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Old 02-17-2013, 09:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How fast do they grow, and does she like this, etc

Dia Rose was 6 weeks old when I got her, we've had her for a week. I swear she is about 1/2 a size bigger. I haven't weighed her because I got my scale out of storage (for weighing chicken eggs) and I keep forgetting to get more batteries. But is it common for them to grow so fast? Maybe she's getting too much protein? Also, she is still very huffy and popping most of time...which is to be expected especially after her traumatizing experience with my dog. But when I rub her back to get her to unroll to give her meds, she stops huffing and seems to relax. She kinda unrollls and her eyes kinda close and she seems very happy...but am I reading this wrong?! Am I giving her a heart attack or something? LOL ok not that extreme but I want to make sure i'm not terrifying her. She is starting to explore around us more. And she took a painful bite of my ear. And I have to wear my hair up because she tries to tangle and burrow herself into my hair. Also, after her injury her leg is working beautifully and she seems to have no problems. She did have a small puncture wound which seems to be healing just fine. Can I foot bathe her? And can she start running in the wheel if she is totally fine now?
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They can grow pretty fast, especially if they've hit a growing spurt. A lot of people have found that rubbing their back causes them to calm down and unroll, so I'd say they probably like it - like a massage or something. I would call your vet to ask the questions about her foot/leg/running, just to be safe. He/she may want you to wait until she's completely done with antibiotics or something.
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Punctures take longer to heal. The outside may look fine, but the inside is still knitting back together. Personally I would also call the vet and ask. Remember that they are prey animals and running away is their life line. She will do her best to run even if it hurts.

My horse had a puncture and she had to stay in a stall for 2 weeks even though she was fine to move and run. The vet didn't want to risk damaging the heal process.
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