Friday, October 21, 2016

Update on Broccoli, the Guinea Pig with the Eye Problem

Hi readers, I've got some good news to share: the vet called about Broccoli's surgery, which was scheduled to take place earlier this week. Apparently all of the positive thoughts that readers like you sent his way really helped, because the vet called off the surgery. Broccoli is doing so much better than expected that she thinks it may be possible to treat him with medication for a bit and see how he does on that alone.

Now, he may still need surgery in the future, but for now he is doing well, is eating on his own, and can be weened off of the Critical Care so long as his weight continues to be up. He's a brave one that Broccoli!

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  1. Woohoo! Keep it up, Broccoli! If you have some extra love, please send it to me (Arwen), as I have a bladder full of crystals. I'm going to the vet daily to get fluid shots, and I hate them (the crystals, the vet, the shots, everything). But the human says it's to avoid surgery. : /

    On a related note, ever since I started having these bladder problems, my buddy Eowyn has been really mean and dominant towards me. She's always mounting me and I can't get her to stop. Sometimes I put up with it and sometimes I fight back. Sometimes the human steps in to distract us; she even tried giving us a buddy bath, which was traumatic for everybody. Nothing seems to work. Have you guys ever had a fight that went on and on like this? The human is worried that I might get fed up and hurt my buddy. (Despite the pronouns and our names, we are unaltered boars.)

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    1. Really sorry to hear about the fluid shots. That sounds rough! Hang in there, Arwen.

      Have you tried a temporary separation between Eowyn and Arwen? Maybe if you keep them in separate cages for a few days, but allow them to play on a neutral area, like the floor of a room neither spend a lot of time in, they can work out their differences.

      It took us two pigs months before we happily cohabited- we thought we might have to be kept separate forever, But sometimes it just takes a lot of time. Keep us posted!

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    2. In retrospect, yes, we should have remembered that. : ) This just surprised our human because we've been friends for a while. Fortunately, things seem to have worked out; who knows why!

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  2. Wonderful news about Broccoli! Please give him a hug from us all ( and one for Lola too.)

    Re Arwen and Eowyn. If their cage is large enough, you could try just putting a divider down the middle so that they can still see each other and be friends but without any risk of damage. We really hope that the shots at the vet's work. Surgery is risky so if these shots work, please spread the word.

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    1. Well, we're not totally in the clear yet, but we'll go back to the vet Tuesday. I'm feeling a whole lot better!

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  3. sending positive thoughts for broccoli!

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