Unfortunately all of my worst doubts and fears have come true... Dante has passed.
He was a wonderful tortoise who should've had many years left to live and the thought of never seeing him romp around again is sickening.
Here's the last picture I took of him, napping in the sun a few days...
Yes, very lucky that they not only take the time, but also that they recognize how important real sunshine is and consider it part of his treatment!
I'll be visiting tomorrow and can't wait to see if he's had any further progress this week.
We visited Dante today - he's finally starting to make a comeback!
I've been informed that all the interns take turns taking Dante outside for sunshine when they have downtime, and that he has actually started nibbling the grass and weeds on his own!!
And, most importantly, today he pooped...
I think that's just the angle of the photo! His legs are still fairly scrawny, due to no muscle mass right now. But that will change once he's moving again :-)
I'm actually sitting with him right now and he's doing great! He's had another week of teeny tiny baby steps forward. Today he's...
Dante's hanging in there!
He was showing some improvement when we visited him last Sunday (5/22)! The vet noted that during the week leading up to our visit, Dante started opening his eyes on his own (without being prodded), and was holding his head up better.
During our visit, the weather was...
Thank you, I think so too now! I feel better knowing that trained eyes are watching him now.
He's getting food and fluids via syringe orally (no stomach tube). As far as torts go, he's pretty easy to handle so a stomach tube hasn't been necessary thus far, thank goodness!
He's hanging in there! But unfortunately he was continuing to get worse, so we've decided to board Dante at the vet.
Since my husband and I work 9-5, it's been hard (and extremely stressful) to give Dante all the care he needs. I brought him in to the vet last weekend, but he was too dehydrated...
Oh thank you, Pearly! :-) I've been so busy taking care of and worried about Dante, I just haven't had the time or inclination to sit down and write an update. Maybe I should have a word with St. Francis as well!
He's still sick :-/
We got through one month of Fortaz and then last weekend his breathing started sounding really wet again and he stopped eating. All the little progressive steps forward we made just disappeared. It was absolutely heartbreaking because I thought we were finally making...