cliff the new feline leukemia cat is much sicker than he looks. he is very badly anemic and his liver and kidney function suck, plus it looks like he might be diabetic on top of it all. the vet says he will not be with us for very long. she said once he becomes symptomatic..we can try a round of steriods to improve his quality of life for a brief period of time.
larry...not aspiration pneumonia, not cardiac failure...best guess from the xrays, his exam and his history is...it looks like that mass that we removed from his neck when he came in last march ( a low grade hemangiosarcoma), is growing again. but this time it is growing inwards, not outwards and that is why he is having trouble breathing. this truly sucks. he is on antibiotics and in a few days the vet will try to hit the tumour hard with steriods but..larry is most likely palliative no matter what we do.
sweetie...hmmm tough one. her heart is grossly enlarged with a grade 4 murmur which makes her a very poor surgical risk. we cannot leave that ulcerated tumor on her foot because it hurts her. we can't take the entire foot because she is just far too old. soooo...i have booked her for a lumpectomy next wednesday....i might change my mind on this...i just am not sure.
the vet said it could heal and work out well for her..or it could be a disaster..depending on what kind of tumor it is.
aahhhh...this would be the sucking part of this kind of rescue...old and sick animals that you deeply care for who need you to make the right decisons for them.
as an aside...larry is VERY upset that he was left at the vets. he actually spent the whole ride home, trying to climb over the barrier to get in the front seat with me. you would probably have to know larry (and see how crippled he is) to understand how very important this was to him.
larry communicates clearly and directly without ever saying a single word.
i am pretty sure that what larry has...is what stole my tally ho braveheart away. deja vu sucks big time too.