All her tests came out fine, bones, kidneys, bladder looked great. Shortly after the tests she has started having what I can only call "bad days". She will eat less and stay in her pigloo and only eat hay. Very few pellets. Since her 4th birthday she has not had any water at all, her choice.
She sits hunched up and slightly fluffed. This is the third time. Its approx. 1 1/2 weeks between episodes. Does anyone have any idea what might be going on? The first time I just kept an eye on her but the second time she went to her vet. She is now starting the 3rd episode tonight. It will last from 24 to 36 hours. I'm at my wits end with this. I've been a "lurker" here for many months and I can't find anything in any post that sounds like this.
Has anyone else had anything like this? If so, did it turn out to be anything or did it just go away? Thanks.
I had no specific problems when the physical was done. It was actually a throw away comment that Mum had made in one of her posts about getting a base line idea of what is going on that prompted me to have it done. Since so many of the GP's her age haven't made it as far as she has, I just wanted to know.
There were no signs of sludge, irritation, nothing.
The only thing that lurks in the back of my mind is a possible hormonal issue but again, wouldn't that have shown up in her blood work?
Lady Bug and I have a pact that she will live to be at least 10 years old. I agree, she's just a youngster.
When my pig had a UTI, she showed NO signs, so I would never have known that she had one. Okay - she did pass a blood clot, but it was one time only and she never squeaked while peeing or showed that anything was wrong with her. Maybe sitting hunched is *your* pigs way of showing discomfort for a UTI.
I really have no idea, just sharing my experience. But she must be uncomfortable for some reason. Why, I don't know.
It's also the regularity that disturbs me.
- I GAVE, dammit!
Ovarian cysts should have shown up on ultrasound, although I believe if they're very small they can be missed.The only thing that lurks in the back of my mind is a possible hormonal issue but again, wouldn't that have shown up in her blood work?
Is she on her own in the cage?
- Supporting my GL Habit
Although, in both of those cases, it was a steady decline - not the cyclical nature you describe.
Could it be something she's eating, that she's having a hard time digesting? I know, far fetched, but I'm just throwing out ideas.
Hey, I'm looking for something I may not have thought of.
I'm torn between just waiting 6 mos and having another ultra sound done and just telling her vet to go ahead and do surgery. Not sure what can happen in 6 months time but her vet has also never done a spay on a Guinea Pig. I wuld still trust him and we have discussed this possibility already. He is very careful and would do a ton of research before any surgeries but still, surgery is alway invasive and always carries risk. Just don't know what to do or what avenues to explore. That's why I finally came here. Collectively, you guys have a wealth of experience.