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Gerbils... [Dec. 30th, 2002|10:06 am]
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Well, that went a bit better than I'd expected.

The most likely cause of Gizmo's sudden weight loss and lack of energy is kidney failure. We've been advised to add a vitamin supplement to the water, and feed him more fresh vegetables as this will make things much better for him.

He seems as healthy as he can be under the circumstances... his heart is strong, his chest is clear, his scent gland isn't blocked and his skin is healthy. But should he get in pain or his condition become uncomfortable, we have been advised that it would be kindest to him to let him go.

I say it was better than I'd expected, because I thought I was going to be told that we'd have to let him go anyway. I was in a bit of a state about him last night.

Should we lose Giz, I'm not sure we'd get another to replace him... for one, I doubt that Ash would appreciate a new tank-mate.

So really, for now, it's just important that we give Giz and Ash the best we can for as long as we can.
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[User Picture]From: novemberbug
2002-12-30 02:52 am (UTC)
I kinda know how the little guy feels, I have a kidney infection. I'm drinking a lot of water which is a bit boring. I know you'll look after the little guy and give him everything he needs.

*HUGS*
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[User Picture]From: oblivious
2002-12-30 02:56 am (UTC)
Ugh you poor thing, I had one earlier in the year and I have nevernevernever been in so much pain!
Hope you feel better soon, if you get sick of the water then have a glass or two of cranberry juice to go with it ;)
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[User Picture]From: novemberbug
2003-01-01 01:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks :-) I'm on antibiotics now but they're taking ages to kick in!
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[User Picture]From: oblivious
2003-01-04 10:27 am (UTC)
Ironically I have another one now so we can be water drinking buddys :)
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[User Picture]From: novemberbug
2003-01-08 07:37 am (UTC)
Hope you're recovering now! I'm over mine, thank goodness.

:-)
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[User Picture]From: thelovebug
2002-12-30 03:27 am (UTC)
*hugs*

And I know how that feels from when I had my kidney stone 3 years ago. :-\
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[User Picture]From: novemberbug
2003-01-01 01:25 pm (UTC)
Oh not you as well! I have another friend who had a kidney stone last summer and he was only 22 at the time.

I'm recovering, or at least will be when the antibiotics kick in!

*HUGS*
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[User Picture]From: oblivious
2002-12-30 02:54 am (UTC)
Aww, I hope he gets better soon :)
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[User Picture]From: stainsteelrat
2002-12-30 03:51 am (UTC)
Glad to hear that he's got a chance at least! :-)
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From: heartwork
2002-12-30 04:47 am (UTC)
*hugs to you and your little critter*

My partner had a cat that went on for years after developing kidney failure.
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