A Goodbye

Our sweet hairless cat, Alex, lost his battle with cancer on Saturday. His foot had become very swollen and painful and over the last week started bleeding a lot and had a not good odor. We knew he was in a lot of pain despite the pain medication,  but it’s still a hard decision to make. One of the nice thing about being a family of veterinarians is we are able to do such things in the privacy of our home without having to set an appointment or work around someone else’s schedule. Alex was euthanized on our bed, his […]

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The Trouble with Alex

Alex is our Sphinx cat that we got about three years ago as a rescue. In the veterinary world, a gomer is a pet with every kind of problem imaginable. They’re generally hard to treat because they’re multiple conditions tend to interfere with each other. They are always sick and always developing new conditions. Most vets own at least on gomer in their life. Alex is ours. When we got him, he had inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) which is why he’s so skinny looking. His intestinal tract doesn’t absorb the nutrients he eats very well. This leads to a smelly, […]

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Warm Velvet

“Go ahead, you can touch it,” I say to everyone who comes over to our house.  “It feels like warm velvet.” Most people wrinkle their noses. “Really?” I nod. Then they reach out their hand. The other held in tight to their chest, ready to make a quick escape. “It’s really hot!” they say and start petting.  Soon, they are met with a head butting into their hand, demanding more. The rat-like tail whipping back and forth. The warmth always surprises.  An animal’s normal body temperature is between 100 and 102 degrees, but it’s not something normally felt through  fur. […]

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