I first noticed he would sit in a ball and just stare. He usually runs from me but I could pet him and he stayed there. Then seemed to pop out of it but didn't move very far. Then a matter of hours later he was eating hay when he stretched his back foot out for about 10 seconds the tumbled over backwards. He wobbles and often tumbles to the side a bit but still gets around the cage. He doesn't wheep anymore nor runs around with his buddy. He does eat however. His weight gain has been only 20 grams compared to 50 for his brother.
I did take him to a vet who does see guinea pigs/ferrets and etc. He ruled out heart and lungs. I was thinking neurological but he seems more to be dizzy and he shakes his head. The vet said observe him and I am thinking inner ear.I have been hospitalized with severe vertigo - I know what that feels life and his symptoms seem similar.
I am not sure much can be done but if it is a potential inner ear infection gone bad that perhaps can be treated?
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He's too young to be started on Baytril, although that may become necessary if one of the other drugs doesn't clear it up. It stunts the bone growth in very young pigs, but sometimes it's the only thing that will work. However, they usually start with something else with a young pup. Bactrim can be used, although it's more effective against bacteria in the urinary tract. Doxycycline is another possibility.
Was this an exotic vet, or just a small animal vet that also sees pocket pets? Because what you describe is pretty common, and I've never heard of a vet not treating it with antibiotics right off the bat.
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