:24 pm
Meep!  I hope he shows up soon and starts acting like nothing's happened.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on November 06, 2014, 07:43:49 pm
Hope he turns up soon Julian.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: andrewc on November 06, 2014, 10:53:12 pm
Hope he's back soon Julian.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Pingu on November 10, 2014, 08:58:37 pm
We took Mojo for his last trip to the vet this evening  :(

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2570/4001212793_7f2b266d6b_z.jpg?zz=1) (https://flic.kr/p/76zgat)
image (https://flic.kr/p/76zgat) by The Pingus (https://www.flickr.com/people/36539950@N00/), on Flickr
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Feline on November 10, 2014, 09:14:04 pm
Oh no, poor Mojo, sorry Pingus  :'(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: SteveC on November 10, 2014, 09:17:04 pm
So sorry to hear this.
What a magnificent cat.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Clare on November 10, 2014, 09:31:36 pm
 :(

Poor Mojo.

Thinking of you both.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: peliroja on November 10, 2014, 09:37:22 pm
So sorry.  :'(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: mcshroom on November 10, 2014, 09:52:57 pm
:( Farewell Mojo
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: barakta on November 10, 2014, 10:09:08 pm
Sorry to hear of your loss Pingus. Mojo sounded like a super cat.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on November 10, 2014, 10:17:27 pm
Aw, Mojo. What a shame.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Jaded on November 10, 2014, 10:40:18 pm
That's very sad.  :'(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: andrewc on November 10, 2014, 10:43:00 pm
Sorry to hear this Pingus. Hugs to you both. :'(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: perpetual dan on November 11, 2014, 07:18:47 am
Hugs to you, poor Mojo.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Riggers on November 11, 2014, 11:59:09 am
Commiserations Pingers. I see from the photo he (good photo bytheway), that he stood up to other cats defending himself, judging by the nick out of his lughole. I hope you can recover quickly from your loss.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Pingu on November 12, 2014, 04:16:00 pm
Thanks all.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on November 12, 2014, 06:38:38 pm
Yes, thanks from me too.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Gattopardo on November 13, 2014, 02:58:32 am
Sorry to hear about mojo.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Ruthie on November 13, 2014, 07:16:13 pm
It must be awful to have lost them both in such a short space of time. Hugs, both
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on November 13, 2014, 08:10:14 pm
We are looking for new kitties already  :-[, I can't bear the place with no little shadows.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on November 13, 2014, 08:18:20 pm
Are you looking at the SSPCA site? I think Jasper might be for you http://www.scottishspca.org/rehoming/category/cats/centre/15_aberdeenshire
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on November 13, 2014, 08:43:27 pm
As much as I desire to home *all teh kitties* I think we've done more than our bit for the older generation and deserve a couple of years off geriatric feline hospice ;)

Plus there has to be two or the poor thing would get fought over...
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on November 13, 2014, 09:22:13 pm
 ;D

http://www.cats.org.uk/central-aberdeen/adopt-a-cat

Lucy and Jazz?
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on November 13, 2014, 09:30:33 pm
On their face ache page they have a 5y old female and her 3y old daughter. And a pair of 2y holds called Bill & Ted.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on December 01, 2014, 09:05:20 am
I generally avoid reading this thread, because I just find it too hard to read. Constant tales of grief.

Last friday we lost our cat. He fell into the not completely drained pond and didn't make it out. He didn't drown, he was obviously trying to swim and climb onto a football that had fallen in. I found him, stiff, in a swimming position, ears and head up. No sign of trauma which is a slight consolation.

I'm heartbroken. I've lost a lot of pets over the years but two cat have really occupied a special place for me.

Sinbad was my reliable companion. Always there to see me, in later months he's become obsessive with saying goodnight to me before I go to sleep, with sitting next to me in the evenings (claws came out to remind me if I ignored me and didn't put a chair next to mine so he could sit next to me).
He's been the most intelligent and unusual cat I've come across. When we lived on a boat he would go in the river to swim after and catch ducks, swim to the bank in times of flood. When we moved into a house he was exasperated by these new things (doors), watched us going through the doors then went over to one, stood on his hind legs and tried to turn the door handle.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Pingu on December 01, 2014, 03:58:11 pm
   :'(  What a shame Mr C.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Poly Hive on December 01, 2014, 05:32:30 pm
It hurts. A lot. Just been there, however.....

Last night while contemplating the memorial pic of our much missed lurcher he reminded me of a promise I had made that when he was gone I was to get another to give that new hound a loving home and so after our Indian holidy in January, (roll on Goa!) we are going to look for a fawn or tan whippet youth to cherish. :)

PH
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on December 01, 2014, 07:10:21 pm
That's very sad mrcharly :( hugs.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: barakta on December 01, 2014, 09:21:45 pm
So sorry to hear this mrcharly. Some cats are just special and stand out as such.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Pingu on December 01, 2014, 09:55:22 pm
It hurts. A lot. Just been there, however.....

Last night while contemplating the memorial pic of our much missed lurcher he reminded me of a promise I had made that when he was gone I was to get another to give that new hound a loving home and so after our Indian holidy in January, (roll on Goa!) we are going to look for a fawn or tan whippet youth to cherish. :)

PH

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: runsoncake on January 30, 2015, 11:15:41 am
Had to say goodbye to our Border collie Ted yesterday. He was 16, we rehomed him when he was 4  so we had him 12 incident/fun packed years. I'd never had a dog before so I had no idea how much they become part of life.
He had arthritis in one back leg & hip for acouple of years which were controlled by anti-inflamatories but yesterday something caused his other back leg to go, the vet gave him a  strong painkiller but several hours later he started showing signs of severe distress. So last night we took him to the vet and we all decided he had probably had enough.

He was a good lad, full of life & mischief and great company.

Sorry to babble on but I'm in bits.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Pingu on January 30, 2015, 11:34:11 am
Condolences to you ROC.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on January 30, 2015, 11:38:26 am
I've only had Pete since July and I can't bear the thought of losing him. Can't imagine what it's like to lose a pet after 12 years.

I was googling for pet groomers the other day and fell into a following-the-links wormhole and ended up at http://www.peacefulpassing.co.uk/ and spent 20 minutes sobbing.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: runsoncake on January 30, 2015, 01:14:18 pm
Thank you for your kind comments.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: barakta on January 30, 2015, 02:14:34 pm
That sounds very sad. It is really hard when you do the right thing for your pet but that means losing them.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on January 30, 2015, 03:49:42 pm
Sorry to hear that roc, it's harder than a hard thing.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: SteveC on January 30, 2015, 05:04:56 pm
He was a good lad, full of life & mischief and great company.

Sorry to babble on but I'm in bits.
Don't apologise. Anyone who's been there will understand.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: runsoncake on February 01, 2015, 12:36:36 am
Thanks for all your kind thoughts, I guess you've all been through it and my thoughts are with you. 
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: pcolbeck on May 20, 2015, 05:05:09 pm
Not my dog but the most famous hound for miles around has died. A wolfhound belonging to the ex landlord of the pub down the road. She was a huge gentle thing. She managed 11 which it seems is old for a wolfhound. Everyone will miss seeing her loping along or hurtling across a field after a rabbit.

RIP Dorcus

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xat1/v/t1.0-9/s720x720/10690113_10153295522295833_3503244946703255518_n.jpg?oh=436687cdfcfba0494e0ab81af6127b6a&oe=55CDE72A&__gda__=1442601003_cbfd64e1bf781cc9da11df7de8b0c412)
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Poly Hive on May 26, 2015, 06:54:05 pm
Sadly we are heading down this road again this time with the wifes Whippet Harvey who is suffering from his back and Cushings disease and we no longer can control his discomfort so it's the one way trip tomorrow. Bloody dreading it. And that will leave our pup of 8 months with no buddy and he has never been alone.

PH
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Pingu on May 26, 2015, 08:14:01 pm
Oh dear  :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 17, 2015, 11:28:46 am
Our guinea pig died.  :'( She was obviously suffering and the vet said it was a brain tumour so we took the decision to have her put to sleep – but I still felt like a nazi carelessly throwing people into the gas chambers.  :( But I don't suppose gas chamber kommandants cried.

She was our son's guinea pig and to make matters worse, today's his last day of primary school and he's already "in mourning" for one of his best friends, who's moving to Brazil.

I've buried her in the garden. RIP Georgina.  :'(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Jakob on August 11, 2015, 10:43:55 pm
Hana attacked another dog in the park today. While she's shown a bullying streak towards certain dogs before, she's never been aggressive. Other dog got some puncture wounds, but should heal fine fine. (We've already offered to cover cost, etc).
 The problem is that we now be definition have a reactive dog and I'm not sure that we are equipped to handle that...at least not with a dog that size. Likely outcome is that we return her to the breeder. We've already been in contact and they've been extremely supportive.  At the breeder she will get the training and structure that she needs, something I'm not convinced that we can provide (And will potentially later get re-homed).

(edit): Now that things have calmed down a bit, we've spoken with eachother, spoken some more with the breeder and then finally with a trainer and are starting new classes on Saturday (and keeping her for the time being)
 
(edit2):
It turned out that it was somewhat provoked. Hana was playing with 1 dog, when a 3rd dog come up to them and started barking aggressively at them. As Hana is not one to back down, she responded in kind and adults intervened..it was then that she managed to get hold of the other dog.

Still we accepted that we did not have the necessary control and made several changes;
The breeder has always recommended to use prong collars. I've been resisting that, but in the light having a strong, dominant confident dog (and the alternative really being returning her), we went ahead and got one.
Other was talking to a trainer that also trains using those collars. She's one of the top obedience trainers in the country and we started attending her classes and the transformation has been amazing.
 Her obedience (on leash) is pretty much perfect. Off-leash, she's still not to be trusted in familiar environments and will be a jerk, so most of her play is now on a checkcord. She gets relatively little play with other dogs, but that means that she turns her attention to us instead, which is a good thing.
 Still not happy that we have to use a prong collar, but the results have must certainly been worth it.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: perpetual dan on November 06, 2015, 06:50:35 pm
This seems like the best place to post this, though not my pet...

Last night. Some utter idiot brought their dog to the grand parade during Lewes bonfire last night*. This is at least half an hour of burning torches, firecrackers, bangers, bands, drumming and crowds not really focussed at foot level. It really isn't the place for a dog. Poor thing's tail couldn't get much further between its legs. Idiot dropped lead several times and paid very little attention to the dog, but a woman from the crowd came and was friendly to it. Despite being unhappy it didn't make a bid for freedom or get aggressive. I'm surprised that the police didn't get involved.

* I know 'm a bigger fan of fireworks than some that will be reading, but frankly if you have a pet in Lewes you can be quite confident of an intense 24 hours of fireworks in the centre (but rather less than in most towns once out into 90% of the residential streets) and make plans accordingly. The centre of town on the 5th isn't somewhere you bring your pet by accident.

Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on November 07, 2015, 01:05:22 pm
That is a really stupid, selfish thing to do. I'm lucky in that Pete just sleeps through fireworks (although if he's out in the communal stair, he can hear me open the treats cupboard and be at my feet before I've shut it again), but I wouldn't dream of taking him to a display.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: rogerzilla on November 13, 2015, 10:27:15 pm
One of SO's four rats has had to be put down (old age, pneumonia).  She is quite upset.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Pingu on November 13, 2015, 11:38:34 pm
Aw, shame  :(

How old (the rat)?
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: rogerzilla on November 14, 2015, 10:37:08 am
Adopted so she's not totally sure, but probably a couple of years.  They don't live very long.  They'd live about five minutes if she ever moved in, because Tigs The Tabby Terror would either eat them or stare at them until they died of fright ;D
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: caerau on November 16, 2015, 09:31:08 am
Sad to say I suspected there would be such a thread on yacf.


Our lovely boy Jack the ginger Tom died on Friday night.  :'( :'( :'(


He'd been missing since Wednesday morning when I left him and his sister Missie out for the day as he'd annoyed us by spraying on the tv and stereo plugs and blowing the house fuses (not for the first time).  My wife was planning to take him to the vet as being neutered he shouldn't really be doing that.

He's disappeared before now and for longer so I wasn't too worried (though concerned) - a couple of years ago he disappeared just before we went on holiday for two weeks to Turkey.  He only showed up a couple of days before we got back and was in a right state then - terribly thin looking and with lots of fur missing but he made a full recovery.

But Saturday morning my wife Phil spotted him in the garden lying in the terrible weather.  He must have struggled back in the awful weather and died of exposure  :(  He had a little blood on his poor face and one of his legs looked suspiciously curled up - injured I guess.
Such a shame only 7 1/2 and a lovely friendly cat - he'd say hello to anyone, as opposed to his sister who is very wary of strangers and never strays far from the house.

Gutted is not the word.  I will miss him coming through the window and meowing for a scratch on the head.  Phil will miss him coming to meet her when she turns the corner walking home from work down the end of the street.  I will miss him harassing me when I'm cooking.  "It's beansprouts and lettuce Jack!  You're a cat!"  Still welling up now, typing this.  Missie looked very lonely when I left the house this morning - she seems to be looking for him a lot now.  We took her to his little grave in the garden but I guess he doesn't smell of Jack anymore.

RIP Jack 2008-2015 :'(

Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: barakta on November 16, 2015, 10:55:13 am
Sorry to hear this, that's very sad indeed. 
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: caerau on November 16, 2015, 11:46:06 am
Thanks, brave little boy made it home at least to tell us what happened to him.  That is some comfort.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Ruthie on November 16, 2015, 11:48:21 am
Hugs, Caerau.   :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: caerau on November 16, 2015, 12:26:44 pm
Thanks, goodbye Jack (I really am in bits again doing all this  :( )


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Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Ruthie on November 16, 2015, 12:33:38 pm
Love the one with the cone of shame!

He was loved.  That's why it hurts.  So it's kind of a good thing, even though it hurts.

 :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: caerau on November 16, 2015, 12:41:47 pm
Indeed.  We've already decided to get a kitten to keep Missie company, she's always had a kitty companion and are worried for her now.  Plus we should give our love not hold it back because we got hurt.


That cone of shame was brilliant.  He got a very nasty bite on his tail from something (dog or fox I guess) and so I put that on to stop him licking it.  With the cone on, he instantly turned on *depression* - you can very much see it in his face - that kind of instantly moved me to photograph the moment.  :demon:


He spent the next two days deliberately walking into things to catch the cone so as to say 'look what you have you done to me'


Served him right, when we got him neutered and Missie spayed he tormented her when she had the cone of shame as a result - karma.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Pingu on November 16, 2015, 12:45:08 pm
Aw, that is a shame  :(

This is teh squeee:

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Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: caerau on November 16, 2015, 12:47:25 pm
Yep, that it is.  :-D
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: DDCyclist on November 16, 2015, 12:50:03 pm
Losing a pet is never easy, and rightly so.

Stories about veggie cats and dogs always make me shed a tear for 'Laddie'. Our veggie Alsation/Border Collie cross who used to get the left-overs from Sunday dinner. He'd always lift the meat out of his bowl and tuck into the veg. Mum's cooking was never that bad, crazy mutt! He also stole lit cigarettes out of people's hands.  ???

Also, 'Bill' a cat whose brother lived next door. Together they raided Sunday lunch from a house a few doors away and brought it home. Bill's brother got a nice juicy steak. Bill munched away on a Yorkshire pudding. ???
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: caerau on November 16, 2015, 01:09:07 pm
Oh he was no veggie, he got a lot more excited when I was cooking a chicken, and a lot more success in filling his stomach.
It was just  a bit more exasperating when I was doing a stir fry as well, it was all just veggies, yet he'd still plonk himself on the bin expectantly.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: DDCyclist on November 16, 2015, 03:13:10 pm
Laddie wasn't a total veggie either - but the way he dealt with Sunday lunches was always funny. It was almost as though he was saving the best bit for later.

Also thinking of Humphrey - a neighbour's English mastiff who was on his last legs when we moved in. The neighbour was a young lady living on her own. She was about 14 when she got him as a puppy. I'd swear Humphrey was hanging on as long as he could for her.

And Rosie - a neighbour's collie who loved to let his hens jump all over and peck around her. She never caused any problems with them.

They definitely leave an indelible mark on our lives.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: caerau on November 16, 2015, 04:20:27 pm
Aye, and rather like when my father died, it's definitely therapeutic to reminisce on the good times and even their annoying features seem like loveable things with a bit of perspective.


Thanks for all the comments, it's not nice but it's also good to talk/type about it.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on November 16, 2015, 08:45:36 pm
So sorry to hear that Caerau, he looks like a lovely lad.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Feline on November 16, 2015, 10:34:13 pm
Sorry for your loss Caerau :(
He must have had some kind of traumatic accident and just made it home :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: peliroja on November 16, 2015, 11:56:11 pm
So sorry, Caerau. It must hurt an awful lot. He looks a gorgeous lad.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Jaded on November 17, 2015, 01:47:09 am
All cats are brilliant, but orange ones are more brilliant, and missed more.  :'(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: caerau on November 17, 2015, 07:36:25 am
Indeed, thanks for all the support, much appreciated.   :thumbsup:


That is certainly my assessment Feline, if only he'd chosen summer to injure himself, the continuous blood storms at the moment can't have helped at all  >:(   We had to bury him in pissing rain and haven't really yet managed to go out and pay proper respect at his grave as it's horrible out there. I managed to slip and go ass over tit when burying him in the mud which didn't improve my mood, don't fancy that again since our garden is a 10% slope the grass is treacherous in itself.


Still finding fresh spray patches around and about the house, don't like cleaning it up now as it feels like wiping him away.  :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on November 17, 2015, 11:27:18 am
Sorry to read this, Caerau.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: caerau on November 22, 2015, 02:06:19 pm
Well as time has moved on our other kitty, Missie seems to have got over it a bit - I think she's enjoying the extra attention and is now number 1 cat.  We may rethink the idea of getting another kitten since she seems quite happy without the company now.  She moped around for a few days but is now more playful than she has been since she was a kitten.


Not that losing Jack was a good thing of course, but at least the other one is surviving on her own.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: jamesld8 on November 22, 2015, 05:21:11 pm
Really sorry hear about your lovely cat , Dave. I also get very worried when our ginger, (strangely a female), cat goes off for days and then suddenly reappears so understand how traumatic it must have been when he returned so injured,
Perhaps give it a while with Missie on her own before getting another kitten as company, although she might become very `protective` and not get on with a new companion at all.

Good to see though that your cats occupied the best seats in the house  :thumbsup: Both of ours, despite being farm cat breeding, have now taken to occupying a soft chair, each, whilst our elderly spaniel resides on the sofa whenever she can (that`s when not seeking food  ::-) ). All best wishes
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: caerau on November 22, 2015, 05:45:26 pm
Too much bother to stop them sitting on comfy stuff - anyway, it's their house too, and why would they not do that.  :-D


We have told them on multiple occasions that we're going to get them little cat-drawn trolleys so they can pay their way with a paper round or something.  ;)   So far they have been resistant on that one.


Yeah, my wife just said she agreed with me on the new kitten plan (as in, not getting one anymore).  I think that was just a reaction to his death and my worry that she'd be lonely now.  Quite to the contrary she has come out of her shell rather a lot.  Sorry Missie, Jack was the more interesting cat but you have now got much more interesting now.  Strange how it works sometimes.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: caerau on November 22, 2015, 05:53:57 pm
And anyway, those aren't the best seats in the house.


*This* is my chair.


(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/613/22588170983_6ed82a7b86_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Aq3hgR)my chair (https://flic.kr/p/Aq3hgR) by djm10001 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/136373024@N04/), on Flickr
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: jamesld8 on November 22, 2015, 08:49:01 pm
This is his chair  ;D

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Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: caerau on November 23, 2015, 08:15:04 am
Lovely  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: SteveC on December 16, 2015, 02:15:06 pm
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We lost Wes this morning. He didn't seem too bad yesterday but in the evening we noticed his breathing was laboured. We'd decided that we would take him to the vet today to get it seen to. At about half-three this morning, MrsC went downstairs to the bathroom. Wes was in the hall, one of his 'favourite places' recently. She stroked him and got a chirrup and a purr. When I went down at seven to get coffee he was lying in the kitchen. I don't think he'd been dead long.
Sixteen years isn't bad for a Maine Coon, but there is going to be a big space in this house for sometime to come.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: barakta on December 16, 2015, 02:26:59 pm
Sorry for your loss, he looks like a lovely cat.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Pingu on December 16, 2015, 04:02:52 pm
Aw - shame.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: caerau on December 16, 2015, 04:09:11 pm
 :'(   RIP
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on December 16, 2015, 07:07:02 pm
Aw, sorry to hear that SteveC, he does look like a nice lad.

Seems like the 'forum cats' are getting to that age now.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Feline on January 25, 2016, 10:06:06 am
Kiri, our 8 year old Siamese was hit by a car last night. She's still alive and in the universities ICU but in a very critical state. They are struggling to get her stable enough for X-rays currently. I fear we are going to lose her  :'(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Riggers on January 25, 2016, 11:02:11 am
So sorry to hear this Feline. All the best.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: barakta on January 25, 2016, 11:11:11 am
Ohno, thinking of Kiri. Hope they are able to help her. Thinking of you all.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on January 25, 2016, 11:33:50 am
Oh poo  :'( Fingers, toes and paws crossed for Kiri.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: caerau on January 25, 2016, 12:44:45 pm
Hope Kiri pulls through, sorry to read this.  :'(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: T42 on January 25, 2016, 01:27:10 pm
Aw hell, that's horrible.  I hope she recovers.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: peliroja on January 25, 2016, 01:30:25 pm
Really hope she makes it. You must be going through the mill. So sorry. :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Wowbagger on January 25, 2016, 02:11:52 pm
Sorry to hear that, Lara.

We have it on two fronts atm. Daughter's cat Bexley may have to make a one-way trip soon. He has a nasty growth on his face and is in quite a bit of pain. Has been to the vet but blood tests didn't show cancer. However, he is pissing blood and is in too mch pain to eat, or to clean himself. Strong painkllers helped, but they are prohibitively expensive.

