Elsie's ugly teeth

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GP Lover
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Post   » Fri Jun 22, 2007 9:29 pm


Yuck. I come home and she had diarrhea again during the day but she ate pretty good when I put food down.

The vet clipped her top teeth and removed a loose pc of tooth matter on the bottom. She is able to eat a little better now.

The bloodwork he mentioned is to be done in a few weeks to make sure her kidneys are ok. I thought he was going to do it now to see why she has diarrhea. We are not sure why she has diarrhea. All I gave her this morning was 2cc of Lasix a some critical care.

I should also mention that her diagnosis was heart failure. According to the ultrasound tech she has an enlarged left side of the heart and her aorta is twice the normal size. She had fluid around the heart and he said something about the tissue around it too but I don't remember. It all sounded so dire but yet she's still with me.

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Mum
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Post   » Fri Jun 22, 2007 10:38 pm


Sounds as if there may also be an infection somewhere. I'd try flagyll at this point - diarreah is so dangerous.

GP Lover
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Post   » Sat Jun 23, 2007 10:04 am


It just dawned on me this morning that maybe it's not diarrhea I find when I come home! Maybe because she doesn't move much that she poops and then pees all over it? I find these huge brown piles of mush. Diarrhea would be greenish wouldn't it?

This morning she seems to be doing great again. She ate the most I've seen her eat in a while. I think the tooth trim really helped her.

GP Lover
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Post   » Tue Jun 26, 2007 12:37 pm


Well, Elsie is hanging in there. She stopped the diarrhea a few days ago. She has such tiny poops now! She eats well in the mornings but doesn't seem to have much appetite after that.

I set she and Annabelle up on fleece flooring with grid cubes for walls on my bedroom floor. She can't walk on carefresh anymore because her toes are all curled which I think is from old age.

She seems to be okay for now but I know with heart failure things can turn quickly. She breathes just fine and continues to take Lasix and Enalapril. She is down below 900 grams in weight but is holding steady for now.

Every day I get home and check to see if she's still with me and I'm grateful for every day she still is.

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cavyslave8
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Post   » Tue Jun 26, 2007 12:43 pm


I hope she hangs in there and you have some good time left with her.

capybara
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Post   » Tue Jun 26, 2007 1:04 pm


Hang in there Elsie! I am thinking of you both.

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somechick

Post   » Tue Jun 26, 2007 5:54 pm


Elsie is lucky to have you and good doctors. Sounds like she's hanging in there.

Talishan
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Post   » Tue Jun 26, 2007 11:36 pm


Walk with her, and she will walk with you. Best to both of you.

GP Lover
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Post   » Mon Jul 02, 2007 9:30 am


Elsie continues to do well. She has soft poos once in a while but I'm not feeding her strawberries anymore to see if that's the cause.

She eats very well now and breathes normal. She is back to eating her favorite food - watermelon.

I wonder if she can be taken off the lasix at some point in time?

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Mum
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Post   » Mon Jul 02, 2007 11:45 am


I'm glad to hear she's doing so well.

Not many of my pigs have needed lasix long term. You'll need to check with an xray that the fluid is gone and then wean very slowly.

maremma

Post   » Mon Jul 02, 2007 6:05 pm


Aww I am glad to hear she is doing better.

GP Lover
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Post   » Thu Jul 26, 2007 4:37 pm


I need HELP and I need it now. I came from work early today to check on Elsie because this morning she was breathing heavy.

I put her on her baby blanket on my bed and I just went to check on her and found tiny little red bugs all over the blanket!!! I moved her to another white blanket and sure enough within minutes there were a ton of these tiny red bugs! What are they???!!!! What can I do. The vet hasn't called me back yet.

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Thu Jul 26, 2007 5:10 pm


There is some discussion of red bugs on this thread:

http://www.guinealynx.info/forums/viewtopic.php?t=32831&highlight=red+bug%2A

GP Lover
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Post   » Thu Jul 26, 2007 5:14 pm


Yes, I researched and came up with the same thing...chiggers/mites! I have them too! I moved the girls into my room when Elsie got sick so I could monitor and I've been itching and scratching. UGH! Now I know what's wrong with me too.

I have topical Ivermectin but can't find my needled syringe to get it out! My neighbor has a syringe that she'll give me.

The vet still hasn't called.

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Thu Jul 26, 2007 5:20 pm


I hope your vet calls back, and that everyone will be bug-free soon. Is Elsie still breathing heavily?

GP Lover
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Post   » Thu Jul 26, 2007 5:50 pm


Okay, she is calling in the oxygen prescription for me and I am going to pick it up now. She is eating a little and acting okay but she is breathing heavy.

The vet never heard of chiggers so she is going to research and call me in a few hrs to let me know if I can use the Ivermectin or Revolution I have here at home.

I gave Elsie a lukewarm rinse to see if I could drown some bugs!

The vet told me to get a flea comb from the pet shop and use that on her to keep removing the bugs.

For me I am going to try Tea Tree or Eucalyptus Oil.

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu Jul 26, 2007 5:59 pm


Any chance you can get a really really good pic of one of these bugs with something for size? A penny nearby? Some of the new cameras with many pixels can take fab macro pics in strong light. Maybe we could help you identify them.

Given a choice, I would try the Revolution. I wish you two the best.

GP Lover
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Post   » Thu Jul 26, 2007 7:58 pm


I don't see any of these bugs at the moment but I can assure you they are chiggers. I read LER's thread and she found red bugs too. The vet agreed it sounds like it too. She said her friends got them from camping.

They come from outside and wildlife such as bird, rats and mice can be carriers. It is possible that I carried them in here because I began itching weeks ago. I would have noticed if Elsie had them before today.

I have to contact the management company about spraying outside the building. We have tons of chipmunks and I've seen them actually scurry under the wood frame of the front door of my building!

We are starting her on the Ivermectin first and then Revolution if that doesn't work. Right now she is in her carrier getting oxygen. I hope she can at least get relief for her breathing problem.

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu Jul 26, 2007 10:42 pm


I think chiggers are the larval stage of a mite. They do bite and are terribly uncomfortable (hate them). Hang out in grass around here.

GP Lover
My home, ruled by pigs!

Post   » Fri Jul 27, 2007 6:49 am


They are probably tinier than a pin head. I only saw them because I had my reading glasses on. Yes, they are the larval stage of a mite. Rare to find on a guinea pig so we think she may have gotten them from me!

Elsie is a little better today. She ate more than last night and seems a little brighter in general although she still seems to not be breathing normally. I can see her sides going in and out a little bit...not as much as last night.

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