I brought Violet in this morning for the ultrasound. The student who did the initial physical exam was able to palpate the mass, and they took her back for the u/s. Some time between the physical exam and u/s it apparently burst! They were unable to see it at all- even shaved her all the way around her little tummy and back. So hooray! Vet recommends a spay within the next couple months, which is nice financially. As long as no other disasters also happen.
Earlier this afternoon I brought her home, she was still a bit woozy but doing ok. When I took her out of her carrier she had some trouble again with the breathing- it became a bit labored and she started trying to cough, and I just didn't trust it so I rushed her right back to the vet. By the time we got there her breathing had gone back to normal, but I was so spooked that I just had them admit her, and she will stay overnight there where she can be monitored. I think I am just too spooked now, and I think I would stress her out more than the hospital environment at this point.
They've given her a mild sedative and anti-inflammatory to calm her down in case she's stressed and to hopefully help with the irritation from the intubation, which is what they believe the breathing issues are right now.
No clue what caused the breathing difficulties under anesthesia. I think their leading theory right now is possibly the weight of her cecum etc was too much for her when she was turned on her back? She's had two surgeries before about one year ago, so I can't imagine that it was the anesthesia itself... I know there are a lot of unknowns with that stuff though. I wonder if there is some sort of underlying cause that we might be able to treat. Maybe she's harboring a mild respiratory infection that wasn't bad enough that she was showing symptoms till she was weakened by anesthetic?? I dunno if that's even possible.
So right now the tentative plan is to let Violet recover, and try again in a few weeks. If it still doesn't go well then we'll probably look into the hormone injections.
I'm just happy she's alive (knock on wood).
Her breathing has gotten slightly more labored and I can hear that raspiness again, so I've given her some leftover Meloxicam that I had on hand from a previous pig's surgery to hopefully calm the irritation a bit. The vet suggested that part of the reason she wasn't eating well yesterday was because of the pain in her throat, so we'll see if that helps. I'll be keeping an eye on her.
Her weight is down (1170g -> 1120g -> 1080g) and she hasn't been leaving many poops in her cage, though I've seen her ducking under to grab a few here and there. I gave her a few ccs of Critical Care just in case, but as she's been nibbling on her hay this evening I'm not too concerned right now. I'm guessing this is just the fallout from not having eaten much last night. I'll check in with her again in the morning.
Oh, and I gave her another dose of Meloxicam, she was wheezy again. I didn't like the sound of how raspy she was, it didn't seem less than yesterday... but it's not constant at least. The vet said it would probably last another day, so we'll see if it gets better tomorrow.
Had to do full reintroductions with her cage mate today, as well. I was hoping it was soon enough that I wouldn't have to, but Adelaide was having none of Violet this morning. Pulled out some hair and left Violet with a small abrasion on her side :( They seem to be getting along well now that they had some time to get used to each other outside the cage though.
I think it's because her sister seems to be bullying her. I switched out the normal hideys with some makeshift towel tents, so that Violet's never trapped in one and that's stopped Adelaide (the bully) from jumping on her, and no blood has been drawn (apart from a small abrasion when Violet's hair was pulled), but Violet's behavior in the cage is quite different from outside right now. She's quiet and a bit jumpy, and not very enthusiastic about her food- she'll nibble here and there, but not very much. She pretty much stays in one corner... body language doesn't indicate pain or discomfort (not fully relaxed, but laying down on her side, no hunching or poofing), but she refuses to move out of it. When I set her down on the other side of the cage she'll bolt for that spot and stay there.
What's more confusing is that apart from a few scuffles last night before I switched hideys (and after full reintroductions), Adelaide seems to have stopped really bullying Violet. I wouldn't call them the most bosom friends or anything, but as far as I can tell she's been leaving Violet pretty much alone.
When I gave Violet some hay outside of the cage, she was pretty enthusiastic about it. She walked and rooted around, groomed herself, sniffed my face, normal guinea pig things. Just not inside the cage.
I have no idea if I should be concerned or not? Anyone have any additional advice on stopping bullying, if that is what's going on?
I really didn't want to separate them, as neither of them had ever been able to get along with any other pigs.
She's not quite eating enough as she should be- weight is still 1080g, down from her normal weight of 1170g. I've been supplementing her diet with watery Critical Care (and sometimes just water by syringe, wetting down her lettuce, etc) where appropriate. Not much, probably 1/2 T dry mix per day, watered down quite a bit. Furthermore, she seems more tired than normal... she still gets up to eat, and spins around and jumps up for treats, just seems like she's sleeping more than usual. She does not appear to be in pain. Her raspiness is less, but still present sometimes.
Though her appetite and energy seem to be down, the poops that she is producing look good, if a little dry. Good solid oval shapes, normal odor.
I called the vet today to voice these concerns and she advised to keep an eye on it, which I agree with for now... as long as we don't have any terrible things happen over the weekend. She also suggested that I could try another dose of Meloxicam to see if that perks her up back to normal, just to eliminate pain as a cause of this unusual behavior.