Re: How do I know if Consuelo is ready to die?
Posted by Roger on 2/19/2018, 5:49 pm, in reply to "How do I know if Consuelo is ready to die?"
I had my most favorite ig get sick o me. She stopped eating and get very depressed. Her blood tests showed an infection, which was treated three times, until the vet team told me she was going to die unless they did exploratory surgery to find it. |
They found severely infected, eroded ovaries and a raging case of peritonitis. They gave me a choice, and I chose surgery and treatment. The surgeon told me she had never used so much fluid to flush a gut cavity and it was the longest surgery she had ever done.
She survived surgery. I nursed her carefully and thoroughly. After 8 weeks it was obvious that her body wanted to live but needed an incredible amount of support. I made her swallow a minced diet of the most nutritious foods 3x/day, and put water in her twice/day. After six months of this, without any hint of it, she just dove into the food on her plate. The trial was over and she lived many more years.
It's too bad I don't remember how she pooped during her recovery.
The hard choice here is deciding to try to save her life. It's lots of work. It may just prolong her misery, or it might save her in the end. None of us will not judge you if you have the vets put her down.
Her repeated doses of medicine could be making her stay sick. Unless the medicine is designed to improve liver or kidney function.
If Consuelo's vets don't see evidence of organ failure (such as elevated liver or kidney enzymes) or infection in her blood tests, see no masses in her x-rays, and see no malevolent things in her poop including gram-negative bacteria and undigested food, then it's entirely possible that she can pull through this. I don't think it will be torture to her for you to keep supporting her. She would choose to live longer if she had a voice. Her recovery could require many months of patient intense servitude from you, but when she pulls through you both will be very happy.
Be sure to learn exactly how to feed water, and how to prepare her minutely minced whole food using a specially modified plastic syringe, and how to place it on the back of her tongue without some getting into her lungs. When food is on the back of their tongues, igs reflexively swallow. I sincerely believe that closely copying what I did holds the best chance for her recovery. I will gladly explain this if you ask. All my best, from Roger.