My poor Angus has taken ill and is in the hospital tonight. Mike noticed today that he was very lethargic. He did not eat or drink water - Angus loves water, and will even sit at the Poland Springs dispenser and beg for it. We noticed he was really unsteady on his feet as well, and when he would try to use the litterbox, he would strain and have no results. I rushed him to animal emergency in Manchester, where they rapidly diagnosed him as "blocked." At first, I thought they meant his bowel, but they meant his urine was blocked. He is sedated, unblocked and on a catheter now. He will be for at least 24 hours. His bloodwork is all messed up as a result of this sudden kidney issue. The nurse told me on the phone that his urine was the color of merlot. We all know that is not good. I just checked on him again, and he is still quite sedated from valium, but is awake and alert, is tolerating the catheter well and urine is flowing freely now. There is no news on why this happened. He was (surprisingly) very dehydrated when he got to the hospital. His next bloodwork will let us know more about any possible damage. I feel so badly for him. Mike and I are a bit wrecked about this. The photo above is from a couple of months ago (he is rolling on a catnip filled sock). One thing the vet is factoring in seriously is that Angus may well be stressed by the presence of houseguests here. When he gets out of the hospital, the house will be clear of guests - hope that helps him!
I was able to put some good time in on Paradigm Lost while I sit here tonight thinking about Angus and trying to relax... I did little bits here and there tonight...
New DVD Release Tuesday - got Lady in the Water
Stitched on today: Bordeaux Sampler and Paradigm Lost