I experienced an unplanned hiatus from blogging for the past week, for a host of reasons. The primary reason is related to our precious canine member of our family, Kita, who had a medical emergency last week.
Anyone who may follow and read my blog – or interacts with me on Facebook, or knows me in person – knows that my husband and I have a 12 1/2-year-old black lab; I’ve had her since she was a puppy, just a few months old, and brought her all the way from my youngest sister’s pet shop in West Virginia, up to New Hampshire, where I lived at the time.
I also blogged about Kita over the summer, when she was diagnosed with cancer and had a large mast cell tumor removed. We thought she was doing better, but over the past couple weeks, she has experienced a rather noticeable decline in her health.
This is the update I had posted on my Facebook timeline following our vet’s home visit last Thursday:
Our vet, Dr. Erker, and a vet tech came over yesterday (so nice that the staff does house calls) and they were quite concerned, too, about how much Kita’s health has deteriorated since her surgery over the summer. Dr. Erker said Kita’s internal organs all feel enlarged, she obviously has hip dysplasia along with arthritis in her joints, and some muscle atrophy is going on in her legs. Dr. Erker drew some blood, along with fluid from the swollen area on Kita’s back.
There are good and bad results: on the good side, nothing immediately alarming from the blood and fluid tests that would indicate Kita is at death’s door. However, Dr. Erker said she can’t rule out more cancerous cells, or mast cell disease spreading. One type of liver enzyme is too high, and she mentioned the possibility of neuromuscular degeneration, since Kita is having such a hard time with coordination.
Dr. Erker said at this point, she would just recommend some different types of medicine to help with Kita’s symptoms and pain, and just make her comfortable – and keep watching her, to see if her health deteriorates further, or if she stabilizes – before we make any drastic decisions.
We certainly wish our precious Kita would recover – but we are feeling like we may have to face facts and be prepared to let her go soon. Our vet even told us she could administer that final injection here at home, so we could be with our Kita girl as she draws her last breath.
To say it has been difficult to get work done in the midst of all this is a major understatement!
How about you readers? Have any of you had to face saying goodbye to a cherished “fur baby” who is just as much part of your family as the human members are?
[Posted as part of NaBloPoMo—
December theme: Blogging About WORK].