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Old 03-16-2017, 10:07 PM   #271 (permalink)
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Thanks Artemis! I've got my fingers crossed. And she's still very active and drinking. It's just the muscle loss in her back end that worries me, surgery-wise
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Old 03-22-2017, 03:22 PM   #272 (permalink)
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She's home. The x-rays showed nothing at all. I'm treating for a partial impaction now, but I'm doubtful since something should have shown up in contrast, but there was nothing. I'll give this two weeks and then she'll go back and get further testing. The vet thinks cryptosporidia parasites, but I'm doubtful of that too, since there's nowhere she could have contracted it. Cryptosporidia is manageable but there's no cure, so if that's the case she'll be medicated for the rest of her life. The other option is gall bladder issues, for which the vet knows of only two successful surgery stories. So I still have no idea what's wrong. She's out and exploring now, as per doctor's orders. Hopefully it's an impaction of something containing no calcium and no density and it's all fixed up in two weeks.
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Old 03-22-2017, 04:36 PM   #273 (permalink)
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That's hard. The not knowing is horrible. Hopefully at this point is something that will go away soon.
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Old 11-28-2020, 09:09 AM   #274 (permalink)
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So here's a really late update. Like three years late?

First and saddest, Kerrigan passed very shortly after my last update. Best guess was she was born with an unusual gallbladder, and no one was willing to attempt to fix it. It was kindest to her to just feed her her slurry until she passed away.

Mister Finn left me in late 2018 after a long fight with an oral tumor. The tumor was removed and unfortunately re-grew in a position that was inoperable. The vet felt that she may have missed some tissue which may have led to the second tumor but we can't be sure. It could easily have been a whole new lump.

Before Finn passed, I started having an allergic reaction to his annointing. I'm guessing it was a mild saliva allergy combined with the slight pokes from his quills getting it into my skin. I haven't held a hedgehog since, so I'm hoping it's passed. If not, I'll find a way to treat it.

What else is new? I'm back in the city again, so no more struggling for supplies. I unfortunately sold a bunch of my critters because I thought I was moving back out to nowhere again and figured they'd have easier times in the city. And then my plans fell through, everything changed, and I'm living with my parents again. It's been a rollercoaster!

My current list of critters is:
-Oz the cattle dog
-The saltwater tank and inhabitants
-Illidan the ball python
-3 new snakes, two variable kings I'm hoping to breed, and a Mexican hognose
-A giant day gecko
-A brackish goby fish tank
-Two cockatiels, Pippa the baby, and Kashi, the Oldman I'm birdsitting while his dad is at college
-Nova the budgie
-Tater the button quail
-Two ghost mantises
-Two jumping spiders
-And seven tarantulas

So I've still got a houseful, it just sadly isn't the same bunch I had when I left.

In awesome news, I'm on the waitlist for a baby hedgie from a breeder in Hope, BC. So I wanted to revive this blog to have a spot for baby pictures and whatnot!

It looks like I wasn't the only one who moved on, so I doubt any of the original readers will see this, but if any of you are still here lurking, hello! And a big hello to all the new forum members!
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I’m so sorry for your loss, and I’m glad everything turned out well for you!
A massive hello back to you!
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Old 11-29-2020, 02:45 PM   #276 (permalink)
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Thanks very much, OddDarkMatter91!
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