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Goodbye Brodie

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Sara412

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My gorgeous teddy said goodbye today- I'm so confused and upset last night he was his usual self chewing at the bars waiting for his supper, and this morning
when I went in he was not waiting at his food bowl , I called him and he poked his head out of the bedroom compartment and did a little mew sound. I instantly knew
something was wrong and on opening the door saw him facing the wall. I picked him out and wrapped him in a towel and he just whimpered. Firstly I checked his mouth and tummy
no obvious problems I then checked his bottom as he had slight impaction previously but that too was ok.

He just wanted to snuggle into my neck (always been a big softie!) - the local vets kept going to answerphone, but by this time his breathing was coming laboured and he had started to twich
and his paws started to flay- this only lasted about 10 mins but seemed like hours.

Brodie was only 4 last week and I thought we had more time together its almost a year to the day that we lost his cage mate Guiness - they were so close I always thought he had
never got over him as he wasn't close to his new cage mate. I still am mourning Guiness as he was my first Guineapig and now I have lost my second- it doesn't seem to get easier

I'm confused as I don't know why I have lost him - he wasn't ill , Do Teddy/rexs have shorter lives?023.JPG

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HUGS

I am very sorry for your loss; it sounds like a major organ failure/body breakdown. The flailing/fitting right at the end is not at all unusual for the body closing down. Sadly, you can never know when it happens...

I lost my own teddy Nia last May not long before her 6th birthday and her litter sister Nerys is still going, so there is nothing wrong with the breed. I have also lost my aby Bethan a year ago to multi-organ failure for no apparent reason; she'd been diagnosed with the early stages of kidney failure by a specialist only days before a couple of mystery weight losses, but that cannot have been the reason for her body suddenly and right out of the blue shutting down; she was also just 4 years old. :(

It is always so much more difficult if deaths happen to close to each other; you can't but wonder whether there is something that you have missed or could have done better; that is normal and part of the grieving process.

Brodie had a very loving home and a good life.
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Thank you Wiebke for helping me make sense of this- you feel so helpless and as you say think you have missed a sign- but when they are eating and drinking well and no significant weight loss or bumps and cuts- it is so hard to know if they have a problem- just wish I could understand the different wheaks better
 

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Thank you Wiebke for helping me make sense of this- you feel so helpless and as you say think you have missed a sign- but when they are eating and drinking well and no significant weight loss or bumps and cuts- it is so hard to know if they have a problem- just wish I could understand the different wheaks better
Guinea pigs can go downhill very quickly, literally overnight, so please do not feel like you have failed Brodie in any way! You were there for him and he could leave, carried by your love, as heart-breaking as it was for you.
 

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I'm so sorry for your loss
I love teddys and I do not believe the breed are any shorter lived than other breeds. It was just bad luck.

He was beautiful.
 

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Sara, I am so sorry to hear this what an awful shock to have lost your handsome boy. It sounds like it was just his time and nothing you could have known. Huge hugs x

Sleep well beautiful boy

RIP Brodie
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Oh Sara, such awful news :( huge hugs coming your way.

Rip Brodie xx
 

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Such sad news, I'm so sorry for your loss.

Play well at the Rainbow Bridge sweet Brodie x
 

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Brodie was a gorgeous little piggie. So sorry for your loss. He knew it was his time to go to the Bridge and wanted you to be there to see him off. Farewell, sweet boy.
 

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Brodie is a little love , so sorry, hugs to you, he will be at the bridge waiting for you , and one day you will all be together again
 
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