Azeruki Vom Alta-Tollhaus (Ruki)
Our beautiful Ruki has died. Ruki was one of Maika's last litter (the A Litter). He was only 5 years, 10 months old. Ruki had a very mild cough a few weeks ago. On February 10th we noticed his breathing was slightly labored. We took him to the emergency room at Michigan State University, thinking maybe he had bronchitis or mild pneumonia. I think they initially thought we were crazy as his symptoms were so mild. They were going to just have us take him home and follow-up with our own vet, but the intern wanted to do a quick u/s of his lungs. Upon u/s she saw some scant fluid around the lungs. She did a chest x-ray, and found extensive cancer in his lungs. You could not even see normal lung tissue - it was almost a complete white-out.
They had blastomycosis as a differential, so I latched on to that with all of my might. They had recommended euthanization, but I took him back to MSU internal medicine on Feb 12th. They did a urine antigen test and sent it to a lab in Indiana. Unfortunately the antigen test came back negative. MSU believes he had hemangiosarcoma.
Last night we noticed Ruki seemed to be working even harder to breathe, and could not get comfortable. For the first time ever, he did not want to play with his ball. At that point we realized we were holding on to him for our own sake, not his. We took him back to MSU and with my husband, son, and son's girlfriend we let him go. He went quickly and peacefully.
We are so heartbroken. I am thankful we had a week to process it, but it just seems so sudden. We honestly did not see this coming. I don't know how we will survive without our beautiful, happy Ruki.