Ari the Mysterious

For: Austin Guinea Pig Rescue
Organizer: Austin Guinea Pig Rescue
Ari the Mysterious  (Austin Guinea Pig Rescue)
$130
of $1,000 goal
13% Complete
Raised by 7 donors

The Story

Ari is a 1 year old piggy who came to the rescue at the end of last year.  He was still a tiny little guy then, super adorable and spunky.  Very quickly we noticed he had a runny eye, which we hoped was just allergies and the change in environment.  It didn't go away the next morning so we took him to the vet, still hoping it was something easy to fix.  Well, this little guy has given everyone a run for their money for SIX MONTHS.  He has been on what seems every eye drop and ointment imaginable, multiple antibiotics, and at one point was getting eye drops 8 times a day.  He has seen an eye specialist a few times.  We can't entirely figure out what is going on.  He has, or had, some identified organisms so we did finally know what antibiotic drops would work, but then he had some odd findings in his tear duct flushes looking for bacteria.  It wasn't anything you would expect to come out of a tear duct, so we are still stuck trying to figure that one out.  In the midst of all this, he very suddenly developed a head tilt.  Unrelated to everything else!  (Can you see why he is called Ari the Mysterious now?!?).  We got him BACk to the vet immediately and he was started on another antibiotic for a month that he just finished.  His head tilt was pretty severe for a time, with one eye looking at the ground and the other up at the ceiling.  It was worse when he was tired or stressed.  Thankfully, it appears to be mostly gone but he may always have a bit of a tilt.  We truly caught it right away since he was getting drops so frequently and usually would try and keep that eye away from the drop.  When he tilted his head for the drop to go in his eye easier, that was a clue that something was off.  So we are grateful for quick intervention again.  

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 7, 2017

Posted on March 7, 2017

Ari has been moved around a bit, so he is now a buddy to Stefano.  They get along great and would be able to share the cage without a divider if Stefano would eat!  Unfortunately, the times Stefano took it upon himself to test this theory (he pulled the divider down or climbed over it), Ari ate all of Stefano's food!  He was a happy little whale those days!  While nice for him to have enjoyed himself, Ari loves pellets too much to be allowed a free-for-all like that.  Stefano always has a minimum of 3 pellet types in his cage, including junk food.  Pellets Ari does NOT need to be eating!!  If the day ever comes where Stefano eats on his own, the two can share a cage and be separated for short periods of times to eat pellets.  Piggies need unlimited hay so that will never be an issue.  Ari's health is stable and no signs of his head tumor growing or causing him any discomfort.  His head tilt seems a bit better and certainly doesn't stop him from jumping fences or hopping up into his hay rack fort!  He says thanks to all his supporters who have hung in there and wished him well the 16mo he has been in our care!  He continues to require expensive eye drops 4 times a day and an allergy medicine every night.

Posted on December 11, 2016

Posted on December 11, 2016

Ari has been doing well. He sure loves his Oxbow treats.  He will need eye drops 4 times a day for life, unfortunately, but he gets a corner of a treat with each one. The allergy medication is given on the tip of a syringe of Benebac probiotics, which he LOVES. These meds are very important for his sight and comfort. Ari is one of our special needs guys, with lots of extra work (that is worth it!!).  He is able to get this extra care at the rescue without a question.  He has a mass in his head and we are not sure what the future holds for him, other than he will be loved and cared for all of the days that are his to have.  Right now he is enjoying life as a neighbor to Chuck (LOVES stealing Chuck's hay through the divider!) and gets to run amuck with Nathaniel on the floor.  One of his talents is bouncing on the pit bull's bed!  (She doesn't mind because she gets treats for being a sweetie and knows if she gets picked on, she can go to her mommy for some love to make up for the piggies being mean to her).  

Ari says Happy Holidays to all of his fans and that he is doing well!  So well, he had to be put on pellet restriction to help with the pot belly he was growing! 


Posted on November 10, 2016

Posted on November 10, 2016

Our little guy had a check up today.  Overall, he is pretty great!  We added an antihistamine last month which has made a huge difference in his sneezing and eye discharge.  He had his teeth filed a bit and his eye has gotten a bit better.  He will unfortunately need eye drops four times a day for the rest of his life, which fortunately means he will be a forever foster.  He will be loved and well-cared for his entire life without us ever wondering or worrying.  He goes through a bottle of antibiotic drops every 1-2 months, 1/4 tablet of antihistamine every day, and 2 tubes of probiotics a month.  These will be ongoing expenses and we are so grateful for all his fans donating to help him be as healthy as he can be!

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