Fuzzbutt's Medical

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GrannyJu1
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Post   » Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:27 am


Went to the vet yesterday. Doc agrees with us on the Baytril and the Metronidazole, so those are off the menu. On the other hand I'm to continue the daily Miconazole lotion for a bit longer. She still has a crusty spot on her shoulder, and a few areas that are still bare (small), but the eye is almost completely grown back now. As has the ribs, hips and butt. And, Fuzz seems to have gained a few grams over the last couple of weeks (and kept them on). Yay Fuzz!

On a different note, does the Metronidazole have to stay in the fridge? It says to keep refrigerated to enhance the flavor. She hasn't ever liked the banana flavor anyway. Of course, I may need to give it to another pig someday before it expires...

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:30 pm


It sounds like all your guinea pigs are doing better! So glad to hear this!

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GrannyJu1
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Post   » Fri May 11, 2018 11:53 am


Good news is Fuzz "seems" to be gaining back some weight, gram by gram. She still seems bony compared to what she was 8 months ago, but...

On the bad side, her poops aren't exactly diarrhea but still very soft, very smelly, and VERY staining. Even if I didn't have to wash all the hideys every night due to the fungal infection (no, I haven't beat that yet), I'd have to because she poops on top of each and every one, every night. Unless I use some kind of pre-treatment for the stains, they stay there. :o(

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri May 11, 2018 8:39 pm


Have you ever had the poops analyzed for bacteria or tried Bio-Sponge? (mentioned on the diarrhea page) If her digestion is out of whack it may be hard getting the poops back to normal. Glad to hear she seems to be gaining some weight.

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GrannyJu1
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Post   » Sat May 12, 2018 10:39 am


Poops haven't been analyzed for quite some time so maybe I should have it done again. Especially since this has become a daily problem. I also haven't tried Bio-Sponge. Think it's time to check into that. Flagyl only worked the first week.

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GrannyJu1
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Post   » Fri May 18, 2018 10:01 am


On a strict lettuce only veggie diet, Fuzzbutt's messy poops are finally firming up. I found only one messy spot yesterday, and while it was fairly large, it still was the only one. She usually hits all three hideys every night and several more spots in the eating area (I feed loose rather than using bowls). I'm very happy but I know she misses her veggies. The other two get them when I remove them from the cage and away from her.

Of course she still gets unlimited hay and less than the recommended 1/4 cup of pellets (I put down just under one scoop daily for all 3).

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri May 18, 2018 8:38 pm


Good to see progress. I hope things only continue to get better!

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GrannyJu1
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Post   » Sat May 19, 2018 11:39 am


I spoke too soon. The following night was one of the worst she's ever had, at least that I can remember. Back on the Flagyl and probiotic (sigh).

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GrannyJu1
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Post   » Thu May 24, 2018 9:57 am


They are normal brown, just really soft (smears when I try to pick them up) and pretty smelly. They clump together into a lump most of the time. This is NOT diarrhea.

I think we will have to search out a real guinea pig specialist, perhaps in Tacoma. I'm afraid that if this continues, it will kill her.

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daisymay
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Post   » Thu May 24, 2018 10:25 am


Jan sometimes has smelly poops that are like toothpaste. We just put it down to her having eaten something that didn't agree with her. With the soft poops is Fuzzy still hydrated? Have you tried a motility drug? Jan is on a tenth of a tablet of metomide a day. Hoping all goes well for you and little Fuzzy! Have you tried removing all veggies to see if that makes a difference? Will keep you all in my prayers and thoughts.

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu May 24, 2018 5:28 pm


Did you ever try the Bio-Sponge? I'm thinking it still would help.

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Catie Cavy
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Post   » Thu May 24, 2018 8:10 pm


Have you tried poop soup? You've had such bad luck, I don't know if you have any healthy guinea pigs to be a donor right now. I've found poop soup works better than probiotics. I doesn't have to be a cecal poop if you can't get one.

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GrannyJu1
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Post   » Fri May 25, 2018 9:37 am


It is the dehydration that really worries me.

I do have 2 more guinea pigs who produce "normal" poops. I've not tried the poop soup or the bio-sponge yet.

How much of the bio-sponge does a guinea pig get?

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri May 25, 2018 9:39 am


There are details on the amount to give on the diarrhea page (bottom of page):
http://www.guinealynx.info/diarrhea.html
Dosage information received via email from Allyson at Platinum Performance, Inc. who consulted their staff nutritionist:

Guinea Pigs 600-900 grams administer between 0.4cc-0.6cc total daily, split into 2-4 feedings.
Guinea Pigs 950-1400 grams administer between 0.7cc-1.0cc total daily, split into 2-4 feedings.

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GrannyJu1
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Post   » Fri May 25, 2018 9:51 am


Thanks, Lynx.

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GrannyJu1
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Post   » Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:57 am


Took Fuzz back to vet due to her poops becoming increasingly more runny.

ImageFuzzbutt's over night area, or one of them. after less than 18 hours.

We tried the Metronidazole (with little change), but not tried the poop soup or bio-sponge yet. I know I've seen it in the forums many times but can't remember where: How do I mix the poop soup? Our credit card number was stolen so I can't order the bio-sponge until the new one arrives.

Dr K has now suggested changing her pellets from KMS to Mazuri to see if that makes a difference. Fuzz continues to lose weight.

On the upside, she has only one tiny spot of fungus left on her right flank. Hallelujah!

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Post   » Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:28 pm


Just mash up a pellet from a healthy pig in some water and syringe it to her. Or mix it in some critical care if she'll eat that.

A cecal poop from another pig is best, but good luck on getting one of those! You'll have to dig it out of the pig. A fresh fecal pellet will also work.

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:22 pm


Sending good thoughts to you and Fuzzbutt! I know this is frustrating for you.

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daisymay
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Post   » Sat Jun 09, 2018 1:59 am


Keeping you both in our prayers. Hoping all goes well! You both have gone through so much! Big hugs!

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GrannyJu1
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Post   » Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:21 pm


I started Fuzz on the Bio-Sponge yesterday morning. Astoundingly, she had a very "clean" night last night!

How long do I keep her on it? This isn't like a permanent thing, correct? How long does she stay on it, and for what duration?

P.S. Mr. had the bright idea of smearing a small amount (1057 gram pig) on a piece of lettuce, and we hoped she'd eat that. Wonder of wonders, she did! So, she'll get this amount smeared on a piece of lettuce twice a day. We think this actually works out to a VERY small amount, twice a day. No promises on the actual amount, this is just my best guesstimate. Using this much will not overdose her.

ImageBio-Sponge for Fuzz 6.20.18

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