Does it look similar?
While the ear he had surgery on is looking good, the formation of polyps and infection has spread to the other ear. I am treating with drops to try and control the inflammation. Because the polyps are so deep in the canal, removal is not possible and they will continue to come back even if he removes the superficial ones. At this point all we can do is treat the infection and make sure he's comfortable. So far he doesn't appear to be in pain, but I'm watching him like a hawk.
I'm not sure, but I'm thinking there will come a time when the infection gets too out of hand and Otto will be in too much discomfort and then I will have to make the decision to let him go.
I haven't lost a piggy yet. Otto is only about 4 now, still a spring chicken. I hope we can keep this problem in check. :+(
I will miss my big sweet Otto. He is the reason I am a cavy-slave now. Otto belonged to one of my son's preschool friends. The family asked if I could pig sit him while they went camping for a week in August of 2001. They brought him over in a wire-bottomed rabbit cage with no hay and only pellets. I admit I was scared to handle him. I didn't know if he would bite or not so I borrowed my husband's leather gloves to take him out of the cage to clean it.
I wanted to find out more about caring for guinea pigs, and that is when I found GL. A month after I pig-sat Otto, I found out they were keeping him outside in the 100 degree weather. I asked what they planned to do in the winter and they suggested he would probably end up in the garage. The kids had lost interest in him and the mom was taking care of him, sort of. I flat out asked her if I could I have him. She was very pleased to turn him over to me and I am so glad I was able to spend the last 3 years with him.