Man, what a rough week.
I have been bonding Phosphy and Winston. They were doing GREAT in the bathtub and grooming each other literally all day long, each and every day. For HOURS on end.
So I decided to move to a slightly less neutral territory. I picked a corner of my apartment where I know they've only been one or two times, each, and out of sight of their cages. When I put them together, there was a little humping and some grooming and exploring. So after about an hour I went to go to the bathroom. I come back, and they're panting on opposites sides of the pen. Phosphy has blood on her white fur, and there is blood on the wall. Freaked out, I picked her up but she seemed fine. So I picked up Winston. Poor little buddy! Two bites to the ear, both pierced completely through. He stopped bleeding immediately though.
Two days later, his poos start getting funny shapes, shrinking, and then they just stop. OH JESUS!!!!! His eye has a thick discharge. He barely moves around, and he just huddles in any available corner. He won't lay down. He eats a whole leaf of romaine lettuce, and I give him some Timothy hay (less gas producing than alfalfa), wondering if he has gas. I give him a tummy massage and some baby gas-x. No poos. So today he went to the vet.
X-rays, subcutaneous injection (I had been hydrating him via dropper, even though he was drinking on his own), baytril injection, and some meds to get things moving. Apparently, he has a HUGE hairball in him
I think it's from him constantly grooming Phopshy since she's such a huge shedder! He wouldn't eat Petromalt a few days prior to the bite when I tried to give it to him. The doctor says if he isn't better by Tuesday, they need to operate. I read online that this has a VERY low success rate, although the doctor assured me he'd be fine and that's he's done plenty.
Thank you GOD for my Banfield discount (I work at PetSmart). It would've cost over $200, but with my discount, everything was only $140. Office visits are free, and everything else is discounted. Whew!
Pray for a speedy recovery and lots of poopies!!!!!!