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

Pooja Mehta

Post   » Thu Sep 21, 2017 2:13 am

Thank you Lynx and bpatters.

bpatters, he is already on doxycycline since 10 days without a break. I will continue for four more days, so that would complete two weeks. My new vet had prescribed 13mg/kg for one week. But I gave the standard dosage of 5mg/kg for the fear of overdosing.

How long should I continue to give doxycycline? Is there a standard time as to how long doxycycline should be given?

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Post   » Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:07 am

Length of treatment would be at the discretion of a veterinarian. There is no standard length of time. Factors that I imagine would be considered are tolerance and positive response when a vet would be deciding to continue and the issue is not completely resolved.

Pooja Mehta

Post   » Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:54 am

My boar Cupid, 7.7 years old (will complete 7.8 years this 17th) has swollen and crusty eyes and has injured his leg. He struggles to carry his weight on his leg and tumbles down.

He always had a little crust around his eyes since he was born. Even when he was treated for URI, he had the crust. Last month while removing the crust, he was kicking me and then I realized that I had plucked a little hair with each crusty part. He started blinking a little more than normal after that but seemed normal otherwise.

I came home yesterday from my in-laws house and saw he couldn't open his eyes. My brother and mother have been taking care of him since my marriage two months back. They are not very good with identifying illness or something unusual. So I really dont know since how long has he had his eyes problem. Mom said his eyes looked normal all the time but she dint look at him closely. Also since he is black, the area around his eyes is also black, so it is a little difficult for a new caretaker to identify the problem.

His incisors have grown and he is eating less which will get trimmed at the vet tomorrow. He has loose stools because he is eating more vegetables. He is hardly eating the hay. He has a vet appointment tomorrow as the vet was out of town. So before going to the vet, I wanted to be prepared with everything here as there are not very skilled exotic vets in India.

Sorry for the long post but wanted to cover all the details. I have sent the pictures to Lynx for your reference. What could be the problem with Cupid's eyes?

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Post   » Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:41 am

The eye condition looks very serious. I don't know what is wrong. I cropped your pics to show they eye more clearly (vs. shrinking them all).

It reminds me of eyes that are severely injured. I would carefully apply a warm wet compress to each eye and see if you can clean it. Weigh him right now. I suspect he has lost weight if he is having tooth issues. The eyes may have a bacterial infection in which case an ophthalmic antibacterial ointment may help. Let us know what the vet says.

Pooja Mehta

Post   » Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:48 am

I had cleaned his eye with a q-tip today, tried to remove dirt from the corner of his eye. His weight is between 575-600 grams.

What is a warm wet compress? How do I apply it?

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Post   » Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:49 pm

A piece of gauze or other clean cloth moistened with warm water, preferably saline. Put it against the closed eye and keep it there for a while to soften and wash away the pus.

Pooja Mehta

Post   » Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:31 am

Update from the vet:
Cupid has crusty eyes, purulent discharge, loose motions, nasal discharge, severe blepharitis around eyes, keratinization and pododermatitis on left forelimb. He also had a wheezing and crackling sound when the vet examined his chest. (Poor baby has everything coming together :(

Vet gave him inj. D5 5ml, Inj. Bayrocin @ 10mg/kg, Inj. Dexa @ 0.2mg/kg, Inj. Vit C @ 50mg/kg.
For the bumblefoot, vet said to soak his foot in warm diluted Betadine solution. She told to give Cupid a nice warm bath with antifungal shampoo to remove poop stuck to his hair and skin because of loose stools.

The vet prescribed the following medicines:
Meloxicam- 0.08ml once X 3days
Bactrim- 0.8ml twice X 5days
Dizylac powder (probiotic)- 1 scoop twice X 10days
Opthocare KT drops- 1 drop twice X 5days
Refresh Liquigel- 1 drop 3/4 times X 5days
Guinea Pig M drops (Multivitamin drops)- 4 drops daily x 1month
Vitamin C supplement- 0.2ml once X 1month

Are all the medicines safe? Are the dose correct? Cupid weighs 598grams.

Pooja Mehta

Post   » Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:11 am

I just saw that the Bactrim bottle says:

Each 5ml contains
Trimethoprim IP 40mg
Sulphamethoxazole IP 200mg

According to my calculations, Cupid (598grams) should receive 0.3ml but the vet precribed 0.8ml.
Please correct me if I am wrong.

