Friday evening. So sad

With heavy heart I finally felt the only solution to Nutty's situation was to have him put to sleep.

Fran agreed. We sought advice and it was helpful and kind and this also supported our decision.

Nutty was a star in the family, he really was in charge. If someone ate an apple in the same room, he would hear the crunch and pop out from his bed to squeak a demand to be given some apple (I smile involuntarily but cheerfully as I type that).

I won't talk of the problems at the end and the layered reasons we knew this was the only way left, but the consolation, and it is significant although right now not enough to quench the pain, is that we now find ourselves recalling Nutty in all his days, not just the last few weeks. Nutty the carrot fiend, Nutty the apple-hearer, Nutty the bouncing pig with a spring on each foot (surely? – how else did he do that?), Nutty the loveable, beautiful little character who was loved by us and who was a part of us.

We will never forget him. I love you Nutty.


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Friday morning

Nutty did not have that much of a wet night last night by what I saw this morning and yet during his feed this morning (Friday) he was upset enough to squit (as he does sometimes) and yelped in a way he has only done maybe 2 or 3 times. So, I stopped feeding at 10ml rather than forcing another 15ml down. He weighed 595gm; another all time low, but if I had pressed him into another 15ml, then he would have weighed 610gm (*if* he had not squitted out any from being upset (I just weighed 15ml of water and it weighs 15gm)).

Seeking advice from the vet now. I think we have passed the last turning that might have lead toward recovery and are on a windy road to the end and we don't want Nutty to suffer if we are right about that, so also will seek Vets advice is she concurrs that we are looking at one option only now.

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Thursday evening

645gm. Better than this morning but that's after a day of feeding so it's to be expected. Nutty was 655gm this time yesterday, but then this morning was one of those dribbly ones… Complex.

Bottom line is – so far, there has been no increase in weight, day on day.

A question for the vet. You were planning to give this a week (Sat to Sat). We extended that to the following Weds (now next weds).

Given the treatment (injection and vitamin laden poop meals etc), and given he is not eating solids at all and sitting in one place not moving unless prompted and he is so very light, is it reasonably likely that the time from now until next wednesday might result in a turn around – in other words, is the injection and the vitamins able to result in a gradual liver improvement or is it more likely to be a stepped (rapid) one (if there is an improvement at all)? The hard question we are asking ourselves, is, if the injection and vitamins should have produced a reasonably stepped change, if it was going to work, fairly obvious fairly quickly then perhaps we are doing Nutty more harm than good prolonging this existence to next Wednesday. But, if the injection and vitamins are reasonably likely to have a gradual change then on balance it might be worth the sad quality of life from now until next weds in the hope he breaks into a cycle of improvement in time.

We'll await your advice. Sorry this is so hard. Please feel free to call or blog advice and leave it to me to call if I need more info'. Thanks in advance.

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Thursday breakfast

Not optimistic.

We have until Wednesday next week to produce real weight gain (not up and down swings). This morning Nutty was 605gm, a new record low (previously 610gm).

He had a wet bottom from the night and wet a bit during his feed, which he was not that keen on toward the end. Hence the low weight (fluid loss). He ate 22ml.

Very sorry for him. He is, as before, sitting in the corner of his house, out of sight but comfy and warm (new medibed is switched in there regularly and this corner of his house is adjacent to the end of a radiator so the house wall he sits against is mildly warm all the time (we have the heating on 24hrs to stop him getting cold in the night).

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Lovely but lighter…

Nutty is a lovely little chap and had a nice new change of house (medibed) after breakfast.

But, he had a wet-ish night, not too bad, but did wee quite a lot and so lost quite a lot of weight. He was 610gm after breakfast. The lowest so far.

Also, he's got clicky teeth. I've booked a call with the vet, but, I suspect, even though we're meant to be keeping him quiet, the advice will be ask Chrissie if she can look at them. Poor little chap… 

Published in: on March 28, 2006 at 12:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

Thursday and back down the rollercoaster

Nutty ate 20ml (good) but had a very wet bed and had obviously just sat in one place.

Washed his nether regions (that were wet) with warm water and blotted dry.

After feed, Nutty was 615gm. Equal lowest weight ever, he obviously passed a lot of water in the night.

Put him out in the garden again, in the sun, in his run for 30 mins. He seems very uninterested in moving about even and does not appear to be eating.

Off to go finish the clean+disinfect of his house.

PS: Message from Nutty to Chrissie: hope you are feeling better today :)

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Wednesday morning

With quite a lot of refusal, Nutty ate 17ml of CC. He would have been coerced to 20 but the syringe finally packed up totally and, yes, it was the last one (Oompa Loompa pre-ordering failure).

