I adopted Oliver 3 years ago, after a year together he got a gas problem, a really hard one, the vet thought he was going to die. After hospitalization, medicines etc.. he recovered. In this occasion the vet felt a kind of heart murmur but it was not felt again in the following revisions.
At about half a year later he got the same problem. Gas, a lot of gas.... hospitalization and treatment. In this case he came home after some days at the vet and the he got diarrhea and he was hospitalized again...
The after 4 months the same.... there was a moment in which my poor baby got the same problem every two months.
We started to get desperate but at the same time my other guinea pig suffered from mammal cancer... there were two horrible months ending with him passing away.... something that added stress to Oliver.
He was with medication but when he saw me putting away my other guinea pig's toys and things he got diarrhea again.
As he was really depressed I decided to foster a little piggie and it is true that his mood is better. I havent started socialization yet but they see each other and talk
He has been with Ranitidine for over a month and Primperan (Metoclopramide) and he still has had some gases episodes. Now every 2 weeks. He got an ecocardio two weeks ago and they saw his liver was congested, a symptom for heart disease and we started to vetmedin. yesterday the ecocardio was repeated and the liver and heart were great.
Two days ago he started feeling bad again so yesterday apart from the cardio the vet checked him. He got a temperature, kind of diarrhea, he didn't want to eat and he was down. The vet changed the medicines to Citotec (misoprostol ) and copinal (Acexamato de zinc). Veraflox (Pradofloxacino) was also added as the vet noticed the bacteria in the poo was weird meaning his intestinal flora was not in its best condition.
Also, he cannot eat fresh veggies but only hay and animal feed in this case Selective.
The vet thinks this time he must have a kind of food intolerance. This time there was no gas in his intestine. BTW the gas is always in his caecum (blind gut).
I and the vet are a little lost. He is still down but we decided not to hospitalizing him this time as he would be better at home. He eats hay from time time and drinks some water.
Any similar experience or any help?
Thanks for reading!
Misoprostol appears to be an abortion drug (perhaps has other uses). Can't really figure out what the copinal is used for, and Pradofloxacino seems to be an antibiotic related to enrofloxacin.
I encourage you to read over gl/emergency.html#bloat and follow the links.
I am sorry you lost Oliver. If it was a mammary tumor he had, these are often successfully removed surgically.
Oliver is the one with the digestive problem. The medicines I mentioned are kind of stomach protectors, sorry I am not familiar with chemistry not even in my native language so I can say no more.
Waldemar, the one who passed away due to breast cancer, had the surgery and all but unfortunately he couldn't make it :(
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I couldn't quite tell from your post -- he is getting more than hay and water, right? You are force feeding him some type of mushed pellets or something similar to Critical Care?
And yes basically he is eating hay and some feed (hard one) but he'd rather go for hay... I asked if i should give him Oxbow Critical Care as heis loosing some weight but I was told not to. His poo is still bad...
The vet told me not to give him fresh vegetables.
But little by little he is feeling better.