Surgery Today, Need Good Thoughts - Bleeding/Pyometra

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zazzified

Post   » Fri Oct 09, 2009 6:49 pm


Glad she made it through! Make sure the vet will be force feeding all night long.

KenziesCavies

Post   » Sat Oct 10, 2009 11:05 am


We went to see her last night. They do have Critical Care and they were feeding her that. She did really well and I have pictures of her uterus, there were cysts on her ovaries but there was also pyometra and that is what the 2cm x 6cm mass was. Her uterus weighed 44 grams. Unbelievable that she had to go through that. I'm on my way now to pick her up.

I can post the pictures of her uterus if anyone is interested. I would like permission first in case I shouldn't post something like that. It's not very gory at all, but it is very interesting to see.

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zazzified

Post   » Sat Oct 10, 2009 11:16 am


Wow! I'm glad she's doing well. The period right after surgery is so critical, so it's great that they're getting food in her.

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Sat Oct 10, 2009 11:30 am


Sending more good thoughts for Sprinkle! It is wonderful that she had a good night.

Please feel free to post your pictures of her uterus.

KenziesCavies

Post   » Sat Oct 10, 2009 12:18 pm


She is doing so well! She looks so much better than she did last night. She's alert, snuggly, eating and pooping. They sent us home with Critical Care as well as 4 medicines, a syringe for the critical care and a syringe for each of the meds. She's eating her veggies now and I am keeping track of how much she is actually eating.

The medicines they gave us are Meloxicam, Metoclopramide, Metronidazole, and Enrofloxacin.

I'll post pictures later. Thanks again for all of the help and support, I really do appreciate it.

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Lynx
RESIST

Post   » Sat Oct 10, 2009 2:47 pm


I hope she recovers fine. Her behavior sounds encouraging. I trust you will ensure she keeps eating.

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KenziesCavies

Post   » Sat Oct 10, 2009 3:03 pm


Yes, I will make certain she continues eating. She's still eating her veggies and now her pellets. She hasn't eaten any hay yet though. I'm getting alot of poop but they are not consistent in shape and size. Would this be normal after a major surgery and just beginning to eat today?

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Lynx
RESIST

Post   » Sat Oct 10, 2009 3:07 pm


Because of the distruption in food intake, I would think some irregularities might be expected.

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zazzified

Post   » Sat Oct 10, 2009 3:18 pm


Jeeves' poop was pretty irregular for a few days. Some normal, some goofy looking, but all the normal color.

KenziesCavies

Post   » Sat Oct 10, 2009 4:09 pm


Now the poop is getting pretty squishy, still in the shape of normal poop but when you pick it up it is really wet and squishy. She's puffy and just has an "I feel icky" look to her. I'm not leaving her side.

New poop, now it is squishy piles, not shaped. I'm a little concerned.

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Sat Oct 10, 2009 8:12 pm


Is Sprinkle eating any hay yet?

How much Meloxicam is she getting?

KenziesCavies

Post   » Sat Oct 10, 2009 8:29 pm


Eating some hay and getting .08ml of Meloxicam. I just gave her the 2nd doses of all 4 meds. Poop is and has been not formed for a few hours now. I'm staying with her until her poop is normal again because I'm concerned.

KenziesCavies

Post   » Sat Oct 10, 2009 9:03 pm


Even though she is eating should I give her Critical Care since she is having diarrhea? Will that help or make it worse? I'm really getting worried.

Fourboys4now

Post   » Sat Oct 10, 2009 9:11 pm


I'm glad she's feeling better after her surgery.

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Sat Oct 10, 2009 9:29 pm


Can you tell if she has true diarrhea (a watery mess) or very soft, unformed droppings?

True diarrhea is an emergency.

http://www.guinealynx.info/diarrhea.html
http://www.guinealynx.info/emergency.html#diarrhea

Critical Care contains probiotics, which may help with the diarrhea.

If you are mixing the Critical Care with fruit/juice/veggies, you may want to stop. She probably should not get any fresh food (fruits and veggies) until her droppings become more normal.

Offer her lots of Critical Care and hay. Unflavored Pedialyte may be helpful, to keep her hydrated.

You may want to contact your vet and ask if you should continue giving her the Enrofloxacin (Baytril).

KenziesCavies

Post   » Sat Oct 10, 2009 9:51 pm


not water, some thickness to it but not even close to being formed. just gave her approx 1/2 tsp by syringe. she is 1000g. should I give her more or less? Thanks for the help.

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Sun Oct 11, 2009 12:27 am


"not watery" is good!

"just gave her approx 1/2 tsp by syringe. she is 1000g. should I give her more or less?"

Do you mean you fed her 1/2 tsp of Critical Care? Does she seem to like it?

She can have as much Critical Care as she wants; it is a handfeeding formula designed to help herbivores when they are ill, or not eating.

So, she'll need enough Critical Care to help her maintain her own weight. If you notice that she starts to lose weight, you'll need to feed her more, or more often.

Some guinea pigs enjoy eating a Critical Care "meatball" from a plate. Others need to be handfed from a syringe.

I hope some of this helps. I know how stressful it is to have a sick guinea pig.

KenziesCavies

Post   » Sun Oct 11, 2009 1:43 am


Yes, I meant that I gave her 1/2 tsp of Critical Care. I was holding her and typing with one finger so I was trying to keep it short. She doesn't seem to care for it, I tried it in a bowl and then in a ball and finally went to the syringe. She was not happy with me. I will continue to weigh her and feed her the CC and hay.

I'm staying on the floor in her room tonight because I'm pretty scared. She isn't going as much as she was earlier, so I've begun to relax a little bit. I will just be so happy to see a solid, normal poop from her.

I appreciate your help so much.

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Sun Oct 11, 2009 3:06 am


You are doing such a wonderful job with Sprinkle. I hope she has a calm and restful night, and feels better soon.

There are some links to threads with "recipes" for making Critical Care more enjoyable for guinea pigs on this thread:
LINKS - Critical Care Recipes for Handfeeding

Canned pumpkin (not the one with spices for making pumpkin pie) seems to be popular.

KenziesCavies

Post   » Sun Oct 11, 2009 12:47 pm


A little update on my Sprinkle, she seems to be better this morning. It was a long night because I just couldn't sleep, I was afraid she would go downhill if I went to sleep. Kept giving her the Critical Care, much to her dismay.

So when I picked her up yesterday, the tech gave me her meds and had each syringe marked to where to fill (dosage) and told me to give her all 4 meds twice a day until gone. At about 3:00 this morning I am reading the Metoclopromide and it says to give until she is eating well on her own. Well duh, she was eating well on her own, she had started eating veggies I had taken while she was still at the hospital. So I did not give her the dose of that this morning. I was giving her more Critical Care as well as hay. Her poop was getting a little better. When I picked it up it didn't smear, it was thicker than before. A little bit ago I gave her a leaf of red leaf and she is munching on it and had a more formed poop. Still soft but a definite improvement.

I will just feel so much better once her poop is normal. I just can't really feel comfortable leaving her alone until it is.

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