Guinea Pigs' health

Sad, sad Kirk

Kirk had a surgery yesterday for the removal of a mammary tumor. The intervention went well and we all hope e had an early catch and it will not develop further complications.

This was his third visit to the vet, the second one being the pre-op check up. So we can imagine why he is not really used with the drill. (We actually hope this will not become a habit.)

Mr G brought him home yesterday evening around 7 and since then he is just… sad. 😦

img_20180531_073612Ms M cuddled him a bit after the little brat, pardon me! I meant “sweet toddler”, went to bed, and he had some pellets. But still he prefers not to move and lais still in a pancake shape on the floor. Veggies don’t tempt him.

The good news is that he poops and pees.

Meanwhile, Ms M is going crazy. Although she knows his behaviour is normal, she would love to see him eating. (Losing some weight won’t harm him either. Au contraire!) Thanks all gods Mr G installed a web cam so she can check on Kirk from work.

What we found out about the mammary tumor from our vet:

  • If caught and removed early, great chances for another few healthy years.
  • Usually, metastasis is slow and goes to the lungs. If caugth early, chances are no metastasis would happen.
  • He had an X-Ray which was clean. Anyway, on an X-Ray one can see only the tumors bigger than 0.5 cm. So a clean X-Ray doesn’t mean there is nothing there.

And no worries, Kirk is on pain killers for the next days. We just think he suffer like a real man. Or at least we hope he will not get a major psychological trauma.

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Update on The Gang

So, here we go again. This time with no resolution or promise to write more often.

What has been going on with us? Aside from Worf passing away… 😦

img_20180517_165538Data has teeth issues. Finally our new vet pointed out some lack of vitamine C. Now he is on a daily dose of vitamine C, some homeopathic pills for joints to help with his jaw and lot of cuddles.

He also had bumble foot, but Traumeel did the trick. No laser therapy needed this time. And he now spends his days on a VetBed.

Spock is his usual crazy self. Chasing Data around. His (presumably) seborrheic cyst grew larger and our new vet said she would like to take a look, but later as it is no emergency.

Both of them are so zen with the two toddlers in the house that even when Bubble jumps form the back of the couch right near them, they don’t even blink.

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img_20180519_190640Kirk is on diet. Apparently he is a little bit too heavy. And, as he has too a lack of vitamine C, his joints should be spared of the burden of carrying 1.3 kg. So no more dried food for him because it has too much sweeteners.

He also has a lump on his belly. More exactly it is a breast tumor of an unknown nature, but the X-ray didn’t show any metastasis, so far so good. It will be removed on Wednesday.

img_20180523_161610Archy is the new boy in the gang. We brought him home on the 5th May and he comes from a family that thought a pet is a nice present for a kid. When the kid got bored, the family had an issue.

For the moment he is in quarantine in our hall way. This position allows him to participate to the family life and get used with the little biped brats. He is more at ease with us now, not running anymore for his life when we get close to him. And he is the loudest wheeker ever! First thing in the morning he wheeks for food.

Hopefully we will get our big fat assess back on this blog. 😀 If not, we are on Facebook.

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Late Happy birthday! for Data

kirk_profile_2We’ve been busy with the book… We are sorry for letting this blog empty, but we hope of coming back. Some day. No more promises. 😦

But today I would like to wish a late happy birthday to Data, who turned 3 on 15th of October.

From a psychotherapist point of view, I may say he overcome pretty well the trauma of the 4 months spent in the pet shop in a very small cage along with some bunnies.

From a normal, jealous guinea pig point of view I really don’t understand why the human female insists on saying that he is the sweetest piggy. But let’s keep it positive, after all it was his birthday…

He received a very nice box as a gift. A box with two exits. A little bit unpleasant for him as he had now reason to chew a second exit. But he still enjoyed the box.

And Spock was very attentive and protective and went inside the first to check the safety of that box.

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Well, next birthday is the one of Worf. I look forward to see what he will receive. I might want to check it first.

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It smells like hay spirit!

kirk_profile_2Due to repeated issues with home deliveries via DHL, the HF decided to have the new order delivered at her office. I think she somehow underestimated the dimensions of the parcel and had the idea that it will be easy to transport home.

