Niko 2 1/2 yr old sow blood in urine

bpatters
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Post   » Fri Oct 27, 2017 3:53 pm


Some pigs are just prone to bladder sludge/stones, and there's not a whole lot you can do about it. You can reduce the amount of dietary calcium, but that's not a guarantee. Some pigs will form stones less than week after stone removal surgery.

What exactly do you feed her? What kind of pellets and how many? What kind of hay? Which veggies, and how much of each?

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Post   » Fri Oct 27, 2017 7:28 pm


If the mites are recurring, you can also do multiple treatments yourself to get rid of them.

See: www.guinealynx.info/topical_ivermectin.html

You might also want to look over http://www.guinealynx.info/records/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=21 with info on interstitial cystitis (if you haven't already checked it).

hbee

Post   » Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:28 pm


She is eating Oxbow Essentials adult guinea pig pellets, timothy hay from small pet select, daily leaf lettuce with cucumbers and sometimes a small tomato. I try to get a citrus fruit in there too since she won't do the vitamin C tablets. Sometimes she gets different veggies like yellow or orange peppers - she doesn't like the green or red. The vet put her on Trimeth sulfa antibiotic 2x a day .4 ml. Also added Tramadol 2x per day keeping her on the Metacam at .1 ml once a day. Follow up via telephone this Friday.

hbee

Post   » Sat Feb 03, 2018 10:29 am


Niko is continuing to have pain with elimination - I cannot tell if it is with pooping or peeing or both = the other day the screaming was in short bursts every second for about 15 seconds with at about 15 min intervals. This happens frequently but then there is like an hour or two before it happens again. She isn't eating her pellets, but is eating veggies and drinking water. Her urine is smelling extremely foul, not fishy just a really bad smell. Her whole cage and her body smell like it too. Also I am noticing that when I pick her up and support her bum, there is pee on my hand. I am thinking she is becoming incontinent. Sometimes she has pink urine sometimes its clear - right now I have her on Tramadol 2x a day 15ml, .01ml Metacam and keeping her bum wiped with cold pressed coconut oil. She gets a salad a day that is green leaf lettuce, sprig of coriander, slice of cucumber, slice of green pepper and chopped celery. 1 slice of orange a day for vit. C. She is 5 years old. She is active sometimes other times she sits hunched over with her fur standing on end. I don't know what to do and this is months now that this is going on.

bpatters
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Post   » Sat Feb 03, 2018 10:55 am


Sounds like a stone, and she needs to see an exotic vet ASAP. With the odor, she probably also has a URI.

I'd cut out the coriander. In some pigs, it can cause extra urinary calcium, just as romaine does.

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Post   » Sat Feb 03, 2018 11:26 am


Seconding bpatters that she needs to see a vet right away.

Poor Niko; she's been through so much (and you with her). Make sure she stays well-hydrated; watch her intake and perhaps syringe her extra water.

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Post   » Sat Feb 03, 2018 3:29 pm


Absolute double ditto on the see a vet right away - likely a stone.

I am sorry she is in so much pain.

hbee

Post   » Fri Mar 16, 2018 3:55 pm


So update on Niko: We had her on an antibiotic for 14 days 2x a day and she really improved a lot. She was running around and acting like herself and greeting me, eating up her pellets and hay and bubbling around her cage. I have noticed lately that her bum is crusty and so I have continued with the organic pressed coconut oil which helps a little but that is all. I looked into urine scald and I think that may be what is happening. I am about to try to use an antiseptic skin cleanser that is Chlorhexidine Gluconate but it is not 2% - it only came in 4%. Forgive me but can someone help me to do the math of what amount I need to mix with water - I don't want it to hurt her! I am planning on doing this tonight and until I see improvement. I also have some desitin. ANY suggestions are helpful - thank you so much for being her for me all of these years!

bpatters
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Post   » Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:09 pm


Half and half with water.

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Post   » Fri Mar 16, 2018 7:42 pm


This page might help too:
www.guinealynx.info/antiseptic_solutions.html

Try another product similar to Desitin (something for babies). Ask a pharmacist what he/she would recommend.

hbee

Post   » Wed May 02, 2018 7:19 pm


Okay here is another update on Niko - she has had at least 3 "neurological" episodes where she was disoriented and seemed dizzy and unable to walk right. I am treating for mites with ivermectin. She is itching so bad that her skin is starting to flake regardless of the amount of coconut oil I am slathering with. She is starting to scratch to the point of bleeding. Any suggestions for skin care besides or including the coconut oil? I know to treat for once a week for several weeks and we are one week in.

bpatters
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Post   » Wed May 02, 2018 7:51 pm


What brand of ivermectin are you using? What is the strength? (either a percent or some number of milligrams or grams per milliliter). How much does the pig weigh? How often are you giving the treatment?

If/when ivermectin fails, it's usually because the dose isn't large/strong enough.

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Post   » Wed May 02, 2018 10:25 pm


Revolution is another possibility. I second bpatters concern that your guinea pig is not getting a strong enough dose.

hbee

Post   » Fri May 04, 2018 11:05 pm


I got a new bottle of ivermectin 5mg per ml - I was just putting 1-2 drops (.1 ml ?) behind each ear and in between her shoulder blades. I also give her a bath before to get all the dead skin off and maybe some of the mites come off too (?) I use gorgeous guinea's shampoo - the gentle kind, and make sure she is dry and warm and has fresh clean fleece bedding in her cage. I did get some nutri-vet bitter bandage to wrap her because her side is getting bloody scabs from all her scratching. After reading about bandaging I am going to get some of the anti-stick gauze to put on over the wound just to make sure it doesn't get stuck to the bandage. She is eating her veggies like a champ, ate all her pellets and is eating hay like normal.

bpatters
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Post   » Fri May 04, 2018 11:16 pm


How often have you been doing the treatments? They should be done every seven days for three or four treatments in order to hit all the life cycle of the mites.

The mites will not come off in a bath. They're microscopic, and they're burrowed into the skin. Most people think that bathing a pig with mites will make them more uncomfortable.

hbee

Post   » Sat May 05, 2018 11:39 am


Today I am washing her fleece bedding and getting her ready for bandaging and her 2nd week of treatment.

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Post   » Sat May 05, 2018 11:44 am


In a few cases, multiple treatments are done. Personally, I would go for more than the minimum if she is having such issues. You are treating all your guinea pigs for mites at the same time? Other guinea pigs can be carriers.

I sure hope you have success!

hbee

Post   » Sat May 05, 2018 10:58 pm


I did .1 cc and put drops behind each ear and in between her shoulder blades this afternoon. I will continue to do this every Saturday until some I see some improvement or I will take her to my vet.

I saw a product at a local tractor and feed store that says it is safe for Rabbits called MicrocynAH Wound and Skin Care. It is a spray that is good for abrasions, sores and irritation to the skin. Have you heard of this product? I wanted to try it but was afraid of harming my Niko. I just want her skin to feel better and the coconut oil doesn't seem to be helping.

bpatters
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Post   » Sat May 05, 2018 11:46 pm


I wouldn't use it. I'm not a fan of spraying anything on an animal that grooms itself.

without reading all the way back, has she had any steroid treatment to help with the itching?

hbee

Post   » Sun May 06, 2018 9:24 am


She hasn't had any steroid treatments - would this be a topical treatment?

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