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.