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Lenny (gpig)

KawaiiKawaii Lemming
edited April 11 in General Rodent Chatter
Found out today that my gorgeous guinea Lenny has cancer :( 
He'd lost a bit of weight and got quite lethargic then started wheezing so duly taken to the vet and diagnosed with a respiratory infection, but had to go back again today as he was not eating or defecating at all despite syringe feeding. 
Vet found lumpy changes around his liver and in his abdomen and suggested that they were probably cancerous, as he had a mammary lump removed last year, and these are likely to be the same only internal and malignant. The respiratory infection is likely to be just secondary due to his poor general condition and compromised immune system from the cancer, and the lack of defecation is just because there can't be any output if there's none (or very little) input.
 They could apparently try operating but neither myself or the vet were happy with doing this on a ill, underweight small animal. 
So Lenny is basically on palliative care - have critical care for his weight, and meloxicom and sulfatrim to try and relieve the respiratory infection. 
I worked out that he'll need basically in excess of 100 calories a day to gain weight so god knows how I'll get that into him. 
If it looks likely he'll suffer for  a long time or be in pain obviously will euthanise but he's only five so wanted to at least give him a fair try. 
Sorry. Rambling a bit. Quite upset by this. 
F&*! cancer. 

Proud owner of 2 chinchillas and a dwarf hamster

(chins for the win!)

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  • staceyspetmicestaceyspetmice Lemming
    Posts: 45
    I'm so sorry to hear that :( Cancer is such an awful thing, and it takes so many of our paw pals. I hope you manage to get some time with him. My thoughts and prayers go out to you both
  • AnnBAnnB Mouse
    Posts: 997
    Heart breaking news, I wish the prognosis was better. I hope you can find some tasty food he will enjoy.
  • KawaiiKawaii Lemming
    Posts: 256
    Sad to say my gorgeous boy passed away at 2.15 am, wrapped in a fleece and with his guinea boarfriend nearby. He seemed to enjoy the warm critical care and I don't think he was in pain, but the fact that  he'd lost such a significant amount of weight implied that it was fairly deep inside him at that point and probably had done more a lot more damage than would ever be repairable. 
    His character was as colourful as his beautiful shiny tricolour coat; he gave kisses on command and screamed the house down when he was hungry and loved head massages, a proper prince among pigs has been lost today. Won't find another like him. Love you Lenny, go make trouble over the rainbow bridge you mad little monster xx 

    Proud owner of 2 chinchillas and a dwarf hamster

    (chins for the win!)

     If I'm not active I have probably forgotten my password (again)....

  • AnnBAnnB Mouse
    Posts: 997

    I'm so sorry, how lovely that he went peacefully at home though.

    Rest in peace Lenny.

  • NickyNicky Mouse
    Posts: 820
    Very sorry to hear this.
  • SarahnashSarahnash Lemming
    Posts: 346
    So sorry to hear, my condolences. A blessing he didn’t suffer or was in pain and he wasn’t alone.
    Mum to rattie boys Charlie and Bosley and Teddy the hamster.
    Never forgotten - my lovely fancy mice Jill, Kate, Eve, Kris, Sabrina, Dylan, Kelly, Abby, Tiffany, Natalie and Alex and wild mice Harry and Wills
  • racingmouseracingmouse Mouse
    Posts: 1,272
    :(  Sorry for coming late to your post Kawaii. So sad when these symptoms emerge when he has been a happy piggy loving life. It`s so unfair on them. What age was Lenny? How is your other boar doing,did they live together or as neighbours? x
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