Then had a call from yonger son this morning. His dog is at the vets, having been attacked by an off-the-lead Jack Russell last night, receiving a nasty bite on the leg. Whilst trying to separate them, son fell and landed on his dog. Dog had dislocated hip, it seems. Don't know the prognosis yet. JRT owner apologetic.

Bugger, blast, hell and damnation to it all.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Feline on January 25, 2016, 07:23:47 pm
Thank you all for your kind messages.
I had to take Rico, my other Siamese in this afternoon to be a blood donor for her. He is related (technically her nephew although is also 8 years old) so is a good tissue match. He is still there too as he had to be sedated- at least his blood test showed he was nice and healthy and as he is a good size he could donate 50ml of blood to her (~10% of his blood volume as a 5kg cat).

Worryingly her cardiovascular shock initially improved on IV fluids but then they were struggling to get her blood pressure up to even a measurable level. Then her PCV fell further (to was 24% initially, presumed due to haemorrhage) and reached 14% this afternoon which is not at all good (normal would be around 45%). Without Rico's blood she probably wasn't going to make it. The CT scan has not revealed exactly where all the blood she has lost has actually gone. They haven't had chance to go through all of the images yet (there are hundreds of slices from a single whole body scan), but they've ruled out the obvious places. She has no major fractures and isn't bleeding a lot into her chest or abdomen.

She does however have serious nerve damage to her sacral and pudendal nerves (they supply the tail, bladder and anal sphincter).
The upshot of this is, that even if she survives the initial shock she still only has roughly a 50% chance of survival because she may never regain any control of her bladder and bowels. There is only so long I will be able to express her bladder for her several times a day. They usually keep going for around a month to see if any nerve function is regained and then euthanase if not. I really don't want to put her thorough all that only to put her down, but I have no way of knowing which 50% she is in so it's an impossible decision.

[Aside: a few years ago I seriously considered insuring the cats. The dogs were always insured- and TBH I would not even consider owning a dog without 3rd party insurance which is most easily bought as part of pet veterinary care insurance. I've had Kiri and Rico for 8 years (so far), and in that time would have paid around £4500 for decent insurance for them. My bill so far is running at around £2500 (but it's not over yet by quite a long margin). If I was not in a position to raise the dosh needed (via credit card or otherwise) then insurance in this situation would be an absolute must. As it is I kept an unused Visa card with 10k credit limit just for this eventuality. Whether it turns out I should have insured them, or that I shouldn't, the care she gets won't be affected by budget in any way. I just thought it might be interesting to people to see the costings of this as so many get caught out and have to make dreadful decisions in this position. I wouldn't wish that on anyone.]
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Jurek on January 25, 2016, 07:32:32 pm
Wow!
As before, fingers remain crossed.
 :-*
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: andrewc on January 25, 2016, 07:38:45 pm
Fingers crossed for her Lara.

My parents lovely 8 1/2 year old Rottweiler, Annie was diagnosed with cancer in her spleen & lungs last weekend.   The entire family are devastated (sister lives with my parents)

She's at home on painkillers & is still going for walks & playing with her toys, but I don't think she's got long left. 

Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Wowbagger on January 25, 2016, 10:36:38 pm
Sorry to hear that, Lara.

We have it on two fronts atm. Daughter's cat Bexley may have to make a one-way trip soon. He has a nasty growth on his face and is in quite a bit of pain. Has been to the vet but blood tests didn't show cancer. However, he is pissing blood and is in too mch pain to eat, or to clean himself. Strong painkllers helped, but they are prohibitively expensive.

Then had a call from yonger son this morning. His dog is at the vets, having been attacked by an off-the-lead Jack Russell last night, receiving a nasty bite on the leg. Whilst trying to separate them, son fell and landed on his dog. Dog had dislocated hip, it seems. Don't know the prognosis yet. JRT owner apologetic.

Bugger, blast, hell and damnation to it all.

Word from son the younger: not nearly as bad as feared. no dislocation, but some puncture wounds and the lameness seems to have gone. Vet put it down to a twisted knee whils the dog was trying to escape form the JRT. Sone will send the entire bill to the dog's owner.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Jaded on January 25, 2016, 11:48:19 pm
Feline,

So sorry to hear this, my fingers are feline crossed.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Feline on January 26, 2016, 04:18:05 pm
She died at 3am this morning.  :'( :'( :'(
I was on the phone to the ICU vet discussing helping her on her way because her blood pressure was falling and they knew there was nothing more they could do for her then. She died before they could give the injection though.

Simon and I are heart broken. Although Kiri was my cat for many years before Simon moved in- she became extremely close to him and he was the only person allowed to 'ruffle' her, which she regularly demanded.

Rico has been acting very weirdly (for him) since coming home- he might not be feeling 100% after donating blood, but I think he knows she is gone and wants to be near us all the time. He's sleeping with us which he never did before (that was her role), and has taken over her heated bed when I'm downstairs.

RIP my little Kiri- here she is as a very tiny kitten
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1614/24502270542_4551e37bfa_z.jpg)

The last photo I got of her- last week- a rare moment with Kiri and Rico together in the heated bed
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Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: peliroja on January 26, 2016, 04:29:41 pm
I'm so very, very sorry. :'(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: andrewc on January 26, 2016, 04:36:59 pm
Sorry to hear this  :'(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Riggers on January 26, 2016, 04:48:32 pm
Sorry to hear the news Feline. You don't think you do, but quickly realise, when something like this happens, just how much emotionally involved with pets we become and it seems impossible to remain dispassionate about them. Poor English. Sorry.

We were resolved at the time, to have to make a decision about Noodle, our tabby (12-13 at the time) who was mauled by a greyhound – that basically mashed her back leg (won't go into details). Long story short, we elected to have the leg amputated, praying that everything would be fine. Turned out it was. She still had spinal, renal and intestine function, and now (she's 15 we think!) is still thudding around on 3 legs, like Long John Silver, and has to claw her way up things.

We know there'll come a 'time' with our pets, but whatever age, it's never nice.

Noodle (below) in: "Take your shot, but I'm-gonna-blink-whatever!" – mode

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Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Jurek on January 26, 2016, 04:53:11 pm
Sorry to read of this Lara.
How sad.
An enchanting looking cat  :'(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Wowbagger on January 26, 2016, 05:37:54 pm
Daughter's cat Bexley has also ceased to be, as of this morning, although under somewhat less stressful circumstances than your poor moggy, Lara, for which condolences. S-i-l took him to the vet, who diagnosed a very severe cancer in his jaw. Bexley was already knocked out for x-ray purposes and, to quote the vet "Shall I just turn up the gas?" Jan took a grief-stricken call from our grand-daughter this afternoon.

I hope they don't get another cat too soon. When they first got Bexley they had no children. He was a rescue cat and of unpredictable temper. Several of us were attacked in his early days with them. Although he has become much more affectionate as he got older, I have always felt uneasy about them allowing him to sleep on their bed. We have never allowed our pets upstairs, either our current dog (we've had a stair gate fitted since he was a puppy) or the dogs/cats/other livestock at my parents' place when I was young. My daughter has reacted quite badly to his flea bites and they are both so busy with work and their children that stuff like emptying the litter tray has occasionally been overlooked. I have found myself doing it on our weekly visits, and it is not a job I enjoy at all.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on January 26, 2016, 06:07:27 pm
So sorry, Feline & Simon  :'(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Jaded on January 26, 2016, 10:01:19 pm
Yes, really sorry for your loss Feline and Simon. Loss of a pet is hard, but triply so when as a result of something like this.  :'(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: barakta on January 26, 2016, 10:28:51 pm
Sorry to hear about Kiri. Thinking of you all.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: andrewc on January 29, 2016, 07:11:40 pm

My parents lovely 8 1/2 year old Rottweiler, Annie was diagnosed with cancer in her spleen & lungs last weekend.   The entire family are devastated (sister lives with my parents)

She's at home on painkillers & is still going for walks & playing with her toys, but I don't think she's got long left.


(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1602/24575257262_1a852bb00f_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/DrCBN7)

RIP Annie  , seen here on one of her last walks :'( :'(

She had a bad night & was coughing up blood.   I went around earlier to giver her a final cuddle & she was having problems breathing.

The vet came at around 2 and it only took 1 injection.


Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: peliroja on January 29, 2016, 07:29:59 pm
 :'( Devastating. I'm so sorry.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: woollypigs on January 29, 2016, 07:40:37 pm
Bother :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on January 29, 2016, 09:20:09 pm
Aw, sorry Andrewc :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Feline on January 29, 2016, 11:36:57 pm
Sorry to hear about Wow's Bexley, and Andrew's Annie  :(

Thanks for all the best wishes and condolences here for our Kiri. Life will never be quite the same again without her. Our dog seems to be extremely depressed at the moment- hard to tell whether he is just use because we are, or he is genuinely missing her. Perhaps a bit of both since they were very close. Today I saw one of her pipe cleaners on the floor and that was a real sudden gotcha moment. She absolutely loved pipe cleaners to play with- they are all over our house but Google (the dog) used to pinch them from her and eat them. He was ignoring the one on the floor today :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Feline on February 11, 2016, 11:01:20 pm
Kiri's ashes have been waiting for me to collect since Tuesday. Not managed to bring myself to do it yet. Bringing her home should have been a good thing in different circumstances. It's hard.

Rico was very pleased with his treats and letter from the dearly departed Luna and friends living with a forumite. Thank you, you know who you are  :-*
His fur has only just begun to grow back on his neck and leg. He is a bit itchy and needs lots of cuddles. He has changed personality and now inhabits Kiri's heated bed much of the time. It helps not to see it empty. At least I haven't had to unplug it.
We are not sure what we want to do with her ashes yet. She loved her creature comforts and had no interest in the outdoors unless it was warm and sunny. My daughter suggested we put her casket in the heated bed. Not sure Rico will be impressed.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Wowbagger on February 11, 2016, 11:48:13 pm
When my mother died, Morphy took to sleeping in her armchair. He never had done this before, and it didn't last long, but it made us wonder what as going on in his mind. He was little more than a puppy then (9 months) and he has never climbed on armchairs/sofas since. It's not something we have stopped him from doing. He just doesn't do it.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Riggers on March 09, 2016, 09:08:13 am
Hi All, and thoughts to those who are going through the pain of loss for their loved ones.

Our dear old cat Tiggy who is still at the vets at present, doesn't know about her blood results. Unfortunately, it isn't Hyperthyroidism (which can be cured) but indicates liver and renal failure. It's really just a matter of time. Whether that's a couple of days or weeks, nobody knows, but I'll collect her this evening so she can be at home. I'm just feeling sick at the moment, but there's nothing that can be done. Just don't want her to suffer.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Feline on March 09, 2016, 09:20:41 am
Hi All, and thoughts to those who are going through the pain of loss for their loved ones.

Our dear old cat Tiggy who is still at the vets at present, doesn't know about her blood results. Unfortunately, it isn't Hyperthyroidism (which can be cured) but indicates liver and renal failure. It's really just a matter of time. Whether that's a couple of days or weeks, nobody knows, but I'll collect her this evening so she can be at home. I'm just feeling sick at the moment, but there's nothing that can be done. Just don't want her to suffer.

