Two days ago, one of our dogs, Mario, passed away.
He was fine the day before, but that morning he was whining (which he never did) and throwing up. My mom and I took him to the emergency clinic where things got progressively worse. His blood pressure plummeted, blood sugar spiked, and his heart was going at 180bpm.
Within a few hours, he was dead.
We, nor the vets are 100% sure on what happened. The doctor at the clinic believes it was some form of anaphylactic shock. After a little research, my mom believes it was because he ate some vinca; a vine-like, green, ground cover plant with purple flowers. What she found fit all of his symptoms to a 'T.' The thing is that normally a dog would have to eat quite a bit of it to kill them, but they didn't find anything.
So we spent most of yesterday tearing out all the vinca we had, along with whatever other plants that were found to be toxic to dogs, and other yard work.
He had been sick for quite awhile. He had something that was vexing us for some time, but we had just recently figured it out and he was getting much better. He was running more, and was just generally making great improvement. You could just tell by how he acted.
All of this has been a terrible blow to us all, especially to my mother. He was the sweetest, most loving dog you could ever imagine, and she loved him very deeply.
We're all trying to pull through, right now. This has been a very painful and personal attack. We haven't even been able to bury him yet; the ground is so hard from the lack of rain. And we still got stuck with the ill affordable, over $900 bill.
This week was also my fall break, and I had to-well, still have to complete a rather complex animation assignment, do a gratuitous amount of work in my sketch book, play more video games for research (a lot more aggravating than it sounds), and complete a very aggravating writing assignment for a class that so far has had nothing to do with what it's supposed to teach.
I've been having a very hard time deciding what to do with any of them. What to draw, animate, or write. Just too much noise.
So... yeah. Thoughts and prayers would be very much appreciated.
Thank you, guys.