I took the female four eyed possum in for her first vet visit today.
I asked the techs up front for a name for her, and seeing that the boy is named Phil the Philander, they suggested Robin which is the name of Dr Phil's wife. So we now have Phil and Robin for better or worse.
We gassed her in order to inspect her entire body easily. I watched as she became nauseous and threw up a few times when going down.
Body inspection was good. We counted FIVE nipples in the pouch. Fecal float came out clean. Skin scrape determined that she has a very rare mite that opossums get, so we chose a topical dosage of Revolution Selamectin; half on her and half left for Phil.
Vet said that she is healthy other than the reason I took her in. It appears as if this girl had been very obese in her past. Possums round out like any animal will but they also start depositing fatty tissue elsewhere which is the bad here. She has these loose pockets of dangly hanging skin on her chest that have a soft fatty deposit in them called a lipoma. As she is losing weight, they are actually interfering with her being able to walk, so we are having her back in tomorrow morning for surgery; basically a tummy tuck.
I havent been with this vet before and was very happy with the friendly nature and general candor of her and the staff. They were all very interested in learning about the South American Four Eyed Possum. I gave them a crash course on marsupial genitalia and other neat stuff and we talked about all sorts of things while inspecting Robin.
I am anxious to get Robin back to health so I can start to work on her taming.