 :'(
Poor Tiggy. Hope she gets some quality time at home with you.
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Post by: Riggers on March 09, 2016, 09:40:05 am
Thanks Feline.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on March 09, 2016, 06:28:53 pm
Aw, sorry to hear that Riggers. Hope you have time for lots of Tiggy cuddles, she's another fab forum old guard cat.
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Post by: SteveC on March 09, 2016, 06:55:21 pm
So sorry to hear this.
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Post by: Dibdib on March 09, 2016, 07:22:57 pm
Poor old Tiggy. At least she's got you pampering her. Give her a hug from us.
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Post by: peliroja on March 09, 2016, 07:44:27 pm
So sorry about poor Tiggy, Riggers. She's clearly very loved and has had a lucky life. Hugs.
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Post by: caerau on March 09, 2016, 10:49:33 pm
Love to Tiggy  - all best wishes and great vibes to all to love her  :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Riggers on March 29, 2016, 04:59:52 pm
(http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b176/Riggers_1956/Tiggy4Legs_zps1b27a1c3.jpg) (http://s19.photobucket.com/user/Riggers_1956/media/Tiggy4Legs_zps1b27a1c3.jpg.html)

Well, our old girl Tiggy has finally gone. Early yesterday evening. Here she is in better times.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on March 29, 2016, 05:39:29 pm
Aw, so sorry to hear that Riggers. She was a grand looking cat.
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Post by: caerau on March 29, 2016, 06:55:00 pm
Condolences.  :'(
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Post by: Feline on March 29, 2016, 09:38:44 pm
Awwwww poor Tiggy  :'(
So sorry to hear you lost her.
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Post by: Pingu on March 29, 2016, 10:43:51 pm
Poor kitty. Sounds like she had a good life, Riggers.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Riggers on March 30, 2016, 08:40:45 am
Thanks all. It's difficult not to bestow your love on pets, but they get to you don't they. Even worse for dog owners I'd say, when they go.

She was sixteen.

Her 3-legged sister Noodle, is still around.
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Post by: barakta on March 30, 2016, 02:18:28 pm
Sorry for your loss. I hope you have many good memories.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Feline on April 14, 2016, 12:26:34 pm
It's not a good year for cats in our house.

Just weeks after losing Kiri, poor Rico became very unwell this week. He's been in and out of hospital having IV fluids and tests. Today he had an abdominal ultrasound scan and they found what they think is a tumour, free fluid, and abnormalities in the liver, pancreas, kidney and mesentery  :'(

We are just waiting for cytology results of the fluid they took out, hoping to find out what kind of tumour it is. But it doesn't look operable. I don't think he would deal well with chemo (he needs sedating just to get blood from). We may be bringing him home later on palliative steroids to see how long he can keep going for before deteriorating.
One way or the other, it looks like we are going to lose him  :'(
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Post by: Ruthie on April 14, 2016, 12:33:07 pm
Oh, no  :(

How awful for you.
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Post by: woollypigs on April 14, 2016, 01:08:50 pm
bother :(
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on April 14, 2016, 05:55:32 pm
Oh that's shit :(
Sorry, Feline.
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Post by: simonp on April 14, 2016, 06:06:33 pm
He's going to come home so at least he'll be in familiar surroundings.
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Post by: barakta on April 14, 2016, 10:41:43 pm
Sorry to hear this Feline. Hoping he is able to come home for a bit of loving before he goes.
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Post by: Feline on April 14, 2016, 11:05:03 pm
We have him home this evening- with his IV line still in.
He has a nasty carcinoma that's spread throughout his abdomen. It's inoperable, and also not a viable proposition for chemo. He is on steroids as a palliative measure- but I don't think he's going to last 24 hours  :'( :'( :'(

He did find the energy to roll around in the road chewing his bandage though
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1515/26339363882_00ac592c09_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/G8w8eu)IMG_2890 (https://flic.kr/p/G8w8eu) by Lara Day (https://www.flickr.com/photos/felinelara/), on Flickr
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Post by: Jaded on April 15, 2016, 12:23:21 am
That's so sad. Give him a stroke from us, and have a virtual hug. Cats...    :) and :'(

That doesn't look right, it's supposed to be lots of good stuff, but inevitably sad stuff.
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Post by: Feline on April 18, 2016, 12:35:43 am
Rico is hanging on in there- the steroids have made him eat a little again, and he's now keeping himself reasonably hydrated.
We know this little improvement won't last- but it's allowed me to spend some quality time cuddling him which he now seems to like again (he just wanted to hide himself away initially when I brought him home which worried me lots).

Enjoying the heated cat bed today. The look in his eyes is a bit distant (for him), but he's sleeping in his usual position.
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1640/26218569790_cc7c251879_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FWR2mJ)Untitled (https://flic.kr/p/FWR2mJ) by Lara Day (https://www.flickr.com/photos/felinelara/), on Flickr
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: simonp on April 20, 2016, 07:06:57 pm
Rico has done better on the steroids than expected and is still with us and eating and drinking. He even came to the field with me and the dog today (he always appears by the front door when I take the dog out). He took his time but he made it there and back, and worked up an appetite. He's now sleeping it off on my lap.

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Post by: Ruthie on May 13, 2016, 02:39:17 pm
Aw  :(

Sorry, oranj.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on May 13, 2016, 03:01:18 pm
Aw, sorry to hear that oranj, at least she was excited about something near the end.

It was very considerate of her to spare you the awfulness of 'the last trip to the vet', what a good girl.

Another forum feline gone :(
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Post by: barakta on May 13, 2016, 04:32:39 pm
Aww, sorry to hear this.
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Post by: andrewc on May 13, 2016, 04:42:45 pm
Sorry to hear this  :(
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Post by: SteveC on May 13, 2016, 05:06:34 pm
So sorry to read this. Must have been a shock. It was bad enough coming downstairs one morning to find one of ours had gone overnight.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Riggers on May 16, 2016, 01:26:33 pm
Commiserations Oranj. You think you're not going to get emotional and upset, but it's surprising how much wells up when you see them there, in front of you.

Still missing Tiggy who died on Easter Monday. Sorry.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: caerau on May 16, 2016, 02:37:57 pm
We still miss our Jack from time to time and it's now about 7 months since he died.  No grass has grown over his little grave yet*.


Sorry to hear about your loss Oranj, I didn't expect to be that upset over ours either - they're part of your family in the end.








*mostly that's due to the fact that our back garden could make a good source for brick making
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Feline on May 16, 2016, 11:29:37 pm
I didn't post when I had to put Rico to sleep. It was a couple of weeks ago now- we did it here with Simon holding him for me to inject so he didn't have to go back into the hospital where he had been through such a lot recently.

Here is in his last few days, looking as dignified as ever
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7786/27027309026_3932e25b86_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Hbj2mE)IMG_2932 (https://flic.kr/p/Hbj2mE) by Lara Day (https://www.flickr.com/photos/felinelara/), on Flickr

I had his ashes put with Kiri's inside a sleeping cat. They are at least now both together somewhere  :'(

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7349/26456593343_cd0c6f884d_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GiSXt6)IMG_3010 (https://flic.kr/p/GiSXt6) by Lara Day (https://www.flickr.com/photos/felinelara/), on Flickr
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on May 17, 2016, 06:20:10 am
So sorry, Feline :(

The sleeping cat is a nice touch.
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Post by: Jaded on May 17, 2016, 07:03:35 am
Yes, so sad. J
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Post by: Jurek on May 17, 2016, 09:21:25 pm
I didn't post when I had to put Rico to sleep. It was a couple of weeks ago now- we did it here with Simon holding him for me to inject so he didn't have to go back into the hospital where he had been through such a lot recently.

Here is in his last few days, looking as dignified as ever
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7786/27027309026_3932e25b86_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Hbj2mE)IMG_2932 (https://flic.kr/p/Hbj2mE) by Lara Day (https://www.flickr.com/photos/felinelara/), on Flickr

I had his ashes put with Kiri's inside a sleeping cat. They are at least now both together somewhere  :'(

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7349/26456593343_cd0c6f884d_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GiSXt6)IMG_3010 (https://flic.kr/p/GiSXt6) by Lara Day (https://www.flickr.com/photos/felinelara/), on Flickr
So sad to read of this Lara.
To say 'That cannot have been easy' would be an understatement. Big time. Hugs. x
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Legs on May 19, 2016, 12:00:03 pm
The gosling that Amy was trying to incubate for the past 4 weeks didn't manage to get out of the egg :( .  There was a 5p-sized hole in the shell but it was obviously too much effort for the little thing.  We hadn't intended to hatch any goslings this year but this was an egg that we'd failed to spot in the bottom of the nest...
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: BrianI on May 25, 2016, 07:39:48 pm
Flynn didn't make it  :'( He had started treatment from the vets yesterday for runny bum & swollen vent, Baytril 0.25% antiobiotics, 0.03ml twice a day. I had hope that in a few days he would have started to improve.

But he was looking really poorly when I came home from work today, so I made a warm towel nest for him to sit in. I would have tried to get him to the vets again, but I had an appointment with mum & sister at the solicitors this afternoon as were are slowly getting Dad's estate in order (he passsed away 29th April)  Got home after dinner to find Flynn had passed over the Rainbow Bridge.

I seem to be more upset over Flynn's death, than Dad's, so I don't know what that means...   :'(

Really worried about his cage mate Spike, I hope he doesn't start to deteriorate due to the death of his cage buddy.

Rest In Piece Flynn

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/8/7385/27149709192_fa99de82ff_z.jpg)
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on May 25, 2016, 07:48:05 pm
Aw, sorry Brian :(
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Post by: Ruthie on May 25, 2016, 08:45:55 pm
Oh Brian, that's awful news, especially when you're already grieving for your dad  :(

Look after yourself.
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Post by: BrianI on May 25, 2016, 09:41:00 pm
(https://c6.staticflickr.com/8/7625/27179969141_78bb3fb3f6_b.jpg)

 :'(
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Post by: peliroja on May 25, 2016, 09:48:17 pm
So very sorry :(  Big hugs. Take care.
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Post by: Feline on May 25, 2016, 10:45:18 pm
Awwww poor Flynn and poor you :(
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Post by: BrianI on May 26, 2016, 06:27:07 pm
Thanks everyone.  I just hope his cage mate Spike doesn't go downhill, due to missing Flynn.   :'(
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Post by: matthew on August 23, 2016, 11:08:27 pm
Was informed today that my parents have had their cat Daisy put down today. Her heart and kidneys had given up, mind I think she was either 18 or 19 years old.  :'(
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Post by: peliroja on September 02, 2016, 06:37:27 pm
So sorry about Daisy :(

We heard this morning that our good friends in Portland had to say goodbye to their lovely dog Pinta today. They rescued her from the streets of Mexico and we walked her and her friend Sancha for a month while staying with our friends (warm showers hosts).

Bye,Pinta Bean  :'(
http://woofy.woollypigs.com/2016/09/pinta-bean/
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: SteveC on November 29, 2016, 11:38:01 pm
Our Ginge couldn't be found when MrsC came home from work at lunchtime and we've not seen him since.
He's deaf, has thyroid and kidney problems, and doesn't tend to spend more than five minutes outdoors at a time.
He's still not come back and we are expecting the worst.
The worst thing is just not knowing. He was feral and came from nowhere. It feels as if he's gone back.

