Pregnant and din't know and now have 3 babies.Please help :(

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Pooja Mehta

Post   » Sat Mar 28, 2015 11:42 am


Thank you Lynx for replying. Sandy’s teeth normally doesn’t wear on his own. His incisors always overgrow and curve inwards. Vet has suggested that I try filling it with sand paper to delay the overgrowing process. Is it a safe method?
What is a cue tip? Are you talking about the cotton swab (Q tip)?

Here are the details of the antibiotics. Please let me know if you need more information.

http://www.catalog.md/drugs/perinorm.html

http://www.catalog.md/drugs/metrogyl.html

Would it be safe to use Bactrim since I had used it on other piggy who had an abcess removed? I guess Bactrim is used to prevent any infections, right?

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Post   » Sat Mar 28, 2015 12:35 pm


Metronidazole is an antiparasitic/antibiotic. Metoclopramide is a motility drug.

Sandpaper would be very ineffective. A glass file (that one might use on their finger nails) might work better.

I don't think either of the drugs in the links would really help with an abscess. Bactrim might not be the right one either (but would work better than either of the other two). For an abscess, I'd go with a different antibiotic.

www.guinealynx.info/antibiotics.html

Pooja Mehta

Post   » Sat Mar 28, 2015 2:14 pm


Lynx, thank you for helping me so much. Seriously :*

Sandy doesn't have abscess. What I meant was that I have Bactrim at home and I had used it on my other piggy before. I was asking if it is safe to use both the antibiotics prescribed by my vet at the same time? Or should I use some other antibiotic?

Another question is how do I keep his wound cleaned?

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Post   » Sat Mar 28, 2015 4:56 pm


Okay. Bactrim could be used with the other antibiotics. I do not know how effective or well this would work but they could be used together.

We generally recommend flushing a wound with sterile saline solution. http://www.guinealynx.info/antiseptic_solutions.html

Curved-tipped syringes work well in many cases.
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Talishan
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Post   » Sun Mar 29, 2015 12:08 am


I would not use Betadine in the mouth, even heavily diluted.

Where is the wound? If it's where the incisor was, and is readily accessible in the front of the mouth, flush it with sterile saline. You can also use a very dilute solution of chlorhexidine gluconate (human Hibiclens in the US) on a Q-tip. Mouth injuries, including the gums where a tooth has broken off at the gumline, usually heal up pretty quickly.

If his incisor is curling inward and overgrowing, you may be able to learn to clip it at home using human toenail clippers or dog nail clippers. My vet uses the kind that close in a circle:

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These cause the least danger of fragmenting or shattering the tooth.

Here's the glass nail file Lynx is referencing:

Here is an example, there are others

DON'T use sandpaper.

Pooja Mehta

Post   » Sun Mar 29, 2015 4:51 pm


I have purchased the saline solution and the curved-tipped syringe. The wound is where the incisor was. What exactly do you mean by flushing the wound? Do I just pour the saline solution on his wound/broken incisor?

My vet uses this to clip his teeth:
http://mamarant.blogs.com/photos/uncategorized/toe_nail_clippers_1.jpg

Can I use the nail file used to shape human nails? Something like this:
http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/attachments/general-scale-talk/209810d1348203464-nail-file.jpg

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Post   » Sun Mar 29, 2015 8:42 pm


The curved tip syringe will allow you to squirt a good flow of warm, sterile saline solution to flush out and debris and try to keep it clean.

That nail file would work (metal) but I would blunt the pointy tip so you cannot injure the mouth (round it off). The clippers you put up are human nail clippers. They can be used (carefully) on guinea pig toe nails. Unsure about the teeth (I know they can be used but may still fracture the tooth).

Talishan
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Post   » Sun Mar 29, 2015 8:46 pm


Put some of the sterile saline in a small cup. Draw some of it up into the syringe. Gently hold his mouth open and squirt over the gum where the incisor was.

BE CAREFUL not to squirt too much too hard or too fast. The curved-tip syringe makes fluid come out at a sharp, high rate. Experiment with it over a sink first to see how it behaves.

The tip of the syringe is VERY sharp. Be careful not to nick his gum with it. Squirt from further away than the gum surface if necessary, and direct the stream where you want it to go.

The nail clippers the vet is using are not ideal, but they'll do. Those are what we have used at home, for those pigs we could trim at home.

The nail file is a plain metal human one. I wouldn't use that. See if you can get a glass one (Amazon has them). They're not expensive.

Pooja Mehta

Post   » Sat Apr 04, 2015 2:04 pm


Thank you Lynx and Talishan for helping out.

For the time being, I am waiting for the broken incisor to grow and keeping it clean. I will try trimming the other incisor with the metal file first and if not possible with that, I will buy the glass file.

Since the last vet visit, Sandy hardly eats his hay. He has been avoiding hard food or anything that requires him to chew a lot. He has maintained his weight though. I have been giving him whatever veggies he likes to eat. How do you encourage a piggy to eat hay?
Any suggestions would be helpful.

