October 12, 2021
It has taken me several days to work up the strength to make this post, but our little Katie passed away last week. It was sudden and we are still in shock. She was not even sick… that we were aware of. Only last month we took her to the Internist to have a very thorough check-up done. It included a full blood panel and ultrasound. The bloodwork was basically fine and the ultrasound indicated a little pancreatitis. For the past month she has been playing and eating normally. Last Thursday she began to act a bit lethargic and we took her to the vet. Blood work was drawn and it was INCREDIBLE what had happened in only a month! She needed an immediate blood transfusion in order to live! Her values were barely compatible with life! They indicated a severe blood loss although there WAS NO BLEEDING ANYWHERE. They did a quick xray and saw nothing! Somehow her body was eating up her blood cells. We rushed her to the Emergency vet. Dog Donor blood had to be used because they didn’t have her type on hand. Her labs also indicated liver damage had happened in the last month… but HOW??? We needed to transfer her care over to her Internist, but FIRST she had to get the blood. It would take 3 hours to complete. We were told to go home and come back first thing in the morning when the Internist’s office opened to pick her up and take her over there. I was on my way there… 1 minute from there… and she had a heart attack. They performed CPR and she didn’t make it. Katie was just gone. We don’t know what happened. Maybe a blood clot. We don’t know what was even wrong with her because the Internist never had a chance to examine her. One month ago she was fine and now she is just gone. I am still in shock and just can’t stop crying. I will never have any answers as to what happened. My little Katie is gone.