Today was "the day" for the minions. They are five-and-a-half months old. 5 ½ months. They are big enough and mature enough to have their "procedures", but they are still babies. We planned the procedures so they could be together. And, then it all went awry.
Bee went through her surgery and micro-chipping like a real trooper. She is very healthy. She is also smart, cooperative, and a little lady.
Clyde was microchipped, but he cannot be neutered. During his pre-surgical exam, there was some question about his heart. X-rays showed that Clyde has a very enlarged heart. I am quite stunned at the films of Clyde’s heart.
Dr. D. took films of Bee’s heart to compare to Clyde’s. Bee’s heart is normal in size and shape. Clyde’s heart is more than twice the size it should be, and is very abnormal in shape and appearance. Clyde’s lungs are also affected, showing congestion associated with the enlarged heart. In addition to this, his liver is also compromised. His liver enzymes are quite elevated.
Brother and sister stayed together. I picked them both up after meeting with Dr. D. They came home, and were very happy to be reunited with the others. Bee is groggy, but sleeping it off with Stella. Clyde took his place on the top of the cat tree, after being reassured by Mom that all is well.
For now, Clyde has no idea that anything is wrong. He has started Lasix treatment. He will be monitored very closely. Our goal is to stabilize him. We want to make him comfortable so he can play and just be Clyde. If we can do that, he may live for (up to) five years. This will take him at an early age. We know that.
We are heartbroken for Clyde. He has had more than his share of ills. They are not connected, either. He is a trooper to have gone through all of this with a strong spirit. We are proud of our Sweet Boy. He is total confidence and never gives up. He has an attitude of, "I got dis!" He is full of love for everyone: human, cat, dog. And, he deserves love and happiness in return. Clyde, "we got dis", Sweet Boy.