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From: Ulrike
Date: 2001-07-17 18:44:00 UTC
Subject: Tom... :-(

I've had Tom put to sleep earlier. Since yesterday afternoon he could not
move, he could move his legs but not do anything with them. So this morning
I made the decision that it would be kinder to let him go... I cuddled him
all the time, every few hours I'd take him and hold him in the potty so he
could go to the toilet. He was still bright and alert and I thought it'll
be so hard putting a ferret to sleep that is still all there...

We went out in the afternoon, fetching Spike who'd had a dental and also
going shopping because I knew I wouldn't be up to shopping after putting my
baby to sleep... So we got back home and I hear this scream, a really
horrible scream that I'd never ever heard before... I go upstairs to the
ferret room and wonder who would scream like this. I went to get Tom and it
was him screaming... I took him out of bed and he screamed, I laid him onto
a pillow in the lounge and when I wanted to stroke his head he screamed when
he saw my hand approaching. I had my appointment for 6.10 and it was still
early but I just packed my things and my partner drove me to the vets, I was
carefully holding the pillow that Tom was on. Every time the car shook or
we drove around bends- Tom screamed. It was the most horrible ever drive...
It was 5.30 when my vet saw us, she got the gas and anaesthetised Tom and
infected him with the lethal injection... I was glad when he was
anaesthetised, so glad that the screaming stopped... I was crying bad, I
was the one holding Tom and the gas mask and making sure he'd not move away
and all the stress and everything just got to me. Loosing my most special
ferret, the screaming, him struggling to get away from the gas...

I'd like to know what happened in the few hours that he was in bed, he went
from alert and bright to a ferret that must have been in tremendous pain...
And all he'd done was lie in bed. I wonder whether it was bone cancer and
his back broke, my vet will do or by now has done a thorough post mortem and
I also asked her to test for Aleutian Disease... I had all those articles
printed out and gave them to her, I hope it's not AD...

Will write when I know more...

and Jilly, Jack, Bella, Mason, Baby, Dana, Fox, Reno, Rose, Jasmine, Spike,
Hobo, Gremlin and Bobby

Missing Angel, Hope, Igor, Barney and Tom

West Wales Ferret Welfare
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