Senior Guinea Pig
- Jan 25, 2016
Cedric arrived at TEAS in August 2015, as a temporary resident. He used to live up in Heddon on the Wall and had developed dental issues, so had been brought down to see Simon at Cat and Rabbit Clinic by his former owners. Cedric stayed with us at TEAS, as his owners lived so far away and so he could receive regular dentals.
In November 2015, Cedric developed a retrobulbar abscess. His eye deteriorated very rapidly and he needed to have it removed. Cedric's Eye Problem - A Diary
Due to his ongoing issues, both dentally and with the treatment of the abscess, Cedric was signed over to TEAS as a permanent resident in December 2015. At the start of March 2016, Cedric got his new wife, skinny pig Pearl.
As time went on, Cedric regained the weight he had lost and was sailing through life. That was until the end of January this year, when he suddenly developed an abscess on the side of his face. Since then, he has been through the wars, having had various operations, several dentals and a two month period of daily injectable drugs. He then went on to lance and drain his own abscess (one that we hadn't even detected), which meant a return to his drugs routine.
Then, over this past weekend, he has developed an issue with his remaining eye. After seeing Kim at Cat and Rabbit Clinic, he possibly has another retrobulbar abscess brewing. His eye appears to have issues behind it, which is causing it to be pushed out of position, leaving Cedric unable to close his eye fully. At the moment, we need to wait and see, but he has had Marbocyl and Remend drops added to his Zithromax and Metacam daily meds, in the hope that we can ward off any infection that is behind his eye and reduce the inflammation, therefore allowing it to resettle. The absolute worst case scenario would be that he has another retrobulbar abscess behind his eye, as he did with the other one, and he loses this one as well. However, after discussing his case, should his remaining eye need to be removed, we have agreed that we would go ahead with the operation, as we feel it would be unfair to just call it a day without giving him a chance. Piggies don't rely heavily on having sight - far more senses of hearing and smell - and can still lead a good quality of life. A lot would depend on Cedric, but he is such a cheeky pig, full of life, we feel it only fair to give it a go if we have to. We are currently keeping EVERYTHING crossed that we won't have to go down that path.
If he does need to have his eye removed, then we'll be looking at £300 plus for the operation alone.
We have a very strict ethos at TEAS, which is 'to extend good quality life, but never to prolong suffering or death'.
We take life on a day by day basis, and as long as everyone is happy and enjoying life, then there is lots to smile about.
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