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Old 07-13-2011, 02:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My sweet little Puff passed peacefully in her sleep last night. She had been having health problems for the past year and it was suspected she had tumors in her brain and possibly digestive tract. I knew it was her time because her mobility took a turn for the worse, her appetite had been declining and last night when she tried walking, she would just give up and splat out on the floor. She gave me a "Mom, I'm kind of done" look when I tried to feed her and let me hold her and rub her little chin (something she never would have done before) so I knew she was saying her good byes.

I found her laying flat on her tummy, little legs tucked in and eyes closed, resting peacefully this morning.

I am taking her to be necropsied and cremated in a few minutes. I had been debating all morning whether or not I wanted a necropsy but I decided Puff would want to help further hedgehog veterinary care and hopefully help future hedgehogs.

Puff was my first hedgehog. I rescued her from a pet store that was going bankrupt and wouldn't say what was going to happen to their animals once they did. They closed down a few weeks after I took her home. Hedgehogs were definitely a very steep learning curve and little Puff put up with me learning the ropes. She never became a super friendly hedgehog but she was still very sweet at times and her little face was always so precious.

RIP little Puff, hopefully we will get some answers on what took you from this earth, but even if we don't, you will be missed dearly.

Enjoy your unlimited supply of mealworms in Hedgie heaven.


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Old 07-13-2011, 02:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm crying as I read this. I was really hoping for a better outcome. Poor Puff, may she rest in peace. Hugs to you as well.
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Old 07-13-2011, 03:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I am so so very sorry for your loss. Poor little Puff... but you gave her a whole new lease on life, and a life much better than her pet store existence. She was loved, and I bet she really knew that. Many hugs to you. RIP Puff
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Old 07-13-2011, 03:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm so sorry for your loss
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Old 07-13-2011, 03:40 PM   #5 (permalink)
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So sorry for you loss, SnufflePuff.
You gave Puff a wonderful home, and you were a wonderful hedgie parent.
I'm sure Puff is so glad that she got to spend her time on earth with someone as caring as you <3
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Old 07-13-2011, 03:52 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm so sorry to read that Puff has crossed, but I also applaud you for taking the step to have her necropsied. You will finally get answers, and your vet will learn what was causing the symptoms you were treating.

RIP little one.
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Old 07-13-2011, 03:52 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks guys
I started bawling my eyes out at the vet office despite trying not to.
Unfortunately the necropsy might not tell them what it was, in which case they'd need to send samples off to the lab (another $130 - it already cost me $300 for the necropsy + private cremation - yikes. It makes me pretty sad how much they can charge you after the pet's gone) but hopefully I'll get some answers and closure from it.

I'm gonna post the necropsy findings / pathology report on here so hopefully we can all learn something from it

Miss you Puff <3
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Old 07-13-2011, 04:25 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I am so sorry that Puff was unable to get better but how wonderful for her and you that she passed in the comfort of her own home. I hope the necropsy will shed some light on what was wrong. She was a beautiful girl.
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Old 07-13-2011, 04:58 PM   #9 (permalink)
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RIP sweet little Puff.

Hugs to you.

You were a great hedgie Mom to her when she needed you.

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I'm So sorry about Puff. When I was first learning about hedgies, I always enjoyed reading your posts about Puff. You and she both helped me to be a better hedgie parent. She lived her life knowing she was loved. I'm so sorry.



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