Heat Stroke victim

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daisymay
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Post   » Tue Jun 08, 2010 7:33 am


This is the best I can find hope it helps http://www.guinealynx.info/nutritional_supplements.html#b Maybe someone can help you soon. Good luck!

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Lynx
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Post   » Tue Jun 08, 2010 10:42 am


That's all I have too, daisymay. I got it from one of the references. I have the feeling the amount you would give is somewhat flexible.

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LennyJ

Post   » Tue Jun 08, 2010 12:19 pm


Thanks. I have given him 0.25ml with the last feed. He was down 2g on his weight this morning eventhough we have given him 30ml of food so far and he has eaten some grass and apple. I guess this is all we can do. Interestingly, Herbie's Dad had to take antibiotics for a week and during the whole time he was hand fed...before he began feeding himself, he lost weight. About 10-20g per day. Not as much as Herbie is losing but the sooner he starts really feeding himself the better.

We were not planning to take him off the Baytril until Sunday...though at this rate there won't be much left of him! Really hoping the probiotics and VitB12 can help. If his symptoms are clear I am wondering about taking him off after 5 days as it will probably be 2 more days for him to pick up on his appetite again. If he ever does.

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LennyJ

Post   » Wed Jun 09, 2010 2:53 am


Herbie's weight was down again from 968 at 11pm last night to 928 this morning.

He also sounded more loose in his breathing - I am wondering if the Baytril is not able to shift the URI he has completely.

If he is worse tomorrow then I have to take him on a 1.5 hour round trip to a vet who has other antibiotics to offer.

For now, he seems perky enough if not weak. Loves eating the bit of grass we give him. So we keep feeding him and see how he goes. Not much else we can do.

Thank you for all your help and suggestions.

Charybdis

Post   » Wed Jun 09, 2010 3:14 am


Is there a possibility of getting him a chest x ray to see if his heart is enlarged and/or the lungs have fluid in them? He might benefit from some lasix.

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daisymay
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Post   » Wed Jun 09, 2010 5:26 am


Hoping all goes well for Herbie and if he goes to the vet, hoping they find the problem.

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SoCalCavies
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Post   » Wed Jun 09, 2010 2:45 pm


Recently, I (finally) found a company that will sell Critical Care to me without a prescription. (I, too, was driving a far distance to try to get the stuff, and at a much higher price!) You should look into it. I'm not sure if they ship to France, but it's worth a try!

The name of the company is Vet Med Direct and their website is www.vetmeddirect.com.

Best of luck w/Herbie. You're a great GP owner!

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LennyJ

Post   » Thu Jun 10, 2010 3:06 am


Thank you for the link. I bought extra when I was at the vets but it has a shelf life so being able to get it sent when I need it is great.

Herbie only lost 8g overnight. We are so pleased and are keeping our fingers crossed that the VitB supplements and the high VitC veg he is getting are sorting out his gut flora and absorption issues. He, himself, also seems to really want to eat grass which is the best source for vit C.

Did not hear any looseness in his breathing either.

And he is now incredibly fiesty at feeding time - it has gone from him being the easiest GP ever to the biggest battle. I have to hold him in a vice-like grip!

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daisymay
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Post   » Thu Jun 10, 2010 5:25 am


Am so glad Herbie did not lose so much weight. You hang in there with him. I think guinea pigs have bad hearing as singing to Jessie calms her down when we are trying to feed her.
If you heard my voice you would understand, I sing the Flintstones theme somg to her over and over, she seems to like it. Good luck!

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RavenShade
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Post   » Thu Jun 10, 2010 8:40 am


I have found that if you have a pig with sudden large weight gain, be concerned about other issues, like retaining fluid in the body. You want him to gain, but not overnight and you don't want him to feel "squishy", like one of those water worm toys you might have had as a kid.

We lost our herd to heat stroke when I was a kid. The one pig that survived we were told had heart problems thereafter. I don't honestly know if he always had them or was diagnosed because we took him in after the incident.

Good luck. I'm glad he seems to be getting stronger.

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LennyJ

Post   » Sat Jun 12, 2010 5:30 pm


I just wanted to do a final post to say that Herbie seems to be gaining weight and is eating a lot more on his own.

Tomorrow is the final morning of antibiotics and based on previous experience I would expect him to have his appetite, all being normal, in two days.

For those out there struggling with handfeeding and a sick GP, it is worth every effort you make. You never know. Everything positive thing you do improves the odds.

Thank you again for all the support. I feel we have done everything we can which is all you can do. The rest is up to your piggie.

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Lynx
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Post   » Sat Jun 12, 2010 11:30 pm


Thanks for the update. Glad to hear he seems completely on the mend.

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Kat

Post   » Sun Jun 13, 2010 5:16 am


I'm so glad Herbie's doing well now! Well done!

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daisymay
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Post   » Sun Jun 13, 2010 10:43 am


Am so happy Herbie is doing much better. You really ought to pat yourself on the back for all you did for him! He felt your love and your care and that helped him greatly just knowing you were there for him. Way to go Herbie!

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