Para, I figured you kept busy enough with your rescue and didn't think you had any human kids. I'm impressed.
Wonder how Chary's doing today with those poor abcessed pigs?
Healthy guinea-pigs housed with spontaneously infected ones in the same cage suffered from the infection, showing manifestation and pathologic changes similar to the spontaneous cases. Some of them, however, remained apparently healthy for about 2 months harboring the organisms in the conjunctiva or nasal cavity
Other than that, I'm running up against a brick wall. Found one article on MedLine that Pigglies is going to pick up at her library. The UC Davis medical librarian couldn't help me and I'm waiting for a call from UCD's small animal clinic.
My Iris came to me with Cervical Lymphadenitis. I discovered it after 3 weeks of quarantine. I had her in quarantine with the pig I adopted at the same time who had been living with her. Both seemed healthy. Iris was smaller...
The other pig, Daphne, never got infected. They are both doing great now and that was a long time ago... 2 or 3 years now at least. Iris had surgery. She was quarantined in another room all alone after her surgery... for like 2 months.
Daphne didn't get sick, but my elderly lady, Zoe got it. How, I have no idea. I think they touched noses once. Being 6 years old we decided to quarantine Zoe, put her on Baytril forever and not do surgery.
When both Zoe and Iris were sick, I did a lot of syringe feeding. Iris didn't eat on her own for a couple of weeks after surgery. Zoe developed some absesses on her jaw and wouldn't eat either.
Iris is alive and well and very robust. Zoe lived over 1 1/2 years more... almost to the age of 8. Zoe didn't die of the Cervical Lymphadenitis.
I hope I never have to deal with Cervical Lymphadentis again. Poor pigs had a heck of a time. The syringe feeding was absolutely a life saver.
One thing it does mention, in horses generally an early warning symptom is a high temperature. Maybe this is true in guinea pigs too? You might want to take your herd's temps.
Also this article states:
Recent work on Strangles ability to persist in the environment has shown:
survives on wood for 63 days
survives of glass for 48 days at 68 degrees
survival time is affected by temperature
Phosphoric acid and chlorine bleach were poor disinfectants. Povidone iodine, chlorhexidine, and glutaraldehyde were good disinfectants. Perhaps the best choice for barnyard sanitization are the quaternary ammonium salts that are stable and relatively nontoxic to higher life forms. A-33 is one which is readily available from a veterinarian and has a good spectrum of activity.
S. equi may survive for several weeks in water troughs but dies quickly in soil and on pasture. Communal drinking sources play an important role in the rapid dissemination of infection because of contamination by nasal discharges. The organism will remain viable in frozen discharges. Otherwise, survival requires moisture and protection from sunlight and environmental microbial contaminants. With the exception of drinking water, the environment is probably not a significant source of S. equi except during an epizootic and for a few days thereafter.
Just got off the phone with Dr. K. She thinks the reports we're reading on the internet are not too authoritative, and mentioned that we don't really know what it is either. In addition to S. Zoo, she said, it could be Bordetella. Yuck. Pasteurella. Yuck.
Tough decisions. Dr. K thinks that she can take a swipe at Phyllis' lumps with a scalpel and get enough tissue for a culture. She says that a cytology alone won't show growth and may not give us a good enough idea of what's in there.
She also hasn't heard about it being airborne, although she agrees we may have a "nasty bug." She's a pretty educated vet, so I'm inclined to be swayed by her.
So, she's faxing a letter to UAN for a lifeline grant for us. And I'm calling her office in the morning to apply for a Care Credit plan.
If we can pull that off, we still have to see what's in Rowan's lumps.
Sorry, the article was not at that library. The lady in the periodicals department said she worked there a long time and they used to get it, but not anymore and they don't have the old issues anymore either, or any issues of that one. Gave me a good exercise though with all that bike riding.
I'm not sure that this thing is becoming brighter or I'm putting on light-colored glasses. I'm desperate to keep from euthanizing the dumpster pigs. But I'm just as desperate not to infect the herd here. Truth be told, I don't know what to do. I may be grasping at straws. It seems like no matter what we choose, there is potential for a grave mistake.
I will try Cal Poly Pomona if I can, I should be able to get there tomorrow. I need the exercise anyway, I've been just sitting online getting fat all summer.Cervical lymphadenitis in the guinea pig.
Author: Henderson JD Jr Source: Vet Med Small Anim Clin (Veterinary medicine, small animal clinician : VM, SAC.) 1976 Apr; 71(4): 462-3
So you want to go to the library catalog and look for the call number for this journal: Veterinary Medicine, Small Animal Clinician
When you get to the call number, you go to the periodical stacks and find the journal.
Then you find the 1976 issues. Look for volume 71, number 4, page 462.