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The best-laid plans...

Monday, May 14, 2012

I've been more active on SparkPeople, using the trackers and all, and I've mostly been good about my eating habits (though there's a reason I didn't track for three days this past weekend). However, I decided today that I should probably drop the challenge that I joined at the beginning of the month.

If you've got me on your friend feed, you may have seen me talking about a sick guinea pig I've been hand-feeding. Here's the story on that.

I'm starting a guinea pig rescue with my friend C, and back in February or March she rescued and rehomed a pair of females (I provided a cage as I had four large ones at the time). At the beginning of April, she rescued a 4yo female, and then a little later she brought home a 4mo male.

C has three pet guinea pigs, like I do, except hers are all female (sows) and mine are all male (boars). C also lives in a one-bedroom apartment with her fiance, and I of course live in an actual house with my husband. Both of us have tortie cats, but C's Lily isn't even a year old yet, and of course my Roy is four and a half.

C kept the two rescue pigs for as long as she could, but finally last Monday I went over and picked them up to bring them to my house. They are in cages in our TV room, in the basement (there is a window that gets decent light, and I leave the light on in the room all day for them).

The little guy, H/B (we can't decide if he should keep his original name, Hershey, or if Bandit is more suitable - what do you think?), is doing well. He's slowly getting braver and the other day he let me pet his nose through the bars of his cage. He is really cute and I think he'll be fairly easy to find a new home for, assuming we can find someone who has a male already (I would prefer not to adopt out single pigs to homes where they will live by themselves, as guinea pigs are social animals and do better in groups of at least two). Someone with a spayed female is also a possibility, though I suppose H/B could be neutered to let him go to a home where there is an unaltered female. We'll have to see.

Here are some pictures of him:

Sandy, the older girl (and four is more middle-aged than ancient), was really underweight when I picked her up. I have been hand-feeding her and weighing her regularly since last Tuesday, and she went to the vet on Friday afternoon. She has a urinary tract infection (UTI) and is on antibiotics for that. She is also on pain medication as she is obviously in pain. She has air in her stomach and in her intestines, as well. So I am hand-feeding her multiple times a day and massaging her abdomen to keep things moving in there. She gets her antibiotics twice a day, which means poop soup (my boys are happy to provide fresh poops; poop soup is basically guinea pig probiotics, as they aren't supposed to be given milk products like yogurt since they can't digest it, and fresh poop from a healthy guinea pig is better for active probiotics than the stuff you buy at the store) twice a day too, and then she gets the painkiller once a day.

Here are some pictures of Sandy:

She is a sweetheart and I really hope she pulls through. It is time-consuming to hand-feed her (takes about half an hour each feeding), but it is worth it if it will help her get better.

So that is why I had to drop out of the challenge I was in. There simply isn't time to do all of the exercising and tracking required, plus look after the housework, plus do my normal animal care for the three guinea pigs that are my actual pets, plus nurse poor little Sandy!
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    I would keep H/B's name Hershey after I saw hime. Sandy is beautiful and I do hope she pulls through. Years ago, we found three baby rabbits abandoned by their mother in a rain-filled hole right by our back door. I would bring them to work to hand feed them as they needed to eat on a schedule (luckily it was a casual work atmosphere so I could do that). And, of course, everyone just loved it. Two lived, and once they got healthy enough we put them back and the next day momma came back to get them. So I know how time-consuming it can be.
    2169 days ago
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