It is such a cute picture! As you know I first saw it on the random pictures tread, but I must comment it again because they both have so sweet expressions on their little faces. That expressiveness is so appealing about guinea pigs, I think! Among other tings. In this picture I think you can easily see that Piggy is the confident one and Smudgie is more shy. But Smudgie *is* smiling! He is such a good little boy! I hope he will become chubby and content in a very short time so his mum doesn't have to worry anymore!
Guess what though! Just when I was getting a little discouraged, Smudgie had another breakthrough last night. I caught him laying down and resting for the first time ever. He and Piggy were on the fleece in the tent again and this time both were lounging around with saxxy legs. He laid down again on the sofa with me. I haven't seen him laying down at all before!
I am in my office at the moment, trying to finish a boring job that involves a lot of computer processing. So when my computer processes, I go to Guinea Lynx and read. After this I can go on with my job smiling!
I am so glad to hear Smudgie is gaining weight! Before you know it he is as big as Piggy!
I do have a question. Smudgie seems to have pretty bad grooming fluid crusties on one eye. I'm at least 95% sure that's what they are because they're pure white and have a crystaline/sandy texture. Is there anything I should be keeping an eye on about this? He has them in both eyes but one more than the other. No other symptoms of note. He's healthy, active, eats, drinks, poops, pees, wheeks, popcorns, zooms, etc.
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Check it periodically and when it seems worse than usual, flush with some Gentocin drops, or just artificial tears.
Our little guy is bedded on kiln-dried pine. Some bales of it bother him more than others, though they are from the same manufacturer and seem the same to me. What is Smudgie bedded on? Certain types of bedding or really dusty hay seems to make this worse.
I feel like if I'm going to take him to the vet again, I need to have something else more suspicious than just being a lightweight. I can't see a thing wrong with him other than weight. He does zoomies and popcorns during floortime, sleeps comfortably but not soundly, is generally BAR and happy. I don't see any signs of urinary grit/sludge; he tells me when he needs to potty so I can tell somewhat.
Smudgie is roughly 4.5 years old although there's really no telling as his previous owners didn't even leave a name so I highly doubt they paid much attention to his age. He gets as much pellet mush mixed with pumpkin and pedialyte as he wants every night. Should I offer twice a day? Mix with something else? Add anything in?
I'm at a total loss getting him to gain weight. He has a nice, chubby tummy/thorax but I can still feel his hips. I'm at my wits end. Help!
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You could offer the cc twice daily, but be aware that if he has any teeth issues at all (and your vet said not) that he'll eat the cc in lieu of other things better for his teeth.
Did you ever get an xray of his heart (sorry, not reading back through the thread)?
The other option is when I move, it wouldn't be a bad idea to get healthy pig checkups with the new vet so I'm not dealing with trying to get in as an emergency at the last minute. That might provide a good avenue for getting the xray as well as a second opinion. There aren't any other vets in the entire city here I'd trust. New guy has a good reputation. He's a certified exotics vet and recommended by the HRS and community, but he's also seen my parents' dog for years.
Also, I do watch him when he eats hay (not hard since he's always in the bin!), and he seems to eat with ease. He doesn't drop pieces of hay or pieces of veg.
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If I had to guess, he's older than 4.5 years. We've noticed that on ours in the 5.5 - 6 and up range.
Ditto Mum on the x-ray. He may benefit from heart medication even with the "only" sign being weight loss.
Will he eat clots of semisolid Critical Care on a plate? Mixed with pumpkin, maybe some of Mum's steel-cut oats, techniques like that? Constant handfeeding, even if they're willing, for weight maintenance can get real old. It's a lot easier if there's something they'll eat off a plate.
Of course, it's very likely he's older. I'm just worried about the vet here being unwilling to do anything after his dismissal of my last weight concerns. I hate being dismissed like that. It makes me question my judgment.