|Heavily medicated Pinni|
The stone is a fraction of the size of the one removed from Willow, but it's still a whopper. (Photo here.) I stayed with Pinni for the whole process, after I convinced the vet I wouldn't faint. I held Pinni for a while as the vet and the tech worked on her. It was a lot of people in a very small space! Pinni was such a trouper and never even tried to bite any of us (the tech said, if it had been her, she would have bitten somone!).
Having survived the vet, I wasn't prepared for the reaction when we got home. Obviously Pinni was stressed out, but I thought the drugs had left her pretty doped up. However, when she got in the cage she freaked out and ran in circles. Worse yet, Cannoli freaked out with her. I had left Noli at home for the trip, because they tend to bicker during the car ride. I thought it would be less stressful with just Pinni. That was a mistake. Noli appeared terrified from remaining at home all by herself, and I think Pinni would have been calmer at the vet with company. I was stuck with two really unhappy, inconsolable pigs. I set them off every time I approached the cage.
It took them a full day to calm down and return to their normal routine. By Sunday morning the girls no longer panicked when I came to the cage. By Monday I saw both noses in the air looking for breakfast. I was so relieved.
Pinniped returns to the vet on Friday for a recheck. There's no question that Cannoli will accompany her for the ride. I am hoping it will be a less stressful visit all around.