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New Pal for CUJO!!!

mom to cujo

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I finally got a buddy for Cujo!!! He is just a baby - maybe 4-5 weeks old. He is dark brown with a few tufts of gold. He is so tiny and precious. I believe we have named him Raisen. He has long, kind of tufty hair - can someone tell me what kind of piggie he is? I am so happy and I will keep you posted on the introductions.
 

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My guess would be abbyisinian? does his hair stick out all over the place? kind of l ike swirls? Iether way, he sounds precious..don't forget to quaranteen!! and Congrats!
 

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Is it all over the place, like a bunch of cowlicks?
 

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congrats! He'll fit right in! :)
 

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Yes, his hair sticks out in little tufty-swirls. He is adorable and he is being kept serparate from Cujo for now. I just hope that they will get along and that Raisen is totally healthy. He just seems a bit timid, but I know that is natural when joining a new family. I'll keep you all updated once the introductions begin!
 

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Well, Raisin passed away at the vets office this evening. I had made and appt. just to have him checked out for the usual and when I came home from work to get him he couldn't stand up and had a crusty nose. I got him to the vet right away, but he must have been really sick when I got him and I just didn't know it. The vet was going to try to nurse him back over the weekend to the tune of almost 500$ but I just wanted to save him. Anyway, she called an hour or so ago and told me he didn't make it. I am so sad but I won't get another. Cujo was so unhappy just knowing he was here. I just can't take the chance and expose Cujo to any illness. I just have to hope the germs didn't spread via the air. They were completely and totally separated, but now I will worry. What is the incubation period for URI's? Please, if anyone knows, please let me know.

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I don't know if there is an incubation period for URI's but cavies are very good at hiding illnesses and often they are sick long before we know about it. I don't know if you had introduced raisen to cujo or had raisen in quarantine during the time you had him. If they were together, I would moniter cujo for signs of a URI because it passes easily between cavies.
 

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Thank you for responding. They were not together at all but even though I was careful to wash and sanitize my hands between handling one and the other, I will be nervous until I can be sure that my Cujo is okay.
 

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I'm sorry. They do tend to hide their illnesses well. Where did you get him?
 

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mom to cujo said:
Well, Raisin passed away at the vets office this evening. I had made and appt. just to have him checked out for the usual and when I came home from work to get him he couldn't stand up and had a crusty nose. I got him to the vet right away, but he must have been really sick when I got him and I just didn't know it. The vet was going to try to nurse him back over the weekend to the tune of almost 500$ but I just wanted to save him. Anyway, she called an hour or so ago and told me he didn't make it. I am so sad but I won't get another. Cujo was so unhappy just knowing he was here. I just can't take the chance and expose Cujo to any illness. I just have to hope the germs didn't spread via the air. They were completely and totally separated, but now I will worry. What is the incubation period for URI's? Please, if anyone knows, please let me know.

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Holy crap! You seem to have been completely blindsided. I am sorry. You did the right thing by attempting to save him. You had the little guy for only two days, so you didn't have too much information to go by. They are masters at hiding illness, especially in an unfamiliar situation.

You also seem to have followed proper quarantine procedure, so unless the illness was bordetella (kennel cough) it is highly unlikely that Cujo will be affected at all. Are you having the little one necropsied? A necropsy will determine the cause of death and may be well worth it for the peace of mind. As always, keep a close eye on Cujo.

I couldn't help but notice that you acquired Cujo from a pet store. Did you also get Raisin from a pet store? Pet store pigs are VERY prone to illnesses since they're transported in small containers and are in close quarters to many other guinea pigs. Often, diseases run rampant in such "piggie mills" where the pet stores get their pigs from. I'd raise a fuss at the pet store and demand that they pay the vet bill for the heartbreak you've just endured. Whatever you do, do not accept a "replacement pig"!

For Cujo's sake, I hope you reconsider getting a buddy for him when you are ready. And do consider a reputable rescue this time. Rescues rehabilitate guinea pigs before they are adopted. Rescues often have volume discounts with comptetent vets in order to provide the medical care. Even though a rescue may be "out of the way", chances would be very slim for a repeat of the heartbreak you just went through. And you'd have the satisfaction of helping an animal in need. The new adoptee would win, Cujo would win, since he'd have a buddy and you'd win because Cujo will be happier and yes, healthier.
 

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Someone gave Raisin to me and I guess I was so enamored with him that I really didn't ask enough questions. He evidently had a URI and even with the hydration and vit c and heating pad he was just too far gone to be saved. I never would have just let him suffer without doing all I could for him. To me, you take the responsibility for a pet, then you do all you can for them. My heart is broken, but when I feel I can, I will go through a rescue eventually. This site has taught me so much about the care of piggies. I really feel empowered by all I have learned from everyone here and I thank you all. The info I have gotten from all of you has been invaluable and I (and Cujo) thank you all for the education we have gotten and will continue to get from this site.
 

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Ah. That makes sense. Anyway, you did your best for little Raisin. Take care.
 

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I agree with Chad, there was no way you could have known about this. I'm very dorry for your loss, and I agree that you should look into a rescue when you're ready. You did all you could, all the best to you and Cujo.
 
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