- Supporter in 2019
Scrotal neuter on the left; abdominal neuter on the right [source: Comparative study of 2 surgical techniques for castration of guinea pigs, Isabelle Langlois, DVM, Montreal]
One says"Make 3/4 inch incision over proximal 1/3 of scrotal sac and express testicle and associated fat pad."
The other says "A small incision is made through the scrotum and tunic."
This doesn't appear to be either of these protocols but so long as it was safe and thorough and results in a neutered guinea pig I think you are fine.
I didn't see Sef's post when I posted. Great pics, Sef! And I would think that the abdominal incision should result in less possibility of infection.
It is roughly 59 days since the missus had put our little boy in with the girls, before he was neutered, and this week Chunky's weight jumped up 114g . That is up just over 10% on last week.
I read that if she was pregnant her weight would be up a lot more than that (50% above her normal weight) and I couldn't feel any movement in her belly so I hope it just her piggging out due to the colder weather (there is a reason we called her Chunky in the first place as she has always been a big girl) as the other twos weight has crept up slightly recently as well, but even so I wont be happy until we get to the end of the month with no patter of tiny paws.
On the plus side Piglet seems to have made a good recovery from his Neutering and is still the same bouncy, hoppy, friendly boy he was before the op and his weight is back up to where it was before he got snipped as well. So hopefully we can start the introduction process tonight or tomorrow as it will have been 6 weeks since his op at that point. I hope there are no issues.
Chunkys' weight is down about 30g today so i am hoping that it is just her eating that caused the big jump but she had dropped 80g the week before
Nala and Suzi will just give him a quick bop on the nose if he gets too over familiar however Chunky will chase him off and chatter at him if he gets to frisky.
I came home to find that Nala was not being as active as she usually is. Not hunched up but just laying out on her side. There was no harsh breathing sounds, no sign of crusty eyes or nasal discharge but her breathing was quite noticeable. I could see her chest rise and fall with each breathe
Thinking that she might be in pain I gave her a dose of meloxicam
An hour later I decided to try and give her some critical care, she took a tiny bit but started getting restless so put her back in the cage and she just flopped over on her side and couldn't stand. She has been like that for about 45-60 minutes now. I can't see any signs of breathing but her eyes are open and bright and she is still very soft and floppy ike she is unconcious. The missus thinks she is dead but she just seems unconscious to me, when we lost Mu Mu rigor mortis set it fairly quickly but Nala is just limp.
I am at a loss as what to do at the moment other than to make her comfortable and hope that whatever it is passes until we can get her to a vet tomorrow.
Any thoughts, ideas suggestions?
- Supporter in 2019
That dose of Metacam would be more than double the recommended amount, based on her weight and the concentration, but even so I wouldn't expect fatal toxicity at that amount and with a single dose. I have to think something else was going on, which is why you saw her in distress earlier.
I'm so sorry, rjespicer.
So if that was double the dose then Piglets was 3 times the recommended dose then? Why would they do that? Piglet didn't have any reactions on that dose although he wasn't on it for long only 3-4 days.
Now I feel even worse like it was my fault. I should have just left well enough alone.
- Supporter in 2019
I'm not sure why your vet prescribed Metacam at that dose for Piglet, but the suggested range is .1-.3 mg/kg.
Again, though, please don't blame yourself for this. I honestly don't think the dose of Metacam had anything to do with it. If anything, it may have made her more comfortable at the end from whatever was going on with her.
My very deepest condolences.