Momo's poops have been normal for a week now, i changed her diet a bit, took out the fruit and gave her veggies more rich in fiber.
She went in heat around 3-4 days ago and her vagina is still open, it hasn't closed again. She also still tries to ocasionally chase her cagemates and rumblestruts, but now it's probably only 1-2 times a day.
From what i read the estrus should last for 24-48 hours and she's been like this for almost 4 days. I'm thinking about watching her over the weekend and if she's still with this symptoms by then, take her to the vet.
It shouldn't last this long, right?
Either way if it's still like that by the end of this weekend Momo is going to the vet again. Poor piggie, must think i'm out to get her :).
She has also been more sexually aggressive but I thought that was just because she was fully developed now. I wonder if I should tell my vet about that?
Tina is at the vet now to get an ultrasound to check her uterus and ovaries and her bladder. Along with the soft poops there were traces of blood on her poop and bedding. At first we thought it was a bacteria and that she was bleeding from her gut but a fecal culture ruled that out. (See my post diarrhea, pain and blood on the bedding)
Tina also started having soft poop after a treatment for lice. They were treated and then came back so she had two rounds of advantix and then two of revolution about two months later. Her cage mate had no reaction to either med though...my vet did not think there was a connection.
I sympathize with you! I feel like I am torturing my poor Tina!
I will let you know what my vet finds in case it might help you out!
Tina did have a lot of yeast in her poops and we are waiting for a result on the fungal culture (take 3-4 weeks) to figure out the right meds to give her for that.
She was on ketecozonal (sp?) an anti- fungal for 8 weeks which worked while she was on it but as soon as she stopped her poop was soft again.
Because of the blood we are working to rule out a separate issue perhaps with her reproductive system... I'll keep you posted.
- I GAVE, dammit!
I'm not sure what 'fungal culture' is being done that takes so long. Yeast can be seen under a microscope and is treated with oral nystatin. I have a pig that's prone to yeast, and the nystatin works well for this. Yeast overgrowth can cause diarreah, so you need to see if he still has this (as I said, the test can be done instantly at the vet's office).Tina did have a lot of yeast in her poops and we are waiting for a result on the fungal culture (take 3-4 weeks) to figure out the right meds to give her for that.
Her poops have been getting better since we first stopped the medication. She is taking metacam (anti-inflammatory) twice a day because she vocalizes when she poops and have been giving her bene-bac to try and regulate her gut flora after all of the meds she has been on.
She is not supposed to have fresh food but the only way she will take the bene-bac is if I smear it on a small piece of lettuce the vet said that was ok.
I'll let you know the results of her tests as soon as I hear from the vet.
I guess the ultrasound will let us know. Can those kind of problems affect their digestion or am I dealing with two separate issues? I want to call and bug the vet but I will try to be patient....
She's also losing hair when i stroke her and today as i was taking these pictures there was a clump of hair with skin attatched, so i am getting worried.
I took some pictures of her nipples because they do look bigger than her cagemate's Mimi, but Mimi is 3 months younger so i need your opinion:
Thanks for all the help!
Well, her only symptoms then are rumblestrutting and showing herself to her cagemates for maybe 2 seconds 2-3 times a day.
I checked her vagina today and it had sealed up.
I don't really know what to do, maybe i should just observe her and if she actually becomes more sexually agressive take her to the vet?
It kinda looks like Lilly is becoming and adolescent and trying to challenge the other two?Maybe this is why Momo ocasionally rumbles at Lilly and Lilly only.
Because i don't see any other symptom of ovarian cysts on Momo.
It took at least a week for Momo to get off that heat,but ever since then her heats have been normal,lasting only up to 2 days or so.
Her poop though is ocasionally odd.The poops aren't soft or stringy like they were that very first time,but have an odd shape.
I guess the best way to describe them is that they are tear shaped. I often find some of these poops scattered throughout the cage,but i could say that 90% of the other poops are normal.
Should i be worried?Weightwise she has actually gained some.
One other particular thing about her poops,is that they have some sort of a hole on them,almost like a small crater.I don´t know if this is of any help.
I'm just wondering if i should call the vet and insist on a fecal analysis.
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When the vet checked her belly, did she do an ultrasound / x-ray?
If she's gaining weight that always a good sign if it's holding. I'd be tempted to check again for gas.
If she's eating and drinking and gaining a bit of weight and still pooping I wouldn't be as worried about the shape of them. All of those things are very good. Keep a close eye on her for any changes.
But as I said, I'd want to check for gas again, and do a fecal to see if there is something out of whack internally.
Now that this is just ocasional i weigh weekly,like usual,and she has been gaining weight.
She's actually the heaviest and she's the first at the vegetable plate and the last to leave, so i don't really know.
I guess my only option is to call the vet and ask if she'll do a fecal,since nystatin is a prescription drug,right?