Pebbles had not been eating for two weeks when examined,
was dehydrated and losing weight. Blood samples showed she
was severely dehydrated. Intensive fluid therapy by mouth
was initiated. The nursing staff also tried environmental
enrichment- taking her outside in the sun.
Initially she was too weak to walk around, so had to be carried
around in a small pet carrier. Warm water baths were given
three times daily by staff and owner (hopefully she enjoyed
it). Despite this she did not start eating and a stomach tube
was inserted under anaesthesia and three times daily feeding
of a special food was started.
After two weeks of this and further rehydration fluids by
injection Pebbles slowly started picking at food. After a
further week the tube was removed and Pebbles is now racing
around the garden with her mate.