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| | Yikes. // He's very fragile, a this point.
This will sound callous, but he has not "died of it" yet. // He's got multiple serious issues, most of them cardiac, PLUS respiratory. Any of them could kill him at any moment. His blood-O2 could drop & he could have a stroke; his heart could fibrillate & quit; he could throw a clot & be paralyzed; his major organs [liver, kidneys] could begin to fail.
Originally Posted by Lakerfanalways
... its ALL related to him having [a BM], & we are not sure why - it doesn't happen when he needs to pee, or eat, or anything else - only when he needs to poop --- & no one knows why.
the Vet he saw (his cardiologist is ... out of town...) said maybe he's having a cardiac episode, which causes this.
I find that hard to believe..a cardiac episode ONLY when he needs to poop?
... he freaks himself out beforehand... & is literally out of breath, then poops.
We know Nemo is on borrowed time but to die like this, ... makes no sense.
thank you so much for your time.
The GP-vet thinks it's something to do with the pending-BM, & that makes sense to me; does he STRAIN when he poops? - are his stools too firm?
He may need more fluid, more fiber, or both, to make BMs easier to pass.
If he has any pain [internal or external hemorrhoids?] he may be trying NOT to poop, to avoid the hurt - inevitably, that will fail; he can't avoid stooling for long. // Pain can also stress him enormously, & make him frantic, hence breathless, which in turn affects his heart function [lack of O2, the body wants more, the heart races, BP rises, etc].
All of us are mortal, & something will kill us all; no-one lives forever, & that's probly a good thing.
Think of all the ppl U know who have no idea what to do with themselves on a rainy Saturday - it's amazing. Imagine just how much more jaded, bored, & frustrated they'd be if they were 250-YO, & still as hale as a current-day 60-YO with a BMI of 25 & no chronic conditions.
Treasure Nemo while U still have him; he could go at any time, as could any one of us. // There are no warranties on lifespan. My grandmother died at 94, with 7 children, 20 grandkids, & 4 great-grand. My mother died at 93, with 4 children, 3 grandkids, & 1 great-grand.
They both died at home, in their own beds - while sleeping.
I'd be a fool if i "expected" to live that long.
My sire died 3-years after retiring, of sheer pigheadedness - he refused to do any of the things his Doc told him he needed to do: exercise, find a hobby, lose wt, & STOP using salt.
He had 3 heart-attacks & 2 strokes; he died in a hospital bed of pneumonia.
Nemo is definitely on borrowed time; just why he's having these symptoms around BMs i don't know, but i agree with the GP-vet that it seems to be cardiac. // Does the root cause matter? - how would U want to treat it, assuming it was treatable?