Rainbow Bridge

So I have got­ten behind a bit in my blog­ging. It has been an extremely tough cou­ple of weeks and when the tough gets going, they stop blog­ging.  Now that things are set­tling down, I will be able to focus my thoughts.

The tough­est case I have had for a while occurred over the past few weeks. A fer­ret patient of mine has been in more recently for com­pli­ca­tions with his med­ical con­di­tions. This won­der­ful lit­tle guy is 9 years old (amaz­ing age for a fer­ret) and has a his­tory of adrenal dis­ease, insuli­noma, and car­diac dis­ease. For those not famil­iar with fer­rets, they are very prone to mul­ti­ple dis­eases that need jug­gling. He has been on an array of med­ica­tions to help is blood sugar and heart con­di­tion. Recent blood checks showed that his blood sugar level was drop­ping and he needed to go up on some meds. Just as we were sta­bi­liz­ing this, he went into con­ges­tive heart fail­ure. Over the course of 7 days, he was in and out of emer­gency clin­ics to have fluid removed from his chest, ultra­sounds to eval­u­ate his heart, and in need of med­ica­tion changes. He had one good week­end with his fam­ily before he decom­pen­sated again and his mom had to make an extremely dif­fi­cult deci­sion. Because he was strug­gling to breath and his heart could not func­tion well enough with addi­tional med­ica­tions and even oxy­gen sup­port was not help­ing him, she had to let him go. He was euth­a­nized 3 days short of his 10th birth­day.  It was a very dif­fi­cult time for his mom and it was a loss felt by three dif­fer­ent vet­eri­nary clin­ics and mul­ti­ple vets that were part of his care dur­ing his senior life. He was a remark­able fer­ret that had an incred­i­ble bond with his mom and was always so easy­go­ing and for­giv­ing no mat­ter what we asked of him. I know I will miss him so I can only imag­ine how tough the loss is for his mom. In times like these, dur­ing the dif­fi­cult loss of a pet, it helps to think that they are wait­ing for us over the Rain­bow Bridge. No mat­ter what your faith is, this poem based on a Norse leg­end explains how our pets that we are close to are wait­ing for us and we will see them again one day. While they are wait­ing to cross the rain­bow bridge with us into heaven, they are alle­vi­ated of all of there ills and pains. If any fer­ret deserved to be at the foot of the Rain­bow Bridge, it would be this amaz­ing fer­ret that pro­vided years of com­pan­ion­ship and joy and showed a spirit and will to live that was heroic.

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