6.25am – Cow Mau is at peace

About 40 minutes after the Furosemide injection, Cow Mau was not at where he was earlier. I had placed a liner under his bottom half in case he needed to urinate, but instead, I found him walking outside.

Then I saw a long stream of urine in the pantry so I suspect that must be Cow Mau’s urine. That’s good. At least the Furosemide works and has cleared fluids from the pericardium, the pleura area and the lungs. It would help him breathe better.

Now, he is under the bed and Indy is beside him.

I placed the nasal cannula as close as I can to his nose. That’s Indy with Cow Mau.

Ming-Yi came to visit on her way to work.

It’s good that Cow Mau has chosen to be under the bed, The oxygen won’t be dispersed so easily by the fan.

I recall in our vet visit yesterday that I mentioned to the vet about Cow Mau being laterally recumbent yesterday morning and that is why I had to cancel his 10am appointment (for the laser therapy). I didn’t want to move him in that position as his four paws were already cold. But then he got up around 9.40am and walked about, and I said to the vet, “Maybe he knew he had the laser therapy appointment and he wanted to go for it.”

And the vet said to Cow Mau, very gently, “Okay, you can have your laser therapy when you feel better, ok?”

I thought that was one of the most compassionate and empathetic response I’ve ever heard from a vet. There were so many other things she could have said, but she chose the most gentle and positive of responses, and she said it to Cow Mau, not to me. She didn’t even use the word “if you feel better”, she said, “when you feel better”.

Just that one word makes a world of difference, especially to someone like me.

I’ve had, in the past, encountered a senior vet, albeit being touted as “the best in the Klang Valley” during his hey day, say the coldest and most unfeeling remark straight to my face right in front of my terminal pet, Rosie.

Yes, perhaps they think animals do not understand our language, but how do they know? Even if they don’t, don’t animals deserve some decency and respect? But then again, some human doctors with zero bedside manner also say the most terrible things to their human patients.

I think animals read our minds. They might not understand exact words. I think they do better than that. They understand intention and meaning. They are far more superior than us in this respect.


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