Date: 2001-07-31 09:42:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Champ: Final Update
Thank you for your response and I want to learn
everything I can before Pasha has to go. We went to
the Vet yesterday and he has cancer of the lymph nodes
so I'm sure his time is going to be short. I
appreciate any information anyone gives me to make his
passing as easy as possible for him.
Connie and fuzz buts.
--- Steph <rumtum99@s...> wrote:
> Hi Connie,
> I know that putting one of our little ones to sleep
> is never easy, but when I saw your message I have
> heard of others who have had your experience. None
> of my pets have ever experienced any distress during
> the procedure. I request that the sedative which is
> given sub-q to cats and dogs prior to surgery is
> given. The acronym at our clinic is B.A.G., but I
> am unsure if this is everywhere. I could find out
> exactly what in it if you would like. The two
> ferrets who I have had put to sleep have been
> totally asleep by the time my vet has administered
> the euthanol directly into the vein in the forarm.
> Hemingway shook his arm when the alcohol was put on,
> but other than that slept in my arms. I can't
> believe that I have tears thinking back.
> One extra step that my vet has added for my pet
> rat, and would have at the least bit of distress for
> my ferrets was put them on the anesthetic machine,
> this was done as the euthanal was administered
> directly into the heart unlike with my ferrets at
> our clinic.
> Take care,
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Connie
> To: Ferret-Healthemail@example.com
> Sent: Monday, July 30, 2001 4:33 PM
> Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Champ: Final
> I am so sorry to hear about your little Champy. I
> went through a loss in May and words can not
> the feelings. My little boy did not go painless
> it still haunts me. The vet gave him a shot in
> tummy and it was so painful.
> How did your doctor make it so peaceful for
> Champy? I
> hate to ask this but I am facing it again soon and
> don't want this little guy to suffer the same way.
> Champy had a good mom and he was a lucky little
> Prayers from
> Connie and the fuzz butts.
> Pharoah, Pasha, Pooh Bear and Sky
> --- shurcool@i... wrote:
> > I don't normally post these things to the lists.
> > feel like no one
> > really knows me or my ferrets personally so
> > think that
> > postings and condolences are very impersonal. I
> > people know
> > individually who know my ferrets and me
> > That said, I have
> > inundated you with tales of Champ and his
> > over the last six
> > months. It's only fair that I post the
> > There was the second adrenal surgery in January,
> > then the UTI within
> > a few days, then the diagnosis of chronic renal
> > failure in February.
> > A heart murmur appeared a few weeks ago and
> > congestive heart failure
> > was diagnosed a little over a week ago.
> > Once the heart problems started, Champ went
> > very quickly and
> > got pretty bad over the weekend. Medications
> > difficult, as
> > those to help treat the heart problems can cause
> > further kidney
> > damage. Champ's kidneys were such that they
> > couldn't afford further
> > damage. This weekend, after increasing his
> > meds some, he
> > swelled up like a balloon. He gained over 1/2
> > in 10 days,
> > nearly reaching 4 lbs. His little face and body
> > were all puffed up.
> > He appeared to be in some discomfort but not a
> > of pain, thank
> > God. When he was out of his cage, I put him in
> > small carrier with
> > lots of blankies, leaving the door open for him
> > come and go. The
> > only time he ventured out was to use the
> > right next to the
> > door. I tried to be there to hold him up as he
> > didn't have the
> > strength to stand and would soil himself. He
> > would drag himself
> > back into the carrier. His breathing became
> > and more difficult;
> > sometimes I could hear him all over the house.
> > I almost took him to the emergency after-hours
> > on Saturday night
> > but talked myself out of it. I talked to a
> > yesterday (thanks,
> > Shanna) who put things in perspective. She
> > me that Champy
> > would never get better and it was better to let
> > go while he still
> > had more "good" times than bad. She gave me the
> > strength to let him
> > go.
> > This a.m., bright and early, we were at the
> > office. Doc gently
> > helped him go as I held him. It was very quick
> > painless. As a
> > final tribute, he pooped all over my shirt <g>.
> > Champy is at
> > peace now. He will be cremated and his ashes
> > returned to me.
> > Katharine
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