I am assuming they do everything onsite since it is Michigan State University...a TEACHING hospital....they are like THE place to go when all else fails at a regular vet's office.
I didn't ask about the fluid....I guess I was just so overwhelmed with everything, but I know before I left this afternoon, they told me they were going to do a test on it to see what cells it consists of. Hm. Maybe I should call them back tonight.
The only things she told me tonight was that all bloodwork came back normal, that they did find fluid in Ash's chest, that it was unlikely FIP, they were looking at either a "cancer process" or something cardio.
This house feels really empty even though I have two small kids and a husband. I keep having this natural instinct to go up and check on Ashley and then I have to snap myself out of that she isn't there.
I've searched online for different things about fluid in the abs and chest and the only things that really come up are FIP (and this is SOOO frequent in my searches ESPECIALLY when searching for both terms together), Pyrothorax (did I spell that right?), and like various cancers (lymphoma, etc). And with the last two things, nothing was mentioned about fluid IN the abdomen, as well as the chest.
But, it certainly could be something secondary, too.
I am completely overwhelmed.
I don't want to keep talking about this in a negative manner, but now I am thinking ahead of what to do with her if she dies. Do I bring her home and bury her in the back yard?? We may not be in the house in the next five years, though.
To have her cremated and with a nice wooden urn w/ a place for a picture is about $500 (and that would be most ideal for me). I can't just LEAVE her at a vet office to have them do what they please. I can't do that.
If you do opt for burial. How is that done?? They just send you home with a dead cat and you toss them in a dirt hole?? OMFG. That sounds really really really realllllllyyyy bad to me. How does that work?