He was neutered on Jan. 30, 2014. No problems; no pics.
March 31, 2014 - examined for limp, rt front foot. Vet thought possible bumblefoot. Prescribed Azithromycin & Metacam (didn't note dosages) for 7 days, and told to soak foot in 1/10 Betadine solution twice daily for 5 min. Told to give 1/4 orange daily for possible Vit C deficiency.
April 20 - limping much worse; doesn't want to move except to get to food or run from me. "Melts" to floor after standing for a minute or 2.
April 21 - X-rays - nothing definitive.
April 25 - New, more cavy-savy vet - Dr. Aaron Gilbertsen, VCA Ocean Beach Animal Hospital, Longview - examined Peek; couldn't find any obvious problem. Requested copies of x-rays. Copies sent and he examined them on or about 5/6. He couldn't find anything either. Suggested taking higher res X-rays, but by then Peek was nearly normal again.
May 3 - Peek is running around playing with only a slight limp. Stopped Metacam to see if this was a true improvement.
Peek must have returned to normal... No more notes.
Nov. 13 - Annual exam, everything good; requested a stool sample due to mushy poos produced by Peek or Fuzzbutt. Submitted sample and came back clean of parasites on Nov. 15.
All guinea pigs treated with Ivermec several times (at least 3 weeks each period) over the last year for lice. March & April 2015 treated with Revolution, just in case. due to problems with Flossie (see Flossie's threead).
April 21, 2015 - Limping heavily; Seen by Dr. Baumgartner @ VCA. Possibly arthritis, since episodes seem intermittant. If it happens again will have new x-rays done. Agrees Peek seems closer to 5 yrs old than 2 or 3. Prescribed Metacam 1.5mg/ml/1ml DISPMED "Give 0.05 ml once a day as needed for limping"
"Ring/marker" No clue. I wouldn't know what's normal or what's not unless someone told me. This vet and the next looked over the x-rays and neither commented except to say they couldn't see anything abnormal in them.
Here's something weird I just realized today: Both incidents happened in the spring: March, April, May... I've never noticed a limp any other time.
Now for pics of foot.
Peek's rt front foot #2 4.6.14
Peek's rt front foot #1 4.6.14
Also, I kept a journal for close to 40 yrs. :0)
Since he's never really shown signs of being ~ill~, we've not felt it necessary to put him through a blood draw. Should I?
- You can quote me
Neurological damage postop is emphatically very possible, however. I have had two vets tell me that cavies have a major junction of large nerve bundles near where our lower back would correspond to. We have had one develop paralysis after a difficult stone surgery. Anytime they are placed on their backs (stone, neuter, spay) and the surgery is extensive or delicate, I think there is a greater risk of involving or damaging these nerves, even though it may not fully manifest until a few days later.
We have had others develop a temporary paralysis that cleared, as well.
All that said, I think the feet look fine, too.
Peek's left eye - We (husband & I) can both see a very small sliver of white just inside the upper edge of Peek's iris, noticed first time last night - 7.29.15. It's a very narrow moon shaped area. No deformity in curve of the iris. Closest similarity is Osseous Choristoma:
Don't remember seeing it before and I tend to look into all of my pets' eyes a lot. Will be keeping an eye on it.
Behavioral abnormalities: The last 10 days, maybe 2 weeks, he's not only been anxious to avoid being picked up (normal), but now as soon as I get him positioned safely on my hand & wrist, he races up my arm as far as he can go and hangs his head as far out and down as he can; definitely wants to jump off/down. When he's in the big cage, he takes food willingly from my hand. When we snuggled last night, he refused it all: carrot, pepper, and lettuce. Unheard of for Peek to refuse food! Once I put him in smaller temp box, he ate as long as he couldn't see or hear me. This morning he came to me for his Vit C tab, as usual.
Will attempt to get a photo of eye if abnormality is still there this evening.
Here are pics of Peek's eye:
Peek lft eye #2 7.30.15
[/url]Peek lft eye #3 7.30.15
Top shot is less blurry, but bottom shows the white spot along the top of the iris better. Feel free to delete or make whatever changes you'd like, Lynx. I can never decide which shot works better for records. I'm not sure but I also think he may be developing that fatty deposit (Pea Eye?), more so in the other eye than this one. Annual exams are due in November. I'll add this to the list of things to discuss with Dr. Baumgartner then, if I don't need to take him in before.
Tonight, he ate about half of what I gave him during cuddles. Only difference on my part was I had him on a blanket tonight instead of in a cuddle sack. Also, he seemed more comfortable in my arms this evening.