By Dr. Andrew Jones
Michael’s cat Sara died earlier this week.
Michael is my brother who pretty much runs the Internet business.
Sara had been eating less, been less active and losing weight.
I examined her this Winter, and palpated a number of firm masses in her mammary glands.
Likely mammary adenocarcinoma ( breast cancer)
A disease with a poor prognosis in cats- by the time it has been diagnosed most cases have spread to other areas of the body.
But she continued to be happy, eating enough to maintain her weight, going outside to protect her family against those mighty mice predators.
Then 6 months later she started to have difficulty breathing.
Labored breaths at times.
Meaning the cancer was in her lungs, likely producing fluid, making it difficult for her to breath.
Michael and his wife Shannon talked about taking her to a Veterinarian for euthanasia, but Sara rallied, and started eating again.
We were away together in Toronto at Woofstock, and Michael wondered if she would have to be ‘put to sleep’ while he was away.
But she hung on, still picking at her food and sleeping on the couch.
Then the night he was back from Toronto she died in her sleep.
P.S. Did she wait?
Our pets are more connected to us than we think.
I’m sure Michael and his family would appreciate condolences.
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Dr Andrew Jones, DVM
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