Wednesday, 6 March 2013
It's a shame my first post in nearly three weeks is a sad one, but I haven't felt much like blogging or commenting recently.
Sadly I lost the last of my guinea pigs, Honey, yesterday. She was just over five years old. I'd noticed she was losing weight and wasn't eating last week and after a few vet trips it turned out she had overgrown teeth and had also lost a front incisor. Guinea teeth keep growing throughout their lives and can cause a lot of problems if they wear unevenly, usually putting the pig off it's food. Because they're evolved to eat more or less constantly, a guinea that stops eating is in danger of gut stastis (basically if there's no food going in, the gut shuts down and is nearly impossible to re-start and the pig will die in a lot of pain). Subsequently I was syringe feeding Honey in the hope of getting her weight back up so she would have a chance of surviving a general anaesthetic to have her teeth filed. She had looked a bit stronger first thing yesterday, but went downhill throughout the morning and passed away at lunchtime. The picture above is quite an old one (she would have been around 5 months there) taken not long after I got her. She's wet because she'd just had a bath (back in the days when I had time to bath guinea pigs!).
Feels a bit weird without animals in the house as I've had guineas for almost eight years now. I will get some more in the future, but not just yet.