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Post   » Tue Mar 27, 2007 7:35 pm

TWP you need rest! Hope Henry is doing well. How are Henry's teeth? I ask as KM's pellets (which are excellent) are bigger and with my Rosey she has problem teeth and can not chew them. So I had to buy some Oxbow since they are tiny and she can chew better. But I know she likes KM's better. Poor Rosey if I was a better Mom I would sit and snap each pellet in half for her, but alas...that would be NO.


Post   » Wed Mar 28, 2007 1:55 am

I get some sleep. My problem is that while I enjoy sleeping, it seems like such a waste of time.

Henry is having a better day today. He's made some relatively normal-looking poops and he doesn't look nearly as bloaty.


Post   » Thu Mar 29, 2007 11:52 pm

Henry is continuing to do very well. We haven't really seen any sign of bloat for almost three days. We have not had to give him simethicone or Reglan for about three days. The only thing we have changed is that we have only been giving the pigs bluegrass - for a while we were mixing it with the timothy hay for Henry, Frost and Widget.

Could there have been some foreign grass in the timothy hay that was causing all of this trouble?


Post   » Fri Apr 13, 2007 8:05 pm

Henry has continued to do well, and has been maintaining his weight this week.

Then I witnessed a weird thing.

While he was chasing after frost, a large bubble came out of his rear end. Seriously. It was a big, tan-colored bubble, about the size of a brussel sprout. It popped, and then he pooped at a glob of gooey material, and that was that.

It didn't seem to bother him, he didn't seem to struggle with working it out. He finished giving Frost a what-for ate some hay and plopped down in a cuddle cup for a nap. His posture indicates to me that he is totally comfortable.

He doesn't look bloated. He's been making fairly decent-looking poop all day. He's eating and drinking and active.

What's the gooey bubble about?

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Post   » Fri Apr 13, 2007 8:16 pm

If I had to take a guess, having had a couple of seniors with various and sundry GI problems, it was a slough-off of mucosal lining, that needed to come out.

Henry is the older fellow with intermittent GI problems (just enough to worry the daylights out of you), right?

My personal theory is that as they age, especially getting up there, their GI tracts are less ... indestructible, for lack of a better way to put it ... than they are when younger. Mucous and/or a little bit of the mucosal lining of the intestinal tract itself, healing if damaged or worn out, can be shed, right out the rear end.

Are you pretty sure it wasn't boar glue?

If he's otherwise fine I'd not worry about it. I'd say keep an eye on him but I know you guys do. ;-)


Post   » Fri Apr 13, 2007 8:31 pm

Yup, Grandpa Henry is our little old man. It's definitely not boar glue. I took it out of the cage right after he expelled it, and it's still gooey now (about 35 minutes later).

He looks fine and totally comfortable. That giant bubble was really a sight to be seen, though.

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Post   » Fri Apr 13, 2007 8:34 pm

I can well imagine your surprise. Sounds quite unusual to me too.


Post   » Fri Apr 13, 2007 8:39 pm

Henry has always been talented at passing large clouds of gas.

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Post   » Sat Apr 14, 2007 12:48 am

A wet fart?


Post   » Sun Apr 15, 2007 8:51 pm

Yup. A wet fart.

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Post   » Mon Apr 16, 2007 12:03 pm

Oh, Henry, you poor, gassy old man. Feel better soon!

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Post   » Mon Apr 16, 2007 10:30 pm

Henry is actually doing remarkably well. His weight is down a bit, but his energy level and happiness are through the roof.

I love seeing my little old man happy, healthy, and active.

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Post   » Mon Jun 18, 2007 3:14 am

One of the things we're attributing to old-man problems is a slight incontinence.

Starting maybe a couple of months ago, we'd notice that he'd pee just a little while he was being held. It hasn't become worse as far as I can tell, but we of course watch our guys closely.

There are no signs of anything else, other than his apparent failing eyesight. Is there anything to be concerned about in light of the slight incontinence? Absent other symptoms, should we be checking for anything (UTI)?


Post   » Mon Jun 18, 2007 8:14 am

It may be wise to check for UTI. When my Joey first started with his peeing blood he sure was having trouble and was dribble peeing a lot. He definatly couldn't control it and was very worked up over that fact.

If he comes up clear for anything going on in the bladder, he may well have incontinence because of his bowel problems.

I know this may be a strange question but when he put out that large tan bubble did you happen to save it? If so did it seem to hardened into something more brittle with a yellowish tinge to it?

I wish I would have had the good sense to put what came out of Fonzie and then later BigBilly once when he became ill, into the fridge as soon as I saw it, to be sent out for analysis.

Fonzie did not make a huge bubble that burst. He had poops come out with the bubbles all over it.

I am very suspicious of this "bubbling mucous" that intestinally ill guineas make. I really believe it is because the bad bacteria is in overgrowth and the toxins are building inside them causing the gassy part that turns the mucous into those bubbles.

People with several different forms of bowel disease get mucous in their stools. Even a case of constipation can cause but so can cancer. Irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease, pancreatic illnesses,ulcerative colitis, dehydration are a few.

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Post   » Mon Jun 18, 2007 8:21 am

Odds are UTI or stones. I know you don't want to hear about stones ever again but it's a possibility. Trim him, see if he's moving around enough.

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Post   » Mon Jun 18, 2007 9:06 am

Poor sweet Henry. Hope it isn't anything serious.

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Post   » Mon Jun 18, 2007 12:13 pm

Seniors have lots of weird happenings so hope it's nothing of consequence. Go Grampa H!

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Post   » Mon Jun 18, 2007 12:50 pm

My Rocky was a little incontinent the last several months of his life. He would dribble pee sometimes as he walked and we couldn't do lap time for nearly as long as we had been able to in the past. He did have kidney stones (I know, NOT what you want to hear), but I don't know if that was related. He was also arthritic. Maybe that was somehow related. Like maybe it hurt his hips and knees too much to fully empty his bladder.

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Post   » Mon Jun 18, 2007 5:26 pm

Eek! I hope to God it isn't stones.

We'll keep an eye on him and talk with our Doc at KSU. We want to get Tom up for a re-eval on his hooting/lungs/heart, maybe we'll take Grandpa Henry up for the ride and have him checked out.


Post   » Wed Aug 20, 2008 12:17 am

Henry is peeing blood.

I am trying not to freak out.

But he's being a good boy and drinking lots of water.

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