Senior Girl - Critical Care - Pasty Green Poop

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Post   » Sun Sep 24, 2017 9:41 pm

Hey, there. It's me, again. I wonder if I might pose a few questions about another one of my ladies?

Munchie is one of our senior statesmen, somewhere in the vicinity of five-and-a-half years old. She is housed alone, for the time being. (Her last cage mate passed away, about six months ago, and trying to introduce anyone new has been... stressful). She is in a large C&C cage, on fleece bedding, with a steady diet of hay, pellets, and fresh water.

Recently, Munchie started losing some weight. She went down a total of six ounces, over the course of a month, or so. We traced it back to her not tolerating sugar snap peas, which were newer to her diet. (Not terribly frequent, but, the last drop in weight corresponded with the ingestion of a sugar snap pea). She did go to the vet, in the interim, who had us put her on a third of a portion of Critical Care. Other than that, she has still be eating, and drinking. We've taken out most of her greens, for the time being, as her tummy doesn't seem to be enjoying much more than carrots. (Lettuce, cucumber... Not tolerated, too well). All has been going okay. She even gained an ounce. But, we are still with the Critical Care.

Tonight, she had some of her Critical Care. She eats it, pretty well, so I tend to let her eat it off of the spoon. She ate her portion, and went back in her cage. For the first hour or so, she had a number of solid, well-formed poops. Then, I looked in her cage, and she had two smudges of pasty, light-green poops. They weren't runny, they didn't smell funny, and she mostly went on like it was no big deal. She's drinking, eating, and cleaning herself. And, the last few minutes, she has had some more solid, albeit small, poops.

My major question is, can Critical Care cause this? I wondered, about the warmer water... Or, if she was maybe a bit backed-up, and it could have forced through her? She goes back to the vet, tomorrow, for a re-check, and I plan to bring it up. I just wanted to know if anyone else might have experienced this, and could please provide some insight? Anything that I should/could be doing for her?

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Post   » Sun Sep 24, 2017 9:49 pm

I suppose CC could cause it, but as it seems to be resolving itself, and you have a vet check tomorrow, I wouldn't worry too much about it. Just keep an eye on her and make sure it doesn't turn into all-out diarrhea.


Post   » Sun Sep 24, 2017 9:58 pm

Thank you, so much! It was a big shock, to see. But, her appetite is better than it has been, all day, all of a sudden. So, for now, my fingers are crossed!

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Post   » Sun Sep 24, 2017 10:46 pm

This definitely happens with my guinea pig -- if she eats a lot of critical care, her poops turn a lighter, greener color, and are softer and larger than usual. It gets better with smaller, more frequent feedings, and the more hay she eats the more normal they become.


Post   » Sun Sep 24, 2017 11:11 pm

Ah, thank you, thank you! That sets my mind further to ease. We'll break up the feedings, even more, in the future. She has plenty of good, solid jellybeans in there, now. She probably thinks I'm loony, looking in on them, every time she shakes her butt. ^^;;;;.

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Post   » Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:53 am

Often the green poops are the cecal feces which get reingested. Usually they do smell stronger as they have lots of stinky bacteria in them. I hope she stabilizes. I would not rule out the possibility of malocclusion or another medical condition. Have the vet examine her closely.


Post   » Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:15 pm

Dr. M2 (husband to our regular) examined Munchie, today. He didn't find anything immediately wrong, to have caused the problem. A look-see of her teeth revealed nothing off. She got a round of fluids, for dehydration. Dr. M2 also put her on a course of Bactrim, for what he suspects to be an infection, as well as a few days of Metacam, and a fever reducer. Poor baby was running a fever. :( We're going to see how the medications do for her, and, if there isn't relative improvement, soon, she'll be going back. (We also have Emergency access, in the middle of the night, and weekends). The next step involves x-rays, and a deeper look. For right now, she's hanging out, loopy as can be. But, she got a little something to nibble, and she's at the water bottle, so, our fingers are crossed.

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