The thing is, he's so skinny. His bones in his spine and hips are sticking up. His belly is full, big and squishy, but for some reason he's just not gaining.
I broke the top off my scale so I need to replace it tonight...but he was just under 600g last time, don't remember the exact number.
The last few days he's just been spending more time in his hidey...not moving around as much. Today after he ate he went in there facing the back and hasn't come out since. I noticed last night he has some hair loss starting around one of his eyes. The thought of taking him to be put to sleep is so hard to bear. Especially since he does seem to get pleasure out of his greens...but I am afraid I'm being selfish. I am afraid he is suffering. I'm also afraid because I've heard euthanasia of a piggy can sometimes not be as peaceful as for a dog or cat...and he's such a dear sweet soul I don't want his last moments to be in fear or pain I cause. We just had to put our 14 year old dog down in June and that was the hardest thing..and maybe that's why I am hesitating with Tuck. My daughter...who he truly belongs to was 4 when we got him and she will be 12 in a few months...she says she knows it's not the same thing, but that it feels like murder. I know this isn't going to get better...
I wasn't home when Lenny got sick and wasn't with him when he was pts...I just guess I'm looking for reassurance. He still has life...he still wants food, he still squeals and runs off with his favorite peppers...but the rest of the time he sits in hiding. How do I know? This is so hard! My heart is breaking. We got him at 10 weeks old...he's had a long beautiful pampered life.
- Contributor in 2018
With my Winnie (different from the 2 mentioned), she probably had arthritis (we attempted to treat) and definitely had other issues I was managing, but when she no longer wanted to stand or walk -- even though she still ate/drank (when I brought it to her), had personality, enjoyed snuggling, etc. -- I chose to say goodbye because not being able to stand/walk/wash is no way to live for a piggy. I did wait and hope for a few days (feeding her, washing her), but her legs didn't improve. She was older than 8.
Also, any time one of my piggies faced the back or a corner, that was a clear message they didn't feel well. I'm not saying it's time for your Tuck -- just commenting about the behaviors you've relayed. I do think his eating peppers is a good sign.
Finally, I'd like to add that if you have a competent, compassionate exotics vet, euthanasia should NOT be traumatic for the piggy. When done properly it IS very peaceful. Wishing you strength and wisdom as you assess his quality of life and make the best decisions you can for Tuck and your family.