Just now, I was changing out his cage - he uses fleece - and saw blood on the towels and cage liner. I'm scared to death! He has been eating well, energetic. He will be two years old in January. He's on Oxbow Cavy Cuisine, and has been since he was about 6 months old. Timothy hay, plenty of green veggies.
I have a supply of both Bactrim and Baytril on hand. Can someone tell me what I need to do until I can get him to a vet on Monday or Tuesday??? I'm worried sick!
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If it were me, I'd weigh him and give him the appropriate Bactrim dose: http://www.guinealynx.info/antibiotics.html#bactrim
... along with some probiotics about an hour later. Poop soup from a healthy companion is the best place to start.
Ditto Amy on the unsweetened cranberry juice, if he'll take it. If you put it in his water and he won't drink it, take it out and give him fresh water. You want to keep him as hydrated and flushed as possible.
If it's a stone or sludge, and since he's a he, it may not wait until Monday. How close is your ER vet --- and are they any good at all with exotics?
I went ahead and administered Bactrim until I can get ahold of our exotics vet. At 1.3 kg weight, I figured about .81cc -- that seems like a lot of Bactrim? But then I noticed that the vet prescribed it at .6cc for a slightly smaller piggie originally, so I guess I'm on track. My brain is so tired right now, I can't think straight.
Lynx, I'll take your suggestion and syringe water, although he does seem to be drinking plenty of it on his own. Also, he urinated just a little while ago on a piece of paper on the couch, and curiously enough I saw no blood at all. This, after seeing several very visible signs of it on the towels. Odd.
Why do these things always happen over the holidays or after-hours??? Amazing.
Thanks again for your help.
I'm going to keep up with the Bactrim until I can reach a vet. His appetite and activity are both good. I'm suspecting this is a UTI.
I found some cranberry capsules in my medicine cabinet...the kind women take to help prevent UTI's. Do you know if I could empty the contents of the capsule and mix with water, and use that? Or dumb idea?
I've had UTI's...I know how miserable they can be.
Also, don't limit the calcium in the diet. Just balance the Ca:Ph. Limiting the calcium actually make things worse, creating an inviting enviornment for stones.
My question is this. I have noticed that the boar is producing quite a bit of calcium deposit when he urinates. This is not ordinary for him. It's not sludge, but definitely white and a little gritty. I know it's normal to find this on occasion, but it's the first time that I've seen it with this particular pig. His diet is Cavy Cuisine, romaine, red and green leaf lettuce, green bell pepper, cucumber, a little carrot, and timothy/bluegrass hays from KMS.
What could be causing the increase in calcium output in the urine? I just want to be sure I'm not missing something.
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His symptoms were as Becky said - He would pass blood sometimes and grunt sometimes, and then other times he would seem okay. What was happening was that the stone was moving around and occasionally getting lodged in his bladder horn, but after I'd mess with him a bit (massage, treatments, flushing, etc.) it would move and he would be okay again for a while. So, I kept thinking it was just UTIs.
Anyway, keep monitoring him and I'd X-Ray him every few months if you keep seeing deposits in his urine, and especially if the UTI seems to keep coming back.
Me, too. I'm also glad that we found a new exotics vet (since our former exotics guy retired), some 60 miles from where we live. She seemed extremely knowledgeable about cavies, and told me that she usually recommends xrays in that situation to help rule out stones. Of course, I realize that just because nothing showed up, doesn't mean nothing's there. But at least it gave us a baseline look at things.I'm glad you got X-Rays.
On second thought, I'm not so sure what I'm seeing can be called "gritty." Maybe somewhere between chalky and gritty. It dries to a smooth, chalky consistency, but at the time of urination it looks a tad thick. I always thought "sludge" was a lot thicker and (for lack of a better word) chunkier. Maybe I'm off-base there. ? At any rate, the "white" I'm seeing in his urine is unusual for him.
We'll finish up the Bactrim on Saturday, and see where things stand. I'm thinking I might take a urine sample over to our "regular" vet, just to see if any trace blood is still showing up. Just to clarify, how do I "up" his fluid intake? Do you mean, administer by syringe? Plain water?
My pig Suey and I are dealing with sludgy urine as well.