Kahn the Cat Hospitalized

On August 18, 2014, Kahn the Cat was taken to the vet respiratory distress. He was lethargic and making a strange gurgling sound we had never heard before. The Prognosis was Devastating The first sign that things weren’t OK was that Kahn allowed the vets to “handle” him. Anyone who knows Kahn understands that he hates vets with a passion, most likely because of being poked and prodded when he was a kitten. But the news only got worse. X-rays showed that Kahn had a mass fluid buildup in his lungs, causing the labored breathing. The x-rays also showed an enlarged heart that could be many things, none of them good. Kahn’s condition quickly deteriorated and he was put in an oxygen tank. The vet prepared us for the likelihood that he wouldn’t survive the afternoon. At 2:15pm on August 18, the vet informed us that Kahn was still not responding to treatment  and she was going to give him a steroid shot as a last ditch “Hail Mary.” We went to visit Kahn. Watching him struggle to breathe was devastating.  Euthanization or Suffocation At 3:15pm we were told that his situation was still dire. We had two options. Option 1: Euthanize Kahn. Option 2: Drive Kahn to the advanced veterinary facilities at Oregon State University (Lois Bates Acheson Veterinary Teaching Hospital), locate about an hour away.  The vet was not optimistic that Kahn would survive the trip. We had 15 minutes to make our ultimate decision because Kahn would have to be at the OSU veterinary hospital by 4:30. It was 3:15. At first, we considered the heart-wrenching decision to euthanize Kahn. , He was in obvious distress...

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