Well, surprise, surprise! The parcel was delivered yesterday and it was huge. I mean really really huge. 10 kilos of hay, two bags of a special dry food to help Worf poop better and 4 packs of puppy pads can’t fit in a small box. You should have seen the face of the HF! She had to find a solution to store those things away from the eyes of her colleagues and guests from work. How could one justify the presence of so much hay in a lobby consultancy?!

She managed somehow to fit everything under her desk and already brought home one pack of 5 kilos of hay, but the other one is still under her desk. And it smells. OK, it is not a bad smell. But it smells like hay in a place where there should be no hay. Hopefully no one will realise from where this comes from before the second pack of hay leaves the office this evening.

The funny part was that she had to drag that pack of hay in a caddy and pass by the crèche to pick the little rascal too. Imagine how the other parents were looking at all that hay! I think some even asked themselves if the toddler was actually eating hay.

And this is how the hay looks like under her desk. Sorry for the poor quality.

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So this is what I call dedication and a well-trained human servant!

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She’s losing it!

kirk_profile_2Our humans disappointed me… Again. But I should get used with it. Just because there are no perfect humans out there. After all, they are not Guinea Pigs!

They left for Venice last week. With all the explosive hassle from Brussels, they went on with their holidays plan. Fine for me, we already said they are weird and need breaks. But they messed up our timetable. Big time!

Instead of receiving 4 fresh veggies per day in two turns, we ended up receiving only three in once. And the humans that were in charge of feeding us were as incompetent as our humans. Honestly now! They insisted on petting us. But I reacted and bit the lady. We left the 9 years old child alone, she still has a chance to turn more competent. Whatever…

The worst part is that our humans were supposed to bring us some Hard Rock Café paper bags. Apparently they took them from the shop and stored them somewhere in the luggage. But they were nowhere to be found once they got home! So, just imagine this: they tell us that there are some bags for us and then, suddenly, there is none. Disappointing!

And this week the HM is at home. He pretends to being sick so he doesn’t really cuddle us. Really?! He coughs a little and has to blow his nose every now and then. This is not an excuse…

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll go be disappointed in my own wood house.

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Our life is a mess!

kirk_profile_2I’ve spent a lot of time lately to think about our lives. Why?! Because we don’t seem to get inspiration and/or time to write more frequently on this blog. And the conclusions are not pleasing me!

First of all, our main servant, the hm, is losing it! Totally, not only partially! She forgets to do the shopping lists, brings home passed veggies just because she doesn’t have the time to go to a better shop, doesn’t charge her our laptop and so on and so forth. To be honest, I am a little bit disappointed but my inner psychoanalyst advises not to take action because I might be doing more harm. The idea of her having a burn out doesn’t seem funny at all…

Next, the other human servant, the hm, keeps on sleeping on Spock’s couch. So Spock keeps ranting about this. Moreover, as the little human rascal learned how to use the door to his room to go in, the adults closed that opening and now he has another reason for ranting. And he and Data can be very loud!

The little human rascal somehow thinks is funny to steal our food. She did not stop at that fennel few weeks ago, but now she is helping herself with green celery and pellets. And she seems very happy to see us moving, so whenever we are sleeping close to the fence she comes and tries to touch us. Outrageous! Not to mention that she likes to pick up our tunnels and munch on them. Well, maybe somebody should inform her that we pee and poop on those tunnels…

On top of everything, the weather is nasty and our garden looks awful. No fresh grass for us. I just hope the hf didn’t’ forgot to order some seeds to grow it inside the house. And even the hay ordered online looks more like straws and is less green that usually.

So you can see that I suffer. Not only that I have to cope with all this mess, but I am also in charge of keeping an eye on the hf’s mental health… And after all this she is shocked that I lost some grams over the last three weeks!

I leave you all with a photo from a rare moment of quietness.

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Another biped in the herd

Dear all,

We are apologising for our absence, but there is another bipod in the herd and we need to make sure she has a good start in life with a lot of guinea pig love around her. After all, she needs to be trained to be a good servant for us and what better way to do it than supervise the big bipeds in educating her?!

This is the reason why we’ve been absent for more than 10 days, but we hope we’ll be back on regular basis asap. By the way, Data freaked out first time he heard her crying in the living room.

In the meanwhile, I let you with some photos of me having a hard life in the tunnel.

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See you soon,

Kirk