Then don't let him do it. Guinea pig spays are very complicated, and there's a 20% mortality rate in general I believe.but her vet has also never done a spay on a Guinea Pig.
Unfortunately, here GP's seem to be "starter" or "throw away" pets. When I take the Bug for a walk many people think she's a hamster!
She is her vets longest and only return GP. He almost never sees a GP twice as people just don't bring them back. I envy you your medical resources. At least her vet is willing to listen and learn. He doesn't get all hung up with ego.
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It was a tough surgery. And as I said, Eclair never quite recovered. Made me wish I had followed my instincts and done it 9 months earlier. Doesn't guarantee a better outcome, but it would have been that much less time to let things grow.
Athena was showing symptoms of a heart pig, with heavy breathing. But her weight stayed up, and they determined she didn't have fluid in her lungs. But one of the xrays, they saw a mass in her chest. It was in an area that no one felt comfortable operating on. They gave her only a few months... which was pretty close. It was pretty far along. She died in my arms as I debated whether the drive to the vet to be pts would kill her from stress before even getting there. I was extremely grateful she took the decision out of my hands.
<sigh> This was a depressing post. Sorry.
Anyway, I just don't know what to do about the Bug. Her doctor has actually done surgery on her eye when she was about 5 mos old. No, that's nothing like a spay, I know! He did a great job for someone who had never done surgery on a GP and today, you'd never know anything was ever wrong. That's what makes me think that he would be extremely careful and do the best job, but the surgery itself scares me. I know that the fur babies are very tough to do surgeries on. Goodness.
Right now she is beginning to act normal again and chowing down on her hay. Maybe this episode will last less than 24 hours. When they're done you would never know she had not felt unwell. It's nuts and driving me crazy!
I'll tell you what works for me, is to start a chart. Sounds like something is nagging at you, sorta subconsciously, that you are noticing.
Human memory is a tricky thing, though, and so writing stuff down on each date it happens, and making note of diet that day, any unusual happenings, etc, helps me to *identify a pattern.* I've often figured out what something is, when veterinary diagnostics have failed, by doing careful charting.
See, I knew I came to the right place (smiles).
But if your piggy's Xrays don't show gas, I guess that's probably not the problem in your little one. Some piggies fluff up when cold, though your descriptions of "hunched" and not eating sounds more uncomfortable than that. Geez, hope you figure it out! Careful notes sounds like a good idea.
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Okay, this is gonna be waaayyy out there but by any chance did this coincide with the recent freeze in Northern California that destroyed so many crops? Could she have gotten a bit of frozen lettuce leaf? As I understand it (and I am no botanist), freezing actually breaks down and destroys the leaves of plants like lettuce, essentially decaying them.
Barring something like that, one of ours was diagnosed with "acquired megacolon" and experienced cyclical spells with some similarities to what you describe.
1. If she's drinking nothing at all, where is she getting her fluids? Are you syringing her, subcue-ing her, giving her additional fruits and wet vegetables ... ?
2. Is she defecating okay?
I strongly second the notes/chart/find a pattern suggestion.
Tracy the Bug is peeing and pooping like a real champ even on her "bad" days. Nothing has slowed down nor is there any obnxious gas coming from her. The ultra sound showed everything as being normal. Good idea though.
Talishan, the problem actually started in late Feb after the freezes. Since I grow as much of her lettuce as I can I know what frozen lettuce looks like. Actually, once the leaf has been frozen, it's impossible to bring it back to it's original appearance. The cell wall just break down too much.
Her not drinking water. That's a story. Just a few days after her 4th b'day she just up and decided she didn't want to drink anymore. She never was a big drinker. I used to give her 1 1/2 cups of greens a day. I gave her two days without drinking water and then zipped her into her vet. He told me it was ok as once in awhile an animal just doesn't like to drink. She now gets at least 3 cups of greens a day which is actually more than she eats. I still give her a bottle of water every night which is never touched by morning. She does have a mind of her own I'll give her that!
This is actually why I wanted particular attention paid to her bladder and kidneys when she got her physical.
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1. Ditto Mum; and
2. If it were me I'd offer her some unflavored Pedialyte via syringe and see if she wants it. A 3cc, 6cc, up to 10 or 12cc works just fine since you're not forcing it, just offering it.
We have one who for the first three years or so we had him didn't drink very much, hardly any at all. He did not appear nor act dehydrated, and he got plenty of wet vegetables, but still. It bothered me.
I offered him some unflavored Pedialyte and he took syringe after syringe after syringe of it. His water bottle now has about 50-50 water and Pedialyte in it, and he drinks, maybe, 6+ oz. per day.
His demeanor, behavior, appearance and energy have all intangibly improved. Nothing I can put my finger on, or could put my finger on as wrong, before. But he's better. I don't know if there's such a thing as subclinical dehydration, but if there is, he had it and he's better now. Bug may benefit from more direct fluid (short of subcue if not yet necessary).
Hi Talishan. I've never tried a syringe and I think perhaps I should try. As for what she's had, you name it. I've tried both in her bottle and a small bowl, Pedialyte unflavored, organic carrot juice (which I thought was terrible too), both sweet and unsweetened apple juice and unsweetened as well as sweetened cranberry juice. She loves apples and cranberries from the freezer. She just sniffs all this stuff, tosses her head and ignores the whole thing. I know the sugar isn't good for her but all I was trying to was get her started drinking again. I figured I could switch back to straight water after that.
My little one has been squeeking when she poos and I took her to the vet this morning. A physical exam and e-rays don't show anything so her poos are going in for an exam.
He doctor thought it might be Colitis and usually prescribes Metronidazde. Has anyone ever used this before? If so, at what dose? The Bug is 2 lbs 4 oz.
Just trying to be a bit pro active here. Thanks
How do her poops look?
My newly adapted rule is that if there are weird poops, there's probably something going on (if I haven't been overdosing on veggies). So my first step is getting a fecal on the poop. Then if that shows nothing I get a culture and/or gram stain.
Bless her heart she pooped at the vets office so he could both see and collect fresh ones. Exactly what tests do I want him to do? What will a stain show?
Then, what I do, if the float shows nothing, is to get a culture and gram stain.
If the poo is sent out for culture, it will actually sit in a a lab and grow bacteria that the people can identify, then the stain will show if the bacteria is gram negative or gram positive, and then the vet can find an A/B to conquer it.
Josephine explained it much better than I over on this thread.
ETA: as far as pricing, the culture is going to be money. At my vets, a simple float is $18, but the culture is over $100.
Yes, vets are very expensive. Her bill just for this morning's x-rays and visit were $134.00!
Thank you for the info. I'm going to give the vet a call and see what he comes up with. The x-rays showed gas but not in excessive amounts. She passed some while in the office and I thought I would pass out. Goodness.