He's the last of our three cats. This is going to be a very empty house.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: caerau on November 30, 2016, 12:34:35 am
They do tend to go off and hide somewhere private when distressed.  Making them hard to find.  Fingers crossed, you never know. But yes, we know the worry. :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Pingu on November 30, 2016, 05:43:49 pm
All fingers and paws crossed here.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: SteveC on November 30, 2016, 06:21:53 pm
Got a phone call shortly after lunch from the vet in the next village. Ginge had been found and taken there.
Fortunately he is chipped.
Fortunately, my employers being the model of efficiency, the old analogue phone is still connected despite the swap over to VOIP being several months ago, so they had a working number.
Ginge is now home. He is rather subdued and his damaged leg (very old injury from before when he moved in with us) seems to be playing up. But he is eating and he is enjoying head rubs and ear tickles.
And we have locked the cat flap. Confined to quarters for the winter I'm afraid.
He has facilities indoors so he won't suffer too much.

Thanks for all the good wishes
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Pingu on November 30, 2016, 06:27:22 pm
\o/

How old is he?
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: SteveC on November 30, 2016, 07:21:53 pm
As he was a stray and fully grown when he first arrived on the scene (the start of an eighteen month campaign to move in), we don't really know. The vet gave us an estimate when we finally succumbed and let him stay which would put him around 14 now. He's definitely a 'poor old thing' these days.
Currently hiding behind the sofa. I think he wants to be somewhere safe.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on November 30, 2016, 08:13:36 pm
Aw, poor old boy.
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Post by: caerau on December 01, 2016, 10:16:40 pm
Well the news could have been worse, welcome home I'm sure!  :thumbsup:


We've finally taken the plunge and are getting a rescue cat to keep our remaining cat company.  She clearly misses our Jack and wants to fight with us all the time as she used to with him.  It's getting aggravating getting clawed every time we walk past her perch.  Lets hope she likes the company of young Poppy who were are getting from a sanctuary in Penarth sometime soon.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: SteveC on December 15, 2016, 05:57:25 pm
More on Ginge.
After his adventure he's started having fits. He has occasionally had them in the past but they were getting frequent, one a day.
So, back to the vet on Monday. Probably something getting to the meninges, the lining of the brain and spinal cord. Might be a tumour, probably benign; might be something else.  Only real way to be sure is a scan which is over a grand. Considering the various prognoses that's not worth it. So he's on more tablets. These have to be every 12 hours or as close as we can get. That is going to make weekends away a bit tricky but we'll cope with that. At least he hasn't had a fit since he started on the tablets that we know of. But it would appear we are in the twilight.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on December 16, 2016, 09:33:42 am
Aw.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: JonBuoy on February 02, 2017, 07:59:02 pm
Tig died yesterday.  He was my parents' cat and would have been 19 in April.  I reckon he had a pretty good life.
 
I will miss him.  He always greeted me when I saw him and loved to drag me round the garden sampling the catmint.
 
Dad's a bit upset.  Mum is heartbroken.

He has made a couple of appearances in the gratuitous cat pics thread so here's one last one of him enjoying the winter sun on Boxing Day.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/297/31828244694_beaebbb5e6_c.jpg)

 :'(
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Post by: woollypigs on February 02, 2017, 08:02:34 pm
:( hugs
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Post by: Pingu on February 02, 2017, 08:06:38 pm
Aw  :(

Black cats rock thobut  :)
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Post by: barakta on February 02, 2017, 08:27:48 pm
Aww sorry to hear this. 19 is a good old age! Sounds like he was a lovely cat.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on February 02, 2017, 10:30:22 pm
Aw  :(

Black cats rock thobut  :)

^This. Sorry Jonbuoy :(
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Post by: T42 on February 03, 2017, 09:13:23 am
Sorry to hear it. Sympathies.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on February 05, 2017, 12:17:55 pm
My friend Jane had to have her cat Lana put to sleep this morning after she developed heart failure.  :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Biggsy on February 09, 2017, 01:06:32 pm
Ginger, my long-haired feline friend next door, has been enabled to rest in peace after a short illness with a fast-growing inoperable tumour on his spine.  Thankfully, he had an interesting life and owned many different humans in different houses.

I photographed him last year during one of his regular visits:

https://goo.gl/photos/8P1Q4YWfP2Jc1KoE9

What a beauty.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Feline on February 24, 2017, 08:08:45 pm
Ginger, my long-haired feline friend next door, has been enabled to rest in peace after a short illness with a fast-growing inoperable tumour on his spine.  Thankfully, he had an interesting life and owned many different humans in different houses.

I photographed him last year during one of his regular visits:

https://goo.gl/photos/8P1Q4YWfP2Jc1KoE9

What a beauty.

Awww Ginger was beautiful!
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Wombat on May 11, 2017, 06:53:44 pm
(https://goo.gl/photos/e7iakh1J2p1ZVWtN9)

Dunno if the link will work, but this is my best mate for the last 15 years, Baggins, the only cat I've ever had from a teensie kitten, till the end.  We knew he was beginning to get old, at about 15 and 4 months, but I wasn't expecting him to stop eating yesterday, and start to look distinctly unwell.  Vets this morning for tests, had a phone call from them asking for the OK to put him on intravenous stuff to help sort him out, and suggested we come in later to plan how we were going to care for him with his various imbalances.  Had another call, to say he wasn't doing well, but he died before we could get there ten minutes later.  I can't stop crying, and Alfie doesn't understand why Baggins isn't there meowing for his tea. Utterly heartbroken.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on May 11, 2017, 07:05:05 pm
Aw, that's rather sudden.  Sorry, Wombat.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: barakta on May 11, 2017, 09:39:41 pm
Ohno, that's awful. I am so sorry to hear this Wombat, so sudden and unexpected. Thinking of you and poor Alfie.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: trekker12 on May 12, 2017, 01:37:32 pm
Willow our cat passed away peacefully this morning. Mrs Trekker and I were both with her and she was at home. She was 17 and had been suffering with arthritis and an overactive thyroid for the past six months and had been deteriorating quite quickly.

She did well getting as far as she did. We knew this day has been coming for a while but it doesn't make it any easier.

I'll post a pic soon.

I hope you and Alfie are doing OK Wombat.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Pingu on May 13, 2017, 09:50:53 am
 :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on May 13, 2017, 04:06:24 pm
Sorry to hear that, trekker :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: barakta on May 13, 2017, 10:27:18 pm
Last night Chocky cat (the tortie in the pic) the quieter of my stepdad's cats died last night. She was 16 or so and had a tumour which the vet said was a needle stick melanoma or something. It was cut out last year but being malignant had regrown more noticeably over the last few months.

Stepdad (oldskool GP) sensibly realised treatment would be cruel so focused on keeping her as happy as possible. She was getting very thin and sleepy but was otherwise happy, running about a bit, eating well until last night. I think stepdad stayed up with her towards the end and she died peacefully at midnightish. Stepdad is doing that pragmatic medic thing.

Bicky (the ginger cat in pic) hasn't noticed yet - he's mowling for his dinner as usual.  I love this series of pics I got last visit as normally Bicky is being too annoying and attention seeking to be nice to Chocky but here he seems to know to be nice and let her snuggle up (they are siblings)

(http://www.barakta.org.uk/stuff/2017-04-14_ChockyBickyCats.jpg)
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Pingu on May 13, 2017, 10:34:40 pm
Aw  :(

Lovely pic. Especially the expression on Bicky's face.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: barakta on May 13, 2017, 11:33:46 pm
Bicky has ageing cat teef issues so his mouth gets pulled up on one side a lot making him look quite odd sometimes. But he is clearly being quite loving in that pic, it was very companionable sat on sofa with two cats. They were rescue kittehs which had been maltreated so it took a while for them to chill after being taken in by stepdad - his clients (he's an aviation medical examiner) LOVE the cats who say hello to all the pilots when they come to the house surgery for their medicals.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: pcolbeck on May 19, 2017, 01:03:40 pm
Just seen on Facebook that one of our villages characters has passed away, Sweep the little black mongrel terrier. He went everywhere with his owner riding in the tractor with him etc. I remember him being brought into the pub as a tiny pub and introduced to everyone. Lovely little dog but a holy terror as terriers are want to be. This eulogy from his owner says it all:

Well I'm afraid it's the end of an era ,had to say goodby to my best friend for the last 18 years who has brought me joy,anger,sad times ,and everything else that a dog could bring ,he has killed cats,pet rabbits pheasants just about everything he could catch really especially ferrets ,he has gone missing for hrs on end then just turned up as if nothing has happened ,been kidnaped and taken to masham dog pound with a £90,ransom on his head ,had a big operation at 16 tears old they didn't think he would survive and came out even stronger !!! You were one in 10 million sweep going to miss you like. Hell r I p little man xxx
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: SteveC on July 18, 2017, 10:56:09 pm
Our Ginge couldn't be found when MrsC came home from work at lunchtime and we've not seen him since.
He's deaf, has thyroid and kidney problems, and doesn't tend to spend more than five minutes outdoors at a time.
He's still not come back and we are expecting the worst.
The worst thing is just not knowing. He was feral and came from nowhere. It feels as if he's gone back.

He's the last of our three cats. This is going to be a very empty house.
He's disappeared again. We've looked round the neighbourhood but no sign.  :-\
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: SteveC on July 19, 2017, 06:43:21 pm
He's disappeared again. We've looked round the neighbourhood but no sign.  :-\
MrsC put notes through doors this afternoon and got a phone call from a house just round the corner.
Ginge was in their back porch. She went to get him back, but he was in a bad way. Both back legs very weak and not interested in food.
We took him to the vet but with her that there was only one real choice.
His 'gotcha' date was 5th November 2005, although he'd been laying siege to the house for over a year before that.
Run free
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5824/20678584956_6dbb1fceb0_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/xvi9SQ)
Ginge (https://flic.kr/p/xvi9SQ) by Steve Cunio (https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevecunio/), on Flickr
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on July 19, 2017, 07:48:03 pm
Sorry Steve, he looks like a fine cat.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: barakta on July 19, 2017, 10:51:07 pm
Sorry to hear this Steve. He looks like an impressive beast of a cat.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Pingu on July 20, 2017, 08:50:57 am
 :( He was a handsome fellow.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on July 20, 2017, 02:58:47 pm
What a floofy tummy! That's so sad, but you did the right thing.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: tiermat on September 20, 2017, 07:20:24 pm
We got a phone call, today, from a local vets. One of our two had been found not very far from the house, where he had crawled after having his pelvis smashed by a car.

After xrays and a check up we discovered that any treatment might not help and would cost in the region of £2k. We decided that it was the humane thing to let him go.

Good night, Oreo, you are missed already.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on September 20, 2017, 07:25:45 pm
Sorry, Tiermat :(
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Post by: Pingu on September 20, 2017, 08:33:28 pm
 :(
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Post by: barakta on September 20, 2017, 08:34:18 pm
Oh I'm sorry to hear that Tiermat.
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Post by: eck on September 20, 2017, 08:39:35 pm
Sad news indeed.  :(
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Post by: SteveC on September 20, 2017, 08:43:11 pm
So sorry to hear this.
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Post by: Gattopardo on September 20, 2017, 11:50:35 pm
So sorry to hear.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Quisling on September 24, 2017, 09:25:58 pm
RIP Ram-a-lamb-a Ding Dong.

