Would giving her more Reglan be beneficial or potentially harmful at this point, since she probably cannot pass the stone and nothing seems to be able to get past it?
Also, should I continue to feed her when she cannot pass it?
- Little Jo Wheek
I wouldn't give any more Reglan if you think she can't poop at all. She does need food, though or else you're going to have to deal with hepatic lipidosis, GIT stasis, and hypoglycemia (not good options at all). It sounds as if you need to have a vet try to move the stone at least. Someone with experience. I wish I had connections down there. The closest I could find a referral might be the SF Bay Area. I know that's a long way for you.
Do you have anyone down there that can do it? I'm worried, too.
How is she doing now?
The vet was very reluctant to perform the procedure. He kept reminding me of the low incidence of bladderstones in guinea pigs and was still unsure if the stone was in the urethra or colon. He even suggested that she might have swallowed a rock (oh, please!)
I printed out the article on uroliths in guinea pigs linked from the reference forum and pointed out how Meg's crystal formation looked exactly like the one in the illustration. After some nagging, he agreed to sedate her and try to get the stone out.
She was so worn out from all the pain and being blocked up that she let me leave a bunch of lipgloss kisses all over her face. I was worried that I would never see her again. They called me on my class break to let me know that she was out of the anaesthesia and walking around, stone-free.
I am so relieved. This is probably a good example of how even excellent vets may be reluctant to perform procedures on guinea pigs. I'm glad that I didn't back down.
Becky, that's a good idea. I was wondering about what other precautions I might take for her. I know that they can get polycitra for me and perhaps they will give me some tomorrow in addition to painkillers. I will also probably spend some time adjusting her veggie variety.
She's a lucky girl. All the way to school tonight I kept thinking of what a horrible life she has had and prayed that she might know some happiness finally.
If you'd like, I can put together what I feed my pigs in deference to my sludge girl. I can email it to you. I don't want to bore people again with my "theories" on calcium/phosporus ratios, et.al.
And nice pat on the back for you for giving this girl the attention she needed.
Swallowed a rock? Good one.
She is on Baytril with some Rimadyl for the pain. The incision was just below the urethra, and she has 3 dissolvable stiches. The vet told me just to check it for irritation.
Her stone was huge. I would have had trouble passing it. The vet is going to send me the measurement.
So in the meantime I am still handfeeding her and giving her pedialyte and cranberry juice. She is on Baytril.
Perhaps she is in a lot of pain. The Rimadyl dose is .3 ml q12h. Can I give her more?
Am I just being a worrywart? It has been about 30 hours since the vet removed the stone.
When Meg's adopter first called me, she said that Meg was "shaking her head" at her, and I think this is what she meant.
What could this mean?
It is possible that she is doing this while chewing. I did ask Dr. R to look at her teeth but forgot to ask him if he had done it. Head moving up and down while chewing...sound familiar at all?
I am hydrating her orally to avoid stressing her out more. Pedialyte and cranberry juice. I have seen her at the water bottle.
The antibiotic is Baytril. I could put her on Bactrim but would that be as helpful in healing the incision?
The Rimadyl concentration is 10mg/ml (50mg of Rimadyl in 5 ml. Val Syrup). She weighs about 800 grams. The dose on GL is 1mg/kg q24h. She is getting .3 ml q 12h
Her dose should be .8mg q24h = .4ml q 12h Right? Is her dose a little on the low side?
She is not squeaking while peeing anymore. But there are no poops in the cage. I gave her some Reglan and Simethicone.
I don't know which AB would be best. When Gemma rejected her sutures she was on Doxy and Baytril concurrently.