|Reba and Rita|
Date(s): September 3, 2007. Album by Guinea Pig Fun. Photos by Kathy/Guinea Pig Fun. 1 - 12 of 79 Total.
|Reba, GPF's mascot, was turned into a shelter with the bottom half of her severed leg still in the bottom of the cage. The rest of her leg was amputated at the shelter. While in foster care, it was discovered that she was pregnant and Rita was the only baby who got along with her. Both were placed with a family but, due to a family medical emergency, she was returned to a guinea pig rescue in California, the rescue who placed her. After Reba arrived at GPF she was tested again for ringworm and the test was positive. Reba is currently being treated for a fungal skin problem as is Rita who does not exhibit any visual symptoms. Rita arrived "healthy" but she had sludge, urine scald, and diluted blood in her urine which she was treated for by GPF. Both are very sweet. |
UPDATE 10-7-07: Rita and Reba went to the vet for a quality-of-life assessment. A mass/tumor was discovered in Rita. She was losing weight daily and not a candidate for surgery. Reba's fungal problem was not resolved after trying different oral and topical treatments. Two weeks after her last shampoo she had a thick crusting around her left eye. There had been virtually no improvement since she was here and she was not a candidate for Griseofulvin since she had an adverse reaction to it: diarrhea and lack of appetite and appeared to be suffering/dying just after one dose. Therefore it was decided that it was more humane to have her join Rita on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge.
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Hair loss: first day here
Hair loss and flakes
The first bedding used for Reba was a puppy pad topped with kiln-dried shavings topped with fleece. This worked but the shavings stuck to the fleece so I moved on to the vet bedding.
Rita eating lettuce in the quarantine cage
Reba resting in the hay container
Reba hiding under the pad made by Windespirit
Scaling, flakes, and crusting on ears and around eye
Clump of flakes on upper back
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