Friday, April 10, 2009

Things that don't make sense

Our vet called us this morning to say that Titan's blood sugar was still very low this morning, despite getting glucose drip IV all night long. Dr. Gray gave him a fifty percent dextrose solution to try and get his blood sugar back up and finally succeeded but Titan was showing severe neurological impairment.

When we visited Titan last night it took him a full two minutes to respond to us. I thought he was angry with us for leaving him there but I guess it took him that long to process our presence. The tech said he would not eat or or drink anything, which is mad crazy for him. He always eats everything in sight and drinks quite a bit of water. I had to refill his water dish three times last weekend, which is one reason we brought him in for a check up, because I thought his sugar was too high! He also was not meowing at all, again very odd for him as he is very vocal. In fact he was abandoned by his previous owner and we've always suspected it was because he was so noisy.

We're not sure if he had brain damage from his blood sugar getting so low yesterday or if he threw a clot into his brain. We sent his blood and urine out last night for a comprehensive screening and everything came back fine but the sugar. His kidneys and liver appeared to be fine. It's bewildering because he showed no symptoms of low blood sugar at home. He was limping but active and eating, drinking, complaining and asking for attention. All of his normal activities. He was even feeling spry enough to jump into the bathtub for a rest a few days ago, one of his favorite spots.

The only real symptom he had was peeing all over everything. Which really should be more a symptom of high blood sugar. It's baffling.

Also why was his blood sugar still below twenty after getting IV glucose from 4:30 pm to 7:30 the next morning? Tell me what sense that makes.

I made the decision euthanize him this morning, helped out by our vet's advice.

Our vet deserves a commendation. He stayed at the hospital quite late last night and was back there early this morning, even though he was supposed to have the day off. He made a confusing and extraordinarily difficult time more bearable.



At 12:38 AM, Blogger SailorFred said...

My condolences. It's hard losing a close companion.

At 4:02 PM, Blogger Jordan said...

I know how hard it is to lose a pet. About a year and a half ago my dog got very sick and we had to do the same thing. Stay strong.

At 7:11 PM, Blogger Georgiana said...

Thank you both very much. That's kind of you.

Jordan, I'm very sorry to hear about your dog. It's such a hard thing to go through. Best wishes.


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