It’s with great sadness that as I type this early on Saturday morning(Feb 23), we are spending the last few hours we have with Katie. The past week or so has been difficult for her and especially the last couple of days. We’re pretty sure the bladder cancer has spread into other areas.
So, yesterday after many tears, but making the right decision, we’ve decided to help Katie cross the Rainbow Bridge in a few hours.
Difficult, yes, but the right one to make. We want her to leave us with dignity and not suffering.
I’ll do a proper post on Katie and her life with us at a later point.
But, for know thanks for your concern and thoughts
Glen, Lynn, and Katie
The last little while has been a challenge with our little dog Katie. She had been going to the bathroom on a more frequent basis starting 4 or 5 weeks ago. We thought it could be diabetes seeing she is 14 years old. A trip to the vet 3 weeks ago, suggested she had a urinary tract infection. She took a course of antibiotics, plus another course after that, and just started the third course.
She had started to pass blood, so off to the vet again yesterday.
Unfortunately, the diagnose came back as cancer of the bladder. Not what we were hoping for.
After a long chat with her vet, we decided to treat her with Meloxicam to help slow things down and pain. We were given some options that would be highly invasive, but the outcomes would likely be the same.
Both Lynn and I felt these options wouldn’t be fair for Katie and that giving her the best quality of life for her remaining days was the best approach. Her prognosis is not good. Timeline wise, her vet said between 6 to 12 months, with 12 months being a real stretch. It could also be less than 6 months.
Katie has a transitional cell carcinoma(TCC) cancer. It is a malignant tumour that develops from the transitional epithelial cells that line the bladder.
As you can imagine, it has been a difficult past 24 hours. Katie is the first pet that Lynn ever had. The two of them spend most of their time together.
So, the motivation to write anything or to get out outdoors has sort of slipped that past while. But, I wanted to let people know that this is where we are right at the moment.
Hopefully, over the next few days as we get through processing this, things will smooth out a touch. Thanks for reading.