Well we took it to the ER Tuesday night. It had some "vertigo" type issues. His eyes didn't respond and he kept turning to the right. He was in shock and his body temp was low. The doctor didn't see anything obvious but gave him fluids, C and antibiotics to stabilize him. One hour later he died.
Thank you so much for the information both about his condition and the grieving process. My daughter is 11. We buried him in the yard (with a picture she drew) and the family said some nice words and then put a "grave marker".
There are 3 things that weigh on my mind. First we were not diligent in giving him Vitamin C daily and when we went to the vet about a month ago because he was lethargic she said it could be due to the low C and gave him some antibiotics. Could a C deficiency be the problem? Second, he had a cage made of corrugated plastic that he loved to chew (and ultimately eat). Could he have been poisoned by that? Third, do you think he suffered long with this illness or does it usually happen quickly?
Thank you again!
I did a response a few days ago but don't see it posted.
I did check out that link. It was very informative. Thanks for passing that along. The anorexia it discusses is very interesting because of his weight loss. I also forgot to mention he fell out of his cage (about a foot above tile). The fall was about a day or two before the incident. I wonder if the fall caused this. I just wish I knew what really happened to him. Thank you once again for your great feedback. I tried to give you a tip but the system didn't give me access. I'll try again. :-)