Jasmine's Medical Questions

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Lynx
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Post   » Sun Jun 10, 2018 6:21 pm


That is a significant amount of weight loss. Could you volunteer to care for them for a while so you can weigh daily, watch behavior, give good food and determine if there is a problem?

piggylover49

Post   » Sun Jun 10, 2018 6:28 pm


No, unfortunately that's not possible because I live about 20 minutes away and I'm a teen who can't drive there myself. Also I'm going to sleep away camp in a week so I probably won't see them for another 3 weeks.

piggylover49

Post   » Sun Jun 10, 2018 6:55 pm


Some other info that could be useful: Jasmine is 2 years old, and she has no other known medical conditions besides foot fungus, and she is VERY pear-shaped so it's hard to tell is she's too skinny or too chubby! Like you can feel her ribs if you press down but she looks very fat because her back end is very wide! And no she is not pregnant because she has not been around male piggies as for a long time (years).

piggylover49

Post   » Sun Jun 10, 2018 7:24 pm


Oops! Just realized I made a mistake in my typing ! She was not 1200g to start with, she was 1020g to start with! Sorry for any confusion!

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Lynx
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Post   » Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:36 pm


That is better.

She may have ovarian cysts if she is pear shaped and not pregnant.

piggylover49

Post   » Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:10 pm


Thanks so much for your help! I was also wondering if you know if ovarian cysts can cause weight loss? I looked at the page on ovarian cysts and some other websites, she doesn’t have the other symptoms of hair loss, and I don’t know about mood change because I’m not living with her anymore. However, I think it’s likely she has them based on how common ovarian cysts are in guinea pigs. Should I try and get her to a vet? Are ovarian cysts an emergency? Also she’s been pear shaped like this for as long as I have known her so for at least 8 months.

Lynx- can I send you a picture of her and how pear shaped she is so you can add it the this thread?

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Post   » Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:36 pm


No, ovarian cysts are not usually an emergency. They can be associated with weight loss. Often there is a redistribution of weight to the abdomen. If your picture is clear and crisp, you can send it to me. Add your board name and a link to this post:
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Lynx
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Post   » Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:28 am


Here are the two photos you sent. The top one is the guinea pig you are worried about. The bottom one is another of your guinea pigs. My first impression is that your top pig looks fine.

Please read closely the guidelines for determining a good weight on this page and examine each of your guinea pigs. Let us know your results.
www.guinealynx.info/weigh.html






piggylover49

Post   » Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:40 pm


Thanks you SO MUCH! I don't know what I would do without this website!

I'm probably not going to see them for a while though- I'm leaving for sleep away camp this weekend, and then I won't be going the next week, so I'm not going to be able to evaluate them for at least two weeks.

Do you think she looks overweight/underweight? For the 5 months we had them, we feed them none of the pet store treats, and only the rare tiny piece of fruit or applesauce when they were leaving ;). We feed them hay 24/7 and oxbow food which they rarely finished, and veggies. They also got about 30 mins of floor time per day, usually with lettuce spread on the ground so they would actually move, lol! I'm not sure about if they're currently getting treats, but I know that they're currently being fed hay most of the time, a good amount oxbow, lettuce, and the occasional pice of another kind of vegetable, but they don't get any floor time.

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Lynx
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Post   » Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:38 pm


You really have to feel a guinea pig (along with weighing it) to determine if it is a good size. Hair camouflages so much.

piggylover49

Post   » Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:21 am


Ok, thank you! I’ll let you know her results when I get back!

piggylover49

Post   » Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:45 pm


Oh, no. Some more bad news. I went bak to check on Jasmine today and she did not look good. Crusty eyes, and runny poops. Not liquid, just not fully formed. I'm trying my best to get her to a vet, I understand she needs one immediately. No one trusts me that she needs one, I know I will at least check on her on Tuesday. I pretty sure that if she's not better by then I will be able to get her to a vet. She only lost 20g over two weeks which is not too bad and she is eating, so that's good. Pigsy seems fine and has no symptoms of being sick. I also felt Jasmine's body and backbone. I could easily feel the bumps, and I could feel her ribs.

