Jack fell and now drags his back legs

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon Oct 13, 2014 7:35 pm


I've never seen any reported problems with simethicone. Only issue I would consider is people self medicating but not getting needed emergency treatment.

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Jaycey
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Post   » Tue Oct 14, 2014 3:30 am


I'm so glad that the retching and gagging has stopped.

I really hope that they find out what is wrong soon and are able to help him.

I have limited use with simethicone. I've only ever really used it with Jon and his gurgly tummy. I did try it with Anselmo and his bloat episode earlier this year and it did nothing to help him. I try to use it sparingly, especially as it seems to be very sugary and unnatural.

I had an awful experience with gripe water once, so I never use that anymore.

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BamBam

Post   » Tue Oct 14, 2014 7:35 am


So biggest issue is resp infection which is beginning to take hold.

Doxycycline - safe?

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Jaycey
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Post   » Tue Oct 14, 2014 7:44 am


I've not used it before, but it's on the safe medicines list, with a note from Pinta saying she found a higher dose (5mg/kg twice a day) to work best:

Right at the bottom
http://www.guinealynx.info/antibiotics.html

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BamBam

Post   » Tue Oct 14, 2014 8:31 am


Just briefly because I am at work and desperately trying not to break down.

He died about 15 minutes ago.

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Lynx
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Post   » Tue Oct 14, 2014 9:15 am


Oh, I am so sorry, BamBam. He was so well loved. You have all our sympathy.

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GP_mum
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Post   » Tue Oct 14, 2014 11:49 am


I had been hoping for the best and am so sorry you lost him.

Hilary Holmes

Post   » Tue Oct 14, 2014 12:25 pm


BamBam, you know how heartbroken I am. Jack was the sweetest pig who had a wonderful life with you. A life he would not have had were it not for you. He was so well loved and will be greatly missed.
Hugs to you and Trev (if he'll let you!)

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clairey

Post   » Tue Oct 14, 2014 12:46 pm


I'm so sad to read this.

Jack having 2 happy, fulfilled, 'extra' years thanks to both your dedication really is something special though.

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jacqueline

Post   » Tue Oct 14, 2014 3:57 pm


Oh, I'm so very sorry.

*hugs*

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Jessie
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Post   » Tue Oct 14, 2014 4:32 pm


I'm so sorry to read this BamBam. You gave him such a wonderful life. Sending hugs.

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BamBam

Post   » Tue Oct 14, 2014 4:37 pm


The swamp monster is back.

I feel wretched.

Trev is withdrawn and confused.

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BamBam

Post   » Tue Oct 14, 2014 4:37 pm


Sorry - I am grateful to you all for your support. Thank you.

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Catie Cavy
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Post   » Tue Oct 14, 2014 8:49 pm


I'm so sorry for your loss. Know that Jack indeed was a lucky guinea pig to have landed in your care and be able to have a second chance at life that he would not otherwise have had.

Talishan
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Post   » Tue Oct 14, 2014 11:27 pm


Godspeed and safe passage, Jack. Your courage is honored and you will be always missed, and loved.

Hugs to you, big hugs to you and Trev from the other side of the Atlantic.

We've had one pig with the colorless, odorless liquid discharge. Right before passing. He was a serious heart pig and if I had to take a guess, Jack's heart was completely giving out. This piggie also had episodes of blowing up, then defecating green toothpaste, then blowing up, then defecating green paste, etc. very shortly before he passed.

I've had very little success with simethicone/Infacol. Only once has it done any good; the other times we've tried it it's done nothing.

It works mechanically; that is, it isn't a drug in the sense that we usually think of drugs. What it does is takes many small, foamy gas bubbles and breaks down the barriers between them, leaving one bubble that's (in theory, anyway) smaller in volume than the total bubble-ish volume was, and easier to burp. In a baby, that is. Guinea pigs can't burp.

You can see this yourself if you take some old-fashioned dishwashing soap, put it in water and rush it around to form bubbles. Now put some Infacol on it and watch what happens.

The danger with it is: 1) the one large bubble it forms may actually be too big to move through the GI, thus actually blocking the pig and doing far more harm than good. I haven't had that happen and it's not real likely, but it's possible.

2) one source I read stated that guinea pigs do not form "foamy" gas as human babies do. "Foamy" gas is what simethicone works best on and cavies don't commonly form it.

FWIW. Fortunately at this point my vet will simply let me keep Reglan (metoclopramide) on hand and I don't even worry with simethicone.

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