Can a guinea pig get bloat without eating greens? When my mom was watching Charlie she said (after I got home and wouldn't panic) that at one point he was almost despondent. She tried tapping his stomach and said it sounded a little hallow. She was trying massage his abdomen too.
I forgot to add one small detail. The vet said she believes that since his droppings are firming up even though he's getting greens, the issue isn't diet related. Instead this points to the bacterial imbalance being the cause.
This morning when I gave him his meds, I noticed he had some fecal matter smeared on his underside. I'm really confused about the huge difference in his droppings in such a short period of time. I emailed the vet photos.
Here are what most of his droppings looked like in the past few days.
bpatters, he's currently taking flagyl (.33 twice a day). Tomorrow would mark two weeks for him. A few days ago his poop seemed to firm up but that was right after a period where he wasn't going at all. Now everything from him is the same gooey consistency.
When it was finally realized that it was Giardia (none of the classic symptoms!!!!) That my pig was suffering from he was put on a 10% solution of Panacur 0.45ml once a day for five days, and at cleared it up.
The only downside is that it has a habit of reoccurring he starts to feel light and drop's 50 or so Grams and his Poo's get a tiny bit smaller, I give him one single dose of Panacur. And that put him back on track for six months or so,
I would get another broad spectrum poo analysis done but as it only happens periodically now and I am a self funded sanctuary 50 pigs , it wouldn't justify the cost
NB the Poo's in the bottom photo may well indicate a Giardia infection as sloppy Poos are the primary symptom apparently
I know this is long overdue. The Metronidazole (Flagyl) wasn’t doing much for Charlie’s droppings. After two weeks they were as bad as they had ever been. Since the culture showed an overgrowth of klebsiella and enterobacter (which I believe the vet described as resistant), the vet thought it was best to try an antibiotic. As of July 28, Charlie is now on Enrofloxacin (Baytril). He gets 0.4 ml twice a day for two weeks. I also try to get 1-2 capsules of acidophilus powder in him each day. I still haven’t seen much progress. However, Charlie’s weight, appetite, and energy level are still great.
What worries me is I’ve seen a few odd droppings from one or two of the girls. Up until now they’ve always had perfect droppings with the occasional odd one –nothing serious or very often. Now I’m starting to see a few teardrop and/or small droppings and I feel like it’s happening more and more. The majority is still normal and all (with the two exceptions below) of them are the right consistency. All the girls continue to have consistent weight, full appetites, and high energy levels. I’m going to schedule a check up when Charlie’s Baytril is complete. I think it’s time to start doing fecal tests on the girls too.
Here are the two soft droppings from two of the girls. They were nearly identical in size and consistency. I’m not sure what they indicate –they aren’t quite like Charlie’s droppings. Before and after this dropping both girls made several normal droppings. As a side note, Loren ate hers after taking the shot.
These are the kinds of weird droppings I’m starting to see from the girls. I’m not sure if all three are making them.