I'm new here and unfortunately have start out with a horrible story. I came across this forum when searching on Google for answers, and saw a similar story to mine. I hope someone can shed some light on what happened:
My 5 month old Ragdoll cat Zoey was in perfect health. Last Thursday, I took her to the vet for her spay. The vet assured me that 5 months is not too young, and that her weight and health were good for the surgery.
She had her surgery at 10:30 AM. At around 1 PM they called me and told me that everything went well and I could come pick her up at 4PM. At 4PM I went to pick her up, and the vet told me that she was still very groggy, and that the anesthesia hadn't "worked its way out yet." He admitted that he'd never seen this before, but said I should not be alarmed and that she was going to be okay. He wanted to keep her though until she was more awake. He did say she would pop her head up and was alert, but she could not walk or stand.
I went home and as soon as I got home I got a call from my vet. He said right after I left, Zoey went into cardiac arrest. They restarted her heart, but she was not breathing on her own. My boyfriend and I went back to the vet. When we got there, she was on a table with a manual ventilator hooked up to her. A vet tech had to squeeze the ball to put air in her lungs every 10 seconds. She was not responsive. Her eyes did not blink or move, her tongue hung out, and none of her limbs moved. The vet was rubbing her body and squeezing her feet and her tongue, trying to get her to "wake up" and start breathing on her own again. Her heart was beating on it's own and had a good heartbeat. He did several tests and blood work on her, all which came back normal. She just wouldn't breathe or move.
The vet was visibly upset and shaken. He said he'd never seen this before and he's been practicing for over 20 years. He didn't even know what to do. We talked to her and petted her and kissed her, but she never woke up. If the vet tech was even a few seconds late in pumping the ventilator, Zoey would begin to seizure. The vet called the closest emergency hospital (over an hour away), and they told us we could bring her there, but that the chances were basically zero that she would come back. They said if the animal doesn't start breathing on their own again within 20 minutes, they almost never come back. We sat with Zoey for nearly 3 hours - with no response - before we finally decided to leave it and let her go. The vet said she most likely sustained brain damage or some other damage anyhow, and even if she miraculously came back she would probably not be okay.
I am beyond heartbroken. My kitten was PERFECT in every way. I could get another one, but she'll never be that perfect. The vet wanted an necropsy done, so she is being sent to a nearby university with a veterinary school. But we won't know the results for weeks, and that's if they even show anything. The person who does the autopsy says there is a 50 % chance the results will be inconclusive.
Please, does anyone have any idea what could have happened?