All the gals at the office couldn't get over her beautiful hair and kept finding excuses to come in and run their hands through it.
The vet took an X-ray of her leg. Only because he wanted to try out his new X-ray machine! So he used her as the...er...proverbial "guinea pig." He said it worked fine and she was a very good girl about it.
Thank you so much to everyone who helped me when I was freaking out.
She and little Pig Fun Skipper had an intro in the swimming pool after Izabo's appointment and got along swimmingly (sorry, couldn't resist!). They act like they've been together all their lives. Pig Fun Skipper was so happy she wore herself out with all that popcorning.
I'll start a new thread on Cavy Chat to finally introduce them as soon as I can remember how I posted those other pictures on photobucket.
- We miss our sweet Oreo
I've had Izabo for 5 years now. She was not a really young pig back when she came into the rescue. I figure that she had to be at least a few years old then. The person who surrendered her to the shelter wrote down that she was 4 years old at the time. So Izabo has to be somewhere between 7 and 9 years old.
She is still eating well and maintaining her weight. She is a bit less active than she used to be, although she can have her sudden popcorn on occasion. My concern is that she seems to have raw feet, both backs and fronts. I keep her on fleece and towels and have been using wood stove pellets in her hay bin. She is a pretty heavy drinker and pee-er and she tends to sit in her wet spots more now. I've decided to start changing out her bedding everyday and am going to go to Carefresh for her hay bin. Any other ideas on helping the poor old girl's tootsies? I'd do anything to help keep her happy and comfortable.
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Have you ever had her heart checked/x-rayed? Heart compromise can definitely impair circulation. Doesn't mean she's a heart pig, but at her age (just like a human with nothing basically else wrong) she may be.
Izabo is an old, old girl, but has been doing really well except for the constant problem of her sore feet and that she gets dirty a lot on her bum because she sits under her hidey a lot during the day and is a heavy pee-er. Tonight, while changing the fleece in her cage, I noticed that she had some poos stuck to her feet and I took her out to clean them off. I was rather shocked when she appeared to have a seizure in my hands. I cradled her gently and she came out of it so I put her back in her cage and she seemed all right.
I'm not sure how to proceed at this point for the little girl. I've been giving her butt bathes several times a week and I trim her fur once a month to keep her clean and comfortable. She's due for both a trim and a bath, but now I'm a little afraid to handle her. I know she's super old (probably 9) and an easy death at home would be the thing I would hope for, so I won't do any heroics. I'm just not sure what I should do about her grooming needs if handling her might stress her to the point of another seizure. I do think if I see another seizure, I might consider a gentle euthanasia for her, as I won't let her be in pain or suffer.
Izabo has outlived two younger cagemates and currently lives side-by-side with my other pig Prudy. These two will be my last pigs. I want to do right by my very special elderly Izabo.
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Having said that, I don't have any real good ideas for helping keep her clean. I think if she were mine I'd try to clean her bum gently with a warm, damp, clean washrag (the white ones that are sold as "bar towels" work great for this) rather than dip her in water (if that's what you're doing now). Do it as infrequently as possible. I think trimming is less risky than bathing, and I've never had them to freak out if wiped gently with a clean, warm, damp rag. Yet, anyway.