Guinea Pigs' health

Update on Kirk and something about luck

Kirk seems to be doing fine. Breathing normally, taking his meds. Some loss of appetite, but apparently normal due to the antibiotic and anti inflammatory meds. Nothing to panic, he still eats and poops.

Ms M is looking at the last photo she took of Worf few days before he died. And she is struggling not to cry. Somehow that Saturday end January when she took Worf to the animal clinic she had a feeling he would not come back.

He came back though. He wanted to fight, but he relapsed. And unfortunately the vet that should have taken care of him considered he is not worth fighting. She couldn’t even say if it was pneumonia or a tumor.

The humans still blame themselves for giving in to tiredness due to dealing with two small kids and accepting an easy solution for the vet. They believe they should have followed all their warning signs and find a second vet faster. It was not done, Worf died.

Actually, when it was done, after almost two months of struggle, he was to weak to keep fighting.

Of course the (not so) cavy savy vet that actually had no idea how to put a diagnostic, nor to treat pneumonia had it’s share in this tragic happening. But the main responsibility is on the humans’ shoulders. Or at least this is how they feel it.

After Worf’s death, Ms M searched on the cavy savy groups and web pages and found useful info about how a pneumonia should be addressed and what were the odds for a longer, heavy treatment to be needed. To bad she didn’t do it before…

Now Kirk got hospitalized for a similar issue. His (new) cavy savy vet was not there; she is on site only on Wednesdays. But he was consulted by a generalist that got in contact with the cavy savy vet, explained the situation, decided together the treatment and so on and so forth.

Two days after, he was discharged by the cavy savy vet and Ms M received an explanation about the course of treatment. The vet prescribed a longer period for the antibiotics, mentioned that there is a chance a second course should be needed etc. And, the most important, she said that if he would have again issues breathing, to go back asap.

For Worf it was just a shoulders raising, a condescend smile and “well, if he has issues again we should put him to sleep”.

Life is not fair. At all. But apparently Kirk is luckier than Worf. Or the humans had a wake up call. But still not fare. At all.

And Kirk refuses to stay still for a photo. 🙂

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Power struggle

Kirk is back home. Not cleared, but stable and not in need for oxygen therapy. So all the other medicines can be given at home.

After three days of being the king of the pen, Archy seemed a little bit disturbed by Kirk’s return. Kirk didn’t take it well neither, so they picked a fight. Not the usual rumbling and teeth chattering, but really some biting and Kirk ended up with some scratches on his nose.

The logical thing to do was to separate them. Kirk is still under treatment and avoiding supplementary stress should be a priority. Of course, from the logistic point of view, this separation caused a mess.

The grids were used to build a shelf. Now the shelf had to be dismantled in a hurry (kids were demanding attention too). The VetBed was placed in such way that they both sleep on it, but is not large enough to cover the full cage. So it had to be moved. And redecorating was necessary too.

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On the other hand, Spock was out of the house for less than nine hours. When he got back, both Data and him were so happy for the reunion that they hid in the same little wood house and just enjoyed the closeness.

Now we just hope Kirk and Archy will accept once again to share the same cage.

Guinea Pigs' health

When the humans are freaking out

Kirk has troubles breathing so he is in hospital waiting further investigations.

Since yesterday morning when Ms M noticed this she is literally freaking out. Especially that Worf died end March due to a bad managed pneumonia. And that Kirk had a mammary tumor removed some weeks ago and the vet explained it could give metastasis to the lungs.

Unfortunately our new cavy savy vet comes to Brussels once per week, on Wednesdays. And her very good clinic is quite far from the town.

So Kirk was taken to the clinic where she consults in Brussels and the generalist vet will follow the cavy savy instructions in order to investigate.

So far no news and Ms M already cleaned her desk twice. She is almost trembling and in a very bad mood.

Fingers crossed for Kirk.

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Archy went to the vet

Yesterday 3 piggies were scheduled to see the vet. Two of them should have had also some minor surgery. But it’s summer and computers and humans go crazy so our vet’s agenda was messed up and only Archy got to be “solved”.

