as soon as I adopted her and took her home, I could see she'd be my next girlfriend dwarf~~ the title I gave female dwarfs who were extremely aware of my presence all the time, who ran to the door of their houses when they saw me, who learned their names almost instantly. who, as they ran on their wheels, kept looking out at me as if to ask, "are you watching me? are you watching me?" it had been a long time since my last girlfriend dwarf.
so, people ask me a lot how I *know* so much about hamster illnesses. I always say the same thing: my dwarfs taught me everything I know. and usually, the lesson is a painful one. it was no different this time.
after I'd had her for about a week and a half, Ruby started getting a bit round in the belly. she was 2 months old, and I automatically assumed she was pregnant. she frequently gave me a teeny nip if I insisted on holding her... nothing painful, just a little sensation of teefs on my skin. this too I assumed was another sign of her pregnancy. and her nest building.
last Tuesday was 21 days I'd had Ruby. she was now pretty big... and still no babies. 22 days. no babies. 23 days. she suddenly stopped her normal daily routine and went to her sandbox that she'd stuff with bedding. her eyes were closed and her expression was one of discomfort.
the heating pad went on and I tucked it under half of her sandbox. immediately she gravitated to it. I made up some of the rehydration solution and she consumed the 1.0ml in one minute. I got her to my vets on Friday. they x-rayed her and found no babies, only a massive amount of fluid from a source unknown. I picked Ruby up Saturday along with a small bottle of Lasix.
back on the heat. some more hydration solution. I also blended up some Critical Care for small herbivores into the hydration solution, and offered it to her in a wide-mouth syringe. she took 3 or 4 bites, then stopped. I was glad she'd tried to eat at all.
none of this mattered. the next day, Sunday, she died after it seemed something in her burst, flooding her body with the excess fluid. maybe there was a thin membrane holding all that fluid that wasn't visible in an xray. I could tell right away something horrible was happening... her eyes got really big and she opened her mouth wide, trying to breathe. I scooped her up and cried, Ruby, no! please don't go! but she went almost immediately... thankfully, for her, it was quick, under 1 minute.
tonite I buried her in my garden, next to the Japanese Anemones and the honeysuckle and the rose bush. all my beautiful flowers... they have a new beautiful flower in their midst now. goodbye my girlfriend. I knew I didn't have you forever. I just didn't expect it would be for so short a time.
Edited by missPixy, 16 March 2012 - 10:47 AM.