Henry's Thread


Post   » Mon Mar 23, 2009 11:49 pm

Oh dear, I am so sorry sweet grandpa Henry is gone. He was such an amazingly little man:(


Post   » Tue Mar 24, 2009 12:57 am

I am trying really hard to be glad about things: that he didn't suffer long, that he didn't deteriorate from another bladder stone, that he passed in his cozy cage with familiar people and friends.

But gosh, I really miss his happy little birdsong voice, and having a piggy I was so very bonded with.

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Post   » Tue Mar 24, 2009 6:55 am

I know you are sad, he was so sweet. I too am sorry he is gone. How is Frost doing?

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Post   » Tue Mar 24, 2009 9:08 am

It is very hard to lose one of the ones you are bonded with. Two out of the three I have lost were my special piggies.

I hope Frost is doing ok without his buddy.

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Post   » Tue Mar 24, 2009 9:37 am

Oh dear. I'm so sorry for you loss. He was a special guy with the best last years any pig could have asked for. You gave him that.

God speed little Henry.


Post   » Tue Mar 24, 2009 11:09 am

Frost isn't moping too much, but I think he does most of his hay eating and drinking when he has company. He and Henry always considered these things social activities. Jim brought Linus down to visit, and Frost was so thrilled to hear another piggy burbling, that he ran to the side of the cage and put his feet up on the cage wall to get a better look.

He let Jim hold him for almost an hour yesterday.

I really, really hope introductions with Tom and Linus go well later this week. First, though, I'm going to treat everyone for mites, because my arms are getting very itchy handling them.

We have a bottle of ivermectin that is technically still good (expiration date is May 2009) but was originally opened at least a year ago. It's not cloudy or anything. Do you suppose it's still safe to use?

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Post   » Tue Mar 24, 2009 11:48 am

I just saw this thread. I'm so sorry TWP and TWP_2. Henry was a lovely old man who beat all the odds.

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Post   » Tue Mar 24, 2009 12:12 pm

I am glad Linus is doing ok. I bet he was hoping that burbling was his Henry. That woul dbe great if he could go in with the other boys. Hugs to you all.


Post   » Tue Mar 24, 2009 12:14 pm

I would guess that Frost knew it wasn't Henry - Henry had a really pretty songbird voice; Linus sounds like Beaker from the Muppets. :)

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Post   » Tue Mar 24, 2009 3:00 pm

Ahhh I hope the other boys will accept Frost into their group.

When do you get Henry's info back?

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Post   » Tue Mar 24, 2009 4:35 pm

Henry had the most beautiful voice.

I really do think that Frost 'knows' what happened. He was checking on Henry fairly regularly as his breathing slowed, and when Henry died, Frost laid down in front of Henry's cuddle cup, a position he had not been in previously. He clearly knew something had changed.

I let Frost see me carefully move Henry's body, wrap it in fleece, and remove it from the cage. He watched, but he was not upset or alarmed about it like he was when you would take Henry out before.

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Post   » Tue Mar 24, 2009 4:44 pm

I'm so sorry. Frost was such a great friend and no doubt comforted him in the end (along with you). I don't normally check the medical thread because I don't have a lot of experience in this area, but I had to check on Henry.

It's amazing how much you can miss a pig you've never met, but I grew to know him through the many pictures and stories about him the past year. He was such a special guy.

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Post   » Tue Mar 24, 2009 9:04 pm

I am so, so sorry for your loss. I just saw this, and wasn't expecting such sad news. I know how long and hard you guys fought for Henry and gave him so much love and great care. My thoughts and warm thoughts are with you.

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Post   » Tue Mar 24, 2009 9:46 pm

technically the age doesn't count for the verifiable age thread,

but you still should be congratulated on providing such a good home for this pig and inspiring him to reach for the record.

I just got done reading his original thread from 2006


Post   » Tue Mar 24, 2009 11:46 pm

The other all-important Henry thread is Finding Friends for Henry, which documents our search for cagemates after Gilbert and Sully died. Had it not been for Henry, we would have given up on guinea pigs. We were so traumatized by what happened to our first two boys, but then we had Henry, who loved having friends more than anything in the whole world, and we just couldn't leave him alone again. The next thing you know, we were adding Tom, Frost, Widget, and Linus.

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Post   » Thu Mar 26, 2009 6:04 pm

I just now saw this. I am so very sorry for you two and for Frost ... but what a wonderful three years (3 years, my Lord, it doesn't seem that long!) he had.

I think the ivermectin should be fine. I don't believe opening the bottle matters to it, and as long as it's not cloudy or discolored, it should be fine.


Post   » Thu Mar 26, 2009 9:21 pm

Thanks, Talishan. I think we're going to dose the little guys tonight - everyone has been scratchy, and I've been getting a rash from holding them. It's nice to know we won't have to waste so much ivermectin.

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Post   » Sat Mar 28, 2009 11:09 am

I am very sorry to hear Henry is gone. He was such an inspiration and will be missed here as well as at home. I hope the necropsy turns out to be useful.


Post   » Tue Mar 31, 2009 11:17 am

I just picked up the results from Henry's necropsy. Taken directly from the paperwork:


1. Left kidney - glomerulonephritis, severe
2. Lungs: pleuritis, chronic with multifocal mineralization


The most likely cause of death is chronic renal failure. The lesions in the left kidney are very severe, while those in the right kidney are less severe. A potential reason for the marked difference in severity of the two kidneys is that urollthlasis could be a potential cause of the unilateral chronic kidney disease.

Necropsy Findings:

This guinea pig had a body condition score of 1.5/5 with mild postmortem autolysis. External lesions included ulcerated focal lesions on the metacarpal pads and the metatarsal pads foot pads measuring 0.5 cm in diameter. The perineal area is stained with diarrhea.

In the lung, there were multifocal fibrous adhesions between the parietal and the visceral pleura. The pleura on the left and right caudal lung lobes was moderately thickened. The left cranial lung lobe was moderately firm and dark red with multifocal pinpoint dark red areas. The right cranial lung lobe was bright red with normal consistency.

The stomach contained approximately 15 mL of soft, green ingesta including a few 1-inch lengths of hay.

The right kidney was approximately 3 cm from cranial pole to caudal pole, and the left kidney was approximately 2 cm from cranial to caudal pole.

There were no gross lesions in trachea, esophagus, liver, spleen, stomach, intestines, heart, brain, urinary bladder, and reproductive tract.

Histopathologic Description:

Lungs: The pleura is moderately thickened and contain low numbers of macrophages. There are multifocal areas of dystrophic mineralization.

Left Kidney: The glomeruli are shrunken and hypocellular with occasional glomerular sclerosis. There is marked thickening of the glomerular basement membrane with accumulation of protein in the Bowman's space. There is loss of cortical tubules with occasional tubular dilation and tubular proteinosis. The interstitium contained low to moderate numbers of lymphocytes and macrophages with mild to moderate fibrosis.

Pathology Results:

There are multifocal areas of mineralization within the renal medulla.

Right kidney: There glomeruli are multifocally shrunken and hypocellular with multifocal areas of mineralization.

The intestines are moderately autolyzed.

There are no microscopic lesions in the spleen, heart, adrenals, thyroids, pancreas, and brain.

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Post   » Tue Mar 31, 2009 11:43 am

I just read it all and while I do not understand it all, it makes me sad as all that to describe your wonderful precious Henry. I am sorry again for his loss.

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