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rachelm

Post   » Mon Dec 26, 2005 11:59 am


This has been such a rollercoaster thread to follow, and totally heartwarming. Mum, your patience, determination and humanity humbles me. God bless you!

klynne

Post   » Mon Dec 26, 2005 1:41 pm


Yeah Spot!

So glad you got your Christmas wish, Mum.

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Mum
I GAVE, dammit!

Post   » Tue Dec 27, 2005 5:25 pm


Last night Spot had his last dose of antibiotics, and today his quarantine is officialy ended after 3 long weeks! However, he doesn't get to go and play with the girls yet, because he needs another week for his neuter surgery to be effective. Also, I have a sneaking suspicion that a 4-week quarantine is called for in his case.

On Thursday I'm driving up to Oakland for a few days with my daughter, so Spot will get to go on his first road trip! I'm not quite sure how I'm going to keep him both dry and hydrated on a 7-hour roadtrip (2 hour driving stints and 2 stops works well for us). I'm thinking of putting him in a laundry basket with hay and veggies, but he needs a lot of water because he's on Lasix - and he usually consumes most of a 16-ounce water bottle in a 24-hour period (and pees it out).

Any great ideas for the traveling pig, and thoughts on what I should take for emergencies, besides his regular heart meds?

HollyT
Get on your bike.

Post   » Tue Dec 27, 2005 5:38 pm


Mum, you really need to learn how to do subQ's if he's on lasix. I really can't stress that enough. If he's on lasix longterm, I say subQ's are mandatory. If you're already doing them and I missed it, sorry.

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Amy0204
We miss our sweet Oreo

Post   » Tue Dec 27, 2005 5:41 pm


I would take a lot of towels! Those disposable puppy pads might also be helpful to absorb the pee and you can change them easily at the road stops. Also, would water in a syringe make it a little easier/neater to handle? I suppose other emergency items might include an AB and simethicone, as well as some CC with something for administering it. And possibly, the name of a vet up there should you need it. I'd be curious to hear what others say. How long will you be gone?

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Lynx
RESIST

Post   » Tue Dec 27, 2005 5:45 pm


I'd suggest mellons but they aren't in season. Does he have something favorite he drinks? Maybe syringing him liquids during stops along with wet vegs?

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Mum
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Post   » Tue Dec 27, 2005 5:49 pm


Hey, this is Southern California - melons are always in season :-) I'm only going from Thursday returning Sunday, so just a few days.

Holly, he hasn't had subcues since he started drinking on his own (a LOT of drinking), and I had a friend (who's a nurse) do them when he was so sick, because it required two people since he wouldn't stay still. As he's drinking so much, why would I need to do them?

Towels, syringes, and puppy pads on my list - great ideas. Oh, and melon!

I need the name of a good vet in or near Oakland, just in case - I know there are some up there!

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Mum
I GAVE, dammit!

Post   » Tue Dec 27, 2005 9:11 pm


Well crap. I just called my housesitter to confirm arrangements for when I go away, and she's flaked out. So I guess Spot won't get his road trip after all.

I guess I'll just send my daughter on up with her father, and I'll celebrate New Year's Eve here with the piggies and the dogs - and GL :-)

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Lynx
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Post   » Tue Dec 27, 2005 9:18 pm


Hey, I'll be here! Not doing much of anything, but here just the same!

I imagine you all didn't know about the chip I got implanted for Christmas. Combine that with Blue Tooth technology and I can walk around and commune with ya'll any old time!

Julian
I GAVE, dammit!

Post   » Tue Dec 27, 2005 10:43 pm


In case you end up going, the only vet that I know in Oakland is Dr Harvey at Oakland VCA. The HRS uses her quite a bit but I've heard she is so/so with pigs. She's big in the bunny world and publishes quite a few bunny papers.

I can give you good recommendations about 20 minutes from Oakland. I can give you names in Castro Valley, Lafayette, Concord and Walnut Creek.

Becky is close to Oakland (Alameda) and I am not all that far. I am sure one of us could help you with transportation if needed.

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Mum
I GAVE, dammit!

Post   » Tue Dec 27, 2005 11:26 pm


Thanks for the names. I don't think I'll be going, but if I do I'll take these names with me.

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Amy0204
We miss our sweet Oreo

Post   » Tue Dec 27, 2005 11:41 pm


Sorry your trip has gotten all messed up. I firmly believe things happen for a reason. But it's still has to be disappointing.

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Becky

Post   » Wed Dec 28, 2005 1:25 pm


Is the sitter mostly for the dogs? Any other options for them? If so, you're welcome to house the piggies here in Alameda. We all pig sit, so I have all the supplies.

If you end up coming, I'd be happy to help with subq's or any other medical "stuff." Also, I believe Dr. Otten is still at Berkeley Dog and Cat, and since a friend is a client, that would be a vet option.

Feel free to email me if your trip is on.

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Mum
I GAVE, dammit!

Post   » Wed Dec 28, 2005 1:35 pm


Becky, you're so kind to offer.

I usually take the dogs on this trip, but I can't manage multiple pigs and dogs in the car (along with child, child's father, and luggage!), so I was just going to take Spot. But then I needed the sitter for the two dogs, the other pigs, the bird, fish, hermit crabs, etc.!!

If I'd had a little more notice I'm sure I could have worked around this, but at this late stage the mental process required to do this is just beyond me!

The added bonus is that I get to have almost four days in the house - alone!! Um, this would be the first time in 8.5 years - YEAH :-)) I'm actually getting quite excited (don't tell Emma, she's sad I can't go along)!

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Amy0204
We miss our sweet Oreo

Post   » Wed Dec 28, 2005 1:38 pm


When you put it that way, it doesn't sound so bad. IIt's a shame that you're missing your trip, but I envy the time you'll have alone. As a single mom with no family for 1000 miles, I don't know "alone" except when kids are at school and that's never long enough. I'd love to hang out with pigs, dog, and indulge myself.

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Becky

Post   » Wed Dec 28, 2005 1:42 pm


Ah, yes! The alone time can be a life saver.

Where's that remote? Where's the number of the pizza delivery? Where are my Netflix? Where's my vodka and lemons?

Well, if you find yourself heading this way any other time, all those offers still stand.

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Mum
I GAVE, dammit!

Post   » Wed Dec 28, 2005 1:43 pm


As a single mom with no family for 1000 miles,
Yup, I'm in the same boat, except my family is 6,000 miles away!

Becky, the offers are wonderful - I'm sure one day I'll be on your doorstep, pigs in hand, begging for help!

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Mum
I GAVE, dammit!

Post   » Wed Dec 28, 2005 4:40 pm


Oh no - I just went to check on Spot and his breathing is all gurgly and croaky again.

He had his last dose of Doxy on Monday night (3 weeks total). We were never sure if the fluid in his lungs was caused by pneumonia or his enlarged heart. Should I start him back on the doxy? Get another x-ray? Adjust his lasix/heart meds?

Corrine
I GAVE, dammit!

Post   » Wed Dec 28, 2005 4:52 pm


Ack!!!!

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sus4rabbitsnpigs

Post   » Wed Dec 28, 2005 4:54 pm


Oh no. Good luck.

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