Skip to main content

As many of you might recall, I have two pooties, Tango and Cash. They have been life savers for me during my times of illness and a lot has been written about them. Tango specifically has been able to detect my seizures before I have had them and warn me.

Unfortunately Tango himself is now very ill and I am not very sure what will become of him. Back in June he came to me with a severe limp in his right rear leg and after x-rays and a severe work up they dismissed it as not being due to anything but a hyperextenstion of his leg. They gave him a pain killer shot and a shot for inflammation and after a few hours sent him home from the vet ER.

Last night the same thing happened, so I took him to the vet first thing this morning. Turns out he has pulmonary edema, and a blood clot. The clot this time is in his front paw and not in his rear paw. The vet said that edema is one of the most painful things a cat can deal with and he was amazed how well Tango was dealing with it.

The vet laid out three options for me, one was to put Tango down immediately, due to his pain, the second  was to send him to a cat cardiologist who would give him a cardiogram, break up the clot that way, and watch him with specialists, this would run into the thousands of dollars. The third option which is what I opted for, is to keep him at the vet, have him on pain killers and IV drugs, to hopefully break up the clot and see how he is doing in 24 hours.

As of last check his breathing was back to normal and he seemed to be doing better, he was doped up but responding when they did their tests well, and his temp was near normal. The main problem is that even if they bust this clot he will be likely for clots for the rest of his life and there is no guarantee how long he will live after this episode. The vet said he's seen some live a few years and others a few months, it depends.

The last thing I want my cat to be is in pain, Cash, his brother, has been sleeping next to me the whole time I've been home, as if he senses something without his brother being here.

So if you can find it in your heart, please pray for Tango, one of the two most special cats in the world to me, who have saved my life more times than I can count, one of the most special beings out there.

Originally posted to BFSkinner on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 08:54 PM PDT.

Also republished by PWB Peeps, Kossacks helping each other, and Positive Intention and Lovingkindness.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Pat K California, GainesT1958, Superskepticalman, AaronInSanDiego, Powered Grace, NYmom, PeterHug, RunawayRose, Sherri in TX, mlharges, kpardue, dsb, scribe, susans, BlackSheep1, magnetics, mbayrob, undercovercalico, Ignacio Magaloni, fumie, aitchdee, edrie, Getreal1246, NYC Sophia, TiaRachel, churchylafemme, texasmom, Steven Payne, defluxion10, Catte Nappe, rlharry, riverlover, zerelda, Kitsap River, TheOrchid, Pam LaPier, historys mysteries, radarlady, BluejayRN, vgranucci, triciawyse, ChemBob, Kevskos, SaraBeth, Pam from Calif, Sara R, blue jersey mom, rb608, leftynyc, Rogneid, Ekaterin, xaxnar, tommymet, Debbie in ME, Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse, emeraldmaiden, koNko, Audri, triv33, birdbrain64, gooderservice, JVolvo, NearlyNormal, Turbonerd, bumbi, Dianna, Stripe, lynneinfla, Johnathan Ivan, nhox42, Temmoku, postmodernista, markthshark, NonnyO, pfiore8, Jarrayy, Mr K, tgypsy, la urracca, sfbob, joedemocrat, newpioneer, mbh1023, crose, gchaucer2, leonard145b, JML9999, Empower Ink, JaxDem, HappyinNM, Chacounne, GAS, poligirl, OleHippieChick, Youffraita, Senor Unoball, dadadata, lineatus, Cassandra Waites, hwmnbn, TokenLiberal, mofembot, temptxan, petulans, priceman, Quilldriver, LaFeminista, greengemini, nchristine, zephyr108, Nebraskablue, maryabein, FrugalGranny, earicicle, Denise Oliver Velez, moviemeister76, commonmass, Susan Grigsby, Observerinvancouver, The Free Agent, JoanMar, Texnance, Otteray Scribe, Oh Mary Oh, fiercefilms, Reetz, annieli, kerflooey, StateofEuphoria, slowbutsure, cooper888, FarWestGirl, Situational Lefty, California06, NormAl1792, KelleyRN2, mrsgoo, thomask, RfrancisR, enhydra lutris, whaddaya, StateOfGrace, bakeneko, Miggles, allergywoman, BlueDragon, SuWho, jacey, GenXangster, ridemybike, anodnhajo, Williston Barrett, IndieGuy, turn blue, S F Hippie, winglion, swampyankee, 2thanks, FloridaSNMOM, Horace Boothroyd III, Darryl House, Mr Robert, jan4insight, carolanne, belinda ridgewood, Margd, jennyp, arizonablue, ShoshannaD, Heavy Mettle, tn mountain girl, broths, weck, Rileycat, Yo Bubba, Smoh, Knockbally, duhban, Kombema, night cat, Fish Man

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site