we had a vet appointment for 2:30 at the clinic for colleen to assess him. in the past week he has developed a swelling at the frontal part of his skull. given his other neurological symptoms and endless wandering, i was pretty sure it was a brain tumour.
colleen came out here with her son to meet lucy (lucy has gone home with them on a foster trial) and we decided to do bj's exam up here, rather that stress him out in the clinic. she found a very painful mass in his belly and she felt with the neuro signs and the changing shape of his skull, that he probably had cancer in both the abdomen and the brain. she felt his quality of life was not good and the wandering and restlessness was from pain.
we have had him on pretty hefty doses of 4 different medications to manage that pain with minor improvement but not enough.
we decided to help him to pass today while she was here so he could die at home.
bj passed very peacefully in the memorial garden, he was sound asleep within brief minutes of the pre-sedation, he didn't fight it at all.
i think it was the first time in a very long while that he was totally and completely free from pain.
renee, angelina and i were with him...he knew he was loved and cared for, he was not alone.
rest in peace sweet bj...be happy and free.