Bart became a member of my family over 14 years ago, he'll be 15 this summer. Anyone who shares a special bond with an animal friend knows that they become so much more than a pet. They are loved like children, their unconditional love is priceless.
Very recently we started noticing a couple things that were concerning. We took him into his vet yesterday for testing. The vet told us that Bart has an enlarged heart, which means he most likely has heart disease. He has to do a few more tests tomorrow as well as an ultra sound, which will be able to determine how far along the heart disease is and what we need to do for treatment.
The vet called us this morning with results from his tests. Bart has stage 5 kidney failure.
Bart needs treatment immediately. The vet said that treatment can prolong his life for a few more years and there's no need to euthanize him because this can help him continue to live a healthy, happy life. A huge concern of ours was Bart's comfort, but the vet assured us that he's in no pain. He has to go in tomorrow morning and they'll keep him for 3-5 days to finish/continue testing and re-hydrate him.
I've started a GoFundMe account for his medical expenses. Any help is greatly appreciated. Even if you can't afford to donate money, reposting is also extremely helpful and very much appreciated. Bart is like a child in our family. My sister and I have shared over half of our lives with him and anyone who knows us, knows that he's our baby.