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We Say Farewell To Our Mascot Paco

We sorry for the late submission of our posts. We have been trying to get Paco well for several days now. The night of Friday, April 5th, Paco started vomiting. Early Saturday morning Paco then started with some diarrhea. Paco stopped eating that morning. We took Paco to The Animal Clinic of Stewart County where Dr. Rita R Tinsley diagnosed Paco with Congestive Heart Failure, round worms, and coccidia. He began treatment that day. He began feeling better, but still would not eat, and over Sunday he began to have bloody diarrhea. Monday we were referred to Eastview Veterinary Clinic for bloodwork and radiographs. His bloodwork showed that he had elevated liver values and his abdominal radiographs showed that he had a very distended GI tract. He was also very dehydrated from not drinking, and from vomiting and having diarrhea. He was hospitalized for the rest of the day and given antinausea medication, IV fluids, and a medication to coat the GI tract. They tried to get him to eat, but he would not. We picked him up at the end of the day. They though that we would have better success in feeding him at home. They instructed us to come back the next morning for more fluid therapy. We got him home and immediately tried to feed him. He wanted so badly to eat but would take in a mouthful of food and try to swallow it but could not. Over the next few hours, we fed him his food piece by piece. The following morning, we went back to the vets and informed them that he could not swallow correctly or eat on his own. Radiographs were taken of his esophagus, and it was determined that he had a mass impinging on it. Paco had had a cancerous tumor removed from his foot some years ago, and recently had a mass develop on his abdomen. Taking into account his previous history with cancer and neurological symptoms the veterinarian decided that it was in Paco's best interest to end his suffering by humane euthanasia. Paco was surrounded by his loving family in the end. He will be sorely missed. Thank you for your continued support and understanding at this very difficult time.


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