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Lynx
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Post   » Sun Jun 24, 2018 10:51 pm


Read over www.guinealynx.info/diarrhea.html I would hand feed Jasmine and stop the vegs for now.

She sounds very ill and likely needs antibiotics asap.

piggylover49

Post   » Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:53 pm


Thank you. Unfortunately I can't really do anything besides try to convince my parents to bring her to the vet because I don't live with her anymore. I only fostered her, and her owner can't bring her because she works. Her owner gave me permission, and me and my parents are going to visit her tomorrow. My parents say that if she still looks sick then we will take her to the vet, but I will have to pay for all of it. I think she will likely seem sick tomorrow, so we will probably be going to the vet. I talked to the vet on the phone today and they seem very good. They are an exotics vet that is very experienced. I'll let you know how it goes! Thanks again for your help!

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:54 pm


I forgot this was not your guinea pig. So frustrating. The owners are not at all responsible.

piggylover49

Post   » Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:11 am


Yes, it's very frustrating, I feel so helpless because I really just want her to be comfortable and get needed medical attention. I have such a close bond with Jasmine, and I'm knowledgable about guinea pigs, but I'm not old enough for anyone to have much confidence in me, and I can't drive myself or pay for a full vet visit. I'm visiting her this afternoon, and hear from her owner this morning that she seems normal, but that's what I heard two days ago too when she seemed sick. My mom is a doctor and understands that she needs medical attention, but doesn't really like animals. She said that if she still has diarrhea we will take her to the vet. I am really going to push for the vet this afternoon, I just worry that her owners might not be able to give her the meds and possibly force-feeding her and giving her extra water. I'm not sure my parents would let me take her home to keep an eye on her. Well, we'll see! I'm going to just try and work with everyone and do what's right for Jasmine.

piggylover49

Post   » Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:17 am


Also, I should have clarified this earlier. By diarrhea I do not mean totally liquid, they are just not fully formed. I don't have a better word besides diarrhea ;) Like when she pooped next to her food bowl it stuck to the side of her food bowl instead of falling to the ground, and she has LOTS of wet poop stuck to her feet. Also I noticed she has some poop on her butt, I wiped her and little pieces of poop that were stuck to her fell off. It was hard to see the individual poops in her cage. I also know it's Jasmine not Pigsy because I saw Pigsy poop and she had a nice solid poop, and a saw Jasmine poop and it was mushy. Thanks everyone for understanding and supporting me through this!

piggylover49

Post   » Tue Jun 26, 2018 7:25 pm


Ugh. No vet. I went this afternoon with my Mom. Jasmine did look better; she didn’t have “poop shoes” or a dirty butt. She was the same weight as Sunday. She didn’t have any crust around her eye, it was something different. I am pretty sure it is fungus as it looked like dandruff, and when I inspected it closer hairs fell off with skin attached to the ends. I might have just not looked closely enough in Sunday, or it could have been a buildup of that dandruff skin.

I still wanted to take her to the vet. I tried to convince my parents, but they said we should do it because they aren’t ours currently, and that she seemed better. I’m going to visit her on Thursday. I don’t think there’s anything I can do besides try and convince her owner (unlikely) or my parents. I’m just unsure how I should approach this.

Anyway, she’s looked better so that’s a plus, but I can’t really tell because I didn’t spend a lot of time with her. Sorry, this is supposed to a medical thread!

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Lynx
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Post   » Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:06 pm


You might want to read over www.guinealynx.info/fungus.html This is not terribly difficult to treat, if they would just take the time to carefully do so.

piggylover49

Post   » Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:20 pm


Thank you! I actually treated her and her cagemate for a while using multiple different methods (different anti-fungal areas, chlorhexidine) and it never went away. I would have continued treating her and possibly of brought her to the vet but then we had to give them up. Her current also tried for a while and it never went away. I think it needs to be treated very aggressively for a long time which they are not willing to do.

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