4 year old female is squeaking when urinating

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Post   » Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:01 am


Is that an inch ruler, or centimeters?

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Post   » Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:12 pm


An inch ruler. (centimeters were at the bottom but I just cropped the inch one which was closer - the pattern of marker lengths and number of divisions is the giveaway to inches)

EDIT!!!
I looked more closely and don't know. There are 10 divisions, not eight so the impression I had of it being inches is likely wrong.

So cm?

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Post   » Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:44 am


Lynx wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:43 am
I generally crop large photos so you see a smaller part. We can leave your photo above, hosted where ever it is hosted, and I can add this (for example) in case your photo disappears so people can see the size of the stone:
You have a point. I should have cropped the photo, because it is kinda big. But yes of course, just add it to the thread Lynx. All the photos I post here is just to inform and help.
Lynx wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:12 pm
An inch ruler. (centimeters were at the bottom but I just cropped the inch one which was closer - the pattern of marker lengths and number of divisions is the giveaway to inches)

EDIT!!!
I looked more closely and don't know. There are 10 divisions, not eight so the impression I had of it being inches is likely wrong.

So cm?
Yes it's centimeters :) Sry. I didn't think about some users might be from countries where they use inches.

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Post   » Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:34 pm


We are primitive here and always think in inches! But this also means the stone is not gigantic - though still a good sized stone.

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Post   » Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:05 am


Lynx wrote:
Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:34 pm
We are primitive here and always think in inches! But this also means the stone is not gigantic - though still a good sized stone.
I suppose I would too if I resided in the US or the UK :D I have been observering her as much as I can since the procedure and she is still doing fairly well, although some squeaking has returned. It doesn't seem as much as before and not quite as often, but I have heard it a couple of times now over the last 3 hours or so. This puzzles me...

I'm not sure if she's just lazy, but she loves to sit in her house most of the time. It happens some times that her fur is a bit wet from pee when I take her out. Is this a normal thing?

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Post   » Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:45 am


It can be from just sitting there are there may be some urinary incontinence. If you have not already, I would trim all the butt hairs and try to keep her dry down there. This page discusses urine scald, in case that develops.
http://www.guinealynx.info/urine_scald.html

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Post   » Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:58 am


Lynx wrote:
Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:45 am
It can be from just sitting there are there may be some urinary incontinence. If you have not already, I would trim all the butt hairs and try to keep her dry down there. This page discusses urine scald, in case that develops.
http://www.guinealynx.info/urine_scald.html
Thx Lynx. Is there a good way to do the trimming? And how much should I trim? I have done my best to keep the house clean, adding new sawdust several times a day. It has been much better the past few days, but I'm keeping a close eye on her.

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Post   » Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:09 am


I am guessing a small scissors and having someone help you and going carefully would work. I think vets have electric trimmers.

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Post   » Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:20 am


Lynx wrote:
Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:09 am
I am guessing a small scissors and having someone help you and going carefully would work. I think vets have electric trimmers.
Seems like a good idea. I'm just a bit unsure about how it should end up looking. How much should I trim and so on...

Just so I don't forget, this is a picture of our beloved Abigail <3

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Post   » Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:27 pm


She is so darn cute! You just want it short enough that the area stays cleaner. Trim as much as you can do safely.

duskern

Post   » Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:19 am


Lynx wrote:
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:27 pm
She is so darn cute! You just want it short enough that the area stays cleaner. Trim as much as you can do safely.
Thx Lynx :) We think so too and we love her very much. I'm not sure how well it translates in the picture, but she is quite big, ~1,5 kg. She is almost the size of a teddy bear compared to the other two we have :) We will give it a try with the trimming.

Any other advice on keeping her dry? Despite my efforts, we have seen it a couple of times over the last few days. I'm beginning to suspect that she's also really lazy, and thus sometimes resides in the same spot for a long time, resulting in getting her fur wet from pee.

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Post   » Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:04 am


I posted about urine scald above. Do keep track of injury to the skin. Read also:
www.guinealynx.info/uti.html

Do watch for excess sludge and the possibility of a recurrent stone which could be causing incontinence.

duskern

Post   » Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:21 am


We have been monitoring her quite closly. For the last 7+ days we have not heard a single squeak from her. She is also mostly dry right now. We tried to cut her hairs, but we assessed that it wouldn't really make a difference, as it was quite short. I can supply a picture of the butt area. I'm not too experienced when it comes to that stuff. We add new sawdust to their cage in her regular hang out spots a couple of times a day. It seems to be working but at the moment, it almost feels like it's not necessary.

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Post   » Wed Jul 04, 2018 11:08 pm


Glad to hear there does not seem to be a stone. One other way to make sure something is not wrong is to give her butt the sniff test. Odors generally indicate bacterial growth. I had noticed some time ago that my guinea pig when on antibiotics smelled much better. I think some of the antibiotics are peed out and kill the bacteria causing the odor.

duskern

Post   » Thu Jul 05, 2018 2:56 am


I did hear a little squeak from her last night, but our youngest pig was acting up due to that time of the month, running around the cage jumping up on the other two, so it might be related to that. I also gave them beetroot the other day, and sometimes that causes them to squeak a bit when they are pooping. I will continue to keep watch. Everything seems fine today.

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Post   » Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:42 am


We have actually not heard anything since my last post, and she has not been wet all the times I've checked her. I take this as a good sign :)

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Post   » Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:55 pm


That does indeed sound good!

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Post   » Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:15 pm


Perhaps I was a bit fast there, or maybe I jinxed it :( We did actually hear her squeak not long after posting earlier today.

I was talking to a friend of mine and she believes that stones will always come back. Is this true? I was under the impression that they don't always return, even though there's always a risk.

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Post   » Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:32 pm


IMO, they come back more often than not. But I did have a pig that was stone free for over two years after the first ones were removed.

duskern

Post   » Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:44 pm


bpatters wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:32 pm
IMO, they come back more often than not. But I did have a pig that was stone free for over two years after the first ones were removed.
What did you do when they came back then? I'm thinking about getting an x-ray done to check up on her. I have another girl that has to have a trip to the vet within the next month or so.

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