I asked my friend to take me and OB to the vets today and stay, I knew the outcome wouldn't be good. The bottom line is he hasn't long to live and although I knew, I've been crying on and off all day. He is full of fluid and his breathing is laboured but his heart sounds fine. It's not a good sign that he suddenly started drinking so much, although since I've been trying to catch a wee the drinkings gone down abit(equally bad). He has a lump in his throat possibly cancer but can't tell without investigation. And an infection in both eyes.
The vet explained the options were to put him to sleep, or keep him comfortable at home or go for exploratory procedures with risk of him dying on operating table higher than normal due to his poor condition. Also if I agreed to the op and blood tests and x-ray the vets might still not be able to cure him.
So I've decided to let him go peacefully I hope at home. He's got ointment for his eyes. I want him to be comfortable. It's not fair to try surgery on him because his gut is always so slow to recover from a general. At the moment he's still interested and eating in food but if that changes it will be kinder for him to be PTS.
I got the impression from the vet that OB wouldn't last out as long as the course of eye ointment but OB is a tough little fella. I'm dreading losing him .
Oh fortified this is so sad. I know from your posts of late that you've been worried about OBs health (and his name gives it away, he's an old boy)
You are right not to put him through surgery and all the assorted tests. From what you've posted it sounds like there's alot going on with him, and the surgery would be such a strain on him, physically but more importantly mentally. The stress of him being away from you for a period of time and the recovery. Bless him.
Hopefully, as you say, he'll wind down naturally and go in his sleep, in his cage, with his laydeez next door.
Oh fortifiedso very sorry to hear this about dear OB, I'm not surprised you have been so upset....poor little chap, will be thinking of you.you can make him comfortable and give him lots of reassurance and strokes. I had to train myself to think of what would happen if they were in 'the wild' so to speak,they tend to know themselves that it is their time, and to go in familiar surroundings is so much less stressful for them, they know where they are and that they are loved. Seeing a loved one out is one of the hardest things we can do so sending you lots of hugs for strength. Keep strong x
Thanks 70 and guineapiglet for your kind words. Had another good cry . OB was a good boy and didn't make a fuss having his eye cream. We had a nice cuddle time afterwards. He sat on his special blanket on my lap and had a saucer of tea . He looked surprised to be offered it. Normally he necks tea out of any mug left on the floor.
I've told the DC the way it is with Old Boy. DD1 is putting on a hard nosed front. DD2 is very sad but keeping it together well and gave him a lovely gentle cuddle while I cleaned out his hutch.
Thanks Sleepingbunnies Old Boy was 6 on December 15th, so he is 6years,1 month and 1 day . Someone on here said one of our years equals 14 of theirs. That would make OB about 85, which I would say is fairly accurate.
Fortified I am so sorry to hear about Old Boy. I think you have made the right decision. He is a lucky boy to have known the love that you and your family have given him. I knew in my heart that I was on borrowed time with Dotty after her sister died a few months ago. I had four weeks off over Christmas and new year that I spent cuddling her and watching television for hours on end while she chatted along. These are now bitter sweet memories that I hope in time will become sweet memories.
Well Fortified now we know how you got your name, and the secret of OBs long and happy life- a guinea who drinks tea is an amazing character! Just spoil him rotten and make sure he has everything he needs, which is you, his blanket and an extra milky brew < we only drink Yorkshire tea here, what is his favourite>? He will need lots of tlc from you kids, and, being a male, will enjoy all the attention and fuss. He will be so much happier in his own environment with no stress or worries, and will be nice and peaceful. Will be thinking of you
My dad always leaves a bit of tea in the bottom of his mug (a throwback from the days of loose leaf tea) and my very first GP -when I was 9yo- used to balance on the mug rim and stretch his neck in to drink it Not too much milk and a half spoon of sugar.
We don't drink tea in our house, so our boars won't get the chance (My dad has sweeteners now I don't think the hogs would like them).
As its very late I won't talk long cousin rang took up the evening and then I dozed off on the sofa.
Old Boy has had a mixed day. At one point I thought he would die in my arms but he was just in dream sleep. Ears wraggling, eyes rolling. Then he woke up like nothing unusual had happened . Sometimes he's looked very miserable and hunched up.
He is still eating, just, but being picky and his poo is soft sticky clumps, so his gut flora is all out of tune.
However at the moment I can hear him munching on vair naice hay and I got a tickly whisker kiss when I looked in on him .
I gave him tea party with his Laydeez and took loads of photos. Which I will upload later today (friday). It was lovely to have all 3 together. Bless him OB is too frail to try an funny business. Well he had a kiss with Fatimus but that was it you'll see it in the picture its classic.