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Post   » Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:36 am

Yes, it does seem higher than normal, although Bactrim is pretty safe. You would watch for diarrhea.
Oral Dosage: 30 mg/kg q12h (i.e. 30mg/kg is given every 12 hours, for a total of 60 mg/kg in 24 hours) dot Calculate Dose in mg and cc

Bactrim is a commonly used human and veterinary antibiotic and generally comes in a standard suspension. Each 5.0 ml of this pediatric oral suspension (one of the drugs sometimes referred to as "the pink stuff") contains 200mg sulfamethoxazole and 40mg trimethoprim/5ml for a total of 240mg active ingredients/5ml or 48mg/cc. A dose of 0.625 cc would provide 30mg bactrim for a pig of one kilo (2.2 pounds).
I hope he responds to the treatment. Some info on pododermatitis in the guide:

Pooja Mehta

Post   » Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:53 am

I gave him 0.3ml bactrim for now. But how much should I actually give? He already has loose stools and I dont want him to go to the watery state. There are no skilled exotic vets in India, they still treat guinea pigs as an experiment and will prescribe whatever they feel. Please please help.

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Post   » Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:50 am

The 0.3ml is about correct for that weight and concentration.

Pooja Mehta

Post   » Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:34 pm

Thank you so much Lynx. I will stick to 0.3ml twice a day then.

Pooja Mehta

Post   » Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:49 am

How do you put eye drops in piggie's eye? I read here on tips page to face the piggy away from you and put the drops from top so that he cant see the bottle clearly but that doesn't seem to work with Cupid. I accidentally poked him in both the eyes today.

Any other tips/suggestions?

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Post   » Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:51 am

You would need to gently but firmly pin the head between thumb and forefinger so it cannot turn. I think a second person to help would be a good idea.

Pooja Mehta

Post   » Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:19 pm

My piggy Cupid passed away in my arms this morning. He was all fine till last night, eating, pooping and active, but was too weak to move this morning. He hardly ate at night. He dint swallow his medicine also this morning. He had started eating slowly since a week and so I got his incisors trimmed. He never had issues with his molars. He had developed a big abscess/cyst after his abscess removal surgery in 2013 wasn’t done properly. He was above three years then. After that all the vets said that they couldn’t do anything since it was too big and a surgery was risky at his age.

He had slowed down since a month but was active otherwise. He used to move around less but wheeked for food everytime. Since last two days he used to wheek everytime I passed his cage to grab my attention even when there was food in his cage, as if to say, “Pick me up Human and pet me. I don’t have much time with you.” For the first time in so many years, he tucked my clothes with his mouth and tried to climb on my lap to be petted and to be loved. I feel bad for not understanding his hints and not carrying him in my arms. I petted him in his cage instead. More than he wanting to be petted and loved, he wanted to give me love for the last time. I feel guilty for not understanding him.

This morning he couldn’t move much and then when he tried to face me, I knew his time had come to leave me. I am happy and blessed to have understood that and quickly took him in my arms. I kissed on his forehead and told him to go away peacefully and safely. I knew I had to become strong for him and assure him that I would be fine after him otherwise he would have continued to fight for me which would have caused him more pain and sufferings. He had a little seizure and took his last breath in my arms. He looked so peaceful and handsome. I kept looking at him for a while before placing him back in his cage because that was the last time I could hold him, pet him, love him, see him.

He was my last piggy and had outlived all the others. He would have completed 7.8 years on 17th, had he stayed for two more days but I guess he had a better place to go to. I am happy that he is whole and painfree now. He doesn’t have to stay with his big abscess/cyst anymore which was very painful and made it difficult to walk. He was a rebellious piggy and would fight with anyone who challenged him. He lived a long and happy life. I am grateful to him to have given me an opportunity to be his slave.

RIP little one. Godspeed and safe passage, Cupid. You will always be remembered and loved. Thank you for giving 7.8 wonderful years with you. Mommy will miss you a lot :* :*

And got the T-shirt

Post   » Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:44 pm

I'm so very sorry you lost him.

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Post   » Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:48 pm

I am so sorry you lost him, Pooja Mehta. He sounds like he was a very dear pet to you and will be greatly missed.

Pooja Mehta

Post   » Thu Feb 15, 2018 3:22 pm

Yes, he was very dear to me because he was the longest living pig with me. None of my vets have come across a 7.8 year old guinea pig, so I consider myself lucky to have been his companion for so long. I am missing my baby already :(

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