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Old 07-13-2011, 02:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm saddened to say I think it may be my sweet little snuffle Puff's time

We're pretty sure she has a tumor and although she has been doing pretty well the last couple months, she's taken a down turn the past few days. I had already made the decision not to torture her with any more bloodwork and it had be decided that sedation was far too risky for X-rays or any kind or surgery but we're pretty sure she has a brain tumor or other neurological disorder (can't confirm without an MRI unfortunately) as well as an unknown digestive condition (but suspected tumor in her digestive tract). I decided to let her live out her life as long as she seemed to have a will to live - i.e. Was still eating and drinking on her own and her mobility wasn't too debiliatating.

The past few days I've noticed a slight drop in her eating habits and tonight she didn't eat anything and her nose seemed crusty and dry. Her skin took a few seconds to recoil when pinched too so I loaded her up with pedialyte (I have subQ fluids leftover from my dog but it seemed cruel and risky without a vets approval/dosing). I also syringed her food and gave her a heat disc and turned up the heat for her to give her a chance. Her belly was slightly cooler than usual but still warm.

Her mobility has really reached it's lowest point though and she basically just gives up and
splats on the ground. She pushes the feeding syringe away with her paws and gave me a look of "I'm just kind of done mom". The real give away though was that she let me pet her belly and rub her chin.

I'm kind of hoping she passes peacefully in her sleep. She wasn't in enough pain or distress for me to drag her to emergency just to be euthanized. I'm going to call the vet in the morning otherwise, but unless she's miraculously better, I think it's her time and if she doesn't pass on her own and shows no improvement, I just can't let her suffer.

Poor little Puff, my very first hedgehog. I feel like I can take some solice in knowing that they were going to euthanize her had I my taken her for practically nothing from that evil pet store going bankrupt (well they wouldn't answer me what was going to happen to their animals - but we all know what that means )

Sweet little Puffers, if it's your time I hope you'll go peacefully <3
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Old 07-13-2011, 02:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Your post made me so sad and I teared up a bit, especially over the part where she gave you a "i'm done mom" look. I'm so sad to hear about this and I can't imagine how sad and strong you are right now. Puff has (no past tense right now) the best life with you.
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:48 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Oh, Puff...my little Godhedgie. Sniff.

She's doing what Snarf did to let me know it's time. He was way to cooperative with me - how showed my his oral tumor (this is Snarf we're talking about) not once but twice. And he let the vet poke and prod and scruff without complaint. So I knew.

My heart goes out to you...my heart is still raw from Snarf and is hurting for both of you.

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Old 07-13-2011, 08:42 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm very sorry to hear this. The "I'm done, Mom" part got to me, as well.

You are a very good pet owner for acknowledging that things aren't okay, and wanting to make Puff's passing easier on her.

You are both in my thoughts, and I hope everything goes smoothly
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So sorry to hear.. I hope if its his time it is quiet and painless
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Oh no! I am so sorry for Puff and you. Hold her, cuddle her, tell her you love her, and tell her it is okay if she lets herself go. Some will let go, others continue the struggle and need help.

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thinking about you and Puff. Hugs to both of you
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Oh no. I'm so sorry. It must be heart wrenching for you. But Puff lived a happy life with an awesome hedgie mom, and I'm sure she knows just how much you love her. I hope that the rest of her time here is painless, and I'm sure it will be filled with love and cuddles and kisses. My thoughts are with you. *hugs*
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You are always the ultimate the HedgeMommy; such a selfless decision. You know your baby better than anyone and she knows how to tell you what she needs. Rest well. She will never really leave you,
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