April 24, 2013
know... I know...
I've been away from the diary pages for a while, but
in my defense Young Jeffrey prolapsed again and
Tricia has been very ill.
Every morning and
every evening Young Jeffrey gets Vaseline to help
and occasionally if it lasts more than two days, he
gets a Rimadyl to help reduce any swelling. He also
spends an occasional day or two in quarantine away
from all those beautiful ladies of his who are
causing all the excitement. I made him a special hay
nest and he has his kiddie pool. I visit him
throughout the day, so he's not lonely and we talk
about all sorts of things like rain and puddles and
the worms that can be found in them. He's also
having a lot of trouble with his hip arthritis, so
he's back on his weekly injections of Adequan. This
weekend was his third dose and I'm starting to see
some improvement, thank heavens.
And then there's
Tricia. A couple weeks ago on a Friday Isabel
noticed she didn't want to be petted, which is not
like Tricia, but I figured she was probably upset
because she stopped laying eggs that week and wasn't
allowed to have a baby. But the next day she
wouldn't eat her lettuce treats, which is not like
her at all, so I started her on antibiotics and
brought her to the vet as soon as they opened. Her
blood work showed a slightly elevated white cell
count, but aside from that, all looked well. When
the vet palpated her tummy, she was clearly upset
and uncomfortable. Our suspicion is that she ate
something that disagreed with her--possibly algae
bloom. Our stream is a watershed that comes down
through multiple ponds above us. We can't control
what might come down stream into our pens, so we
always have to be watchful.
We gave her three
treatments of activated charcoal for three days and switched
her over to a stronger
antibiotic (Clavamox). I also began syringe feeding
her since she
stopped eating. This time our vet had us use Iams
High Calorie wet kitty food instead of A/D mixed
with Ensure, Critical Care and a healthy dose of
probiotics (Manna Feast in the a.m. / Avi-Culture in
the p.m.). Every night at bedtime I gave her a pain
pill to help her sleep--a vital part of her recovery
She went back for a
check up after two weeks because while I felt she
was improving, I was worried that she hadn't
recovered fully yet. But... the vet checked her out
and she didn't mind him touching her belly this
time, so he prescribed more antibiotics. Thankfully,
she's finally eating again and getting towards
normal--although not entirely. She's getting there
though. She has another day or two on meds and then
And here she is on the
pond today looking pretty bright eyed. She's
swimming with the others again (rather than standing
on shore all day or hiding in her duck house).
I love her in this photo with Miss Sunny the koi
fish... both sharing some Mazuri pellets for lunch.
Billy-cha opted for a swim today!
While Bella watched from
Benny's Beach Cottage...
Meanwhile in the other
pens... Bonnie Bonster was bug hunting:
While Piper-doo cautiously followed Mercy-lulu out
the door with me for some chaperoned foraging in the
grass (perfect for Mercy's diet).
And Laddy and WeeBit hang around their pond...
And Rilo relaxes...
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