After phoning around to all the vets and having no luck in finding one who would see her, I finally found a clinic just outside of the city whose vet would have a look even though she wasn’t an exotics vet. The vet looked her over a little —she didn’t think she was in pain or anything. She sent us home with some critical care; a few hours later, after 3 or 4 doses, she started eating her hay again and by the end of the day was completely back to normal. She’s been great all week, eating lots of hay/ pellets and drinking lots of water and begging for vegetables every time someone opened the fridge.
This morning, she begged for veggies like she normally does so she was given some romaine lettuce. A few hours later, we noticed she wasn’t eating again so we started critical care once again. She’s had about 4 doses in the last 6 hours or so but hasn’t reacted at all.
History: at her wellness check up a few months ago, her vet felt a large mass in her abdomen on her left side. He didn’t know if it maybe her kidney was enlarged so he did an X-ray. The x-ray didn’t tell us much — just that the mass wasn’t her kidney. He said he can’t tell much else without doing surgery but that at her age, surgery was really risky and he wouldn’t want to do it.
I have to go back to work tomorrow so I won’t be home to keep an eye on her — I don’t know if there’s something else I should be doing or if it’s just her time.....
- And got the T-shirt
And it is hard to diagnose an abdominal mass in a guinea pig. If you had access to a clinic that offered ultrasounds for guinea pigs, you might be able to learn something. But I agree with your vet that exploratory surgery on a six year old is too risky to undertake.
Given your location and lack of exotic vets, I'd probably opt for keeping her comfortable as long as possible. If she's still alive by the time your regular exotic vet gets back, he might have other ideas.
Because you do not seem to have a vet who could do a surgery if required, pain medication may help keep her comfortable.
Start weighing her daily and read over www.guinealynx.info/handfeeding.html too.
I’ve had to change up the hay placement a little; I have a hay rack that she used to sit in front of constantly to eat but since she was sick, she has no interest in getting hay from it at all. Now she’d rather just eat it from the floor of the cage so I just pile it in and let her go to town -she’s gained back 30 grams!
I’ve also added a water bowl along with the 2 water bottles that are normally in the cage — she’s always liked drinking from a bowl so I figured the more options for getting water, the better.