I lost Pringle mid-April, and lost Juineapig mid-May. This month, Nugget had a growth on her flank that required removal. After diagnosis, a second trip for surgery (under anesthesia so risky), and what will be a third trip to remove sutures is required. It is benign and mostly proactive care, but a Trichofolliculoma can cause ongoing problems and will never go away on it’s own.
Nugget is home and doing well, but she must be segregated while she heals. I have her restricted to the bottom floor of the mansion, originally with Biscuit, now with Tater. I’ll swap in other pigs as I can. Given the location of the sutures, the only threat to her is another pig dominance mounting her. Biscuit has never done that to any pig that I have seen, Tater has only done it once or twice. The only other piggie I can swap in possibly is Waffle, who seems to have bonded with Nugget long ago.
For the cats, Badger is doing great, healthy as can be. Speedbump on the other hand has serious issues with his teeth and more. A blood workup shows his kidney is failing and becoming a renal-failure cat, common for 15+ year old felines. His teeth are in bad shape and is due for surgery next week to get them cleaned, many removed and more. After that he goes on a special diet as well. His surgery will cost between $500 – 1k. Of course the little bastard is worth it.
Between the three pigs and two cats, I think I crossed the ~ $2500 mark for the last 6 weeks of pet care. Guess i need to curb my sushi, hooker and blow habbit.