When is it her time? Nov 29, 2017 0:37:29 GMT -5 via mobile
Post by taylorlwolf on Nov 29, 2017 0:37:29 GMT -5
Hi everyone. I have a ferret who is four and a half years old; her name is Kota. Kota was diagnosed with bladder cancer only 2 weeks ago. The vet said it appeared that her entire bladder was just one big tumor. He told me the cancer was aggressive, but I didn’t expect to see such decline in just 2 short weeks. Kota has been on Metacam to hopefully reduce the size of her tumor and inflammation. She’s on an antibiotic as well. At first, she was doing pretty well. Her personality was fully intact, and even on Saturday (4 days ago) she was running all around the house and playing. Ever since Sunday, however, things have taken a turn for the worst. Kota has just wanted to sleep and sleep and sleep. Her waist has gotten so skinny, to the point that it seems there’s nothing there. The cancer seems to be affecting her back legs a little as well. Though she can still walk, she doesn’t want to much these past few days, and she seems kind of off balance when she does. She’s only eating and drinking a small amount each day, just enough to get by. She also seems to be losing control of her bladder on some occasions. I picked her up last night and she just peed all over me, but didn’t try to escape my arms or even react to the fact that she went to the bathroom on my shirt. I know this is getting rather lengthy, but my point is, I can tell things are getting the best of her. Just a few moments ago she was staring into space and started shaking a tiny bit, like she was cold. I have been holding her since in attempt to warm and comfort her. It’s hard to find resources about ferrets with bladder cancer, as it seems relatively rare. I was hoping someone who has experienced similar things could tell me... when is it time for me to let her go? I am conflicted because she tries to eat and drink, and today when I got home she was alert in her cage and stood on her hind legs with her paws on the cage bars as she wanted to come out. When I give her a water bottle to chew on (her favorite toy), she will bite on it and shake her head around so long as her body doesn’t have to move much. Things like this make me think she wants to fight, but all the other symptoms that seem so horrid make me wonder if I’m being selfish in prolonging her days. If your ferret had bladder cancer, what did the end look like? Or if your ferret experienced a similar decline, how did you know it was time to let go and put him/her to sleep? I am a 19 year old college student, and I haven’t experienced putting any animals down in my lifetime besides a childhood dog when I was only 8 years old. I just don’t know how to feel or what to do, so any advice would be appreciated.