UK Piggy - Anselmo's Medical Thread

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Jaycey
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Post   » Mon Aug 02, 2010 5:33 am


Anselmo is a short haired black guinea pig, with a few brown patches here and there, with a crest, which makes him look as he has a white quiff.

I'm not sure of the exact date (I'll update later) of when I got him, but I believe it's about a month ago.

He was estimated to be 6 months old, but I think he is closer to 8 given his weight (around 1kg)

I don't know alot on his background other than he was an unwanted daddy pig. He was bought as a pair of females, and turned out to be a boy. There were a number of babies produced and so Anselmo and the babies were given away to be adopted. The babies were rehomed and Anselmo was left alone for at least 2 months before I brought him home.

He only wanted to eat Pets at Home pellets and carrots. He's now starting to eat lettuce and other veggies.

He is peeing and pooping fine, but he started to squeak when doing both so he has been prescribed Baytril 0.3ml x 2 day.

Fingers crossed stones aren't involved!

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon Aug 02, 2010 3:41 pm


I certainly hope he has no stones! Could be his new diet is causing some discomfort. He does certainly have to improve what he eats!

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Jaycey
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Post   » Tue Aug 03, 2010 3:32 am


He's starting to vary his diet a little, and I have seen him eating a few of the fluffy bits of the hay. But, he'll still root around in his veggie bowl looking for the carrots.

I've got to work late for the next few days so I've not been able to be around the guineas very much to listen for squeaks. However, during the night I didn't hear him squeak.

I think he's sneakily eating hay and veg when I'm not looking as he's gained 100g since I got him.

Fingers crossed it's just a UTI

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Jaycey
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Post   » Wed Aug 31, 2011 5:08 am


Luckily that episode was short-lived, he stopped squeaking after the course of Baytril, and starting to eat the right vegetables.

However, he's started squeaking again. For quite a while he's been leaving white patches on the fleece after having a pee, but it's never felt gritty. He's also getting a build up around his penis, which I try to keep clean with warm water. I'm not sure what cream/cleaner I can use for his sensitive bits.

I took him to the vet on Saturday, and he's been given Baytril 0.3ml twice a day, and I think it's helping a little bit. They have offered to give him an x-ray but I'm not sure whether to or not.

On one hand I think it's a good idea because we could definitely rule out stones. But, on the other hand I don't want him to go under anaesthetic unless necessary. My last loss was due to anaesthetic. Fozzy underwent eye surgery and he never woke up.

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iastate09
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Post   » Wed Aug 31, 2011 10:33 am


I have no experience (knocks wood) with stones, but am sending good vibes to you and beauuuuutful Anselmo! He is such an adorable boy.

flutterbye

Post   » Wed Aug 31, 2011 4:04 pm


No need for them to give an anaesthetic to check for stones Jaycey, a nurse can hold your little one steady whilst the vet takes the pic - I've had x-rays done twice to check for stones & neither have needed the guinea pig to be under any kind of sedation.

Wishing all the best for you and Anselmo x

Talishan
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Post   » Wed Aug 31, 2011 11:52 pm


Ditto Flutterbye. They should be able to gently hold him still well enough to get a full-body x-ray that will show stones if present (and hopefully, of course, not).

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gvstate01

Post   » Thu Sep 01, 2011 12:48 am


Ditto, anesthesia isn't needed. Good luck to your little guy :)

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Jaycey
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Post   » Thu Sep 01, 2011 3:33 am


Thanks everyone. He was still squeaking last night so I'm going to book him in for an x-ray. If they do prefer to give him anaesthetic then he's not really going to need alot.

I'm hoping it's not stones as we're in quite a good area for water, our's isn't very hard, so I've always been lucky upto now.

He's not peeing blood and he's not left any white patches on the fleece this week so I'm still hoping for good news.

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Jaycey
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Post   » Thu Sep 01, 2011 8:32 am


I've got him booked in for later today, and luckily work has allowed me to finish early to take him myself. So, I'll be able to wait with him and look at the x-ray's myself.

Thanks for calming my nerves everyone, I got myself in a bit of a panic when I thought about Fozzy. Anselmo is going to be fine, and he'll get lots of cuddles when he's done.

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Wle312
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Post   » Thu Sep 01, 2011 8:40 am


Best of luck at the vet, I hope everything will be fine!

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clairey

Post   » Thu Sep 01, 2011 10:04 am


Fingers crossed for no stones.

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JadeMagpie

Post   » Thu Sep 01, 2011 10:35 am


No stones I hope! Hope he feels better soon. :)

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iastate09
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Post   » Thu Sep 01, 2011 10:49 am


Good luck, Jaycey and Anselmo! Hoping for the best of news!

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Bugs Mom

Post   » Thu Sep 01, 2011 10:59 am


Needless to say my fingers are crossed for nothing but good news.

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Jaycey
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Post   » Thu Sep 01, 2011 3:22 pm


The vet visit went really well. He was very well behaved for the vet so they didn't have to give him any anaesthetic at all.

They took a couple of x-rays and everything is all clear. No signs of stones at all, not even any signs of sludge. Phew!

We've brought home another week of Baytril to see how things go. They weighed him whilst he was there and he's gained weight since starting the Baytril so hopefully he's not having any problems with intolerance. He now weighs 1431g, that's the second biggest weight any of my guys have weighed. What a chunk!

Thanks for all your well wishes and crossed fingers everyone

Here's a picture of the big squirt himself
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iastate09
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Post   » Thu Sep 01, 2011 3:39 pm


Love love love that face. Glad it was good news! Get well soon, Anselmo!

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Bytxlaura
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Post   » Thu Sep 01, 2011 4:19 pm


Good gracious that is one handsome boar! Yay on no stones!

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu Sep 01, 2011 4:25 pm


He's a handsome devil!

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Jaycey
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Post   » Wed Feb 01, 2012 5:22 am


Anselmo has decided to become a snuffly guy when he's eating. He's fine all other times, only when he's eating his veg's or hay.

I was given Baytril a couple of weeks ago for Arnold which I never gave him, so I've given him 0.2ml of that this morning, and I'll give him some more this evening.

He'll be off to the vet in a few days if he needs some more Baytril.

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