But gosh, I really miss his happy little birdsong voice, and having a piggy I was so very bonded with.
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?
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.
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.
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
- You can quote me
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.