Date: 2010-11-25 02:21:18 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Need advice re: rainbow bridge
I have been blessed in having ferrets in my family for the past 15+ years but I have not had a situation where I honestly do not know if it is time for the bridge. I know there is always the response that I even have posted to people asking. "You will know when it is time.."
I am at a real loss with Cocoawheats. She is on a high dose of pred for lymphoma diagnosed a month ago. She has masses in her abdomen and chest. She is only 4 years old.. Her last visit over a week ago showed some improvement with the lymph nodes shrinking.
Cocoa's life consists of eating, drinking and sleeping. She has started now to not use her litter box. She will sometimes make it in but even the lowest entry box is a struggle for her to get into. She now uses newspapers around the box. She eats and lays down by the food. Drinks then lays down by the food. Now and agains she shows and interest in a new toy and will walk up near it and bite or sniff it but then lay her head on it. I and her dad give her plenty of cuddles and love. Other than that she stays laying in bed. She whimpers when I put her on her back or try to clean her bottom and legs from her weight getting in the way of her bathroom habits. The vet said she is not in pain last week. Even when our fuzzies are not in pain is there a time when we should let them go. I am broken hearted seeing her like this every day. This is not any quality of life but am I robbing her of it when she still eats, drinks and tries to use her potty. I need help guys. It is breaking my
heart as I want her here forever but I do not want to keep her here if she is miserable..I am scared even though she is not very painful that she is miserable. This is one of those situations where she isn't giving up on eating but she looks so sad. I feel like if I send her to heaven what if it was too soon but it breaks my heart to think of her like this every day..
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