Supporting small animal rescue
Paws 4 Thought is a small animal rescue where small animals of many varieties, including rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, degus, gerbils, hamsters, ferrets, and many more, who have been found "less desirable" because of health or behavioural issues can find their forever homes to live out their days happy, cared for and spoilt in a home that understands their quirks.
We are not a registered charity, and we provide for the animals without a steady source of outside help. We have a few lovely folks that donate food/bedding and toys when they can, which helps us immensely, but we are reaching out as we have managed to get quite a vet bill built up as some of the furbabies in our care have had some quite serious health issues for us to overcome.
We are very lucky that our vets are so understanding and are happy to let us pay in installments when we have built up a large bill as we have recently, it totals somewhere in the region of £500. That figure doesn't include the seperate bill for the exotics vet for £400 that we had to clear on the day of the visit with our ferret (see below for details of her story).
Some examples of this are Conan - our syrian male hamster, who came to us after he lost one of his eyeballs in a fight with a cage mate, who has needed lots of TLC to ensure the socket healed up and sealed over without infection.
Splotch and Spot - twin sister rats who required surgery to remove lumps from them, poor Splotch's lump was so large that it was approx the same weight as she was, and covered half her body, meaning she now has a scar from wrist of her front paw to the top of her back haunch.
Shadow - one of our female ferrets who managed to rip her claw straight out of her toe while playing.
Houdini - our newest rescue, who was living rough in a shed for three weeks after he escaped from wherever he had called home, damaging his eye in the process.
These are just some of the most recent vet visits, other recent have included our ferret Misty who started bleeding into her abdomen which ment rushing her to the exotics vet in Chester to try and save her, sadly it wasn't possible to do so.
So if you have been touched by these stories, and would like to help ensure we can continue to help these animals that are discarded through no real fault of their own, then please consider donating to our cause.
It doesn't matter how small the donation is, every penny will really help us.
Thank you in advance, Nikki, John and the fuzzies at Paws 4 Thought.
Well, his back leg caused a commotion as one of the vets at the practice who was looking after his care decided that due to the nerve damage it would be best to put him down.
Well, I had something to say about that as I knew that it was more then possible for a rabbit to live a long and happy life with three legs - we went and argued his case, and thought we had lost as she seemed adamant that he should be put down.
However, something happened after we left, and we got a phone call from the head vet saying she would be willing to try the amputation if we were sure we knew what we were taking on with a disabled rabbit.
Well that was a week ago, and as you can see from the picture, Rocky is doing very well, infact he is defying all expectations, and coping a lot better then we could have ever hoped.
If you want to follow his progress he has his own facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/Rocky-the-tri-paw-rabbit-1765014557104645/
Dooky is still gaining weight, and is changing shape, so it may well be we have bundles of baby ferrets coming, but still about 2 or 3 weeks till we know for sure.
Thank you all so much for your continued support, we couldn't do it without you :)
Taz and Shadow are now happily living together... Dooky is still on pregnancy watch, she is still gaining weight steadily, so we suspect she may be expecting but at 13 days in, it is still a bit early to tell.
We had the bunnies and guineas out for there first free-range brunch at the weekend, the weather was finally good enough to get them out there which was brilliant, and it gave us neutral ground to introduce Todd, Toffee and Hannah to Divine and Diva - which went amazingly well, the only slight hiccup was when Hannah did her usual trick of deciding that whatever someone else was eating must be hers, and tried it with Divine, who made it clear who's bit of grass it was, firmly, but not nastily.
We may also be taking on another special case (which we specialise in) as I have been approached about a relatively young male lionhead rabbit who has had a bad time of things, and then to compound them escaped from where he was being kept to injure one of his back legs - it looks like nerve damage, and he is in a lot of pain and it is possible that he will end up having to have his leg amputated, leaving him as a tri-paw. He is seeing the vets again today, so I will hear more later hopefully, and will update you all accordingly :D
Lets get the unpleasant bit over with first - sadly since our last update, we have lost Splat, Poppy, Luna and their sister Blue!
Splat was doing okay, had adapted to her reduced mobility but as is often the way, we came home from a trip to get more food and bedding to discover our baby had crossed the rainbow bridge at last.
Then, just a few weeks later, we also lost Splotch, Splat's sister who had undergone major surgery to remove a lump just last summer. She had simply grown tired of the day to day struggle, we had lots of cuddles and we would talk often and one evening we were cuddling and talking and she made it clear that she was tired and had had enough - it was time for her to go and rejoin Snow and Splat over the bridge, so with a heavy heart, we set our beautiful brave girl on her journey.
Poppy's chest infection turned out to be pulmonary fibrosis and despite our valiant efforts (I ended up syringe feeding her critical care three times a day) she just wasn't strong enough and was the last of her three sisters to cross the bridge - though hers was a peaceful crossing in her sleep.
We never really got to the bottom of Luna's health issues, she got over the chest infection, but developed a mystery gut defect that caused her to bloat badly - she we deflate for awhile, then blow up again, eventually her poor little body had enough and I suspect something ruptured :(
Blue, the sister I didn't get to tell you guys much about was the first to go, we had several trips up to Chester with her but it was discovered that she had leukemia which had caused her spleen to enlarge to such a point it was pressing against her spine, hence her mobility issues, she was in so much pain, we had no choice but to let her rest over the bridge.
We have also lost one of our Degu boys, Squeak since we last spoke, he had a variety of issues, not least of which was a growth in his neck which caused issues with eating, so again I was syringe feeding him until the end.
On a happier note, we have another new addition, remember Houdini, the boy rat we rescued from living in a shed... it appears the sly monkey didn't tell us he escaped with a friend, and 4 months on, the same lady contacted me to tell me about him, so she caught him, and he is now reunited with Houdini, we have called him Harry :D
Onto our current health issues, Spot, the remain of our old girls (Sister to Splat and Splotch, you met her last time) is not doing so well, but she is a good age and I suspect there isn't much we can do but keep her comfortable until she is ready to rejoin her siblings.
Our cat Izzy has been very poorly recently, bringing up white frothy sick and going off her food, but after a couple of nights at the vets on an IV and some TLC at home, she finally appears to be on the mend.
Dooky - the most recent of our rescue ferrets - has come unexpectedly into season, we had been told she was approx 2 (as so should have come into season and been dealt with prior to us getting her) but it seems she was much, much younger and has just come into her first season. It can be fatal to leave ferrets whole if you don't intend to breed from them as they can not naturally come out of season themselves. So she is booked in for a spay for later this week.
Lastly (at the moment at least) is my little Degu boy Bag - he has always been a bit of a shy one when it comes to handling, and we don't know much about his back story, but his eye has been bothering him lately and last night I noticed it was ulcerated, I got him out to try and clean it and make it more comfortable for him, and he went into a full on death faint - this is a condition brought on by stress and the animal appears to be dead or dying, I honestly thought I was going to loose him right then and there, but luckily after 20 mins in a quiet cage on his own he recovered as if nothing had happened and was able to rejoin his friends - however, I am now in the difficult position where he needs medical care, but the stress of taking him to a vet who he doesn't know and trust may kill him, so when I take Dooky in later this week I will be talking to the wonderful vets I have on hand to see if they would be happy to either a) do a house call where I can minimise the stress levels, or b) treat by proxy with me providing the pictures and descriptions of the complaint.... Will update you all again soon