I am so sorry for not posting much this week. It's been a hard week for all of us. In short, Ziggy has pneumonia and is critical.
The night before last I was up late, watching TV and I noticed Zig's breathing was very labored. His poor rib cage was so expanded and his flanks were working hard to get oxygen. He was in distress. Yesterday morning I called and found out that Dr. Bill had space open in the afternoon to see Ziggy. Until then I would just have to make him as comfortable as I could.
Bill examined him, finding his temperature was very low. Not a good sign. Zig had decreased sounds on one lung and Bill tried tapping it to see if it was fluid. The tap was empty - a good sign that it wasn't fluid in the lung itself, but now what? He suggested xrays and I was right there with him. Yes, please, do. The xrays showed some fluid in the pleural lining of the lungs as well as pneumonia(?) in the bronchial passages.
Right now we're trying massive amounts of antibiotics hoping he rallies. This morning, Bill was gracious enough to bring his "Verminator Team", Iley and Seamus the Jack Russel Terriers, to the barn to rid it of voles that had moved in when the field flooded during the previous week's rain/snow/blizzards. We discussed Ziggy a bit while watching the dogs. He said we are definitely not out of the woods yet. It may take a week before we see progress for Ziggy, if at all.
Yesterday, we prepared ourselves for the fact that we may not have our friend with us much longer. If the antibiotics and support don't work, we will not let our friend suffer on our account but rather ask Bill to let him go peacefully.
And I wanted to say "Thank You" to all of you who have sent me emails or comments about Ziggy. You will never know how much that support has meant this last week.