Continual Weight Loss

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Post   » Sat Jun 23, 2018 12:20 pm

Hi all, unfortunately my guinea pig Casper was diagnosed with an ear infection the other day (after an exotic vet looked at his x-rays). I don't remember the exact type of ear infection my vet said he had, but she did state that unfortunately it was one that would be very hard to treat. The best option would be to have surgery for it, but unfortunately the only vet who offers this surgery is a 2hr+ drive away and I am unable to afford it as it would be thousands of dollars :( The other option given was antibiotics, but my vet also let me know that they are usually ineffective at treating this kind of ear infection. So basically, I'm at the point where I'm just trying to give my little guy the best rest of his life that I can. ;-;

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.

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Post   » Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:29 pm

How old is he?

I'd definitely try the antibiotics. They may work, they may not, but it's certainly worth trying.

And yes, you can give him Critical Care and see if it will stabilize his weight. You might even get lucky -- he may like it and eat it from a plate.


Post   » Sun Jun 24, 2018 12:19 pm

Thanks for the reply!

He's only 3 years old. I weighed him again this morning and he was back up to 850g so that's a good sign. The vet that looked after him is out until Monday so I'll be sure and call then about trying the antibiotics and picking up some Critical Care!

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