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Hi Dr. Edwards,
I have sad news. Hank passed away last Wednesday morning en route to the vet. We really thought he was improving. :(
That morning before he left he had more watery diarrhea and was still drinking fine and holding down the Pedialyte and Ensure that were being given to him every two hours throughout the night, and he was still getting up and drinking water on his own. He had even begun drooling again.
My mom sat in the backseat with Hank while my dad drove so that she could monitor him and comfort him. He refused to drink at all while in the car and actually vomited once just as they were leaving town. He continued to drool as they drove and my mom said later that it had a greenish tinge to it (she was wiping his mouth for him). He had another large bout of diarrhea just before he died as well. My parents drove him back to us (they were about 2 hours down the road when he died) and kept him wrapped in a tarp packed with ice until we were ready to bring the kids over to see Hank and to take him and bury him on our little acreage. However, when my mom checked on about 4-5 hours after they had wrapped him up and packed around him with ice, there was a pool of very fresh looking blood that had come out of his mouth. She thought that was very odd after so much time had already passed. Are you able to shed any light on that? Do you have a sense of what caused his death? We are all missing Hank very much and hoped so much that we could have saved him.