Stories from the Heart
Roxanne, the Amazing Feline
- August 31, 2018
- by Candy B.
I brought my cat Roxanne in from my lanai on Tuesday, August 28th, 2018. When I set her down, she cried out and did not fall but seemed to be dizzy.
I thought it was the heat of the day and that she had overheated, so I cooled her off and she went back to her normal self – ate, drank and hopped up on my bed for a nap. I called my vet’s office to make an appointment for the next day but they were busy so I made an appointment for Thursday.
Sadly, my 15 3/4 yr old Roxanne would not make that visit. She started the day, August 29th, seemingly OK. By noon, she could not stand up and was crying pitifully. My vet had put her on thyroid medication in June but I thought the heat was the problem. I called BluePearl and asked if I could bring her and they said yes. So I gave them my name, put my sweet little girl in the carrier and took off.
I live 30 miles from the Clearwater BluePearl Pet Hospital but I was able to get there within 30 minutes, at which time I handed her over to the staff for emergency care. They rushed her in and I was giving information to the staff and completing paperwork while they worked on Roxanne. The staff at BluePearl are top-notch – you will not get any better or more compassionate care than you will at BluePearl. They are so professional and knowledgeable that you know you are absolutely getting the best care there is.
They informed me while I was still filling out forms that she was severely dehydrated and her blood count was so low that they needed to give her a transfusion immediately. I agreed as Roxanne has never been sick a day in her 15 3/4 years. This sickness was so sudden yet the emergency physicians and staff kept me constantly informed. I spent nearly 5 hours there until my husband arrived at which time they informed us that an ultrasound showed her organs were enlarged and that they suspected advanced cancer.
They gave us all the options but my husband and I were not going to let our sweet princess be in pain or suffer. We agreed to euthanasia and they allowed us to see her and spend as much time as we wanted. They had her covered with a tiger-striped flannel blanket just like the one she had at home.
My husband was able to hold her head while they administered the drugs and said goodbye – I said my goodbyes but I am still not at peace. It is very difficult for me right now as this was so sudden, but I had to write about how wonderful BluePearl was to us.
Losing a pet is never easy as Roxanne was an amazing feline who stole my heart and her swift descent to illness was so devastating, but BluePearl is amazing.
This was not our first encounter with BluePearl and if I have the need in the future, I will definitely return. My first experience was with a cat named Taylor who was treated by this clinic for a huge cyst on his kidneys. He was 13 and the help he got from this office extended his life 7 months. I was told by my vet he would not last a week so I knew if anyone could help Roxanne, it would definitely be the team at BluePearl.
Thank you so much BluePearl for your tremendous efforts and your compassion. I am attaching a picture of Roxanne in much better days where you can see how beautiful that little princess was. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart.