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Removing it gently and cleaning him is the best thing to do. I'm not sure it will necessarily cause a bladder infection, but it sure won't be comfortable for him.
It likely smells like 500 holy hell. Don't let that worry you; that's normal.
Thinking of you!
He is doing as well as can be expected. He enjoys his food and is pooping properly, thank goodness.
He has a little female guinea pig friend (Marigold) who sits next to him, under supervision, which he really enjoys and purrs happily.
He still cannot walk, which is of course still a huge concern. He drags himself a little bit and can turn himself round in a circle which he couldn't/wouldn't do before. His left ankle is swollen.
My husband will be calling the vet tomorrow as it has been almost two weeks since the accident. We are not sure whether to proceed with any physio at this time or just wait longer and see what happens. We are thinking that he may want to x-ray him again but will see what he suggests. I am still giving him Meloxicam in the morning. I wonder if he will be on this indefinately. We have to hide the drops of medicine in little pieces of lettuce and celery leaves!
I will let you know how it goes.
Elaine and Dudley.
Dudley is now able to move around more freely. He has motion in both back legs. When he moves he mostly pulls himself with his front legs and his back legs try to help but he still has his belly on the floor of the cage. His back right leg seems to be in a fairly normal position but his back left leg sticks out back most of the time. This left leg is also a bit swollen and pinkish. We took him back to the vet for a check up (3 weeks after his accident). The vet was not sure if he has an infection in his puffy leg so gave us some oral baytril. I have used this drug before. One of my piggies had a bad reaction and refused to eat anything other than critical care during her treatment. I have concerns that Dudley will do the same. What are your experiences with Baytril. Is it generally well tolerated?
Thanks for any info.
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Baytril can cause inappetence, as you know, but not always. Weighing your guinea pig daily during a round of antibiotics is always a good idea.
Some people like to use a probiotic during a round of antibiotics, to help avoid potential GI problems:
My Ginny was prescribed Baytril at three different times, and tolerated it well the first two.
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He was put on it because his back left foot is a bit pink and puffy and the vet was concerned that there may be an infection.
What would be the next best antibiotic to try him on? I like to have some knowledge regarding meds when I go to the vets and not come home with something totally unsuitable for guineas.
Thanks for any suggestions.
Would a blood test show if there is infection present?
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In my (limited) experience, maybe and maybe not. Doing a blood draw on a guinea pig is very, very difficult.
I'd trust the clinical sign of "pink and puffy" more at this point than going through the difficulty of a blood draw.
Chlor penetrates bone, pus, everything. It's a harsh AB that can work wonders if the pig can tolerate it.
Bactrim is probably the best tolerated of Lynx' candidates. Print the AB page Lynx linked to and take it with you if you like.
Thought I would give you an update on Dudley.
He is now able to move quite freely. He is slowly starting to use his back left leg, whereas before he would drag it behind him. We do gentle physio exercises each evening and see daily improvements in his movement. When his left leg is in it's proper position beneath him, his left hip sits higher than his left but he can move fairly quickly and does not seem to be in pain. The vet will be calling today and we think that he will slowly start to taper Dudley off of his meloxicam, we shall see. I wish that his back were straighter but we are thankful that he is able to move around, has a good appetite, is in minimal pain (if any) and is a happy little guy and very much enjoys some time with our female guinea pigs. Truly a Christmas miracle.
Current update on Dudley is that he is almost back to normal! He can move around well and do pretty much everything the same as he could prior to his accident at the beginning of November.
I am still giving him Meloxicam at a lower dose, he now gets two drops a day and seems fine. Was wondering how long I should continue with the meds? What is usually done after a spinal injury, are they kept on the meds indefinately? I have tried to chat with my vet over the phone but he is hard to get a hold of so it looks as if we will have to take another trip down to see him.