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Post   » Sat Apr 04, 2015 2:08 pm


I have some old metal human nail files and they work (on my nails) splendidly! They are quite efficient. I think the glass nail files took hold because they can be brought on planes while metal ones can't.

Talishan
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Post   » Sat Apr 04, 2015 9:44 pm


That, and there's a big difference in quality of metal files, too. I have an old one that's just great. Anything I've bought recently, though, regardless of price has been junk.

Without reading back, Pooja, is your piggy housed with another? The best way to get a guinea pig to eat something is for him or her to see another pig eating it.

Pooja Mehta

Post   » Sun Apr 05, 2015 3:16 pm


I have a metal file which works great on my nails. I will sterilize it and use it on Sandy.

Sandy was housed with Cupid until now but after his tooth surgery, I have separated them because Sandy used to eat slowly and Cupid used to finish off Sandy's part also. Plus if Sandy is kept separated, I can figure out how much exactly is he eating.

Talishan
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Post   » Mon Apr 06, 2015 12:45 am


Keep us posted. If Sandy's upset at being separated from Cupid, you may be doing more harm than good, but if he's able to eat better, then that should help Sandy.

Be aware you'll have to go through (re)introductions once you are able to put them back together. That said, if it helps Sandy's eating, hopefully it will be worth it.

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Post   » Mon Apr 06, 2015 10:06 am


Just separate them for feeding time. You can plop one in a laundry basket and leave the other in the cage, then put them back together when the slow eater is finished.

Talishan
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Post   » Mon Apr 06, 2015 10:12 pm


Ditto bpatters. Keeping them together during "normal" time may stimulate Sandy to eat.

Pooja Mehta

Post   » Tue Mar 21, 2017 12:53 pm


My piggy Prince, male, 7 years, is suddenly unable to walk and balance himself. He falls down every time he tries to walk. He has remained healthy and active throughout his life. This is his first vet visit. He has a habit of climbing up on his cage, so I am assuming the injury is from that. Took him to the vet last week and she said x-rays look normal but the space between his hip bones have reduced and there is an impingement on his hip bones. Another reason could be old age. I will be sending x-rays pictures to Lynx for a second opinion from you all.

The vet prescribed:
Digene syrup 0.3ml once a day X 5 days,
Meloxicam 0.09ml once a day X 5 days,
Vitamin C,
Homeopathy medicine for hip bones twice a day X 1 month

I am still giving him painkiller every alternate day. His condition hasn’t improved yet. He has lost 50 grams in 9 days.
Two days back I noticed he was eating really less and drooling. He has reduced eating his favorite cucumber and carrot. He mostly eats capsicum, tomatoes, coriander and a little hay. Started him on Critical Care from today. Vet said his molars have overgrown and might need trimming. He has an appointment after two days.

My concern is his inability to walk. If his x-rays are normal then what could be the actual reason? His old age suddenly cannot show up in two weeks, right?

Also, since he is drooling how do I know if whatever food he is eating is actually going in his stomach or everything coming out via juice from his mouth? Because I see more juice than food in his cage. He scared to me death when he was eating tomatoes. He was entirely covered in red and I thought it was blood. I don’t want him to go through unnecessary surgery at this age unless extremely required. Does his x-ray suggest he needs molar trimming?

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you.

bpatters
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Post   » Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:06 pm


Hard decisions.

If I had a seven-year-old pig that was in otherwise good health -- eating/pooping/drinking/peeing/moving normally/interested in life -- I'd probably have his molars planed.

But with a significant other problem, like the inability to walk or move much, I'd have that weigh that against how much longer he's likely to have to live, and whether he could be pain-free. And with him drooling, you really don't know how much he's getting into his stomach, and so may develop digestive issues.

His inability to walk could be from an injury, but he could also have had a stroke. His inability to balance argues more for stroke than for injury, and that could also cause the drooling. Molars are more likely the problem, though.

Full disclosure -- I generally come down on the side of euthanasia earlier rather than later. I can't stand the thoughts of them living in pain, and if I think I'm keeping them alive only for me, and not because they really have some good weeks and months left, I'll opt to have them put down. Surviving for only a few more days doesn't count for much, in my book.

Good luck to you and him, and let us know how he, and you, are doing.

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Post   » Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:13 pm


I was wondering if there was a possible heart issue too.

I left the pictures larger so you all could see the detail. I can't say we are skilled at providing feedback but if anyone sees anything they think could help, I hope they will post.

Here you are (click to view):

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bpatters
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Post   » Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:31 pm


Nothing jumps out at me as being terribly wrong, but I do wonder about the left picture of the skull. The top teeth look slightly uneven to me, but I don't know whether that would cause a problem even if it were true.

I also wonder about elongated roots on the top teeth, but as I say, I'm not a radiologist, and am not at all sure what I'm looking at.

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Post   » Tue Mar 21, 2017 7:12 pm


Here's an image of elongated roots from the guide:

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