Cagney during the day
Last Sunday, Cagney seemed a little off. He was displaying some symptoms that prompted his previous visit to the vet: pale feet, reduced appetite, wetter poops, a bit wobbly. He also had a new symptom of tail bobbing. He was still reasonably active but I noticed after he did a lap of the room he looked out of breath whereas normally he would not be. He still interacted & flirted with Bezukhov & Phineas so was not sitting fluffed up or anything like that. In fact, I was unsure that day whether a visit to the vet was essential. In the end, I rang to see if Ms Exotic Hospital Vet (EHV) was available the next day. She was available the following morning (21st Sept), so I booked him in as a precaution.
So, Monday morning, after giving Bezukhov his every-other-morning medication, I caught Cagney & placed him in the travel cage for the trip to the vets.
Ms EHV examined him. She confirmed his tongue was pale, like his feet. His heart rate was slightly fast but not alarmingly so like before. His temperature was normal. His weight was a healthy 49 grams. Though I had no concerns about his feet, she also checked them, given his previous history, & confirmed his toes were gripping well.
Cagney in travel cage (last photo)
We discussed what we should do next. It was suggested that perhaps he should have the same medication as before but to continue it for longer, approximately one or two weeks after he has improved; it was possible the previous medication was stopped too early. However, before going down that route, it was decided to take a blood sample to rule out other things. Whilst waiting for the results I was to make sure Cagney had plenty of fluids as she thought he was a bit dehydrated.
Whilst she prepared for taking the blood sample, I said to Cagney that I would be in the waiting room & would see him in a minute or two…
I waited in the waiting room. The wait seemed quite long. I was not overly concerned as I simply thought Ms EHV would be waiting for Cagney to become less groggy before returning him & was probably taking the opportunity to type up some notes. Then she called out for the receptionist/nurse, who went into the consulting room. Still I was not overly concerned, just thinking she needed another pair of hands to help with something awkward.
How wrong was I?
Ms EHV came out the consulting room & told me my beautiful little boy had not survived.