Unfortunately we all have to go out of town Sunday through late Tuesday. We have someone who was going to care for her in our home, but I don't think he'd be able to give the medications - it's tricky!
We could board her with the vet during this time. We'd have to drop her off on Saturday morning before they close. I'm leaning toward this choice - I'm worried about her condition getting worse even if we could find someone else who might be able to give the med. That way she'd be under medical supervision.
But I can imagine it might be stressful for her to be away from home, too. Any input on the better option / your past experiences?
I'm still worried about her intake. She did lose 150 grams over the past 2 weeks. The vet said that she was not worried because the weight has stabilized. It has been stable for the past 3 - 4 days. (In fact, she went up a little.) BUT - she is eating very little - less than a quarter of her usual intake. Still pooping, but poops are smaller and narrower than usual. (Could this also be a side effect of the Baytril or would that be just from food intake?) The vet says says to just keep watching her. She seems to particularly be willing to eat kale, so we've been giving her extra servings of that. She'll eat a couple of bites of hay and pellets, sometimes a carrot slice or two. Still seems to be drinking well.
Vet is now closed until Monday, and I don't think we need to go to emergency vet at this point. But I wanted input:
1) She was prescribed a probiotic to give every other day while on the antibiotic. Today is an off day, but we also stopped the antibiotic today. Should we start giving the probiotic every day? There are about 8 doses left.
2) We have some Critical Care from our other piggie, but it expired in 2016. (!) Should we consider a syringe feed to supplement her? I just want to make sure her gut keeps moving!!
Do not start any more medical threads on this guinea pig.
Post » 6/30/2018, 3:32 pm
It could definitely be the side effect of the antibiotic.
Probiotics should be given 60-90 minutes after every dose of antibiotic, and I'd give it for a couple of days after the antibiotic has finished.
If she's not eating her normal amount, I'd definitely supplement with CC or a pellet slurry. The expired CC is probably OK -- the vitamins and minerals may not be as effective as when it was fresh, but it'll do to fill her tummy up.
Post » 6/30/2018, 7:32 pm
Weigh daily so you know how much food you must hand feed if she is not maintaining her weight.
Our girl got her last antibiotic dose (Baytril) on Friday night. Her appetite still seems down. She runs out excited when we bring her veggies, but then mostly just sniffs through them, or nibbles a few then walks away - even with her favorites. I thinK I read somewhere that it can take up to a week for appetite to return after Baytril - does that sound possible?
Any suggestions for getting her re-interested in food?
(She is still eating some hay, and weight is stable / VERY slowly increasing, after some loss when she first got the UTI. Behavior is normal except for minimal eating. Poops were oddly narrow while she was on the antibiotic, but seem to be looking more normal.)
So she has continued to eat and slowly gain weight, but still eating less than usual.
Took urine sample to the vet today - they said it looked good, no UTI.
BUT - we asked about her appetite, and he looked again at the X-ray from 2.5 weeks ago. Apparently there were signs of stasis on the X-ray back then, but he thought it was because of the UTI. Now that she's still not eating he prescribed:
Cisapride every 12 hours X 5-7 days
Metaclopramide every 12 hours X 14 days
The problem is that we are leaving town in 4 days for 15 days of travel. We have a piggie lover watching her, but I'm not sure how experienced and comfortable they are about giving meds.
I really wish they'd told us this when we called to ask about her food intake 6 days ago! We could have started the meds then! Now I'm not sure what to do. Worried about leaving her, but have no choice. Could consider boarding at the vet, but I'd rather leave her with someone who loves her. It's also super expensive to board at the vet, especially for so long. I'm just not sure what to do. :-(
I'm interested in input and experience on how soon the meds might help?