I'm posting Ra in his Cape to say
Trigger warning- but lots of education. Talked to the vet after the necropsy and he confirmed it was cancer. A tiny growth in his stomach that couldn't be felt, even internally. Gastric Neuroendocrine carcinoma. An aggressive form of cancer that attacks young bearded dragons generally 1 1/2 to 3 years old. I'm sharing because there is always something to learn even in the worst of situations and this way his death will not be in vain. Symptoms included decreased to no appetite, vomiting, drastic weight loss, fluid filled stools, at times passing only urates and straining, urates varied drastically, flat eyebrows, sunken eyes, the appearance of dehydration while being obviously hydrated, pale gums. In the last few hours he pooped and vomited mostly blood. Not every vet is familiar with this cancer, even exotics. It seems to be genetic from research done. Blood report showed very high glucose (1033!), high white blood cell count and low red blood cell count and highly anemic. Signs of infection and internal bleeding. This all happened so incredibly fast. I thought he was getting better from his uri and then he just crashed. It seemed like he could have been having a hard time recovering from antibiotics but he just got worse and worse. I can't describe how hard this was, he was such a strong healthy boy, and then he just wasn't. It was truly heartbreaking to witness. Ra changed my life and I'll be forever grateful to him. #fukcancer
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movement in memory of Ra! Love to all! May Ra fly high and rest in peace!