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August 31st, 2005


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12:10 am - Success!
The vet yesterday suggested a couple treatments for Peaty. One would have involved driving to West Seattle every day to get him a shot. Call me heartless, but I didn't feel like doing it. Oh well.

The other thing he suggested was giving Peaty 6 ml of Batril once a day, instead of 2 ml twice a day. He also showed me how to hold him to be more gently persuasive. (I readily admitted that Jane and I are wimps about forcing the meds down Peaty's throat -- what's the point of struggling to give him meds if he winds up hating and fearing us?)

Anyway, we tried the new method of holding Peaty. Even though he turned away from the meds at first, he finally took them. And then he ate a big chunk of banana, and even some oatmeal cookie I gave him. Woohoo! (And some NutriCal, too.) 6 Ml to Peaty is about 1200 Ml to me -- more than forty ounces! If someone had just forced more than forty ounces of banana flavored medicine down my throat, I would NOT have eaten even a tiny little chunk of banana. And that chunk of banana to Peaty was five whole bananas to me! Just kidding.

While we were watching Edward Scissorhands, he sat in my lap for a while. Sweetie Peaty!

Today I started work on the basement, getting the room ready for Julie. Which, because we live in a slidey puzzle, meant moving stuff INTO the room. Hah! Oh well.

I've also been reading the translation of The Ring, although I realize this means I'm getting less than a tenth of the whole experience. But to Peaty, that tenth would be...
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From:nellorat
Date:August 31st, 2005 01:52 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad you're getting good results for Peaty. Some dedicated rat-owners learn to give shots; I know laughingrat does. We haven't had to, but I'd be open to the idea. Of course, I grew up with my mother giving herself insulin shots and know I may end up doing that myself one day, so I'm prepared for the idea.

"Slidey puzzle": I understand this all too well! We haven't been back to Habitat Renewal in the basement since late June, but we're hoping the big wheelie things we have most of the boxes on, bought when Frank's went out of business and sold their fixtures, will help. Without them, we couldn't get to the filing cabinets to file the stuff in the boxes!
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:August 31st, 2005 04:51 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! I've heard of people giving their cats hydration and insulin shots, and Jane's had to give an ailing friend B12 shots, but we just couldn't do it with Peaty. Sigh. I hope that if I have to give myself shots some day, I'll be able to do it.

I have a slidey puzzle on my keychain. It makes a great thing to fiddle with.
From:weemallard
Date:August 31st, 2005 08:27 pm (UTC)
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Go, Peaty, go! Get buff and tuff and healthy!
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:August 31st, 2005 09:24 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! I'll pass on the words to him.

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