The most typical procedure involves an intravenous injection of a barbiturate anesthetic given at a high concentration (overdose). The pancreas can also become inflamed, resulting in the digestive enzymes being released into the pancreas itself rather than into the intestinal tract, a condition we generally term “pancreatitis”. I know I did the right thing to prevent suffering but somewhere in my heart I feel guilty that he may died in pain or scared. However, a recent study showed that people with chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer differ in the composition of bacteria in saliva samples compared to healthy people. My job as sister and veterinarian was to tell him to stop, to let her go because it was clear if he did not that her decline would be terrible for her. A high fTLI maybe suggests pancreatitis, but it’s very iffy. She holds a Masters of Science in Animals and Public Policy, also from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. The pain is just too much for them and also these are the same people who can’t go to funerals or even visit sick loved ones in the hospital. I never held him before the injection, just after everything was done. I’d rather she had gone peacefully to sleep and slipped away, not scared, not in pain, but don’t feel guilty, learn from it and know that letting a beloved animal go is the right thing to do when there is no hope and all they are doing is suffereing. Dr. Colleran owns the Chico Hospital for Cats in Chico, CA and the Cat Hospital of Portland in Portland, OR. But we had the pleasure of having them around for fifteen, sixteen, eighteen, nineteen years. Your story is similar to mine. Powered by Sysgen Media. He was eating well he was pooping normally. While in many respects, I think of euthanasia as a privilege to perform when suffering is the alternative, nevertheless, it is always hard on me. For some reason, I had a bad feeling about this—not knowing who was coming into my home. There’s also a med called Cerenia that the vet can give to help with the nausea as well. Neela- I’m sorry to hear about your experience and sympathize with how frustrated you feel with not being told what was wrong. I wish I could say I had a peaceful experience but I still haven’t recovered fully from the events that night. I spoke to him before the vet came in and sat with him for a few minutes after he was gone. I really do believe that sometimes, they try to spare us from having to make that difficult decision and go on their own. Based on your description, I suspect that she wasn’t aware of much that was going on after she received the sedative. Read on to know more. I don’t know how they do it. She was a really healthy kitten up to that point she was a little thin but she always ate a lot. My vet warned me that after the blood tests he might be in kidney failure. Trauma, infection, parasitism, and idiosyncratic reactions to certain drugs are potential causes of pancreatitis, however, the vast majority of cases (> 90%) cannot be linked to any one specific cause. I am nauseous with guilt and turmoil. There is still much that we don't know about pancreatitis in cats, but thankfully, the veterinary community's knowledge base has grown over the years, so there are things we can do to help prevent and treat this disease. If my friends could not do it, I would, but not everyone can. Pancreatitis might be more common in cats than we think. I was told to get some wet food in his diet and he is on lactulose daily and prednisolone every other day. Tell them how much we honor them. Focus on how ZESTY would want you to feel. Oh no... Het welk soon Frankie! I thank the pet crematory for the best service and understanding. The tech held her down. Ive been treating a siamese of mine for about 5 years with this ailment. I’m so sorry about Cleo Catra, Marilyn. He licked my finger as if he understood. Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) is a common gastrointestinal disorder in dogs and cats. I think pancreatitis is much more common, because I examine many sick cats. I know old post, but how has he come around? My heart was broken when I had to make that decision I was really attached to her cause I was with her since she was a week old before I took her home.She was like my little girl. Not as hard as it is for clients who don’t want to give up, but emotionally trying. I had to put my cat of 16 years to sleep July 4, 2014. My brother was so sad. 16 years before I had literally watched my cat die for six months. As she’d already been fairly unresponsive, the sedative took immediate effect (so he said). He administered a pre-mix with KET to sedate him but after only two or three minutes tried to inject euthanasia drug via his leg. We are very lucky to have a cat-only vet center, and they walked us through two euthanasias, and while it was heart-breaking in both cases it was the right thing to do, and our vets walked us through the experience with such compassion and grace – it made very difficult days a little easier. Efforts should be made to try to identify and eliminate any inciting cause. bluetongue Sat 18-Jun-16 11:02:59. Time made it easier, but we were profoundly sad, recognizing what an important part of the family she had been. Understanding kidney disease in cats and when to euthanize is tricky, especially when your cat may have both good days and bad days. For what it's worth, here are my thoughts on IBD, which, as StephenQ says is highly likely: This site uses cookies. And when I got his cremains back, I made a memorial for him, which I will always have. However, a new test has become available that may improve our ability to achieve a diagnosis of this elusive disease in cats. Oh Karla, I’m so sorry. Came back after 5 mins with him. About TheCatSite.com. In some instances of feline pancreatitis, things can really get out of control, and the pancreatitis can trigger damage to other areas of the body, leading to respiratory failure, steatitis (painful inflammation of fatty tissue), and other damage, often with devastating consequences. Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) is a gastrointestinal disorder that can affect cats. Pancreatitis is hard to detect in cats as it is likely to be more subtle in dogs. New York, A veterinarian will thoroughly examine the history regarding your cat’s health and lifestyle, and conduct a physical examination to prevent other possible problems. A veterinarian might carry out one or more of the following procedures to be able to make a conclusive diagnosis of the disease: There are five basic goals in treating pancreatitis in cats. I’m so sorry about your loss, Laura. Was she aware of this? When supportive measures no longer make him feel good, but only serve to prolong the misery or just slightly lessen it, I pray I have the bravery I lacked before. X-ray findings are subjective and may not be apparent.