March 21st 2009 11:30 am
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Burbank passed yesterday. She had health problems for awhile, it started about two years ago when she started getting a cyst and inflammation on her gum which prevented her from eating. The vet found that she responded well to a monthly injection so we continued the shots. The shots however made her develop bumps that would grow and go away.
Last year we learned that she had problems with her thyroid. By the time we learned that her body was in a starvation mode, and she begged to be fed every five minutes. She lost a lot of weight, and the lion cut that she got two years ago never grew out. We got her on the right track with daily medication which she fought twice a day, but it worked, and she gained some weight. Before that she was skin and bones. We got her to gain with generous servings of turkey, and when her dad was home he gave her chicken and steak.
Less than a month ago I noticed her right eye wasn't open completely. We took her to the vet when it was noticeably closing more, and there was a bump just above the eye. We started out treating it like an infection, but within a week her eye was completely closed, and a large amount of swelling caused a huge protrusion to form. It was difficult to look at her. But through all of this she continued to eat, and of course we continued to spoil her.
Yesterday she had surgery. The vet found a massive tumor that was malignant. It was in a bad location and it was cancer. He called me during the surgery, and with my authorization he let her sleep right then, and she crossed the rainbow bridge to be with Ashes and little Bella.
Burbank struggled these last few years. She was a queen of our felines, and she knew it. She was the sweetest kitty, and we miss her badly!
We love you Burby!
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