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Old 04-09-2012, 09:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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It is with great sadness, that my dear little buddy, 'Bullet' passed away on Saturday April 7, 2012 aged 15 months old. He had self mutilated his chest 17 days ago, which prompted a emergency trip to the vet. The damage he inflicted in a 1 hour timespan was horrific. The terrible squealing was hard to endure. He had chewed a 1/2 by 1 inch area, on his upper chest right through the fur and skin. The emergency vet did a great job cleaning up the bitten area and stiched it closed. A tissue sample taken that night was sent to the lab, which was later diagnosed as 'dermal vasculitis', (no mites), a kind of internal bacterial infection. He was put on a regiment of injections, twice daily of Metacam for inflamation, and the antibiotic Baytril , Buprenorhine for pain. His chest was stiched up, he came home the next day, and other than being medicated, he seemed to be quite normal within a couple of days. He was back to wheeling within a few days, and really didn't mind the injections. When the vet called with the lab results, a second antibiotic Duplocillin was added to broaden the antibiotic spectrum. Two weeks from the initial attack, he was back at it again, this time licking a spot just below his incision which had healed completely. We continued on with the meds for a few more days, but sadly and without warning he decided to chew on his chest again, biting and a making horrific squealing noises, obviously in severe pain. I picked him up and quickly filled his wash basin with a inch of warm water in it to sooth the pain which also prevented him from biting, which seemed to work for a moment but, I decided that there had to be something else going on deep down inside and with great sorrow I made the decision to return to the vet for my buddy to be free of his pain. He was euthanized an hour later. He will be burried alongside my previous hedgehog, at our summer cottage this coming spring, so he can be forever happy !( how he loved to swim, and run and explore the inside of that place in the summer ).
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sorry to hear about the passing of your little baby. You made a very tough decision. Sometimes its better to let them go and remember the positives. It sounds like he had a wonderful life.
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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So sorry for your loss, hugs
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So sorry for your loss
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Old 04-10-2012, 12:04 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Oh, I'm so sorry. It is so difficult to make that decision that sets them free from pain. God bless. Praying for the healing of your heart. <3
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Old 04-10-2012, 02:07 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I am sorry for the loss of your little one.
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Old 04-10-2012, 12:40 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Big hugs. It takes a strong person to make that decision and it was completely unselfish of you. Praying for you and your hedgie.
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Old 04-10-2012, 04:08 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I am so sorry.

I know your heart is breaking, but you did what was best for your little buddy.

He is at peace and free from pain.

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I'm so, very sorry for your loss bwm. Bullet was a handsome fellow and obviously well-loved. May he Rest In Peace.
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the little buddy looks so lovely
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