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Friday, March 27, 2009

Our office cat passed on today....

Jasmine Eleanore Louise, our eldest office/clinic cat & mascot, was able to cross Rainbow Bridge (see below) this morning peacefully with our help, she was 9 & 1/2 years old and we've had her for 9 years. We have been treating her for 3 weeks for weight loss, diarrhea, rapid heart rate and bloating in abdomen. She wasn't responding to treatment, was not able to maintain her temperature (she went into hypothermia), and was extremely bloated this morning. So we made the decision to end her suffering. Her bowels this morning were straight liquid almost looked like pee they were so loose. So Dr Sims put her to sleep, she was ready to go, she went quickly and peacefully. She wasn't even purring today, and she was on Wednesday and yesterday. She hasn't eaten anything since Tuesday. He did a necropsy/autopsy as we were concerned she might have FIP which is highly contageous to other cats, her Autopsy showed, NO heartworm, although did have some heart issues, her bowels were thickened and she had lymphadenopathy in her messenteric lymph nodes. Her bowels were VERY smelly. We took some sections and looked at them under the microscope and she had Lymphocytic, Plasmacytic Enteritis, unresponsive to treatment. There were NO FIP Lesions, dry or wet, so the fluid we pulled off of her could have been from the steroids and/or the infection in her bowels. Normally this type of enteritis will respond to steroids but hers didn't. It was a sad day at Camelot Pet Resort, Jasmine is now with Greaser aka Juicer :), Neville, Chester Cheetah the other clinic kitties we've had. Maybe now she won't have nystagmous in her eyes any more :)

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

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