Poops good.

Weight 660gm.

We are now significantly of the opinion that Nutty is treading water, not heading out to open sea nor to land. He is also getting tired and not enjoying (ditto Oompah Loompas – though we would be totally re-fuelled by progress and/or by him ‘eating’ ie actively wanting food as opposed to fighting to not have it). He spends all the time (all) sitting in one corner of his house. He seems to be able to eat a small amount of solid (very small) and then stops, the solid is pretty much only narrow green leaves. He has not eaten hay (Timothy or otherwise) or biscuit for 4+ weeks.

The vet had said come back in 2 weeks. At that time we did not know what path Nutty would go down. We are now just over 1 week into this 2 week process and appear to be standing stock still. We are as sure as we can be, that Nutty will remain exaclty as he is now for the second week. So, we are going to call the vet to ask if we can see them sooner simply becuase we think Nutty is suffering (force feeds) and if this convalescence is not helping, perhaps a look at his jaw and more will reveal something that will not be helped by more force feeding but can be treated?

It seems to us that unless there is some miraculous change, a beautiful cheery little gorgeous Nutty is doomed to be force fed or to find an answer from the vet visit or to be put down (rather than starve if we stop force feeding). Perhaps he needs to be left in a cage house full of leaves to begin to go hungry in the hope he will eat? We suspect this won’t help as we leave fresh food at every feed and next feed it is invariably exactly as we left it.

So. This is an all time low. Going to phone the vet now and ask for an appointment this week, if they agree it’s a good idea. Also going to ask Chrissie if she has any thoughts.

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Tuesday night

Ate 20ml of C.C. with a lot of re-wrapping up in tea towel and quite a lot of head-turning refusal (as is usual now).

Weight this morning was 670gm. Weight now is 680gm.

Published in: on March 22, 2006 at 8:19 am  Leave a Comment  

Tuesday tea time

Could only get Nutty to eat 7ml of Cricitcal Care (only 35% of what he needs to ‘stand still’ or gain slowly, we think).

During feeding he is now, often very unhappy indeed, bulging eyes, turning his head every which way to not eat from the syringe. This feels very worryingly constant now, the lack of solids eating and lack of weight gain (treading water in the middle of an ocean).

He didn’t eat the whizzed up celery and cucumber I left. We tried to feed it to him and he was not very interested.

He ate 7 thin spidery-style salad leaves (he stopped eating at the 8th leaf). Refused a tiny sliver of carrot.

Poops good.

Day-time Oompah Loompah might be getting some contract work in London, so, no one to feed during the day… Worry.

Published in: on March 22, 2006 at 8:13 am  Leave a Comment  

Saturday morning blues

BB King says it how it isLots of poops, half ‘good’ and half over-wet or possibly wee’d on.

Noticed very wet bottom end (sitting in wet bit of bed (now changed of course)), tried to sponge and dry clean, made an improvement but noticed some (0.75cm sq?) hair loss (I think, not looked closely here before) on his back just above his bottom. Went to clean this gently too and I think all this handling, with unfamilliar things happening when already (presumeably) feeling unwell and certainly not fully strong, made Nutty upset enough to loose a lot of liquid from his bottom.

He continued through the feed to loose quite a lot more liquid that way.

In the end, after much trying, he had 12ml instead of the 20ml target and we felt it was wise to stop.

Weight, very low due to it being morning, there being sloppy-ish poops as well as good poops from overnight and also importanty due to loosing so much liquid from his rear end during the feed and then not eating a full feed: the weight was a record low of 615gm. Or to be ‘SUN’-headlines-y, a 10% loss from last night.

Positives: He ‘Wheaped’ when I opened the curtains and let the light in. He slowly ate some carrot, not touched this for days, usually his fav’ – in total he ate 1/3 of a carrot disc, 1/3 of a celery leaf (small leaf) and a little celery stalk. And the final ‘good’ news is that becuase we are running out of Critical Care (again – I really don’t believe it…), I had pre-mixed the days, precious C.C with 1/3 carrot Hipp baby food and I suspect the carrot+fennel taste that resulted was probably pretty rotten, so if this is right, then it would go some way to explaining why he did not eat, perhaps.

I feel a little drained, dispondent but most of all I feel so, so sorry for Nutty – this (Vet visits, not eating solids) started on 13 Feb, 4 weeks ago. Such a long time for a little Pig. I wish, wish, wish he would perk up and eat well and put on weight for his sake, I’m just SO sorry for him and his rotten routine.

Hopefully, lunch time feed with a little of the C.C will be good tasting for him and he’ll eat well. Fingers crossed.

Published in: on March 18, 2006 at 11:04 am  Leave a Comment