- Notorious P.I.G.
It was heinous to see him go that way. He blew up before my eyes. The vet techs were so slow about giving him the medications as shots that he just kept getting bigger and bigger. Even when we first got there they paged the cavy vet THREE times before finally figuring out he was at lunch! My son and I were not slow about getting WP there. I went in my pajamas and no bra! Apparently the lady on the phone I spoke to and I were the only ones who understood the seriousness of bloat.
It took the vet tech forever and a year to prep all the needles and she wouldn't give him a shot each time she got one done, either. She apparently had to get them all done before doing anything. When she finally got them all prepared WP was even bigger and they were arguing about how to go about shooting him so that they wouldn't have to give him so many shots....I told them I didn't care if they shot him with seven needles, jut to get the meds into him. They tried to tell me the meds wouldn't help! Uh, the meds were to get his gut moving, of course they will help... They finally listened to me and shot him up. But it was way too late by then.
The only thing left to do was anesthetize him and tube him to get the air out. But when I got him to the chamber he was already limp and sideways. They tubed him without anesthetizing him and got some air out but then the doctor asked for epinephrine and I knew it was over.
It was a most undignified way to go and I feel terrible about that. WalterP was our first. I fell in love with him from the moment I saw him and he spoke to me through the glass. He taught me how much I love guinea pigs. My poor son is beside himself with grief.
This is just one more thing on top of so much else I am surviving right now going through this awful divorce from my emotionally abusive ex-husband. I don't know if it's possible, because lawyers are involved, but I hope I can put everything on the back burner and just grieve (and sleep?) for the next few days. Of course my daughter came home sick today from pre-school...
- Obey My Authority
I am so sorry for your loss, I know nothing we can say can make your hurt go away, but please know we are thinking of you and your family tonight.
God speed little WalterP...
On the other hand, I would definitely file a formal complaint to Adobe.
I know it won't help anything or bring WalterP back, but it should be notified.
When I called and learned noone could have helped Meimei that afternoon, I filed a complaint the very next morning when I brought her in for necropsy.
Although she would never come back, the necropsy was comped and the visit was discounted.
- Let Sleeping Pigs Lie
I also share your frustration and anger with the way the vet's office handled this. It just wasn't right.
My heart goes out to your and your family. You and your family did everything right for him; you did not let him down.
He was so loved, so very loved. Take care.
WalterP was one of the first piggies I fell in love with when I first found GL. I'm so, so sorry that you lost him, and particularly after what transpired yesterday. Godspeed WalterP. Thinking of you and your family today Athena and I hope you can find some peace/resolution for this in time.
The circumstances surrounding yesterday always seem to happen when Dr N is not in (he's off Sunday and Mondays). The other non cavy savy vets in this organization need to be better versed about what to do in these emergencies. Besides Dr N, there are other Dr's there that know enough what to do for URI's and bloat, but there are times when Derenzi, Koga, and Jane Johnson are not there too - and in those cases they need to establish what the protocol should be - somebody there needs to draft a document of what needs to be done for critically ill pigs and have this information available in hard copy, or in a shared doc on their network for ALL to access.
I have a personal interest in this as well - I lost my Sarah there three years ago becuase a non cavy savy vet didn't know what to do on a Sunday.
These losses must be vindicated by finding a solution so this doesn't happen again.
- Obey My Authority
When I went back the next day to see Dr. Koga for the necropsy, I received conflicting info on about available staff and technicians on the evening before. I felt extremely angry and betrayed that day, why would you call yourself an emergency hospital when you can't see a guinea pig on a Wednesday afternoon at 5pm?
Although I am fully aware even if Meimei was seen by Dr. Naka that day, she would only be offered a peaceful passing, but it still hurts knowing that I spent that afternoon so helpless and hopeless with my little girl.
I am not sure about the data sharing, in my experiences with Dr. Naka, Koga and Johnson, they all seemed to be able to access to our piggy files.
By voicing and projecting our concerns, we can only hope it will bring about better organization and changes to better help other pets that comes in through that door...