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Old 12-28-2017, 03:26 AM   #11
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I'm sorry about the loss of your pet. It is always difficult...


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Old 12-28-2017, 07:16 AM   #12
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Relle, what do I do with the remaining pig? He's such a dominant guy he isn't matchable with another male - even a young male. The head of the rescue suspects he was taken very young to the pet store - and lived as an only pig.
He was then returned about a year later. He's very people friendly and confident. In fact - he's better suited to survive the loss of a friend than our girl was, I think.

But he loved his girl - I swear he used to make goo-goo eyes at her. (yes, she was spade. The irony - she was spade to prevent tumors).

The rescue has no spade females at this time - and they are rare. And let me tell you - I'm in no hurry to put a female through that surgery and hope she survives!
We had 2 piggy boys and one died, I bought another (boy) not straight away, about a month after, not knowing if they'd get along. It was a process of establishing who was boss and some biting and scuffling. I introduced them in a neutral area, they eventually worked it out. The original one, not the new one became the boss (he was older). There is always a pecking order. Both boys were not spayed. They got on really well together, the newer one died at about 5 yrs old in late 2014 and his friend only lasted about 1 month after that. So maybe you can try and get a boy for company for him. Try the GP sites and ask if they don't get along can the new one be returned for his own good. If they have company they do better.

I understand you not wanting to put a GP through getting desexed. We got our newish bunny done in late Sept this year (it prevents them getting uterine cancer) and she didn't eat for 3 days which is not good for bunnies. I always worry about anaesthetics.


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Old 12-28-2017, 06:56 PM   #13
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I'm not surprised that you are looking for something, anything to blame (even if it's just subconscious). You just lost your furbaby and you weren't entirely expecting it, even if it was haunting the back of your mind. I was not there, so I can't give you any kind of educated guess as to what actually happened. It's possible that the vet too was grasping at straws and wasn't sure himself.

If the tumor was necrotic (rotting) that's just another complication. Could've been hypothermia (they do have probes that monitor body temp, but I've only used them on cats and dogs), could've been a stray blood clot, could've been something the tumor itself released when it was removed, could've been could've been...

Even doing a full necropsy might not have turned anything up as to cause of death.

I'm sorry about your little one, regardless of the cause though. Taking in a pet you knew was sick but perhaps not yet terminal and receiving that kind of news can be devastating.

Rusti I am incredibly grateful for your words - you've been a tremendous help to me. Despite knowing the risks I didn't really expect her to die. I even stayed in the parking lot of the vets because I envisioned going in to see her while recovering from anesthesia. And even if monitoring body temp - she was a 740 grams guinea pig and changes happen fast. I also did not know tumors can secrete toxins, or thought about blood clots. There are so many things that can go wrong.

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Old 12-28-2017, 07:10 PM   #14
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Thank you everyone for your condolences. I am feeling better. I have to admit when I've known someone who was grieving over the death of a bird, or other small animal I was little judgmental - like "it was only a bird, not a real pet like a dog or a cat". Now I know better. Never underestimate the value of an little creature, or the ability of a person to love.
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Old 12-28-2017, 08:37 PM   #15
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"...Never underestimate the value of an little creature..."

Oh this is so true. When you've had a 3-ounce cockatiel nestle into your shoulder and nibble gently on your earlobe at the end of a bad day ... there are no words to describe what comfort that gives.
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So sorry for you loss. Losing pets can be hard. I've said goodbye to too many in the past and it still wont stop me from getting more. I've got a fish that I have had going on 11 years now I get funny looks when I mention how much it will hurt when he eventually dies. He's not just a fish to me, he had his personality and he had happy days and grumpy days just like everyone else. I bet you little pig was the same for you. Remember the good times you had together.
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We have 5 fish tanks as well! Most are betta tanks. We lost 2 of them at the same time as the guinea pig, however one of the betta was given to us free from a pet store because it was all but dead. He recovered with lots of tender loving care and lived half a year. So many pet stores keep the bettas in dirty water too long and it affects the health of the fish - they don't regain 100% vigor. I enjoy buying the ill ones and trying to nurse them back to health. This time however - I went and bought a healthy beautiful bumblebee male - because I've been caretaking animals too much lately. It's a lot of work.

We'll certainly remember our dear little Abigail. She was so people shy and difficult to gain her confidence - she wouldn't even take food from our hands for many month. And for the last year of her life she was much more confident and curious! When we let the pigs out on the floor to run around - it was Abby who led the charge! And she was so soft! Didn't let us pet her much, but that's okay. I think she was happy.
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It's so fun to see the shy ones bloom with good care and lots of patient love. Good for you!
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Awwwwww I'm sorry to hear about Abby! Here, have a hug!

Surgery is always risky in the small animals, but at least you tried something to help. It's always rough losing the big or small ones regardless, I've had hundreds of animals in my life and I still miss them-bleh!

I might advise no necessarily get a "friend" for your boar right now. My boar was perfectly happy as an only pig because he got all my attention (in his little eyes). The females tend to get along better together than the males as far as cagemates, so I'd wait and see how he does. If he mopes for more than a week or two, then I'd consider it...unless you just want an excuse for another neeeeek neeeek noisemaker .


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