After a wonderful 4th of July weekend of chasing chipmunks and squirrels Henry began acting strangly and not walking well. Yesterday, Monday, we took him to the vet because he was getting down in his rear legs. They took some blood and urine for tests. Nothing conclusive.
This morning, Tuesday, Henry was not able to move his rear legs and was having trouble supporting himself with his front legs. We again took him to the vet. They took x-rays and this afternoon recommended that we take him to a neuro-specialist in Salt Lake City.
The specialist checked him out and advised us that the surgery we had considered would probably be less than 20% successful. He then did the equivalent to an MRI and found that three of his lower spinal disks had ruptured in his lower back. This caused bleeding into his spinal cord and a deteriation of the spinal cord.
We made the decision to have him put to sleep while he was still under sedation.
To the last few minutes Henry still insisted on getting down on the floor and playing.
Tomorrow we will take Henry to the cabin and bury him under a tree where he used to chase squirrels and chipmunks.