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my last guinea piggle is dying.. :(

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NoLongerJustAShopGirl Mon 12-Jan-15 15:19:08

just want a hand hold really...

my Lightning is 8 , nearly 9 and has started having absence seizures - and stopped eating, like her sister did before she died last year.

Have booked her into the vets on Wednesday - to have her PTS as having seen this before I just can't go through it again and it seems unfair for her to be put through it. - her sister was given pain relief and all sorts of treatments by the vet, and lasted 3 weeks after her first seizures but Lightning is that much older......

don't know why we booked Wed - just seemed right to give her time to rally, but know she won't really, she has pain medication - looks like the kids ibuprofen - but that is it really.

I feel so sad because she is our last, and because she has been an only she is cuddled and loved so much... (she hated other piggies with a vengeance - loved the dog - but he sees her as a bite sized snack!!) We said we would not get more when our last went ( of 4 - but I have had piggies for 35 years) - but that feels wrong.... sad

sanfairyanne Mon 12-Jan-15 15:23:09


she sounds such a well loved pet. i am sure she has had an amazingly happy life with you.

nearly 9 is amazing. none of mine have made it to 6 sad

thanks thanks

fortifiedwithtea Mon 12-Jan-15 15:52:49

sad she sounds a lovely old girl and has had a happy life

I can't imagine having an empty hutch after all that time flowers

NoLongerJustAShopGirl Mon 12-Jan-15 16:59:30

thanks... I can't imagine it either...

DH chose the "right" time to be away abroad with work for the week!! sad

meglet Mon 12-Jan-15 17:07:14

sad . so sorry for you all.

I had 30yrs of piggies until the last one died. I still don't like not having them.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Mon 12-Jan-15 20:42:24

<<hand hold>>

8 nearly 9 is blooming fabulous age-wise for a guinea-pig.
If they stop eating that is a huge part of their reason for living, gone. They are "Live To Eat , not Eat To Live" aren't they,

You know how it's going to pan out for Lightning after watching her sister so although it's sad to make that decision , you know she won't have to go through all the medication and treatment.
She needs you to make that decision for her , it's always better a week too early than a day too late.

They are lovely, messy,noisy,greedy little mammals, get right under your skin , into your heart sad

NoLongerJustAShopGirl Mon 12-Jan-15 20:51:33

thanks all - just popped her to bed

you totally summed it up 70......

NiceCupOfTeaAndALittleSitDown Tue 13-Jan-15 00:13:14

Hand holding from me too. Our last piggie died last summer. I still miss their little noises and wheeks and their expectant faces for food sad.
You know when the time is right. It will be sad and take time to get used to.
These small furries steal our hearts thanks

FernieB Tue 13-Jan-15 07:46:41

Hand holding here too. Poor old piggie thanks.

Eight is an amazing age. You must feed them some kind of magic elixir! Have lots of cuddles today and I'll be thinking of you tomorrow.

NoLongerJustAShopGirl Tue 13-Jan-15 08:34:11

thank you.... I think her age comes from the breeding... (since we just feed her any old green stuff and Burgess Excel - mmmmm, but no starchy veg and no fruit - they disagreed with my piggies delicate tummies)

we got ours from an amateur show breeder - they "didn't make the grade" colour wise, but his piggies tend to live to a ripe old age - he made sure we knew that before we "bought" them (the 4 sisters for a bale of hay) thankfully.

NoLongerJustAShopGirl Tue 13-Jan-15 08:34:54

so sad for all of you who have lost piggies too... flowers

70isaLimitNotaTarget Wed 14-Jan-15 11:14:38

Good Luck today Shop and farewell to your marvellous veteran piggie sad

123rd Wed 14-Jan-15 11:26:42

Hey shopgirl. Thinking of you

FernieB Wed 14-Jan-15 12:19:23


Thinking of you and your piggie today. Hope everything is calm and peaceful.

NoLongerJustAShopGirl Wed 14-Jan-15 17:51:19

so nice to feel "hugged"....

the vet agreed, she was unwell and so old she was unlikely to respond to any treatment. He put her to sleep.

just hoping the ground thaws a bit tomorrow so she can join her sisters in the composter - or the dog will dig her up, and I don't think the kids could handle the sight of that!!!

fortifiedwithtea Wed 14-Jan-15 18:21:38

Have another ((hug)) such a sad day for you all.

RIP Old Lady Pig sad

Mintyy Wed 14-Jan-15 18:25:12

Ah, tears in my eyes. Rip to a wonderful old lady pig flowers.

woodhill Wed 14-Jan-15 18:33:46

love to you and your lovely old lady pig. They do get under your skin.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Wed 14-Jan-15 19:31:36

Aww, peaceful passing NoLongerPiggie .
You'll be chopping veg or opening the fridge expecting a Wheek, I have a mouth here but it'll be a long time before you get used to the silence sad

Your pigs had a good life, maybe write or phone the breeder to let them know that he breeds excellent piggies , well worth a bale of hay wink

NoLongerJustAShopGirl Thu 15-Jan-15 07:25:32

I will write to him 70... and what an apt MN name for her!

I saved the end of the cucumber for her when I made packed lunches this morning smile sad

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