I noticed that Toby’s abdomen was becoming pot bellied. Although he did not appear distressed by it, I felt it prudent that my vet was consulted.
After a blood test and X-ray, the thought was he might have either cancer or heart failure. A second opinion using an ultra sound scan diagnosed heart failure. Toby had fluid drained, 300 ml on one occasion and was placed on a diuretic to reduce the fluid retention, plus medication for his heart problem
Because of his weakened condition he resided indoors because the outdoor temperatures dropped with the onset of winter.
Toby eventually became so ill it was unrealistic to continue treatment and he was euthanised by the vet in February 2006.