Update 6/28: Since she’s been responding so well to the Prednisone, and the vet says she’s comfortable right now, we’re going to keep her on the steroid as long as this lasts. Though it just buys us time (a month or two at the most, in most cases), we will take any more comfortable days, weeks, hours, or minutes with little Gida.
We’ve decided to put little Gida down on Monday, in the saddest of sad news I’ve had to absorb or break in a while.
She has had a rough month or two. Almost two weeks ago, she had a possible seizure (we weren’t home to confirm), and we took her to a 24-hour vet. She weighed in at a piddly 7.5 pounds and stayed overnight for IV hydration and observation.
A neurologist later said she probably has a brain tumor, and that seizures and weight loss are consistent with that. To boot, Boston terrier brain tumors tend to be in crappy places for surgery, even if we could afford it and if she would survive it at her age.
As the conclusion-drawing MRI was prohibitively expensive at $2,200, we opted for another option: a steroid, Prednisone. If she responded to the steroid, she almost certainly had a brain tumor. If she did not, she might just have advancing canine cognitive dysfunction. Nothing is wrong with the rest of her. Her not-brain is perfectly fine, in fact.
She has been responding to the steroid (she’s not whining, moving around nervously, or getting stuck anywhere anymore), which basically confirms her brain tumor. Steroids only buy time, too–a couple months at the absolute most.
The vet says it is probably really confusing and unsettling to be Gida right now, meaning we’ve lost our ability to keep her comfortable and happy.
We’re having it done at home, the place she lived for 10 years, similar to what my friend Beth did with her cat. Beth and her family said goodbye at home in 2011. I interviewed her about at-home euthanasia earlier this year, and I’ve been thinking about it a lot this week.
I know Gida will enjoy any paradise on the other side just as much as she enjoyed life on Earth. <3