- Supporter in 2014
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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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.