Andy Panda … A Big Boy With a (too) Big Heart

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Andy’s been having a rough time these last couple of weeks.  His appetite dwindled and he hasn’t been drinking enough. His blood tests don’t really reveal any reason for his trouble, but his x-rays showed a terribly enlarged heart and possibly enlarged lymph nodes in his chest.  His urine pH is a little high and he’s got struvite crystals forming.  He’s taking antibiotics, cranberry supplements and Pepcid.  We tried appetite stimulants, but shortly after we added these, Andy Panda began having episodes of stumbling and shaking – a possible side effect, or symptoms of near syncope from his bad heart.  Everything is touch and go and we are living in the moment with him.  He seems to feel a little better after he receives his sub-q fluids and tolerates the procedure well.

Andy is again reminding us how precious life is.

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