GI Upset

Talishan
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Post   » Sun Sep 09, 2007 9:03 pm


"I guess if we ate hay all day, we'd have gas too, huh?"

*sprlft* LOL!

"A long time back Piggy had some gas/stasis issues as the result of bell peppers (weird, I know)."

Not weird at all. Several of ours can only handle small amounts of pepper. Their ability to handle them has decreased with age.

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rshevin

Post   » Sun Sep 09, 2007 9:31 pm


That makes sense Talishan. Piggy isn't young and there's no telling what he was or wasn't exposed to when he was younger. He had 2 homes before ending up at the SPCA and then my forever home. I'm so disappointed I didn't get a decent view of his heart in my pictures. I'm still looking for better ways to view the xray. I realized the screen behind the window was problematic this time around.

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MuffinFace

Post   » Sun Sep 09, 2007 11:09 pm


Waitaminit - maybe I TOTALLY missed one of your responses, but how did you figure out that it was the red pepper? Just trial and error?

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rshevin

Post   » Sun Sep 09, 2007 11:25 pm


It was actually any bell peppers (green, red, etc) and yes, it was trial and error. It finally dawned on me that the reason he kept getting gassy after the initial episode was that I kept feeding peppers! When I ran out, gas went away. Bought more, it came back. Yes, I'm an idiot. It wasn't a totally new food when he had the episode so it took longer to finally make all the connections. I must have fed him more that week.

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MuffinFace

Post   » Sun Sep 09, 2007 11:40 pm


Awwwws. Well, glad you figured it out at any rate. Sucks tho, because peppers are like the ideal veggie (low in Ca, good ratio, high in C) - but hey, I'm sure Piggy and Smudgie are getting the best of whatever else you can get your hands on that DOESN'T cause the bloats!

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rshevin

Post   » Mon Jan 21, 2008 6:37 pm


Today Piggy, Smudgie and I were visiting at the senior community. The boys were on white fleece and I noticed Piggy passed some blood in his urine. My "regular" (as in seen him once since I moved) vet was unavailable until Thursday so I took him to the other exotics vet in town that I knew of.

Piggy has a stone. A rather large one. The vet had a portable ultrasound and the stone was clear as day. He's had vague urinary symptoms as long as I remember but an xray last year came up clear. Since he was only minimally symptomatic, I let it go.

I have no idea what to do. This vet has never done bladder surgery on a guinea pig. Dogs, cats, and rabbits yes but never a cavy. I doubt she's much over 30. I think I'm going to call the other vet tomorrow and see what he says. That vet is older and has been in exotics practice a long time but I also felt his checkup exam last week was very cursory and not thorough. He pushed feeding oranges for vitamin C. But he's supposed to be a wonderful veterinary surgeon. This young vet didn't seem really comfortable with the world of herbavore antibiotics, only wanted to perscribe Baytril and then didn't even have any pills small enough for a guinea pig. We have cephalaxen, which I don't like. I haven't given any yet. It's on the dangerous list but I wasn't all there at the vet and didn't protest for Bactrim hard enough. She didn't even seem to notice I mentioned it. ::sigh:: My sweet, loveable, hunky chunk.

I need some advice.

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Bugs Mom

Post   » Mon Jan 21, 2008 6:40 pm


Oh Smudgie. I have no advice but hope you are able to get some good help for him.

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rshevin

Post   » Mon Jan 21, 2008 6:45 pm


No it's Piggy with the stone, sorry I wasn't clear.

cutemomomi
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Post   » Mon Jan 21, 2008 6:47 pm


Are you near any GL member here, could you email/call them for vet recommendations or such?
I wouldn't feel comfortable with your vet too, it is more than understandable that you would want the best for your boys.
I am sorry, I have no better medical advices for you or little Piggy, sending you loads of ninja vibes!

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Bugs Mom

Post   » Mon Jan 21, 2008 6:53 pm


Not Piggy then! I truly hope you manage to get it under control. Ever since my Bug had her gas issues and you talked about Piggys I've always felt an afinity for him. Goodness.

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rshevin

Post   » Mon Jan 21, 2008 6:53 pm


No, there's only 1 other GL member in my area and he uses my "regular" vet too.

I don't know what to do about this cephalexin. I shouldn't give it right? I can't get him into the other vet for the right medicine until THURSDAY. Help.

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon Jan 21, 2008 7:52 pm


Yes, you do need someone who has done this particular surgery before. I hope you find someone who is comfortable and experienced.

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rshevin

Post   » Mon Jan 21, 2008 7:53 pm


Lynx, what's the astirix for beside the cephalexin on the medical guide?

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon Jan 21, 2008 8:30 pm


It indicates there is related text below.

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rshevin

Post   » Mon Jan 21, 2008 8:39 pm


::sob:: I'm getting more worried and upset by the minute reading all these horrible things about cephalexin on the board. I can't believe I was stupid enough to take it knowing full well my baby needs Bactrim. I'm definitely not giving it to him and not going back to see this vet.

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Mum
I GAVE, dammit!

Post   » Mon Jan 21, 2008 8:48 pm


Oh dear - I'd chuck that particular a/b too, most particularly as there wasn't a culture and sensitivity indicating this was the only a/b that would work.

Time for a new vet, as you say.

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rshevin

Post   » Mon Jan 21, 2008 8:52 pm


Sometimes I think I should move out to CA with ya'll just to have a good vet. There are 2 exotics practices in town, this one (with 2 exotics vets) and my parents vet who gave the bad yearly checkup exam. Thank you for confirming. Now I just have to figure out where in the heck I can get some Bactrim before Thursday.

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rshevin

Post   » Mon Jan 21, 2008 11:02 pm


Ok, this is less than ideal, but my dad, in his infinite medical hoarding, had a few pills of Bactrim so if I absolutely can't get them from the vet, I can compound some myself. I'm SO glad for all those hours weighing, measuring, mixing, and titrating in school. I'm going to hold off dosing him myself until I'm positive I can't get some Bactrim out of this vet.

I bought some fresh acidopholus (dairy free! cool!) from Whole Foods on my way home and am starting Piggy on some unsweetened cranberry juice right now.

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Mum
I GAVE, dammit!

Post   » Mon Jan 21, 2008 11:03 pm


I'd go ahead and use those pills if you have them, and if they're not out of date.

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rshevin

Post   » Mon Jan 21, 2008 11:06 pm


Um, yes that date thing... about that. They're definitely out of date, a long way out of date actually (hence waiting until tomorrow). I also have seen bactrim in the fish antibiotics of an aquarium store once, in Virginia (I'm now in Alabama). I wish I'd bought it when I saw it! Of course, local pet store doesn't have any and I'm fairly sure Petstupid doesn't carry good fish antibiotics either.

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