So, Archy had a check up to make sure he is healthy and fit. He got the clean bill.

Apparently he had pododermatitis but everything looks fine now. How he got this diagnosis? Well, he had some “dry skin” hanging from his paws. Ms M cut this and it never came back. The vet said it was for sure pododermatitis and showed some leftover scars. Small pieces, but still there to prove the diagnosis. According to her, moving him on a VetBed was the best thing to do and due to that he is now almost pododermatitis free.

We will come back with another post on our experience with pododermatitis.

Meanwhile, this is Archy and his busy, Kirk, enjoying breakfast.

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Open Fence Days

Ms M broke all the written and unwritten laws of binding two guinea pigs males. She followed her gut and apparently it works.

Kirk and Archy were out on the couch for few times and they didn’t seem impressed one to each other. They were on the couch, passing by, but not really doing something together.

Wednesday afternoon Ms M decided to open the fence between the two of them and see what happens. The main thing she skipped (and please don’t do this at home!) was cleaning the cages and making sure the odors are neutral. But the boys didn’t seem to mind this.

She had two main concerns: how the boys will react at being together and how the white ones (Spock & Data) will react to meeting Archy at the fence. Spock can be very nasty with Data if something bothers him at the fence.

Well, everything went pretty well. A little bit of teeth chattering, but no biting, no fighting.

Still Ms M hadn’t had the guts to leave them like this over the night, so the fence was back late in the evening.

Fortunately, the other adult biped was at home on Thursday and Friday and the fence was up again, this time for the night too. The boys are fine together, although we do not see any huge friendship there. But tolerance is acceptable if this gives them a bigger space.

Archy is still getting scared of the movement around him, but less and less and being with Kirk seems to diminish it. So far s good!

And Ms M is happy she can take nice photos of both of them. 😀

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Archy & Kirk: so far, so good

Saturday it was a big day in the house: Archy moved in the main pen with the others.

Ms M decided it was time to have the full gang in the middle of the house and, as Archy seems to be in good physical health, he was moved in the living room. Ho got the ancien spot of Kirk, Kirk moved where Worf used to live and the white boys are still where they like it best.

The point was to have Kirk and Archy one next to each other so they could get friendly. And not to have Archy next to Spock, as the last one is a little bit sensitive (please read “crazy”). Also, another goal is to use Archy with living with two toddlers and two adults.

So, Archy got The Spot! The corner pen from where he can watch the house. The down side is that everyone passes by to get to the kitchen or to come to the living room. So he runs and hide every single time. But he seems more and more relaxed, although there is a long way ahead before he will get used with all the movement in the house.

Kirk was a little bit vexed by the fact that his pen went smaller again, but happy to finally meet Archy in person. And, incredibly, he seems calmer and less jealous.

In three days there was no teeth chattering! Just sniffing and a great desire from Archy’s part to chew the grid and get to Kirk. 😀 The two boys are event chit chatting at the fence. And they eat together.

The plan is to wait few more days and then to start taking them out together in a neutral space. Under supervision, of course. The human are also waiting for Kirk’s sutures to resorb in order to avoid accidents.

 

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Well trained piggy slave

7:10 am. Ms M gets out of the bedroom.

As soon as Archy spots her, he starts wheeking. Not very difficult to spot her, as his pen is right next to the door. So, he starts wheeking. Softly in the beginning, louder and louder after all.

Ms M rushes to the veggie shelf, grabs an apple and a red paprika, cuts each of them in four chunks and rushes back to Archy’s pen with them. Meanwhile the bigger toddler already woke up due to the wheeking, but she fell back asleep.

After feeding Archy, Ms M goes to the other three. They wheek, but not that loud.

Kirk sniffs the apple and the pepper and doesn’t seem impressed. Not only this, but he places himself at the fence with a begging face.

Definitely Ms M is impressed and goes grab the celery to give him something he likes. Poor guy, not even a week ago he was on a surgery! He needs to be spoiled.

Finally, some pellets and hay and the piggies are quiet again.

Time to wake up the toddlers!

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