About 6 weeks ago, we found a lump in Smokey's abdomen. The vet thought it was fluid and tried to drain it. It was all blood. We almost lost him due to his blood numbers dropping suddenly and he barely survived the transfusion required to save his life. His numbers started rising but never climbed back to normal. The lump never got smaller. He had also developed a breathing problem. The vet had no idea what was wrong with him. Last Thursday, we took him in for a biopsy of the lump because the vet thought he might have cancer. His blood pressure crashed and he needed another blood transfusion to get him through the night. They think he was bleeding internally. At 5:25am Friday morning, he started crashing again and when the emergency care facility called, we had to make the decision to let him go. We rushed there and petted him and comforted him while he was put to sleep. He seemed so sick and ready to go but we are both having a horrible time trying to deal with the loss of our precious Smokey. We got him and his sister 2 months after we bought this house and we have never known this house without him. We burried him in the front yard next to a tree that was planted in memory of a passed loved one. We placed 2 yard Angels over his grave so we would remember that he is with God in Heaven now. Not knowing what was really wrong with him and the fact that the end came so suddenly, has been a real struggle to deal with for both of us.
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