Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Bittersweet

We have been having some great fun as a family in the last couple of weeks since Rob came home. I know I'm behind in posting and pictures. Soon.

Yesterday we got to go to the zoo for my MOPS Park Day and had a great time enjoying the animals and the company of friends. Sadly, when we got home we discovered that Spot passed away while we were gone. We had still been battling her injuries which included a surgery to repair a hernia not discovered for a week after the attack. While the vet was repairing that she found a hole in her intestine which caused an abscess. She removed about 6 inches of intestine and cleaned her out. Spot seemed to feel better immediately but it only lasted for a couple of days. She kept refusing to eat (she's always been picky) and then drinking, then quit cleaning herself. She mostly just slept and purred when you pet her. The vet and I weren't sure if it was simply nausea from the injuries or something worse. We had just talked that morning and were going to try a new med which I was going to fill after the zoo. Poor Spot. I'm so sad and I am battling feeling like there was something else I could have done (like force feeding her more often). The vet and I were both so bothered that we agreed to have her take a look inside. She discovered that part of the surgery site had failed (not because of the doctor's work but because the tissue tore at the site). Spot also had a damaged liver caused by her not eating for so long. I have had Spot since she was a week old and fit in the palm of my hand and she was 13 this year. Almost twice as long as I've been married.

4 comments:

Jessy said...

I'm so sorry! She obviously lived a long life with you loving her and taking great care of her.

Hugs

Steve & Sarabeth said...

From one pet lover to another, I'm sorry you had to say good-bye. Losing your pet is so hard.

Marfa said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Spot. "Tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all"...Tennyson.

My Three Sons said...

I'm sorry to hear about Spot. I praise your decision to have the surgery and try to help her then to give up on her like many people do. I know that it was a hard decision. I'm sure Spot was loved by your whole family.