my guinea pig Rosie is 2 years old. We adopted her from the local rescue about six months ago. She was neglected as a baby and never grew like she should have. She was 550 grams when we got her but very healthy. She had an eye poke about three weeks ago and went to the vet the next day. He gave her an eye injection followed by bactrim and eye drops. He said the eye may need to be removed. He also fixed her malocclusion which I didn't know that she had. Towards the end of her bactrim course she developed diarrhea even though I gave her bene-bac every day. She has had very soft poops since then. I have tried poop soup, imodium, and bio-sponge. Nothing has seemed to help. I figured I would stop everything to see if that made a difference and it didn't. The past three days I have only done poop soup. Any other thoughts on what to do? She has had very slow weight gain of about 1 gram per day. I feel like the diarrhea is causing her not to gain well. She eats and drinks well. I hand fed her after her surgery and she loved it but now she refuses the syringe and will run up on my shoulder. I forgot to mention that she had an ear infection as well then started with a runny nose. Her nose isn't runny anymore but she sneezes a lot. Her teeth still look good...it was the front top and bottom teeth that were the problem so I can see those well. Does anyone think that the eye is bad and needs to come out and is causing the sneezing? The vet said that if she could blink than it wouldn't need to be removed. She definitely closes it part way when I get near the eye but I'm not sure if she blinks. I have been working a lot this summer and haven't been able to make another appointment with the vet yet but I am hoping for next week. Any help or insight is greatly appreciated!
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Is she still on an antibiotic? If so, her stool probably won't firm up until she's off of it. If she's having frank diarrhea, I'd take her off of it now. If it's just the soft poop, you might continue on it until she's finished, with the caveat that you stop it if she gets any worse.
It's possible that a hay poke could be so bad that it causes the loss of an eye, but that's very unusual. Usually the eye will clear up with antibiotic treatment. However, I've never heard of a vet giving an injection in the eye. Antibiotic ointment or drops for the eyes is the usual treatment. When an antibiotic is needed, Bactrim is not the first choice -- it's far more effective against urinary tract infections than anything else. And she should have been given something for pain, because eye injuries hurt like crazy.
However, the eye wouldn't be the cause of the sneezing. The sneezing may be a sign of a respiratory infection, or just of dusty hay. If there's any discharge from the nose, she needs a different antibiotic than the one she's on.
I'm not so sure about your vet, however. Guinea pigs almost NEVER have problems just with their front teeth -- it's problems with the molars that can cause problems with the front teeth. Trimming the front teeth isn't the answer, and just leaves the original problem there. If she really had tooth problems, she needed her molars planed. However, many non-exotic vets aren't familiar with the length of guinea pig teeth, and will trim them unnecessarily. That, combined with the choice of Bactrim as an antibiotic and the vet saying that if she could blink the eye it wouldn't need to be removed, are enough to send me looking for another vet.
Guinea pigs need an exotic vet. Small animal vets treat dogs and cats, and most have no experience at all with exotics. Some are just downright dangerous.
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Generally, when a pig is having soft poop, the recommendation is to take them of all veggies and see if the poop firms up when eating just hay and pellets. If it does, then add the veggies back, one at a time, 2-3 days between each new one, and see if you can figure out which one is causing it. Antibiotics do generally upset the GI tract, and sometimes it's several weeks before things settle back down to normal.
If the eye is dull, if your guinea pig cannot close the eye and/or there is no lubrication getting to the eye, it is important to lubricate they eye manually. Usually an ophthalmic cream is prescribed (stays in the eye better than drops). Call your vet if the eye is drying out. This will cause loss of the eye.