A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper

A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper
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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Crazy Critter Weekend

It's been a critter intensive weekend for sure...

As you saw - Ollie went to the vet and passed his physical with flying colors - so happy about that!!! Phoebe, Zoey and the little ferrets all have appointments on the books....Ah the joys of vetting season.

Emma seems to be doing well with her new flea and tick collar - no irritation and no bugs to be found - even after out tromp through the forest on Saturday.

Sadly - we had another loss in the fish tank - BettyWhite passed and I was quite surprised by that - she never exhibited any signs that there was something wrong.  SteveIrwin and Cousteau are still going strong...

The baby ferrets are doing well - the four of them seem happy and healthy.  Unfortunately I cannot say the same about my Clooney.  He is showing some of the common side effects from the Diazoxide he is on for the insulinoma - nausea, lack of appetite and a case of the runs...poor little guy.  So - this weekend has been full of syringe feedings to make sure he is having food go in - he is not a fan...but in reality he does pretty well and doesn't give me too much grief.  I have also been testing his glucose levels because I have been cutting back on his meds in an effort to give his system a chance to recover....he is low - running between 66 and 70.  80 is the low side of normal so it's not critically low thankfully.  The other good thing is that he is drinking well - so I don't believe him to be dehydrated - his gums are nice and pink and his skin has good elasticity.  I will keep putting food in this evening and overnight and call the vet first thing in the morning to see what they advise...love that little dude so I hope we get this sorted out soon...

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