I am heart broken. Beautiful Ginger left us this Monday. She has now gone to the Rainbow Bridge. I am so sad. It happened so quickly. She was all fine when I left in the morning for work. When I got back later in the afternoon she was so ill. She was laying in her tunnel. Almost lifeless , drooling and making small noises like she was in pain. I knew straight away it was her stomach and she felt bloated. She wouldn’t stand and it was almost like she was paralysed. I rushed her to the vet. The vet gave her a thorough examination and distributed pain killer and medication to calm her stomach and make it work. I got some critical care for force feeding her the coming days until she started to eat on her own. During the visit at the vet I saw Ginger was really making all effort to look better ( as they do) and was even standing up for a few minutes. But when we got home again she relaxed and she was not really well at all. For the next 4 hours I hold her in my arms and occasionally her stomach bloated and I could feel how much pain she was in When her body started to spasm I knew it wasn’t long to go. I stroke her until her last breath. I know she could feel how loved she was and even though this was devastating I am glad I was there until the end.
After I put her in her fleece bed and left her in the cage for a few minutes for the others to be able to understand that she was gone and wouldn’t be looking for her later. Caramel spend the longest time smelling her and even laid down beside her for a few minutes. Like she was saying goodbye. It was so hard to watch but also beautiful. Shiloh spend some time with her before she went and probably already new she was gonna go. But she did sniff her for a moment and then moved on. I could see they understood.
Ginger became 4 years and 4 months old. She and Shiloh has been together all their lifes. When they came to me I didn’t know that Ginger was pregnant but 1 1/2 months later she gave birth to two pups. One , who I named snowflake ,cause it was a cold January night and that is how quickly she left us though she didn’t survive for more than a an hour, and Caramel who was the second.
Gingers last couple of hours and shiloh’s goodbye
All her life Ginger has struggled with a sensitive stomach. Occasionally she become a bit bloated so I was always looking out for her and restricted some food for her and also gave her tummy massages when she was a bit uncomfortable. We have been to the vet before but it was never this severe and I maintained her stomach by making sure her fibre intake was high and she also got probiotic from the vet occasionally. Recently she haven’t had any problems so it came as a total chock that she became so ill so quickly. She might have had something internally for a long long time and maybe we were lucky she stayed with us as long as she did. I know I have done everything that I possible could for her to have the best life. Lots and lots of love and good food and lots of exercise and still , that little thought of could I have done more!? I doubt that I could and it is a bit consoling that she didn’t suffer for to long. I couldn’t bare if it had dragged out for days with no improvement and then maybe even have to take the decision to put her to sleep.
Gosh even though you know they will leave us eventually it is so painful.
RIP my beautiful angel Ginger October 2009 – February 2014
X Ann Charlotte
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