- You can quote me
"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.
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.
- Obey My Authority
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!
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.