Bette is a big girl weighs 1180 grams, but in the last 2 days she has lost 67grams.
She has always been a big drinker but recently she is drinking about half a bottle of water a day.
She is a peoples pig and sits about frequently, but now when I go in with the veg she takes ages to wake up frightens me half too death!
I have noticed her poo's were soft, so took away her veg and just gave her hay and pellets.
The bottom right corner is the poo's.
We have a vet appointment first thing Monday. I'm wondering what the vet should do. I was thinking kidneys and heart. Perhaps an X-ray?
On one of the heart threads "MUM" has recorded the classic hoot its that noise. I originally thought it was a congested/wheeze nose.
I should have added she basically just sleeps, but she does get up for her food and have a good munch. I see her eating and have been watching closely it seems fine but her poops are smaller, which makes me think shes not eating enough.
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Did you already read the Heart page? If not, read it. Then, read it again:
So many times heart conditions are MIS-diagnosed. Be careful!
I have a pig that sleeps the same way you are describing. We have to literally shake the cage to wake him up because otherwise we scare him half to death. He also "hoots" and always has, as well as having 3 other symptoms on the Heart list. Therefore, I finally decided to give him heart meds as a trial without really knowing for sure. So many times it's misdiagnosed even with the best of vet's. Maybe you could ask your vet if he/she would be willing to give it a try, too? Supposidely, if they have a heart condition, you will notice a huge difference within days. It's worth a shot!
Also, does Bette have any guinea pig friends? Guinea pigs who are solitary animals don't fare as well as those who have other guinea pigs around them. Maybe that's why she's sleeping so much. It could be sheer boredom.
Wishing you the best of luck either way!!
I would have an x-ray/ultrasound done but don't be surprised if nothing shows up on either. It's common and adds to the problem of diagnosing a bad heart. The reliable way to tell is to do a trial of Lotinsen/Benazapril and see how Bette does. If she starts to improve you'll know for sure and can go from there.
FYI, not all heart pigs hoot all the time and it can take almost a year for the full effects of the medication. UTI's and URI's are also common with undiagnosed heart pigs. Yep, in the beginning it's frustrating.
I'm not depriving her of GP company she just doesn't want it. She is free to interact though the bar whenever she wishes.
She is currently curled in a ball, but as you can see in the video her stomach is contracting, and she is lifting her head in what I can only deem as pain perhaps.
I'm praying she'll be well till the morning (When my vet opens, I have E number at hand.) but if she so much as hunches or has another reaction like that she will be going to the E-vet immediately, Cavy Savy or not it's all I can do for her.
I am monitoring her, she is still passing poo's eating and drinking well.
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No worries about pairing her up. My pigs are separate, too, for the same reasons. I didn't realize Bette had her friends right next door. That's wonderful.
I can't see the video well enough to comment because I'm watching it from my cell phone, but I know the typical signs of pain are a puffy look to their coats and tooth grinding. I don't think I saw that in your video. I'm wishing you the best at the vet tomorrow! Hopefully you can get some answers.