Hard lump under chin, soft poop as well?

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bpatters
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Post   » Sun Jul 31, 2016 9:36 pm


Multiple introductions will NOT help, and will only hinder the process. They're wired to establish dominance, and every time you put them together and then separate them again, they start the whole process over from scratch. I'd wait until the weekend, or sometime when you can give it the whole day.

How large is the neutral area you're using? Do you have plenty of piles of food and hay around? No hideys in the enclosure?

Gracemackenz

Post   » Sun Jul 31, 2016 10:08 pm


We are using the hallway and part of the living room, it's maybe 12 feet in length? We have 3 piles of hay, and there are no little houses or anything around. I have all day on Tuesday, so that's probably the day I'll introduce them again.

bpatters
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Post   » Sun Jul 31, 2016 10:37 pm



Gracemackenz

Post   » Mon Aug 01, 2016 1:30 am


Thanks for the link! It was just the thing I was looking for.

Talishan
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Post   » Mon Aug 01, 2016 6:22 am


Good luck, and keep us posted.

Gracemackenz

Post   » Tue Aug 02, 2016 8:44 pm


I was giving Nickel her nightly medicine, and I think she threw up while I was squirting the last bit of medicine out of the syringe. It was brown liquid with green flecks of stuff, I'm assuming hay/ veggies. I don't know if I could have triggered a gag reflex (if they even have one), or she is sick? I think we might take her to the vet tomorrow, but she's acting how she normally does...

I know that they hide their sickness and all, but I've been weighing her daily, she's been eating alright, etc. so she seems healthy to me?
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bpatters
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Post   » Tue Aug 02, 2016 8:51 pm


Guinea pigs can't vomit.

What medicine is she getting?

Gracemackenz

Post   » Tue Aug 02, 2016 8:51 pm


She's getting bactrim.

Talishan
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Post   » Wed Aug 03, 2016 2:51 pm


It's more likely that she's learned to spit it out. It doesn't take long for some of them to learn to do that.

Without reading back, why is she on Bactrim (what for)?

Gracemackenz

Post   » Wed Aug 03, 2016 3:05 pm


She had an abscess and it's just so we can make sure it won't come back. We flush it out too, but the bactrim is an extra step I guess.

Talishan
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Post   » Wed Aug 03, 2016 4:26 pm


Probably not a bad idea, as long as she's tolerating it well.

That said, if it's being used as a precaution/in support of the abscess treatment, there's no harm done if she doesn't get the full dose one time. The most important thing is flushing the abscess and helping it to heal properly directly.

Carry on. :-)

Gracemackenz

Post   » Tue Aug 16, 2016 11:53 am


Hey! I know I haven't said anything in a while, because all is well with the piggies! Until now, I think.

Rosie has been sneezing a lot lately, and sitting hunched back with her coat puffed out. She's still eating fine and all, but I read the symptoms of a URI and I'm scared that's what it could be. There's also some orange under her chin, but I just gave her some orange peppers, so that's what I think that's from..

Do you think it's a URI based on the sneezing and posture? I'm going to see a vet soon. It's better to be safe than sorry..

bpatters
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Post   » Tue Aug 16, 2016 1:11 pm


Yes, I do think it could be a URI, and yes, you should see a vet. Sooner than soon. It doesn't pay to wait when a pig is showing those kinds of symptoms -- they can go from sniffles to dead in less than 24 hours.

Gracemackenz

Post   » Tue Aug 16, 2016 2:19 pm


The vet we usually go to can't do an appointment till Monday, so we are calling our back up vet. If they can't do an appointment earlier than Monday, is there anything I can do in the meantime to help with the URI? I really don't want her to die

bpatters
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Post   » Tue Aug 16, 2016 2:29 pm


No, she needs to be seen now. Don't ask for an appointment, tell them you've got a sick guinea pig that needs to be seen and ask to be worked in.

If a guinea pig is truly sick, you can never wait six days to have it seen.

Gracemackenz

Post   » Tue Aug 16, 2016 2:35 pm


Ok. I'll se what we can do, but for now I've been tallying up the amount of times she's sneezed. So far she's sneezed 5 times in the past 20 minutes.. Now she's also starting to act lethargic.

bpatters
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Post   » Tue Aug 16, 2016 2:39 pm


Get her to the vet. Today. Even if you have to walk into the office and tell them you've got a sick guinea pig that must be seen.

Gracemackenz

Post   » Tue Aug 16, 2016 2:55 pm


I can try my best. I really don't know how I'll get there though because my bet is an hour away driving.. If I had my license I'd totally drive her, but I don't yet. I'm going to call my vet again to try and get her in

Edit: I just called my vet and they said if it's an emergency, I can come in any time. My mom gets off work at 4, so I'm probably gonna go there around 5 or 6. That's 3-4 hours from now..

bpatters
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Post   » Tue Aug 16, 2016 3:15 pm


Good for you. Let us know what the vet says.

Talishan
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Post   » Tue Aug 16, 2016 3:48 pm


Ditto. Hunched up and lethargic, plus sneezing, is a huge danger sign.

Good on you for getting her in. Please let us know how it goes and how she's doing.

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