*hugs* I'm so sorry, Jenn. You two really put up a spectacular fight and you did the right thing. I think Mags would have been like Ruffian and just kept on trying even though she was hurting herself. I know it's rough but you helped her find peace.
Jack is a character. :) Does he not like it upstairs or is he not allowed? So cute, I wish my cats were that attached. Only one of them is and it actually borders on pyschotic obsession. o.O
Well, Mags' time came tonight. I had her in the tetracycline, but it was too late. New lesions opened up on her body and I couldn't wait any longer for nature to take it's course. Almost as hard (in a different way) than when I had to have G put down. It takes longer with the fish and I was the one administering the fatal dose instead of the vet. I was relieved when it was over with both & I know she's no longer suffering. Neither is he, but he's been gone almost 18 months now. I hope you never have to do it. But, I feel I've upheld my medical promise of "first do no harm".
I don't see how you can be making Mags feel WORSE. She's got warm, clean water, AQ salt to help her feel better and lots of love. She's a lucky girl and I think she wants to keep fighting for you.
Does Jack not come downstairs or does he just want you to go to bed so he can snuggle? Mine are brats, they don't wait for me to go to sleep. They just pile on the bed and zonk out so I have to move them later on.
My alarm clock (AKA Jack) decided he'd had enough of mom being upstairs and he was crying big time. My phone is not cooperating tonight, so hopefully this comes out okay. Yes-I'm allergic to sulfa drugs and nuts! Bad reactions on both-not fun. I feel like I should live in a bubble at times ;)
I'm hoping Mags does okay. I'm hoping to not make her feel worse. I don't know what to do if she comes through all of this with no tail. It'll be a bridge that I'll be extremly lucky to have to cross one day. She's a fighter for sure :)
I have tough pets-in a good way-they don't give up easy!
I had no idea that she would have survived this long. The redness around where her tail stump was is lightening and she looked interested in the food, even if she didn't eat it. Should I bump her AQ levels at all? We're still using 2 teaspoons to the gallon. I'm being super cautious to not spread this. The last thing I need is a bad outbreak and taking that kind of hit. I've got 2 other females with bad rot & little ones. I'm hoping that she either passes tonight or seems better tomorrow. I'm thankful today wasn't any worse. Couldn't believe there weren't any vets who would do it in my area! I'll update you tomorrow-thanks for all the help & for understanding that I couldn't euthanize her myself.
I know you how feel. Maybe if it was a mammal who feels pain in a way similar to people, it might be a different issue but OFL says fish don't feel pain the same way we do. So maybe she's more comfortable than we think she is. Just give her lots of love like I know you will and she'll be a happy fish no matter what happens. :)