Found dead this morning - apparently natural causes. He was the biggest of our two ram lambs this year.
It would be backward to get sentimental about him since he'd have been off to slaughter in a couple of months anyway. Nonetheless, we bottle fed this chap after his mum got mastitis and he had great character. He's also the first sheep we've lost in four years. It all leaves a question mark as to what caused the death. He was right as rain yesterday. No evidence of common sheep ailments.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: davelodwig on October 17, 2017, 12:06:22 am
RIP Ram-a-lamb-a Ding Dong.

Found dead this morning - apparently natural causes. He was the biggest of our two ram lambs this year.
It would be backward to get sentimental about him since he'd have been off to slaughter in a couple of months anyway. Nonetheless, we bottle fed this chap after his mum got mastitis and he had great character. He's also the first sheep we've lost in four years. It all leaves a question mark as to what caused the death. He was right as rain yesterday. No evidence of common sheep ailments.

As sep the magic peasant would say, he achieved his life's ambition.

I find with sheep pretty much any excuse to shuffle off this mortal coil will do, so none lost for 4 years is pretty good going.

D.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: essexian on April 02, 2018, 06:54:36 am
Petal, AKA “Pet the Fet,” “Scuttle Bug” or “Chick Pea.

14th August 2010 to 31st March 2018.


Let me take you back to a warm Saturday evening in 2010 when Elma (at the time unnamed) a fat female stray cat once again sneaked into our house looking for food, or so we thought. What we didn't realise (we had only had tom cats to that date..) was that 30 minutes later we would be proud staff members to five new bundles of joy, including the runt of the litter, Petal.


Up against her two brothers, the sadly missed Grey Boys and her sister Pixie, there was nothing much of Petal as she never weighed more than 3.5kg against over 6kg for her siblings (Posie is a lightweigh at only 4.5kg). However, what she lacked in size, she made up for in personality, speed and jumping ability. Indeed, Petal never walked anywhere but preferred to jog: hence one of her nicknames.


While Petal had a happy life sleeping up high: she used to love sleeping onto of the fridge freezer, on top of the book case or if it was sunny, on top of next doors solar panels, she did not have the best of health. At an early age she developed a skin complaint which resulted in excessive grooming and the lost of a lot of fur. We were able to treat this but nothing could be done on that faithful day in 2013 when we discovered that three of our kittens had caught FLV


It is to my eternal shame and regret: something I know I will never forgive myself for, that we did not consider getting the kittens vaccinated against all nasties at a young age: we had never done so with our other cats so simply didn't think of it this time. Our major piece of neglect saw first the lovely Perkins taken from us at only 2 years old: hardly any life and then his grey brother the massive Pootle at five. Together, when healthy the grey boys were two of the best looking cats ever....although I am somewhat bias.


We knew Petal's life would be a short one but day after day we woke to find her sitting by her bowl waiting for her fish in butter sauce and prawns breakfast like she did every morning: Petal refused to eat cat food and would feast in the afternoon on freshly boiled chicken along with beef slices... Petal also liked a lot of fresh water due to poor kidney function resulting in the purchase of “Petals Pot”, a plastic, er, pot which we could leave dripping so she could get water whenever she wanted.


When the end came for Petal, thankfully it wasn't drawn out, although it was clear that she had had her terminal problem for some time once we discovered she was not well.... our Vet says cats are some of the best actors in the world and will cover up pain until its often too late.


Having had last week off on leave, I was able to spend a lot of time in the house and observed that Petal didn't quite seem right. She was still eating and drinking but was taking her time over it, and she seemed to have lost her scuttle.  Also, more worryingly, she did not seem to be able to lay down normally: whenever she tried, she would quickly move back to a more comfortable position. Come Friday, she was very quiet: something CBH also noted, so a trip to the vets next day was arranged.


Come the appointed hour, normally as soon as the cat basket (well one of them, we have five!) arrives in the living room, the room clears of cats. This time, there was no movement from Petal who had not eaten all day, so it was simple to collect her: Not a good sign. It was also a horrible sign when the vet examined her and went pale upon finding a massive tumour on her stomach, so much so when the vet touched it, Petal collapsed in pain and just laid there for a few minutes panting for air.


We knew that there would be no more sunny bright days blocking next doors electricity generation for Petal so let her gentle slip into the afterlife: I really hope there is an afterlife for cats as Petal certainly deserves one. Me, I deserve seven circles of Hell for not having the three lost kittens vaccinated.

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“Scuttle Bug” 2010 to 2018.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Jaded on April 02, 2018, 09:38:41 am
That’s a sad story. FLV is a horrible disease. And losing any cat is difficult.  :'(
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on April 02, 2018, 08:44:29 pm
Sorry, essexian. Nice eulogy though.
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Post by: hellymedic on April 02, 2018, 08:50:38 pm
Sorry to read this!
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: essexian on April 03, 2018, 02:24:20 pm
Thanks all. We took her to be cremated earlier and will collect the remains later today. We have an urn arranged for her to rest in.

If you would permit me one more photo: the last one I can find of her taken early last month. Looking back, I can see she has lost some weight since the picture above.

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Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: woollypigs on April 05, 2018, 11:10:49 am
Gutted to hear that Lucy got cancer and will have to be put down later today. Lucy was only about 18 month old when we meet her back in 2012 when staying with a friend in California. Over two weeks staying with them, we really bonded with her. She is also one of the big reasons, why I managed to talk Peli into letting me show her how much joy/love/laughter a dog could bring to your life. One of our fondest memories of her was that she would come out to our tent in the garden every morning, not understanding what a fly net was and would try to crawl under the inner tent to get to us. Also the peace and calm - as she was a very bouncy/giddy girl back then - she would sit with when she sat in the awning of the tent and looked out into the garden.

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This is Lucy, see you on the other side of the rainbow.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on August 19, 2018, 08:00:36 pm
Well that was a bit of a dampener. The people looking after our holiday landlord's house just told us that our landlord's dog is dead. He had been mooching about by us all afternoon until about an hour previously, and didn't appear to be in distress  :-\
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Pingu on August 19, 2018, 09:47:46 pm
Well that was a bit of a dampener. The people looking after our holiday landlord's house just told us that our landlord's dog is dead. He had been mooching about by us all afternoon until about an hour previously, and didn't appear to be in distress  :-\

This was him a couple of hours before, seeming perfectly normal for an oldish dog:

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IMG_1458_01 (https://flic.kr/p/Luok7k) by The Pingus (https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_pingus/), on Flickr
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: matthew on August 20, 2018, 01:34:55 pm
Not my pet but I think I hit a Cat on the M25 J11 this morning. I was in Lane 4 of 4 when this black object appeared from beside the left side of the car in front. thump thump as I couldn't avoid it followed by checking the mirrors to see an animal streaking for the hard shoulder.

It looked the size of a small or juvenile cat, all black. Otherwise it could have been a ferret or polecat.

 :'(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on August 21, 2018, 10:40:47 pm
Today was one of those days where being a pet owner is an emotional sump.

Scooby, our little white and tortie has been under the weather for a week or so, off her food and not drinking much. We took her in to the vets on Friday afternoon and she was admitted for tests and support. Over the weekend, the blood and urine checks were showing very low red and white cell counts, high protein levels and general wrongness along with a raised temperature.

The vets tried oral antibiotics, injections and then intravenous. She was on a drip to keep her fluids up but yesterday, she was still not responding. She had an abdo ultrasound and they vets detected small pockets of fluids dotted around her gut area and a thickening of the lining. Nothing obvious as a cause for her distress. We visited and brought her some treat food. She ate about a mouthful but then went and laid in the litter tray to get away from the food. She was not happy, though our presence was enough to make her purr and fuss. The vets suggested the next course of action could be bone marrow biopsies etc under general anesthetic.

Last night was very emotional for Mrs F and I. We decide that Scooby was too old and weak to be messed around with invasive procedures under general. We agreed that if she showed no improvement overnight or deteriorated, it was time to say goodbye.

To make it harder, No.2 Son, who doted on Scooby and who was Scoobies go to lap in the evening had been away for the weekend in Paris popping the question. He was completely unaware of the seriousness of her condition. We had to break the news this morning when he got home.

A call from the vet later this morning confirmed our fears. No.2 Son, Mrs F and I went to the vets early this afternoon. Mrs F couldn't come in, she was distraught. No.2 Son and I had some time with Scooby, who was purring and comforted to see him. She curled up on my lap and buried her nose in the crook of my arm. The vet was able to administer the final dose as she laid and purred. She went to sleep for the last time in my arms.

I am blubbing like a child as I write this. 15 years we had looked after her. More than half No.2 sons life.

Thank you Scooby and goodbye.
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Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: hellymedic on August 21, 2018, 10:45:01 pm
Condolences.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Pingu on August 21, 2018, 10:57:52 pm
 :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: andrewc on August 21, 2018, 11:14:25 pm
 :'( 
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: T42 on August 22, 2018, 12:29:09 pm
That's hard.  Giving them an easy death is one of our duties to our animals, but it's always heartbreaking to go through, especially when you have to hold in the tears to drive home afterwards.

 :'(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on August 22, 2018, 01:34:09 pm
Aw, sorry fuzzy  :'(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Gattopardo on August 22, 2018, 01:46:50 pm
Today was one of those days where being a pet owner is an emotional sump.


(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1867/29247421507_1753cfd1e9_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/LyuFs4)IMG_0037 (https://flic.kr/p/LyuFs4) by Matt Langridge (https://www.flickr.com/photos/59790646@N05/), on Flickr

Condolences to you and your family.

Little furry beast creep in to your heart, am crying too.  In a 'spoons pub.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: barakta on August 22, 2018, 04:14:51 pm
So sorry to read this, but sounds like you did the right thing.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Peter on August 22, 2018, 04:19:46 pm
That's hard, Fuzzy.  All the best.

Peter
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on August 24, 2018, 10:24:57 pm
Thanks for your wishes folks. It still hurts. I keep expecting her to walk through the door or accross the shed roof or sneak into the bedroom and annoy us out of bed :'(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on September 16, 2018, 10:49:11 am
Bad news: Dougie, our 18-month-old tabby, had his tail skinned last night. Quite how that happened is not known. Whatever, he will be tailless from now on.

Good news: There is enough skin at the stump to create a flap to stitch over the stump.

Bad news: The forthcoming bill

Good news: He's insured
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on September 16, 2018, 11:12:49 am
Ouch! Poor Dougie.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: hellymedic on September 16, 2018, 11:29:40 am
OUCH! GWS Dougie!

Our cats' tails keep getting under our feet; So far, they don't seem to have been harmed.

I wish I could stop them!
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on September 16, 2018, 02:13:10 pm
Someone, somewhere will have the skin & fur of a tabby cat tail caught on a fence or something similar. Quite a find!
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: hellymedic on September 16, 2018, 03:08:24 pm
Wonder if it was a sprung letter-box flap? I know a chap who lost his right index fingertip in one of those!
They can be VICIOUS!
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on September 16, 2018, 04:40:35 pm
Well, he's back from the vet's. He looks like a baboon at the moment & is rather grumpy - understandably so. He has one of those collars to put round his neck to stop him bothering the wound, which adds to the comic effect. Bless.

