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luna hanging on, advice please

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tadpole39 Tue 19-May-15 14:33:03

I have spoken about my silver agouti luna, diagnosed with an abdominal mass in feb. She did very well up until last week, not losing any more weight and rushing about normally.

However over the last few days she has again lost weight, she is incredibly skinny, not eating much just sort of pushing food around.
But she is alert and responsive, it seems like she must pass away soon, but I'm torn because I desperately want her to die with her friends and not go to the vets, but every morning she's still there standing by the bars!

We're going away on Saturday, and I can't leave her without me, I don't think she's in pain but she's spending each day sitting on a snugglesafe pad and not eating. She can't go on for long can she? Should I take her???

70isaLimitNotaTarget Tue 19-May-15 18:13:47

Oh poor Luna sad

Who is looking after them when you're away?
Guinea pigs do hide their illnesses well, and it is a worry that she isn't eating. Have you tried her on Critical Care/Recovery or mashed pellets?

sadly, if she doesn't eat you might find that before Saturday she goes downhill and the decision taken out of your hands.

Are her eyes bright or sunken and small, crusty or weepy?

I think go day-t0-day for a couple of days then see how she is . (Why do animals always have the worst timing? Good Job we louffs them )
flowers brew

fortifiedwithtea Wed 20-May-15 10:54:32

Oh this is very distressing all round and very bad timingsad Animals have an uncanny knack for picking the worst timing.

I'm afraid Luna sounds like my Todd (Old Boy) he refused to pop off on his own accord. Didn't eat much in his last few days but relied for a last tea party with his girlfriends. He was so ill he didn't even try it on with Fatimus. Unfortunately that last scoff gave him a painful stomach all night, which I sat up with him for and he pooped for England the next morning. I took him to the vet to be pts and his end was a peaceful one but it did take 2 injections to send him to the Bridge, the first just sent him instantly into a deep sleep.

Its a very hard decision, I had to do it for Todd he was in pain. How would you feel if Luna went while you were away? A peaceful passing at the vets a couple of days early maybe better overall.

Non MN (((Hugs))) flowers

70isaLimitNotaTarget Thu 21-May-15 10:40:17

How's the little soul doing tadpole?

tadpole39 Thu 21-May-15 16:30:47

She seems slightly brighter, I've put her in the run with the others cos I think she was missing them and its very warm today so she won't get chilled.

She's eating better but still frighteningly thin, I still think she won't recover but am torn as to what to do while we are away. We go Sat am and will be back Mon pm so not too long, next door are popping in but I worry that she will deteriorate and it won't be noticed, also my friend is worried that luna will die and shell have to deal with it.

Her eyes are bright and not sunken or weepy and she seems to be enjoying being outside with her crowd. Oh dear what to do?

70isaLimitNotaTarget Thu 21-May-15 21:59:08

ooh it is a really tough dilema sad

There's the well worn sentiment of a day too early rather than a day too late with animals.
It is a big responsibility for your neighbour to keep an eye on, guinea-pigs do hide themselves and their illnesses well.

In an ideal world she'd slip away in her sleep but if she does, your NDN will have to make the grim discovery and move her little body before it starts to take on it's own aroma.

The other option (but it would be ££) would be to leave her at the vets for obversation and ask them to do the necessary if they see fit, but Luna would be away from all that is familiar and comforting.

If it was me................... I'd look at her tomorrow. If she's not in pain, then I think I'd leave her with her piggie friends and see what happens.
Phone your NDN for updates.
Make sure Luna has her treats and a comfy hidey space.
And if she happens to go, make sure you leave a safe sealable box for the NDN to put her in, after a period of time with her friends.

It's not an ideal situation, but TBH, there is little that can be done tto pull a GP round when they go. When our GP boars went , they were either with us or the other pig. They had company at the end which I'm reassured by.


tadpole39 Fri 22-May-15 19:02:46

Ok, I've left her with her friends. I've fed her up with mashed pellets and she's eaten a lot of grass, I've a feeling she's plateaued again so well see what happens. She's definitely not moribund so I can't take her. I feel ok about this decision.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Sat 23-May-15 08:19:25

Hopefully your friend can cut some fresh grass and dandelions for the piggies (they can always manage to eat fresh grass smile )

She'll have the security of home and her cagemates.
Enjoy your holiday tadpole and << paws crossed>> update us flowers

tadpole39 Thu 28-May-15 21:01:47

Luna died this afternoon, peacefully in her cage. Her friends were outside so I brought them in and Daisy licked her, Hugo sniffed her and Betty walked over her!.

She is buried under the geraniums. I miss her already, I want another beautiful grey pig.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Thu 28-May-15 21:14:12

Aww, little Luna sad
She waited for you to come home, bless her.
And it was peaceful, in her own house

They do leave a huge space in your heart don't they? I'm sure there's another little pig (grey or otherwise) if you choose to fill that Luna shaped space?
It's sad when they go, but you can look back and know you did your best for her , loved her and looked after her. And that's all these little animals want really.

<<tsk>> @ Betty , naughty girl (though GP5 sat on GP3 when he was lying in state mourning)

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