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Tommies Mam

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I have been asked to write an article for a journal called the living document one of the things I am going to cover in my article is the impact of the death of a pet and peoples reactions to it etc. If people feel comfortable with this would people mind sharing their experiences etc
 

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Thank you for your replies if you are happy to share your experiences with me me either pm me or share your experiences here or e mail me I think my e mail address is in my profile.
 

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same here. I'll e-mail you. When do you want that for?
 

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I have two experiences.

the first was the loss of my guniea pig huxley pig, he really was the most adorable pig you'll ever meet and craved human company, he used to love his cuddles and loved to lick me, would wheek in his cage for attention so I would get him out for a cuddle.

He died young when he was about a year old. We noticed he went off his food and took him to a vet who basically told us that there was a large lump in his abdomen which was probably a tumor. They said as he was a small animal there was no point in investigating it any further as it was not worth it. But he was my baby and that was not good enough for me. Thats when we found this forum and decided to try another vet, while the other vet was more willing to help we now realise that they wanted to use him as a 'guinea pig' as they had not operated on a small animal before and were keen to try, they gave Huxley a scan under GA which was totally unnecessary as he would have sat still for it. They wanted to operate for free which I know realise is so they could get more experience. I felt a bit pressured by the vet but we took him home so he could recover from the first anesthetic. He never did, he couldn't lift his own head or even swallow. I syringe fed him some food before bed and when I woke up the next morning I found traces of the food left in his mouth, he didn't even have the energy to spit it out. Thats when I decided the kindest thing to do was put him to sleep. I took him to a different vet again for this. I couldn't stay with him as I was too upset, I painted him a little headstone and burried him in my parents garden :... The experience has left me very untrusting of vets and I will now alwas use this forum as a first port of call

The next experience is with an animal who was with me for just a couple of months. I found a little ginger cat on the road near my house he was soaking wet and just looked like he had given up on life. I went up to him and asked him if he was ok and then I noticed that there was blood on his face. I told him that I was just going to pop home and get a number for the RSPCA and i'd come back for him, but the little lad decided to follow me, he stood outside my door for ages when I invited him in as if to say are you sure I'm all dirty, but he eventually decided to come in. I called the RSPCA they didn't want to know, I called the PDSA they told me I would have to pay to have him taken in. I called local cat charities all were too full. Due to his size I thought he was a young cat, as I couldn't get any charity to help me out I took him to a vet who said he was in OK condition apart from a being severely underweight, covered in fleas and losing fur. They said his age was actually about 16! Even though I dont really like cats I couldn't let him live on the streets. When my partner got home from work I thought he would be annoyed but he was actually close to tears when he saw the state of him.

Neither of us liked cats previously but this little lad who we called Jasper stole our hearts. It like he knew how lucky he was and decided to be as loving toward us as he could as his way of saying thanks. He was like my shadow and followed me everywhere and gave me cuddles when I was under the weather. When he went off his food after a few months of living with us we decided that cost wasn't an issue and took him to a cat specialist as we wanted the best for him. The vet said that it was renal failure and the kindest thing we could do was put him to sleep. The vet didn't charge us anything as they said we gave this little boy a lovely end to his life. The previously cat hating individual that was myself cried like a baby. He left a hole in our lives and we have since taken on another cat who is also a rescue, this one came from a rescue though rather than me finding him, but I like to think that my experience with Jasper has given another animal a forever home.

Sorry this was so long and I hop it helps x
 
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