Now, where's that insurance claim form? £574, please.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: hellymedic on September 16, 2018, 05:57:26 pm
I understand the polite name for the Cone of Shame is 'Elizabethan Collar'.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on September 16, 2018, 06:27:01 pm
That's a bit ruff.

IGMC!
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on September 18, 2018, 05:28:22 pm
Despite the collar, the little blighter managed to pull out some of the stitches. He's back at the vets having internal stitches put in. Another £250!
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: hellymedic on September 18, 2018, 06:07:25 pm
Oh dear!

Very relieved our ferals had only hidden absorbable stitches and no collars when they were 'done' earlier this year!
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Basil on September 22, 2018, 07:43:11 pm
I've had three fatalities in a week in my aquarium.  One of the mollies, one guppie and one other, the  name of I can't  recall just now.
Anyway,  as I was fishing out today's body I noticed the water seemed very warm.  Checked the heater. It's knackered and stays on all the time. Poor fish. I've been poaching them.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on September 22, 2018, 11:01:51 pm
Aw
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Palinurus on October 07, 2018, 06:23:12 pm
(https://i.imgur.com/WQPKOQN.jpg)

Likely we'll have Boushti put down this week, found out yesterday that he's got a grossly enlarged liver- probably a tumour- and it's causing him breathing difficulties (it's so large it's pressing on his diaphragm). He is still eating and drinking but hasn't wanted to go out, hasn't woken me up at 4:30 or similar for a couple of days. We've had him since 2005 but I've no idea how old he was then. We've known he's had some sort of liver problem for a while- his liver enzyme values have been very high.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on October 07, 2018, 08:12:43 pm
Aw, poor Boushti :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on November 25, 2018, 03:40:46 pm
Ninkasi's gone missing :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: hellymedic on November 25, 2018, 04:02:23 pm
Hope Ninkasi returns soon!

Worrying, isn't it?
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on November 25, 2018, 04:57:45 pm
Yup. At least the last time she went AWOL I managed to locate some pitiful mewing coming from a neighbour's outbuilding before I went to bed for the night. Not this time. It's getting cold for a little kitty with not much fat or fur on her  :-\
Put c.100 notes through all neighbouring properties asking them to check outhouses this morning. Her sister looks a bit down in the dumps today.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Jaded on November 25, 2018, 07:18:44 pm
Fingers crossed
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: hellymedic on November 26, 2018, 12:13:47 am
Our Blackie was about 4 months old and a fortnight since she was spayed, when she disappeared the day before Valentine's this year.

It was VERY cold and she reappeared 6 days later, possibly minus the tip of her left ear.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Pingu on November 27, 2018, 09:48:38 am
And she's back  :) She was hungry but otherwise seems OK. Her sister, Pumpkin, is not impressed - a lot of hissing and growling. Perhaps Ninkasi smells wrong now.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Kim on November 27, 2018, 01:50:47 pm
And she's back  :) She was hungry but otherwise seems OK. Her sister, Pumpkin, is not impressed - a lot of hissing and growling. Perhaps Ninkasi smells wrong now.

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: andrewc on November 27, 2018, 02:16:45 pm
 :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: hellymedic on November 27, 2018, 07:00:54 pm
Pleased to read she's returned. Blackie was also very hungry but otherwise unscathed on her return.
Methinks Pumpkin will settle as Ninkasi gets 'back to normal'.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on November 28, 2018, 03:27:48 pm
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Jaded on November 28, 2018, 05:24:46 pm
Maybe she was abducted by an alien spaceship and smells of aliens?

Good to hear she is back!
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: PaulF on December 03, 2018, 01:06:04 pm
Thankfully good news now but Layla has just spent the past 2 days at the vets after having eaten a bulb; she's coming home this evening

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Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on December 03, 2018, 05:58:45 pm
As in a light bulb?
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: PaulF on December 03, 2018, 06:10:51 pm
As in a light bulb?

No a flower bulb, probably daffodil. Sadly they’re mildly toxic, to dogs at least. Although I wouldn’t put her past trying a light bulb.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: hellymedic on December 03, 2018, 07:00:32 pm
Onions & garlic are also toxic to our four-footed friends, I think, aren't they?
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: pcolbeck on December 03, 2018, 08:34:18 pm
Garlic is an onion I think.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on December 03, 2018, 08:40:50 pm
Hope she's ok
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: rafletcher on December 04, 2018, 10:21:14 am
Garlic is an onion I think.

Both Aliums.  Most bulbs are toxic, and not just to dogs. Hyancinth bulbs, if ingested, can be fatal.  But gardens are dangerous places...

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Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: PaulF on December 04, 2018, 10:49:00 am
Thanks she now seems fully recovered :)
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: lou boutin on December 04, 2018, 07:31:55 pm
That's ood news.   ;D
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Jaded on January 13, 2019, 07:53:35 pm
Well, it isn't just BN, it is GN too. Or BN.

Appetite Cat had a lump (that we found after she had eaten ribbon for Christmas...)
Vet said Lumps in tit area = 70% malignancy chance in kitters.  :(

Operation carried out and it's GN! The lump is due to a hernia, it has been removed and all stitched up.

BN - my wallet now has a hernia.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: hellymedic on January 13, 2019, 08:17:00 pm
With respect, JD, might I state you can usually pop a hernia back and your wallet has sprung a leak/become incontinent?
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on January 13, 2019, 09:42:58 pm
Happy hernia!
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: andrewc on January 13, 2019, 09:51:22 pm
Good news JD  :thumbsup:   Though perhaps not for your wallet.....


The parental cat , Kismet has an eye infection, she's got treatment for that , but they've been told she's got bad gingivitis & should really have her teeth scaled.  That would require a GA.  She's 20, this is not going to happen.  She appears perfectly comfortable, spends all day in her bed,  eats when she feels like it (very fussy about her food) and occasionally bullies the two Rottweilers.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Gattopardo on January 14, 2019, 04:27:22 pm
Good news JD  :thumbsup:   Though perhaps not for your wallet.....


The parental cat , Kismet has an eye infection, she's got treatment for that , but they've been told she's got bad gingivitis & should really have her teeth scaled.  That would require a GA.  She's 20, this is not going to happen.  She appears perfectly comfortable, spends all day in her bed,  eats when she feels like it (very fussy about her food) and occasionally bullies the two Rottweilers.

There is a seaweed thing that seems to get good feed back for scaled teeth.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: andrewc on January 14, 2019, 10:22:13 pm
Good news JD  :thumbsup:   Though perhaps not for your wallet.....


The parental cat , Kismet has an eye infection, she's got treatment for that , but they've been told she's got bad gingivitis & should really have her teeth scaled.  That would require a GA.  She's 20, this is not going to happen.  She appears perfectly comfortable, spends all day in her bed,  eats when she feels like it (very fussy about her food) and occasionally bullies the two Rottweilers.

There is a seaweed thing that seems to get good feed back for scaled teeth.


Thanks,  I've ordered some for them to try.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: perpetual dan on January 20, 2019, 04:55:32 pm
Phoebe, one of our (Miss Dan the Younger's) rats needs medicine. Four sorts of it by mouth, and a nebuliser tent. Poor, wheezy, little thing.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: perpetual dan on January 26, 2019, 10:15:06 pm
A week in she’s improving, and putting a little weight on. I seem to have the knack for squirting stuff in her mouth. She has the knack for escaping from the nebuliser bag.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: redshift on February 26, 2019, 08:00:16 pm
Had to say goodbye to Charlie today.  Feline lymphoma, aged 8.

Probably my favourite cat. Certainly my friendliest, and the best hunter I've had.  Off his food for a couple of weeks, and losing weight.  Big aggressive tumours, so we did the right thing before he got too uncomfortable.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on February 26, 2019, 08:01:47 pm
Aw, that's sad, sorry Redshift  :'(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on February 26, 2019, 08:42:38 pm
The right thing in these circumstances is nearly always the hardest to do. Hugs redshift  :'(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: andrewc on March 20, 2019, 10:02:28 pm
Good news JD  :thumbsup:   Though perhaps not for your wallet.....


The parental cat , Kismet has an eye infection, she's got treatment for that , but they've been told she's got bad gingivitis & should really have her teeth scaled.  That would require a GA.  She's 20, this is not going to happen.  She appears perfectly comfortable, spends all day in her bed,  eats when she feels like it (very fussy about her food) and occasionally bullies the two Rottweilers.

There is a seaweed thing that seems to get good feed back for scaled teeth.


Thanks,  I've ordered some for them to try.


Not good news.  One side of her face is massively swollen & she's been sneezing blood.  I suspect a nasty decision is going to be made in the next week.  :'(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: essexian on March 25, 2019, 05:40:31 am
I am sure I have read the saying somewhere that: “If I didn’t have bad luck, then I wouldn’t have any luck at all.” I am sure that was written for me and my moggies.

Looking back over the last decade, I note that we have lost Kev Kev the stray who came to live his last weeks with us to cancer, Colin who decided he liked our house better than his own and stayed…and ate and ate and ate until he reached 7kg to kidney failure. We also lost Alfie a massive tom who again started out life as a stray, this time to old age. We then lost the “Grey Twins” Pootle and Perkins to FIL and finally and certainly not least, a year ago next week we lost lovely little Petal at only 7 years old.

Why am I telling you this? Well, the curse has struck again and last evening we lost our most senior (and Mother to Perkins, Pootle and Petal) Elma to liver failure at only 10.

Things didn’t start well for Elma. Her and her brother Eric (who still lives as a stray but is very much his own cat and allows us to both feed him and house him in our summer house when he wants us to) were born in the wild: it seems the idiots around here don’t bother to have their cats done given the number of strays there are. However, one warm day in the Summer of 2010, she came across our house and noted that there was food on offer. Promptly she removed the two toms who were eating at the time: Colin and Jamise and helped herself coming back for more and more and more.

Little did we realise that she was with kitten (black fur is soooo slimming) until on Saturday evening in late August when CBH went to put her clothes away when she discovered Elma having kittens in her sock draw. There were five of them: the three above plus Posie (asleep on the bed at the moment) and Pixie (on the sofa). Not wanting to send them off for rehoming and having the space, we kept all five, making a total of 8 cats in all!

Over the years and in part due to our own stupidity in not having them vaccinated as kittens we lost three of Elma’s children. However, after pretty Petal died, we thought we would have a few years without any issues….how wrong were we!

Earlier this year Elma had a period of sickness. The vet did note that her liver was a little out of wack but said this could be result of a simple virus. She was correct as after a bit of treatment, Elma returned to health; only for the same thing to happen a month later. Further tests showed that again Elma’s liver wasn’t quite right but as the treatment had worked previously, we repeated the medication and again, all was well.

