Umami's big adventure

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  1. ChelseaKaupp

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    Wow. What a night!

    So Umami came to us with a watery eye (clear discharge) and a little bit of sneezing. We took her to the vet Monday this week and, as suspected, vet said it was most likely herpes virus brought on by the stress of settling into a new home, and that her eye didn't look too bad.
    We bought an l-lysine supplement and it arrived yesterday so we were hoping that would help clear it all up.
    Seems not however! Got home from work today to find a very sickly wee girl - green discharge from her eye and much more swollen than this morning. And she had developed a cough, which she only does very infrequently, but when it happens she struggles to catch her breath.
    And to add to all that, she has diarrhea! (Breeder never let us know what food she was on so we've had to start her on, presumably, a totally new food. Breeder still hasnt returned my emails...)

    So I called a taxi straight away and it was off to the 24h vet hospital (as it's a public holiday here...of course). Took forever to get there as in my panic I managed to forget my handbag in the house and we had to go back :D

    Anyway...7 hours later and we're home with some eyedrops :ROFLMAO: Supposed to keep an eye on the diarrhea and cough but lungs sounded clear enough for now that we can at least wait until next week. Phew. She gave me quite the scare!

    Back to her usual self now. Attacking my toes and trying to eat my dinner from straight off my plate. Now off to bed for maybe 3 or 4 hours before I'm back to work tomorrow - lots of animals at the zoo for me to take care of also ❤

    Here's an unhappy wee girl at the vets, cuddling with her daddy ❤
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      Glad you acted on it fast. When they are this young you need to address quickly especially when a greenish/yellowish discharge which means infection. Hoping she continues to feel better. Keep updating us in this thread.
       
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        Kudos to you getting sweet Umami to the vet right away
        Always best to get meds on board amd a treatment plan at first signs of infection .
        Healing head smooches

        Get some rest
        Keep us updated often

        Lol I call my crew "the zoo" too
         
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        • ChelseaKaupp

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          Thank you! I will definitely update here, how she is doing.
          She was mega playful most of last night, almost to the point of being crazy. I think we had an overtired kitten! But she's scoffed down her breakfast this morning.
          My husband has taken the day off work, so I don't need to stress while at work about her!
           
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            Thank you! She's seems to be doing ok this morning. I'm blown away how resilient she is - she adapts so well to new situations. She (accidentally) met her first dog last night at the vet, and I swear you would have thought she had grown up with dogs! So at ease!

            Oh, and by the zoo, I literally meant the zoo! I'm a zoo keeper :) I've worked 14 years with animals, and 10 of that in a zoo - mainly Auckland Zoo back home in New Zealand, but for the last couple months I've been at Helsinki Zoo in Finland. Wish I could just take Umami to the zoo with me and let the vet there see her, but unfortunately that perk doesn't come with the job :ROFLMAO:

            In all that time I don't think I've ever panicked as much as I did when I came home last night and saw how she was!

            Umami sends head smooches back your way ❤ Thank you for the message and support!
             
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              Aww glad to hear wee umami is on the mend, bless ur a spynex mummy all we do is worry n fuss about our kitty’s haha...! Oh what a great and interesting job u do, a zoo keeper, amazing!
               
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              Haha yes, I think that's our job as sphynx parents now - to worry! I'v never fussed over any of my other animals to this level. She's just so small and fragile (apart from when she pounces at us out of hidden areas :ROFLMAO:

              I love my job, and feel so privileged that I have the opportunity to care for so many wonderful animals, and have the chance the make their lives the best life possible. But I do wonder sometimes if my body can handle all the stress and worrying - so many animals, so much (most of the time, needless) worrying! :ROFLMAO:
               
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                :ROFLMAO: Yeah they look small and fragile but they are a lot stronger than we think! Oh the diva antics r hilarious, my kitty Binky does everything on her terms, she actually makes a sigh sound like a teenager n blows her cheeks out when it’s bath time!

                Oh yeah your job is amazing, bless ur heart worrying about the animals, you must have a gift, the dr dolittle of the spynex lair! (y)
                 
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                  Hugs for all the worries you had! We all know that so well. Glad you we to the vet straight away. Better too fast then too late. Glad to hear she's back to her old self now.

                  And what a cute pic of her and her daddy!
                   
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                    Goodness! What a night indeed. So glad that you got Umami Tended to so quickly. And I totally know what you mean about how quickly we become attached to our little naked companions. They will always be fragile to us. No matter how old they get.

                    Umami seems very feisty, which is great. You have a champion on your hands! :)

                    I'm very curious about your vocation. Do you specialize in any specific animals at the zoo? Or do you care for all of them in turn? What an amazing job you have.
                     
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                      Thank you! ❤ Those eye drops have kicked in so fast! And I increased her lysine dose to 500mg just for now. Havent heard cough at all since, thank goodness, but she's still sneezing a bit. But we're on the mend!!

                      Still no word from her breeder whatsover - I emailed straight away to tell her the situation, and to ask, once again, what food she had her on. I have to say I'm not very impressed with that. Otherwise the breeder had been very good.
                       
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                        Feisty is the perfect word for her!! Actually, I've been letting her get away with murder because she's been unwell, but I'll have to sort that out soon :ROFLMAO:

                        You can choose to specialise as a zoo keeper as each zoo generally has set teams (primates, reptiles, carnivores etc), but I always felt I wanted to keep my skill set broad. So I've always changed teams where possible. Most of my experience would probably be with birds and primates, but over the years I've done a bit of everything - elephants, sea lions, tigers, lions, giraffe :)
                        Currently Im looking after a mix of birds and hoof stock (Przewalski's horses and Vicuna), so I'm learning a lot as hoof stock is something I don't know well.

                        Who knows how long I'll be able to continue on as a zoo keeper though. At least in Finland. My contract is only 6 months, and they told me they won't ever give me a permanent job unless I become fluent in Finnish (something that can take 6 or 7 years). And on top of that, they hire Finnish people first, EU citizens second and then everyone else last - so when I applied for one of the 14 seasonal jobs here, I initially didn't get one - they hired some very young Finnish girls with zero work experience with animals, and I got my job only because they got desperate at the last minute. 10 years seemed to count for nothing :-(
                        Anyway, I'm ranting now :ROFLMAO: I love my job, but it's a tough job to get. Luckily the hubby is open to moving back to New Zealand or maybe Australia, and life will be a lot easier for me there (and warmer for Umami!)
                         
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                          Oh that’s amazing, all the beautiful animals u have worked with, I love elephants so to care for one would be such a dream, I find them magical n very peaceful animals! Well until u annoy one then I’d need to run for the hills!
                           
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                            This is a beautiful elephant I seen on Safari n he had a trap stuck round his feet bless him, some humans have a sin to answer for! Xx
                             

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                              Umami had her first outdoor adventure today! She was a little unsure but was very brave and spent about 15 minutes exploring before she got a bit nervous and we took her inside
                              She's on antibiotics and eye drops until Tuesday next week and then we have a specialist eye appointment who can hopefully tell us what's wrong with her eye. Luckily all the meds are keeping her stable for the meantime :)
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                                Glad to hear the meds are working! Love to see Umami explore the outside world.
                                 
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