Lynx-yes, my provider changes ip address. I do already keep the temp. etc folders cleaned out. I have an old 5 year computer and don't like cluttering up the memory any more than I have to. I'll just curse and live with the situation.
My vet said O.5ml every 4-6 hours plus massage the sides to help the gas come out
However I would also go to the vet as you will also need Reglan (metaclopromide) to aid the poops to pass and maybe another x-ray and some critical care to hand feed and some probiotics.
And hand feed liquids
She just came off another one of her "episodes" last night. I just don't know where else to find answers since I've had feces, blood, urine tests run as well as x-rays and an ultra-sound. Everything comes back just fine.
The only other cause I can think of for her problems is hormonal. In humans you can run a blood test to determine if there's a problem. Does anyone know if there is a similar test for GP's? I would hate to have a surgery done particularly since I'm not sure that's the problem.
Any ideas or info anyone?
I wish they had shown up sooner. How wierd all this started right after her work-up 6 months ago.
She has more great than "bad" days and the episodes are not a frequent but they still occur.
In all other respects despite being a little over 5 years old she's in great shape so a good candidate for a spay. I think I'll try and go the spay route.
As good a shape as she may be in I must agree to "shop around" for the vet with the most experience and best track record for doing spays on a guinea pig.
I've already gotten some references on "good" vets from friends in my area and have every intention of checking them out.
Thank you for your good thoughts.
He has put her on Cisapride. The bottle says 2mg/ml in banana suspension. The dose to give her twice a day is 0.25 (0.5 mg). Is this a good dose for motility? or should it be more/less. Also, does Cisapride have pain killing properties to it?
I'm having a problem finding ANY vet willing to do a spay as the standard response is "she's too old and the risks arn't worth it". I love how people who don't know you or your pig just make assumptions. I don't think 5 years is too old for a spay inf the pig is in great condition otherwise.
Again, thank you in advance.
- I GAVE, dammit!
I had 5 or 6 spays done in the past with about a 50% success rate. I didn't ever do a spay on a pig over 5, though. Not that I was concerned about the age but because I never had one become necessary at that age. :)
The dosage on the Cisapride is right in the middle range so it should be fine. I think the dosage is 0.1 - 0.5 mg/kg twice a day.
I had the Lady Bug's vet call another vet that I got the name of in New Jersey who has lots of experience with the HCG hormone in GP's. I'll probably go with the hormone but just don't want to regret it later because I didn't do my research first. I'm so paranoid and since these are cysts and not tumors, I have a little time.
- I GAVE, dammit!
I'm sure Bug will be fine, and let us know what the vet said on Monday!
She has an unidentified mass next to the left ovary. The doctor is not sure if it's attached to the ovary, in which case, no problem, or, it could be adrenal.
I'm going to wait for lunch to be over and try again to get hold of U C Davis and see if I can get them to use the fancy expensive ultra-sound machine to identify this.
I'm getting really frustrated with all this but of course, will not give up. Guess I'm just getting tired after a week and a half of worry and now this.
Will keep this updated as I find thing out.
The doctor didn't think it was a kidney but beyond that if it is adrenal it will need to be handled with care.
Just a case of everyone being cautious. I even asked what if you just do the spay and then biopsy if it is not attached to the ovary. She felt that could be dangerous. Anyway, Bug and I have a 10AM appt at Davis on Wednesday.
Fingers crossed. Please keep good thoughts for my beautiful little Bug.
I still wish you the best.
If there is excess fluid in an ovary, it could be aspirated with a needle to reduce the quantity.
She does have some cysts on one of her kidneys and the kidney is quite large, but again, no symptoms so is probably benign.
She has a large cyst on her adrenal gland which, unfortunately, has a very small bright white spot in it. This may or may not turn out to be cancer. I'll take Lady Bug back to UC Davis in three months (unless something goes wrong before that) and she'll have another ultra-sound to check out the spot.
She does have a little arthritis in her knees, shoulders and back so the doctor prescribed some metacam. The doctor today seemed to think her "episodes" were pain related to the arthritis. She is still gassy so between the x-rays and the ultra-sound, they syphoned off the gas so it wouldn't distort the reading.
Her teeth themselves are perfect. the roots are just beginning to show signs of "getting long". I'm assuming that is the same as a human getting "long in the tooth"?
That, in a nutshell, was Lady Bugs assesment today. she had x-rays, ultra-sound, urine, feces and blood tests done. Seemed pretty through to me. It cost enough!