Jun 052013

Rushed to the emergency vet again last night…Minsc was extremely listless, unresponsive to most stimuli, and had a really low body temperature.

He’s warmed up now and they’re watching him closely. Doing an ultrasound and getting some samples…he’s got fluid in his abdomen, which is not a good sign. We’ll know more when they finish the testing.

Update, 1pm

The ultrasound, with mild sedation to keep him still, revealed that Minsc has an enormous mass on his liver. Its large enough that it is displacing his gall bladder and pressing on other organs. He also has from freestanding blood in his abdominal cavity. The liver mass has a very high index of being a hemangiosarcoma, a rapidly growing, invasive cancer of the blood vessel linings. In essence, it is a time-bomb that could rupture and kill him at any moment. And they tend to be inoperable, but the only way to know for sure is to attempt surgery. He also has a heart murmur, and his body temperature is still extremely low when they don’t keep him in the incubator. I don’t know that he could even survive surgery, so we don’t think it’s the right choice in this case.

We’re driving up shortly to say goodbye. It’s just not fair…

  3 Responses to “It never rains, but it pours”

  1. What terrible, terrible news this is – I’m in shock and tears, not MINSC too!! I am so very sorry to hear this – there are no words I can write that could properly convey that, but please just accept my hugs and condolences- Andrew and I love that little guy, what a true character he is! Again, there just are no words, what a horrible week this has been for you all… I pray he is not in pain…

    • He was very sleepy at the end; he shifted uncomfortably once or twice but that is all. We cuddled for a good while before we had to say goodbye, and it confirmed to me that we were making the right decision. He was miserable being so ill and you could see that he wanted to be ferrety but just wasn’t able.

      We’re still in shock, but with a youngster (Millie) in the house we know we’ll have to adopt more soon. With Minsc gone and Ares not that interested in playing with her (he’s 4 or 5 now), Millie somehow managed to escape the playroom and give us all a good scare! XD

  2. So sorry to hear about precious Minsc and Draco ,its so sad that their time on this earth wasnt longer but im sure you will see them again on the other side,take care,my thoughts are with you,Andrew.