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Old 09-11-2016, 09:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Vargas (will be 4 in October) was diagnosed with an oral tumor on August 3rd. We switched him to a/d urgent care wet food and he loves it luckily. He is also on metacam for pain. Up until this week he has still been very active, running around and eating a ton. He started to slow down a little bit a few days ago so I was convinced that it was going to be his time to pass over. But yesterday and today he has resumed his normal activity. The only thing different is that he is not up at his normal time. He now wakes up at random times during the day instead of the usual 8:00pm. He stays up for a few hours then sleeps for a bit and then wakes up for a couple more hours. I don't know if his schedule just got messed up somehow (he is blind and has never been affected by the light like my previous hedgehog).

My problem now is deciding when the time is right to let him go. I do not want him to suffer at all. I made a mistake with my last hedgehog who had a brain tumor. I held on to him too long and since then I promised I would never let that happen again. I just put my cat down 3 months ago and he showed pain suddenly one day and he was put down the next day from a mass in his stomach breaking open. Vargas has not shown that he is in pain and it is his time to go (which I was hoping for so that I don't put him down too early). I have noticed the tumor has grown and it worries me. So my question is, will there definitely be a moment where I know it is his time like I did with my previous animals? Or do I just put him down soon to prevent future pain (even though he is still eating like crazy)? The thought of putting him down when his quality of life is not affected yet is what I am having a hard time with
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