Miss Meka (divameka) wrote,
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R.I.P. JOSHUA

One of my guinea pigs Joshua died last night (Wednesday, December 12 at 7:54pm). He was suffering from an upper respiratory infection that was in the final stages and caught too late. We did everything we could to nurture him back to health. He was on pain killer for a couple of days because of the body aches, antibiotics, supplements because he wasn't eating any of his regular food. He had difficulty breathing the past couple of weeks as well. It was so heart wrenching watching him die and not being able to do anything to stop it. He died cuddled up in my arms. Never in my entire life have I witnessed an animal die in front of my eyes. it's one of the worse experiences in the world.

For the past week everyday I'd come home from work and lay with him on the couch for hours keeping him company and making sure he got his antibiotics and supplement. We buried him in my mom's backyard where it is peaceful. I miss him a lot. Part of me wish I wasn't around to witness his death, and part of me is glad that I was there holding him when he died. at least he didn't die alone....I had a feeling that he was going to die that day. He felt so limp when I came home. He was still moving and alive but his body felt different. His heart rate was very slow too along with the abnormal breathing. It must have been hard for him to breathe because he'd make a whimpering kind of sound with each breath he took. It was so sad to hear that sound. I told him to hold out another day, he had a vet appointment coming up because I wanted them to check his lungs again, but it was too late.

I cried hysterically while he was dying, begging God not to take him, but I guess it was for Joshua's best interest that he no longer suffered. I felt a very strong presence in the room while it all happened. I bet he wasn't alone, he had some heavenly visitors to help him along the way. Maybe my spirit guide or someone could look after him for me. And now my other guinea pig is a little depressed, I also caught him sneezing a couple of times tonight. I don't know if it was the bath soap that I used that made him sneeze because I had just taken a shower and took him out of the cage. I'm going to have him checked out at the vet this weekend just in case. I don't want him to end up like poor Joshua :( Apparently upper respiratory infections in guinea pigs can be treated if you catch it right away. I just wish I caught it earlier when Joshua had it. Please say a prayer for me and my other guinea pig. I am so heartbroken and my other guinea pig is lonely. I'm not sure if I should get another one so he could have someone to play with again. I wonder what Sylvia would say about all of this...............
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