Pom Pom was a black and white texel long haired female guinea pig. She came to us because she used to get herself in a dreadful mess by weeing up her back. This seemed to be because she cannot wee until it bursts out of her, possibly because of scar tissue from having become scalded from having had bladder stones or a bladder infection or from an injury or as the result of having had surgery to remove growths. We treated her for a bladder infection caused by urine retention when she arrived as she was very sore and emptied her bladder regularly until she improved enough to go into a village. She managed quite well here as long as we kept her well trimmed. She lived in with Zach’s group.
She was also blind from cataracts but got about very well. Cataracts are quite common in certain breeds of guinea pigs, although she was rather young for them having been born in 2016. They may be the result of inbreeding. She did very well for a while but then started losing weight, became frail and died. She had so many health issues that we couldn’t fix them all but at least she had a good year here with us. She died in December 2018.