I received a call from the vet just minutes ago. It’s bad news. Ebony passed away this morning before the vet got in. It must have happened after I left the clinic.
Based on the clinical signs, the vet strongly suspects she died of distemper and tick fever. Her initial anaemia was probably caused by tick fever and the blood transfusion perked her up. But tick fever weakens the immune system, and although she was on AD and medication, there is just so much that supplements can do for such a tiny body whose immune system isn’t exactly very strong or mature. The distemper was already festering and we know there is no cure for distemper. We can only get the symptoms treated and manage accordingly.
There will be no post-mortem as this is unnecessary.
We offer our deepest condolences to Ben and Adele, and also little Julea, Ebony’s sister. Ben will give Ebony a proper burial at the open space near his house.
May Ebony be free and happy now, in a much better existence.
If I could be comforted, it would be knowing that I got to see her this morning before she passed away, and I was able to communicate with her in the subtle ways that I know. We believe that the last moments before death matters. Ebony was a picture of peace and calm. It showed in her eyes. Until now, I still see her eyes looking into mine.
Although nothing we do or say now can bring Ebony back, certain questions may need to be addressed: How did Ebony contract distemper and tick fever?