February 12, 2010

Chapter 1: Goodbye to Pax

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:26 am by Lauren

We mentioned that Pax had been sick and he got better quickly, but he kept having problems with his bladder. He first started having symptoms – inability to pee that resolved itself within about 8 hours, as well as spraying and peeing everywhere – at Thanksgiving, with another bout of sickness at Christmas. He got sick again in mid-January, and at first we didn’t realize that it was worse than previous times. He took to the basement and didn’t want to come out, but he was on pain medication because he had been yowling all day the previous Saturday, so we took his sedate behavior to be a side effect of that. Twenty-four hours later, he was still in the basement, and we realized that it wasn’t just the pain medication. We took him to the vet, who said his bladder was completely obstructed. By the time we drove him to the veterinary hospital (though we went immediately), his kidneys were starting to fail and his heart rate was half what it should have been. We made the very difficult decision to euthanize him.

Here’s our Pax, one last time:

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