Worrying about Cedric part 2
Sep15

Worrying about Cedric part 2

After Cedric had lost a lot of weight and I thought I was literally seeing him die before my eyes, we took him to the vet. The vet checked him very carefully (although we weren’t in the room because of Covid, of course). He said his teeth were a bit uneven and had got sharp, which would make it uncomfortable to eat. So while he was definitely still eating, he probably wasn’t eating as much of the denser foods which he...

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Worrying about Cedric
Sep10

Worrying about Cedric

When we got back from our holiday in Padstow, I weighed the guinea pigs and found that Cedric had lost some weight. When our lovely guinea pig, Eric, died, he’d lost a lot of weight. The vet advised me to weigh the guinea pigs regularly because it’s one of the surest ways of tracking their health. As animals who would be prey to others in the wild, guinea pigs are very good at hiding the fact that they’re ill. So by...

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Farewell, Wilfred
Oct28

Farewell, Wilfred

Wilfred was our favourite guinea pig. Eric used to be our favourite guinea pig and, after he died, Wilfred just slotted into his place. Cedric is cute and funny and lively, but Wilfred was our favourite. When he was little he was boisterous, but as he got older, he calmed down. He would sit nicely to be stroked, although he always ran away when you tried to get him out of his hutch. He spent the whole of the summer sat in a big tube....

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Farewell, Eric
Feb07

Farewell, Eric

After a week of worrying about Eric the guinea pig and trying to build his strength up, I knew he had to go to the vet. And quickly. I was grateful that the vet agreed to see him within a couple of hours, even though it was Sunday. The waiting room was empty at the vet’s and I was seen very quickly. The one thing I saw was a candle and a message. If the candle is lit, it means someone is saying goodbye to their beloved pet. It...

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Worrying about Eric
Feb06

Worrying about Eric

I guess it had been a few weeks that I’d been aware that Eric, our beloved guinea pig, had been getting a bit lighter. But when you pick him up nearly every day, and the change is so gradual, it takes a while to be sure. But, on the last Sunday of January, I was sure. So I gave him to my daughter to check. And she was shocked. He’d definitely lost weight. I could clearly feel his spine and joints at the top of his legs....

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