Soft poop-please help

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JoePig

Post   » Tue Oct 28, 2008 1:14 pm


Brenda B, yes, even if your piggie is getting no veggies it is really good practice to watch the calcium content of your pet's food. Your pig may never have a bladder stone issue (knock on wood), but it is such a common health issue in guinea pigs both young (my pig was diagnosed at 1-1/2) and old.

Mum did say it would take two weeks for the Albon to work and it has not been two weeks yet.
nonamian_girl said that her pig had similar issue lately and she thought it was a reaction to lettuce:
The problem cleared up eventually, we think what actually caused it was lettuce we bought from a different store than we normally go to. It must have had some kind of pesticide that she was sensitive to.
I would try no veggies until the poops are normal for a day again. Then I would give a small portion of one type of veggie that is easily cleaned, like bell pepper or a piece of green bean. I know she's been waiting for her veggies, but even people cannot have "creamy bacon and sausage soup" after the stomach flu.

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Brenda B

Post   » Tue Oct 28, 2008 1:23 pm


thanks JoePig! Her poops get better with no veggies...still not perfect ovals but less mush so I will wait a couple of days I think...she is getting a vit C pill so she will be good..

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Bethie
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Post   » Tue Oct 28, 2008 3:16 pm


Maybe lay off the parsely? It seems to be upsetting Max's tum. He's been doing well on fresh grass, but any other greens are still giving him mushy stink poo. Lynx told me to trial a veg for more like a week rather than a few days. Unless, of course, it's causing really bad problems.

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JoePig

Post   » Tue Oct 28, 2008 4:03 pm


Because this little pig is having a tough time after a stomach upset, I would take it very slowly.

I would not do soft leafy greens from a store because they are harder to clean then peppers, celery, honeydew, a chunk of apple, piece of green bean, etc.

Because this little pig has had a rough time, I would avoid raw fruits and veggies that give people gas: cucumber seeds, cabbage, califlower, and so on.

I suggested grass (from a trusted place) because it is so close to hay; very high in fiber, will help keep the molars healthy and it has a little water in it.

I would give one tiny piece of food, and wait 12 hours. I mean I normally give veggies to my pigs before work and when I get home from work, so that's about 12 hours a part. But at least you can see what the reaction is to the food. See if you can have to stop or if you can give another little piece of fruit or veggie.

I know how frustrating and worrisome it is when they keep relapsing. Something was eaten, maybe before Brenda B brought her home, that started all this. (It may just be a sensitivity to a particular food.) And since piggies eat some of their poops, they are pretty good at reinfecting themselves.

I've noticed exercise can also help. Pigs that sit too much in one spot have smaller, mushier, deformed droppings. Take that same pig and let it run around? You can really see improvement.

Brenda B, keep it up! Your pig does appreciate it!

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Brenda B

Post   » Tue Oct 28, 2008 4:48 pm


ok, they are back to mush AGAIN, and I gave no veggies for 24 hours. So, I gave poop soup from a pig that just dropped a healthy poop. Then out for floor time but she just sat...she is still not used to our house.

She is eating tons of hay and average amount of oxbow pellets...and pooping a lot...just mushy and greenish in color. She drinks more than the other pigs but maybe because her poos are wetter so she needs more hydration?

I am also cleaning her cage EVERY day...

We are one week on albon. When should I start to really worry (like more than I am now?)

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Lynx
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Post   » Tue Oct 28, 2008 5:30 pm


Has she had a fecal smear? Maybe the albon is not the right treatment.

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Brenda B

Post   » Tue Oct 28, 2008 5:41 pm


2 fecals showed nothing...but I am not sure if bacteria would show as you usually have to grow a culture for that right?

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Brenda B

Post   » Tue Oct 28, 2008 5:49 pm


I have flagyl on hand for when my yorkie had vomiting and diarrhea in July..but I am afraid to give her anything different on my own...

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sus4rabbitsnpigs

Post   » Tue Oct 28, 2008 9:34 pm


You may see better results after week 2. Fecal cultures are not always conclusive

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Brenda B

Post   » Tue Oct 28, 2008 10:38 pm


yeah, my vet told me they were not absolute and that is why he put her on albon.

So it is not unusual to have soft poops this long on albon? I am so afraid she will die.

I just always get speedy results with my dogs so I am getting very anxious.

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nonamian_girl

Post   » Wed Oct 29, 2008 8:57 am


Just how soft is the poop?

The only reason I noticed Georgia's problem at first was because the girls kept having poopy paws. Then it got worse, but it got better in stages, ie they went back to being a good shape but still soft for a bit.

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Brenda B

Post   » Wed Oct 29, 2008 3:10 pm


They are like mud. They got better, then worse.

They do have a form to them when they come out, but they squish like mud as they walk over them. Not oval but differnt oblong shapes.

What finally fixed Georgia's issue?

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nonamian_girl

Post   » Wed Oct 29, 2008 5:25 pm


That's how Georgia's were as well. The vet told me that as long as they retain their shape they're okay.

I'm not really sure what fixed it because I'm not sure what the issue was. I gave her a couple of doses of poop soup, cut back on veggies, and stopped giving her the lettuce that I bought at a different store than normally, and they just got better on their own after a few days.

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Brenda B

Post   » Wed Oct 29, 2008 6:26 pm


Sierra had mush all day and just now 2 almost normal ones...that is how it has been for a week now. Could the albon actually be making it mushy? It seems like as the day progresses (and after she has a poop soup) they get better then after the albon they get mushy again...

I don't know what to do...

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nonamian_girl

Post   » Thu Oct 30, 2008 12:20 pm


If you think that the albon is actually making it worse you should discuss taking her off it with your vet.

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JoePig

Post   » Thu Oct 30, 2008 4:34 pm


I agree with nonamian_girl. From your observation, I would give my vet a call at the very least.

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Brenda B

Post   » Thu Oct 30, 2008 10:50 pm


I will call in the AM

I went out and bought some orchard grass to mix with the timothy hay...seems to have possibly helped her too.

I have greens beans on stand by incase she is ready in a day or two...I am worried about bell peppers since those made my boar, Cassanova, get bloated last week (after 2months of no problems)

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Brenda B

Post   » Fri Oct 31, 2008 12:10 pm


My vet said since she is doing well otherwise (eating drinking etc) to continue with the albon for the full course of treatment then we can re evaluate.

She is also very gassy...I massage her 4 times a day and can hear and feel the gas moving.

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JoePig

Post   » Fri Oct 31, 2008 1:38 pm


Give her .15 cc of "infant gas drops" (This is half the dose you give a baby) You can do this 2x a day, morning and evening as needed.

One of my pigs LOVES the brand "Little Tummies", it is grape flavored (and expensive) The cheaper, generic brands do not have flavors.

Might be good to have this stuff around the house, in case Cassanova hits the peppers again.

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Brenda B

Post   » Fri Oct 31, 2008 2:40 pm


I just gave her some and she loves it!

I guess gas can be from the bug she may have?

She is eating lots of hay.

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