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From: Jaclyn
Date: 2001-03-10 10:32:00 UTC
Subject: Medical Questions and comfort

I have a few basic questions in regard's to Kif's death. If anyone
has any answers, I'd love to hear them.

How does lymphosartic (sp?) leukemia kill an animal?

I have a theory, but can't find any information to substantiate it.
I would guess that the red blood cell count drops, therefore there is
less oxygen to the body and the animal's direct cause of death is

Also, and this is just for my peace of mind or lack there of,
depending on the answer...if he died within two weeks of outward
symptoms, was he in much pain? I'm guessing he probably had other
symptoms I couldn't see, like stomach aches or headaches or
something. I'm guessing they're pretty stoic creatures. I just
can't get it out my head that Kif was miserably uncomfortable and was
hiding it as long as he could. I hope that he was just sleepy and a
little off-kilter, not seriously uncomfortable. But, I would like to
know one way or the other. (I think I do, anyway.) :(

Thank you all for bearing with me through the loss of my boy. He was
SO special to me.