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