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Depressed post op rattie

Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2012 6:54 pm
by Purepsycho
My girl Stitch (who is very aptly named!) is not a happy rattie right now.
She's had 3 lump removals in about the last month and a bit, 2 of these in the last week. She had to be re stitched twice more on one of them as she keeps pulling the stitches out.
The vet even put in staples but she'd had them out by the time we went to pick her up :(

She now has a little hand made 'cone' round her head to stop her pulling them out as the vet said theres no more skin left to stitch together so if she has these ones out they can't redo them.
The poor little girl looks so depressed. She's drinking, but shes gone off her food which is worrying.
We've obviously got to keep the cone on as it seems to be working this time and shes not pulling at the stitches, but she's not doing much else either, is there any way we can get her to eat or will it just take time? We're trying all sorts of yummy soft things but she just wont take a bite :(

Its heartbreaking to see her so far from her usual chirpy self. :(

She's also broken the record of most expensive rat with all the vet bills coming in at almost £350 so far!

Re: Depressed post op rattie

Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2012 9:29 pm
by Rootigger
Poor little Stitch, maybe she's a bit spaced out and tired after all she's been through and confused by her new head gear. Is she on Metacam or anything for pain? I imagine the wound site could be quite sore and possibly pulling a bit if the vet's run out of skin. Has she got a friend in with her? Or would they bother her cone...could the wound be glued rather than stitched?

Also your poor bank balance :shock:

Re: Depressed post op rattie

Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2012 10:41 pm
by Purepsycho
She was very out of it when we picked her up yesterday (her op was fairly late in the afternoon and lasted a long time apparently). But she hasn't picked up today like most normally do so can only assume shes been through so much and with the new cone really is feeling fed up!
She's on Loxicom for pain relief each day.

She didn't have a friend as we didn't want another rat grooming stitches out by accident. But I did put our quiet girly Kiora in with her earlier, but Stitch just seemed to want to get away from her (and Kiora ate all Stitch's soft food) so after a couple of hours I took her out as she didn't seem to be helping much.
I believe the first lot she undid were glued and stitch, but this apparently didn't stop her!

And yes poor bank balance - me and the OH will be living on Beans on toast for the rest of the month! But we're prepared to do these things for our little ones :)

She's been through so much in the last week that I would understandably be thoroughly pee'd off with everything, but its so unlike her I can't help but worry.

Re: Depressed post op rattie

Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2012 7:45 am
by ancient-crone
poor little thing. Its very easy to imagine how sore and fed up she feels.
I hope she comes round soon. when Maisy (my dog) was spade, she came home, curled up on the living room floor and didnt move for about 24 hours. My husband slept on the floor with her that night.
Hopefully she will come round soon, I guess just keep offering her really yummy (not necessarily healthy) treats. Nuttella, Hobnob crumbs, Strawberry yoghurt, cake, yoggies.....
Give her some very gentle scritches from me.

Re: Depressed post op rattie

Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2012 2:26 pm
by Purepsycho
We lost her last night! :cry: I can't beleive it.
I thought she was just a bit depressed but it looks like that last op really took it out of her. I feel so bad for putting her through it all now. :(

Good bye my precious little girl, we tried our best for you xxx

Re: Depressed post op rattie

Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2012 2:29 pm
by Rootigger
I'm so sorry, you did your best for her :hearts:

Re: Depressed post op rattie

Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2012 4:51 pm
by alijane
I am so sorry for your loss. You did your absolute best for your little girl and she was a very fortunate ratty to have been so much loved. Axx

Re: Depressed post op rattie

Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 2:51 pm
by ancient-crone
So sorry to hear this. Perhaps there were other things going on that you could not have known.