a day before we were due to leave on holiday to hk squee sddenly collapsed. long story short my colleagues and vet really pulled trough to help her whilst I was away, but sadly she was just too poorly.
She had her old butt lump removed, a CL lump under her armpit which had sprung up in days and hte thing that made her collapse and lose 200g in a week was an impaction in her intestinal tract due to her bowels not working properly. On top of that she had a fatty liver due to not eating and suspected kidney issues.
She just didn't recover from the operation and therefore at only age 5 we say our goodbyes to our beautiful little girl..
we are heartbroken
You arranged the best care the world could offer for your little girl. I am so sorry for your loss but you always amaze me at the mountains you will move for your loves :) <3
Today we buried Squee and she now takes pride and place on our livingroom windowsill : https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152493885768999&l=ca64f95416
We arrived back from hong kong this morning (miss you sere!) and discovered chubbles, squee's mum, has lost 100g and has enormous nipples. I can only feel one pea sized cyst on her ovary, so hopefully (!) a hormonal implant will help.
blurgh. I'm so cursed right now and I now have the photo to prove it, Ring style. :/
After we came back we discovered Chubbles wasn't well... Chubbles has always been terrified of people, but now she has turned into this...
Actually cuddling, lying down and not shivering in fear. She seems very lethargic.
I decided to give her minimum dose of metacam each day until we saw the vet yesterday and that perked her up making her gain weight and be more active.
We saw a new small mammals vet and tbh I don't like him. He didn't listen and all he focussed on was her ovarian cysts and hellbend on operating. Luckily word is spreading in the vet practise that I work at the zoo and 2 of the consulting vets there are zoo vets so at least they won'rt force me into decisions anymore as i have some credibility now (seriously how much does it take?!).
Anyway, he wants to operate, I said no and to discuss it with the zoo vets. Chubbles is weaker and 7, maybe older, so I want an implant.
She'll be getting an ultrasound on Friday morning, if it is ovaries he will implant her and if it's something else he'll call me and discuss further action. Good compromise I think.
Amidst all the crap we have a new ray of light. Initially I wanted a younger pig, but as things go you always go home with the least expected.
Welcome to Truffle Mouse, Truffle for short. A 4 year old (although I reckon she's 5) white patched and silver agouti sow.
Hence the mouse part of her name! How big are dem ears?! :o
She's very cuddly and sweet, but Pudding our alpha hates her already chattering from a distance :/ Introductions may be a long drawn out process.