I have been noticing a drop in his weight as although he is very eager to eat veggies + pellets, his hay intake has greatly decreased. On the 15th I took him in for a check-up and he weighed 870g, on the 19th when he had his x-rays he weighed 850g, and this morning (the 23rd) I weighed him at 835g. He has always been a bit of a lighter guinea pig, but I know for a fact this amount of weight loss can't be good. (Note: I am going to start weighing him daily, I had just gotten the scale yesterday as that was when my vet let me know what the diagnosis from the x-ray was.)
So my question is: should I get him some Critical Care and incorporate it into his diet? Would this help him keep up a steady weight? Or is this just inevitable as his health begins to decline? He is still a very active piggie and besides the decrease in eating he seems perfectly normal. He is still eating 1/4 cup of pellets every day (half in morning, half at night) and his 1 cup of veggies (I've been giving him a bit more recently to encourage him to eat). He does snack on his hay for a bit but definitely not as much as he use to.
I'm also curious to know if any of you have had luck with more complex ear infections getting cured with antibiotics? And if so what kind? Casper is still so active that I figure trying the antibiotics while he's still acting like himself might be worth a try.
So I came home from work today and I noticed a bit of blood in the waterline of one of Casper's eyes. I would post a photo but I'm not sure how? Anyways, he's acting normal and I gave him a piece of carrot so I could get a better look at it. I think perhaps he poked himself with a piece of hay or something? As it doesn't look bad but I definitely noticed a bit of blood. Should I be taking him to the vet asap? Or is it okay to wait and make an appointment for the next day? Or, is it fairly common for guinea pigs to poke themselves and will it heal by itself? Any answers will be much appreciated!
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If he isn't squinting and if there's no discharge from the eye, I'd keep a close watch on it. If you do see any signs of infection or pain, then get him to a vet.