November 15, 2013
brought Lil Ms. Bee, Jabberwocky and Pastel to the vet
yesterday. Jabberwocky is definitely blind in one eye
and something is going on in the other, but he wouldn't
hold still long enough for our vet to get a good look.
He will likely lose his vision in the second eye within
the next 3-6 months.
vet is going to speak with an ophthalmologist he knows
in order to come up with a surgical plan. During surgery
Ginger and Bee both stopped breathing--holding their
breath under anesthesia, which is very common in
waterfowl, part of their diving instinct. If Jabberwocky
needs surgery I want our vet present to handle
anesthesia and breathing. Either we'll have to go to the
other vet's practice or that vet will need to come to
ours. The plan is to work out a plan and then come up
with a cost and then do a fundraiser after the new year.
Ms. Bee is growing bone! But... she has a slight
infection around the pin entry point, so she's on
antibiotics oral meds and topical cream. She goes back
next week for a check-up.
Pastel... his pneumonia is all cleared up, but he's on
one more week of buffer meds just to be sure. Someone
canceled their ultrasound appointment, so we jumped on
the opportunity to see what's going on with his heart.
Unfortunately... the news is very sad... he is in end
stage heart failure. He has fluid around his heart and
is likely looking at 1-3 months time left with us...
with 6 months being a practical miracle... I just
couldn't bear it when our vet told me. It just wouldn't
we've opted to retire Pastel here at our sanctuary to
keep him as stress free and happy as possible and to
ensure he gets the best medical care possible. If at any
point his energy or breathing deteriorate to the point
of discomfort, we will bring him to our vet to help ease
him over, but more likely... we will probably lose him
to a sudden heart attack. To try to stave it off for as
long as we can, he's on heart medication: Lasix,
Enalapril and Digoxin. Together they help reduce fluid
around his heart and increase the strength of his heart
beats to help oxygenate his bloodstream.
there were more I could do for him... so I gave him lots
of lettuce today!
him go back outside now during the day (he goes in the
barn at night), but I encircle him in a fence in front
of one of the happy goose barns. That way he can see his
friends without them being able to pick on him, which
Jamboree tends to do.
don't want him to spend the rest of his life divided
from the gaggle though, so once he's done with his
antibiotics, I'm just going to let him out to wander
around the Goose Run. I want him to be as happy as I
can--I think that's most important now. That his end of
life care be the best possible and that includes both
medicine and joy.
now... it's time... for a special message for my pen-pal
you! Now you're a ducky celebrity! I took a photo of the
photo your Momma Duck mailed to me, and here you are!
Now everyone in the world can see you!
And here's Snuggles... She has a
copy of My Ducky Diary! That's one happy &
(I love that she's smiling for the
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