Elvis, possibly sick or I'm paranoid

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cavyslave8
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Post   » Wed Apr 26, 2006 10:09 am


A little background: I have flipped out countless times and have rushed my piggies to the vet for what I thought was a URI. SmartyPants has an occasional crusty (clear snot) nose, it usually only lasts about a day. His breathing is also always clear.

Now Elvis (about 5 months old) has been sneezing a couple times a day, this just started yesterday. No yellow or green snot though. He's eating, pooing, and popcorning just fine. His eyes are clear also. I have tried to listen to his lungs, but he's a talker. Everytime I hold him he is licking me, talking, and playing in my hair. So needless to say, it's hard to hear his lungs. I think someone has a website with the "clicking" sound on it, I can't find it though. My mom is a nurse and will be sending me a stethescope to keep for my paranoid episodes with the pigs, but that'll be a few days.
I guess what I'm asking is: Should I take Elvis to the vet right now? Should I wait to see what he's like today? and Could someone give me the website name that lists all the guinea pig noises? Thanks everyone!

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Apr 26, 2006 10:13 am


What kind of bedding? Sneezing a couple times a day could even be due to pollen. If it is that infrequently, I would wait until you had clear indications he was sick (more frequent, snot, not eating, in any combination).

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cavyslave8
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Post   » Wed Apr 26, 2006 10:19 am


The bedding is fleece and towels. The weather has been getting warmer here, so we've had some of the windows in other rooms open. Elvis never sneezed before, now it's a couple times a day. I know I've been reacting to the pollen and such outside, maybe he is too.
Thank goodness we don't have kids, I would lose my mind!

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Apr 26, 2006 12:16 pm


I have a coating of pollen on my porch. This could be the trouble. Like I said, look for other warning signs.

You can always see a vet to put yourself at ease (always safest). Just letting you know what I would do.

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cavyslave8
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Post   » Mon Jun 19, 2006 3:21 am


Ok, there's something new here. Elvis was sneezing a little too much for comfort, so I took him in to my new vet. The vet listened to his breathing for a bit and said he didn't hear anything out of the ordinary.

My hay had been a dusty, so I took it away for a day or so to see if it cleared up. When we got from VA a few minutes I ran to check on the pigs. I noticed that now he has some green snot around his nose.

I don't see any snot on his feet. I listened to his breathing as good as I could. It sounds a little "wet". If that makes sense.

He is very active, eating, drinking and pooping normal. He's actually gained a little weight. I'm calling the vet in the morning. What I need to know is, can antibiotics hurt him if he doesn't have a URI?

I tried searching for it, but am exhausted from the flight and couldn't find it.

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cavyslave8
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Post   » Mon Jun 19, 2006 3:41 am


I just listened to him breathe again, I heard some clicking I think. Would you hear clicking when they breathe and clicking when they breathe out? Or only one way? The vet told me that I would hear it both ways if he were sick, but I have my doubts about that.

I don't think I'm making sense anymore, sorry.

Also I don't see any eye discharge. I saw a real tiny bit of crust under his eye, but I think that could be from he cleaned himself.

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Mum
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Post   » Mon Jun 19, 2006 4:33 am


Green snot is a sign of infection - he definitely sounds as if he needs antibiotics.

Something like doxycycline shouldn't hurt him if he doesn't need it (although it's not a good idea to use it if it's not necessary). I prefer it to Baytril since some pigs are sensitive to Baytril and will stop eating.

Clicking is not normal.

Clicking AND green snot is a problem.

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cavyslave8
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Post   » Mon Jun 19, 2006 4:35 am


Thank you so much Mum. I've actually decided to take him to a specialist tomm, instead of this new vet I went to on Thursday.

Should I request a culture to be sure?

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Mum
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Post   » Mon Jun 19, 2006 4:39 am


I've never had a culture done for a URI. If you get doxy (vibramycin) be sure it's dosed correctly at 5.0mg/kg for a minimum of 10 days.

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cavyslave8
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Post   » Mon Jun 19, 2006 4:42 am


Okay, will do. Thank you so much for your help.

I'm thinking now that I can't trust the last vet, so I will not be going back there. I should've gone with my insticts. It's a further drive to the specialist but it's worth it.

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dgarriques
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Post   » Mon Jun 19, 2006 6:25 am


Poor Elvis and you too. Cavyslave8 you sound stressed. I hope Elvis can get some help at the vet and he will feel better and so will you. Please let us know.

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon Jun 19, 2006 7:59 am


Yes, it sounds bacterial. Good luck clearing him up.

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cavyslave8
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Post   » Mon Jun 19, 2006 9:18 am


Ok, I got him an appt. at 11 am this morning. Gotta leave now to get there on time. I trust this vet a lot more, thank goodness they fit me in even though they were booked up.

Thanks everyone, I will let you know.

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whittibo

Post   » Mon Jun 19, 2006 9:37 am


Good luck!

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cavyslave8
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Post   » Mon Jun 19, 2006 12:51 pm


Ok I'm back. Elvis does in fact have an infection.

Dr. Wolf gave him an antibiotic injection, then he sent us home with Bactrim. He says to give Elvis 1cc of Bactrim 2x a day for 7-14 days. He says that we caught the infection very early, which is good. Does that sound right to you more experienced people?

I brought my health record book with me, he thought it was great. My poor Elvis, his brother (SmartyPants) kept wanting to play with him. I didn't sleep much last night, I took Elvis and his favorite teddy bear out of the cage. I held him for a few hours so he could sleep. My little angel.

I'm sure I sound crazy, but this is my first real medical issue. Thank goodness I found Dr. Wolf. It was like night and day from the visit I had with the other vet Thursday, who blamed the hay.

Thanks everyone for helping me out once again.

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon Jun 19, 2006 1:08 pm


Glad to hear you like this vet and have more confidence in his abilities.

Weigh your pig daily while he is ill. Read also www.guinealynx.info/antibiotic_advice.html

Good luck!

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cavyslave8
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Post   » Mon Jun 19, 2006 1:12 pm


Nevermind, stupid question. Edited.

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Mum
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Post   » Mon Jun 19, 2006 1:19 pm


I'm so glad it was caught early!

I never trust a vet who cries 'allergy.'

:-p

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cavyslave8
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Post   » Mon Jun 19, 2006 1:34 pm


Thank you Mum for your help.

I'm sending a nasty email to the last vets office as well as calling them today. He charged me $160 to check Elvis out, and said he found nothing wrong. If it makes sense, it just didn't seem as though he liked guinea pigs. That makes me nervous, since he supposed to treat them.

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Mum
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Post   » Mon Jun 19, 2006 7:01 pm


It's worth a try.

I've met vets who didn't like guinea pigs - actually, it was pretty clear they didn't much like animals at all.

I'm glad you have access to another vet!

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