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Old 09-26-2013, 01:57 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I feel so empty. I made his appt to be taken care of. The antibiotics are not making a difference. It is bigger and when I give him the antibiotics I can see in his mouth. It is not a tooth. It does not appear to be in his mouth. We go in on Friday. I had to leave work today as I could not keep it together. I had him out tonight. It made it worse because he wanted to anoint and couldn't reach his quills. =( I am sorry I do not have better news.
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Old 09-26-2013, 08:05 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I'm so sorry you and your boy are going through this. *hugs* Just try and remember that hard as it is for're doing the right thing by keeping him from more pain and suffering. It sounds like he had a very long and good life...and I know we never think it's long enough, but that's the hard part of having animals in our life. Treasure your last couple days with the little guy. I'll keep you both in my thoughts.
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Old 09-26-2013, 12:13 PM   #13 (permalink)
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IMO oral tumours are the worst and most difficult for us to make the final decision. Even though the tumour is huge, hedgie usually continues to eat and behaves normally and seems happy. The tumour has to be massive or growing up into their head before hedgie shows any symptoms affecting their behaviour. These %&#*%& tumours grow so fast and often by the time we notice it outwardly it is already massive inside their mouth and past the point where surgery will help.

Helping them to cross is never an easy decision and we always second guess our decision and do the what if's afterward. The saying "better a day too soon, than a minute too late" is never more true than in the case of an oral tumour.

I'm sorry you have to make this decision but you are doing the best thing for him so he doesn't suffer.

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Old 09-26-2013, 10:56 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I am so sorry for what your and your baby are going through. I will be thinking of you both all day tomorrow. I wish you strength and comfort, you are truly being selfless in doing what is best for him. It is one of the most painful decisions, but you are taking away any pain he may have.
He will pass over in a calm, loving, and peaceful environment.
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