This period of wellness lasted seven weeks. However, on Thursday our poor moggy was unwell again so upon phoning the vets we got an emergency appointment where yet more tests were done. This showed Elma’s liver was in a right state, as was her white blood cell count and her BP. After an afternoons treatment, she was well enough to come home and to, as she had done previously, hopefully to recover. 
Sadly, that was not to be and on Sunday evening she collapsed. One mad rush to the emergency vets later we were told that she was in a coma and there was no hope for her. Sadly, we had to let her slip away with the knowledge that she had brought a lot of love into our household over the 9 years she had been with us.

“Empress” Elma, Head Moggy, Ruler of Stray Toms, Chief Food Taster, and general lovely cat. 2009 to 2019. You will be greatly missed. Not only by us, but by your remaining kittens and by the other cats in the neighbourhood who you ruled with a rod of iron!
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Post by: Pingu on March 26, 2019, 04:42:55 pm
Awh    :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: andrewc on April 02, 2019, 07:23:10 pm
RIP Kismet.   We rescued her when she was abandoned in a cardboard box on the steps of the local vet's clinic, 21 years ago.    Had to take her back there for the last time today  :'(


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Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on April 02, 2019, 07:45:05 pm
Aw, sorry Andrew  :'(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Jaded on April 02, 2019, 08:58:00 pm
21 years is a great life. She had great eyes.  :'(
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Post by: hellymedic on April 02, 2019, 09:03:45 pm
Condolences, Andrew!
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Post by: Canardly on April 02, 2019, 09:29:50 pm
Condolences Andrew, she had a good innings.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: rogerzilla on April 06, 2019, 05:35:07 pm
Tigs has turned into an emo and started pulling his fur out.  I suspect it's a new cat in the neighbourhood.  Vet has given him some slightly dubious herbal calming tablets, since there is no skin condition or parasite infestation.  Apparently "stress pulling" is fairly common.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: hellymedic on April 06, 2019, 06:08:33 pm
Trichotillomania in humans IIRC...
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: lou boutin on April 06, 2019, 07:20:04 pm
So sorry to hear this Andrew
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Post by: perpetual dan on May 26, 2019, 08:35:01 pm
Phoebe is off to the vet one last time. I wish i was there to say goodbye and cuddle the kids.

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Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Wowbagger on May 26, 2019, 08:36:57 pm
It is a year ago today that Morphy shuffled off this mortal coil.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Pingu on May 26, 2019, 08:50:15 pm
Sorry to hear that PD  :(
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Post by: T42 on May 27, 2019, 09:06:53 am
Condolances, PD. We've done that altogether too many times.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Andy64 on August 16, 2019, 07:08:25 am
I lost my Big Guy yesterday. Little Man (on the left) is looking lost
I've just filled two bowls with fresh water
There's only the sound of one set of paws coming to greet me this morning.
Two leads hanging up
12 Years is nowhere near long enough
It hurts  :(
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Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: perpetual dan on September 17, 2019, 11:47:37 pm
Athena has a lump.
Having seen how fast Phoebe's spread, I think we're going to go for a happy time rather than surgery.

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Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: T42 on September 18, 2019, 07:47:04 am
Might be a fatty cyst...
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: perpetual dan on September 18, 2019, 06:15:32 pm
It seems more likely to be a tumour, and given her age and the speed with which her sister got new lumps earlier this year, we’re not convinced that the trauma of an op is the kindest way to go. Rats are quite good at grooming stitches.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: matthew on September 23, 2019, 10:11:11 am
Parents cat went out a 2nd floor window and then slipped yesterday  ::-), cue trip to the vet. Last I heard he wasn't weight bearing on a rear leg and has a good scab on his chin. Will hear more today on how he is.

This mornings update is mobile but limping so he avoids the indignity of the cat carrier for a second time in two days.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: perpetual dan on October 06, 2019, 02:53:16 pm
Athena developed a second lump, and they'd got to a point where she was clearly declining. So we said goodbye this morning.  :'(
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Post by: hellymedic on October 06, 2019, 05:32:38 pm
Condolences pd!
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Legs on October 08, 2019, 05:49:08 pm
Amy the goose didn't make it out of the hut this morning.  Now nibbling grass in Elysian fields.  :-[
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: hellymedic on October 08, 2019, 08:47:21 pm
 :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Legs on October 10, 2019, 06:44:35 am
Thanks helly x
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Post by: Bledlow on October 10, 2019, 05:50:16 pm
My stepfather's old cat Gipsy died recently. She'd been spending most of the time asleep lately, & we think she was a bit demented. She sometimes seemed confused. Sadly, we suspect that killed her: she was found floating in the canal basin. Perhaps she forgot that she could no longer jump across gaps onto boats.

Her oldest known living descendant, Tremi, has since died. She'd become very unwell, losing weight fast. The vet diagnosed cancer. Treatment was thought cruel, since she wouldn't understand it, so she had a last trip to the vet.

They were 19 & 17.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on October 10, 2019, 06:55:51 pm
 :'(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: rogerzilla on February 05, 2020, 08:28:49 pm
Hector (aka Heccy-Doodles), my onetime little tabby cat, had to be put down today after an X-ray showed his rasping breath was advanced lung cancer.

He lived with my girls and ex-wife but we all went to the vet together.  He was only 9.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on February 05, 2020, 08:42:14 pm
Aw, sorry Roger :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: hellymedic on February 05, 2020, 09:22:14 pm
That is sad.

Condolences.
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Post by: andrewc on February 05, 2020, 09:33:08 pm
Hugs Roger  :'(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: rogerzilla on February 05, 2020, 10:06:26 pm
Thanks.  Boo the dim little black cat, obvious runt of a litter, tiny with a humped back and short tail, saw him in and saw him out.  Boo has always existed in her own little dream world and is unstressed by anything.  I wonder if she'll notice he's gone?  She didn't notice when his predecessor died.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Jaded on February 05, 2020, 11:21:50 pm
That’s sad, and no age.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: rogerzilla on March 20, 2020, 04:08:14 pm
Boo is about to follow him.  She's lost the will to live since he died.  Won't eat and has barely moved for 3 days.  Skin and bone and her face is heartbreakingly sad.  Vet gave her steroids but she only rallied for a day or two.  We don't want her to die in distress and vet availability next week is doubtful  :'(

They obviously had a bond.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on March 20, 2020, 04:12:13 pm
Aw, sorry Roger :(
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Post by: Gattopardo on March 20, 2020, 04:37:34 pm
So sorry to hear.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on May 01, 2020, 11:24:47 pm
Willow our 17 year old diabetic tortoiseshell is very poorly. She isn't eating, isn't moving much and is looking very down.
She has been admitted to the vets and they have discovered she has kidney problems and very low potassium levels.
There is probably quite a bit they can do but, I am wondering if it would be fair on her to put her through it.

The worst thing about this situation is, if it comes to the ultimate decision, she will probably be on her own. I comforted both our previous cats, Scooby and Sylvester, whilst the vet gave the final injection. I don't think I will be allowed to for Willow.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: perpetual dan on May 02, 2020, 11:05:41 am
That sounds hard. Hugs.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: hellymedic on May 02, 2020, 12:42:03 pm
That's hard.
Hoping for the best for you and Willow.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on May 02, 2020, 12:54:33 pm
Aw. If they can get her K levels up she might perk up? When Mojo had kidney failure (this was on top of the hypothyroidism) he was on blood pressure tabs and special food.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: fuzzy (retd.) AAGE on May 02, 2020, 10:49:39 pm
Got a phone call at 12:30 this morning. Willow had deteriorated thrugh the evening and her glucose levels were plummeting. She hadn't moved an inch all day. We made the decision. She had had enough.

I brought her home this morning and laid her to rest in the garden after work this evening.
Thanks for all the joy you brought us Willow.
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Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Pingu on May 02, 2020, 11:01:24 pm
 Aw :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Jaded on May 02, 2020, 11:17:54 pm
That's so sad.  :'(

Best wishes
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Post by: andrewc on May 02, 2020, 11:30:43 pm
So sorry Fuzzy  :'(
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Post by: barakta on May 02, 2020, 11:34:46 pm
I'm so sorry.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on May 03, 2020, 09:57:36 am
Sorry Fuzzy :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: eckagain on May 03, 2020, 12:37:02 pm
Sad news Fuzzy, so sorry for your loss.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: davelodwig on June 05, 2020, 09:36:05 am
One of our guinea pigs, Buttermere or butters as we called her passed away in the night.

Her sister Grasmere, is mouring as they do. She was one of our first pets when we bought this place and only 3 years old.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: hellymedic on June 05, 2020, 02:30:27 pm
Sorry to see this Dave.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: RichForrest on November 20, 2020, 10:07:40 pm
RIP Stella  :'(
Dawn had you for 4yrs before I met you. I have known you for 10yrs.
But the time had come for the final vet visit as at 16 your body was starting to give up.
You had a good life  :)
Sleep well little one

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Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on November 20, 2020, 10:35:18 pm
Sorry Rich :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Pingu on November 20, 2020, 10:51:29 pm
Aw  :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Jaded on November 21, 2020, 12:28:14 am
Cat in hospital after a seizure.

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Post by: rogerzilla on November 21, 2020, 08:09:33 am
 :(
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Jaded on November 21, 2020, 08:56:52 am
No news this morning, so no idea what her condition is. It’s the round one, who is 7. Bad night all round.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on November 21, 2020, 09:38:59 am
Aw, hope she's ok Jaded.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Jaded on November 21, 2020, 01:22:18 pm
So, could be a stroke. Could be a growth on the brain. Slight chance it’s an infection. Options are £££££ referral scan, or wait and see what develops, with antibiotics and sedation. Can’t really see the benefit of that as it then leaves more questions.  So we wait and see.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on November 21, 2020, 04:11:25 pm
Poor toot. Have you got her home now?
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Jaded on November 21, 2020, 04:23:19 pm
No, she’s intubated, and we will see how the next day is.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on November 21, 2020, 04:25:40 pm
Aw. Flippers crossed.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Jaded on November 22, 2020, 05:33:54 pm
Well, my daughter (whose cat she effectively is) has visited and spent a little time with her. Some progress, so we shall see another day. Daughter actually works for the vets and now is going to that hospital for her shifts tomorrow, so we will get a better update, hopefully.

This is her in better times..

https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=144.msg2497484#msg2497484
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on November 22, 2020, 07:42:44 pm
I hope she recovers, Jaded. Fingers crossed.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Jaded on November 23, 2020, 12:08:20 pm
Better news today, she's had a poo, and is able to eat soft food, so the tube is out. Recognises Miss Jaded.

Diagnosis not really cleared up yet though...

edited to add, I've just seen a video of her, quite distressing.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: De Sisti on November 23, 2020, 01:55:59 pm
In my car today I drove over a squirrel. It hesitated mid-road then darted across as my car
approached it. I couldn't brake, as I was being tailgated. The sound as my wheels crushed its
body wasn't nice.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Jaded on November 24, 2020, 08:46:58 pm
That's such a shame De Sisti, not a pleasant experience at all.

Better news on our front, she's improved enough to come home! Still a way to go, but fingers crossed.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on November 24, 2020, 09:08:59 pm
That's good, Jaded. Hopefully she'll continue to improve.
Title: Re: The pet-specific bad news thread
Post by: Jaded on November 24, 2020, 11:38:06 pm
Thanks, yes we are hoping.