Friday, March 13, 2009

Sad news about ZZ Top

ZZ Top was originally found as a stray late February and was saved from a high kill shelter in Wichita, Kansas by BDHPI. He was transported to Colorado by C.A.R.E. and was extremely ill upon arrival with a high fever. He was hospitalized and treated with antibiotics for 2 weeks for what we thought was a very bad case of kennel cough. He finally started to have less nasal discharge and was perking up quite a bit, so he was released and went to his foster home with Kristie Mendralla. She gave him a bath and he was eating, drinking, playing and doing great for about 6 days, but Wednesday Kristie took him to the vet because she believed he had a seizure the night before. She woke up to him breathing heavily. When she turned on the light, his eyes were moving quickly up and down, his mouth was opening and closing and she could hear his teeth clicking together. His entire body was shaking. When it stopped, he had wet his bed. He seemed kind of clumsy the night before and was slipping and falling on the wood floor. He didn't want to eat anything either. Z had a fever of 104.2, so he was hospitalized again and put on heavy antibiotics and fluids. His condition began to deteriorate rapidly and both Dr. Winton and Dr. Bentz at MRAH highly suspected Distemper due to the neurological changes. By yesterday, he could no longer stand up, he was urinating on himself, and he was suffering. The doctors all felt that the only thing we could do for him was to end his suffering by humanely euthanizing him. He was surrounded by friends and passed away peacefully last night. We are very grateful to everyone along the way who helped with ZZ Top. We wish there was more we could have done to help him, but he was simply too sick and no longer had quality of life. He was a very loving boy who will always hold a special place in our hearts!

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