05.17.10

Goodbye, Chester

Posted in Memorials at 9:05 am by ACR&S

It’s been a busy week in the Sanctuary. We lost Chester on Friday May 14th. We noticed that he was down a little in weight and had a redued appetite on Sunday the 9th – this is why it’s important to always weigh your piggies frequently! His anorexia progressed into stasis, but we were able to stabilize him with assisted feedings and subcu fluid administration. On Thursday he was still not producing much poops and had started to have labored breathing, so we determined it was time for a vet visit. X-rays showed significant decrease in lung volume, as well as a large volume of air in the stomach and colon – he was swallowing air as he tried to breathe. The vet suspected an upper respiratory infection, but was hesitant to give antibiotics while he was already in GI distress, so we opted to wait another day and check the X-rays again to see if there was any improvement in lung condition. By Friday it was clear that he was losing the battle and we had him euthanized. Necropsy revealed mutiple nodules in the lungs which the vet suspects was lymphoma, although we are still awaiting the lab confirmation.

I’m very sorry to lose him and shall miss him, but I find comfort in the fact that he was over 7 years old. Sadie is still doing well and we’re getting ready to pair her with Douglas, another old man who recently lost his girlfriend.

Goodbye, Chester, and thank you for being such a sweet, wonderful companion to so many people over so many years!

1 Comment

  1. Celia said,

    May 18, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Aw, so sad to loose little friends. And as difficult as it must have been for Chester to endure his final days, it must have been as terrible to watch.

    Thank you for making the decision to end his suffering; it is not only an act of kindness but also the ultimate act of love.

    Good bye sweet boy, we are happy you are beyond pain. Your Loving Humans will take good care of Sadie, so leave with out worry. Look for the many little friends who have gone ahead of you- you will likely find them waiting in an enormous field of deep clover.