Panqueca - Medical Thread

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SimplyRachael
Sweet boys!

Post   » Sun Jan 09, 2011 8:39 pm


Those photos are pretty amazing. I'm looking forward to your official GL record. Good work!

C Cole-Chakotay

Post   » Sun Jan 09, 2011 8:46 pm


I'm so glad Panqueca's eye is healed. That's great news.

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Lynx
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Post   » Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:38 pm


Great news, Regiane!

Debs4Pigs

Post   » Mon Jan 10, 2011 12:48 am


You did such a wonderful job!!

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Regiane
Cavy Slave Since '08

Post   » Fri Apr 08, 2011 2:14 pm


I need help - again.

Look at her right eye:
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I saw that yesterday and thought it was the "clean" liquid. But it's there today, just in the right eye.

For now, I examinated her eye, could see nothing strange in it. I cleaned her eye with saline solution. I have the ophtalmic ointment here I used the other time she had the eye problem, it is gentamicin and hydrocortisone. Can I use it?

No other symptoms, she's active, normal breathing, same weight. Should I observe it or is it an emergency?

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rshevin

Post   » Fri Apr 08, 2011 2:25 pm


I don't usually check the medical pages, but I saw your name and figured I'd check on your cuties. I would NOT recommend starting the ointment. The steroid (hydrocortisone) it contains can potentially slow healing if she has a scratch on her cornea. Flushing her eye with saline is a good start. You can also use a piece of cotton saturated with warm water as a compress. Hold it in place for a minute or two, or as long as she'll allow. You can flush and use the compress a few times a day. Be careful to wash your hands after so you don't potentially spread any infection to the other eye. To me that looks like a bit of irritation that will clear up quickly on its own, but if it doesn't a vet visit would be in order.

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Regiane
Cavy Slave Since '08

Post   » Fri Apr 08, 2011 3:00 pm


Thank you very much rshevin!

I'll try to make the compress. She's very calm and let me take care of her, I think she'll allow it.

I'll observe it carefully and take her to the vet if it doesn't clear until tomorrow morning.

Maybe her "pea eyes" let her prone to have these problems with irritated eyes?

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Brainerror

Post   » Fri Apr 08, 2011 6:23 pm


I would flush/clean the eye with saline solution (boiled water with a pinch of seasalt) and see if that clears it.

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rshevin

Post   » Sat Apr 09, 2011 9:35 am


How is the little Pancake doing?

Brainerror, you can get plain sterile saline for contact lenses in a convenient squirt bottle for a few bucks. It's a lot easier than boiling. I keep some on hand. It's very useful for all kinds of things.

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Regiane
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Post   » Sat Apr 09, 2011 4:11 pm


Her eye looks better since yesterday night.

I'm using sterile saline solution to clean (I always have some ampoules here, my husband uses it sometimes to nebulization). Then I'm making compress with cold chamomile tea, her vet prescribed it to clean her eye when she had uveitis + conjunctivitis.

Hope it clears completely soon. :)
Thank you!

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Regiane
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Post   » Sun Apr 10, 2011 1:09 pm


Her eye is not good yet. I'm taking her to the vet.
I'll take Pantufinha too to check up.

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Regiane
Cavy Slave Since '08

Post   » Sun Apr 10, 2011 9:41 pm


I took her to the vet: it's conjunctivitis, unilateral.

Vet said it's in the beggining, I'll treat her cleaning the eye with cold chamomile tea and apply the ointment (gentamicin and hydrocortisone) once a day until next saturday, when I have to take her there again.

Despite of the eye, she's fine. :)

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Lynx
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Post   » Sun Apr 10, 2011 11:27 pm


You are becoming an eye expert, no?

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Regiane
Cavy Slave Since '08

Post   » Mon Apr 11, 2011 6:19 am


Panqueca is forcing me. ;)

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pigjes
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Post   » Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:43 am


Hope it heals soon!

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rshevin

Post   » Tue Apr 12, 2011 12:54 pm


Poor Panqueca. I'm glad you saw the vet and found out the ointment was safe. My guinea pigs had a couple of scratched corneas over the years and my vet always made a point to remind me never to use a steroid ointment on that kind of injury.

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Regiane
Cavy Slave Since '08

Post   » Tue Apr 12, 2011 2:27 pm


Thank you! Luckly it's not as serious as the other time.

You're right, rshevin. :)
My vet explained this to me too.

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Regiane
Cavy Slave Since '08

Post   » Sat Apr 30, 2011 9:51 pm


Panqueca's eye healed and is fine again.

Now I have a question about another thing: is it normal that she lost some weight with aging? Her normal weight as adult was always about 950 - 980 g.

Today I thought she was looking thin, and I weighed her. I confess I have not weighed her in the last weeks like I used to do. Today she is 900 g.

I checked her front teeth, her poops... She is eating and acting normal - maybe a little quiet, but she was always the quietest.

She is near to be 3 years old.

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Sat Apr 30, 2011 10:30 pm


Some members have reported that their senior guinea pigs lost some weight with age, but 3 years old isn't usually considered to be a "senior pig".

You might want to weigh her daily for a little while, and see if she is slowly losing more weight.

She is such a pretty girl. :)

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Regiane
Cavy Slave Since '08

Post   » Sat Apr 30, 2011 11:26 pm


Thank you Tracis. I'll weigh her in the next days. :)

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