Sheba a crossed to the other side today. She had been doing ok, starting to eat again (mostly baby food and deli meat), but something just wasn’t right. She had bee having increasing difficulty getting around the house and outside to potty. Last night she needed help every time she wanted to get adjusted in bed. We didn’t sleep much and she was constantly panting. This morning she got up OK for her car ride (highlight of the day), but by the time I got home around 3 and went to take her out to potty she was knuckling on the remaining rear leg and was unable to bear any weight on it at all. I called the vet’s office to let the neurologist know we had symptoms. He said we could bring her in or wait til the morning. Sheba was adamant about getting into the car so we took her over to the vet’s office. On exam Sheba had very little reflex in the remaining rear leg and cried out when he barely tapped her with the mallet. Neuro said her symptoms were consistent with spinal cord infiltration. Just yesterday we learned UofTexas identified the fungus as Rasamsonia spp. which looks and acts like Aspergillus and Penicillium but grows a lot faster. With all this overwhelming information, we made the decision to end her suffering. She fell asleep peacefully in our arms around 5pm. A big thank you to everyone who has offered support and encouragement for the last few months, we really appreciate it!
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