I always liked to read about your gang of pigs, cause you were all so on point and cool and even have your own oppinions if vets suggested something that didnt seem the best.
And if you did everything you could than thats it and of course you did. I can imagine she was living like a queen.
Beside my friend went to euthanise dog (he was 16+)very old and than she said you know what for me it was so difficult to do that and stresful for both on the other hand it was obvious that it would be easier for me and for him if he would die at home-he didnt have more than couple of months ahead of him and all painkillers and stuff, so.. I think you decided more than right, especially if she felt great until the end.
The greatness of man(pig) is in his integerity and his ability to affect thoose around him positively as Bob Marley said and i bet she did..take care.
The drug calculation page I recommend is:
To find out what the dosage is, find the medication first on this page:
The medications page will send you to the right page (antibiotics, analgesics, antiparasitics, etc.).
I wonder if she had heart problems, when she was ill last time the vet had her on lasix and that helped but the said it was to remove the fluid that showed up not for any heart condition She has been full of life since then up until late Monday evening when I noticed that her breathing was more visible but I couldn't hear any rasping or popping. She wasn't hunched over but just seemed to want to lay on her side and sleep a lot. That said she was climbing up on my knees to get pea flakes earlier Monday evening.
I just keep second guessing myself right now wondering what I did wrong or what I should have done better but it all seemed to happen so fast.
What if I had spotted something sooner
What if I had spent more time trying to find and confirm dosages (I'll admit I was panicking more than I should)
What if I hadn't given her the meds
What if I hadn't picked her up to try and feed her and just let her rest.
I am now also worried about what might have happened with Piglets high dose and whether that might have done any damage
However I did find something on the net saying that "
It can be concluded that meloxicam is well tolerated in guinea pigs at the recommended dose, and no
treatment related adverse events were noted at doses up to 3x the proposed dose for 3 times longer
With the 3x dose being 0.6mg/kg
I guess on the plus side she had 18 more months with us than the vet had given her when she was ill in July 2018.
Still sad, gonna miss that fluffy little face peering at me out from under the hay pile.
This is the page that I tried to use as I had used it for the Ivermectin and Antibiotics in the past but when I didn't find Meloxicam there I looked through teh dosing info we had received from the vet the last time and adjusted it for her current weight.
I shoudl have looked harder and did a search on teh forums and found a post where a dosage of .3cc twice per day was mentioned so since that kind of matched with what the vets dosage scaled to I thought it was fine.
I wonder if she did have heart issues if the Meloxicam was too much for her.
- Supporter in 2019
In those 15 years, I have lost my fair share of sweet little pigs. And yes, I have beat myself up and second-guessed so many of the things that I did or didn't do and decisions that I had to make. The fact remains, though, that we're not God. We are human beings who love these little guys and do the best we can with the information that we have at the time and the resources available to us. That's all any of us can really do.
You are a good, caring cavy slave who loved Nala very much. She had a good life with you and, at the end of the day, that is everything. Please try to focus on that in the days to come, and let yourself be at peace.
- Supporter in 2019
There are studies posted online about tests done to evaluate safe use of Metacam in guinea pigs. One study administered 0.6 mg/kg of Metacam each day for 3 days, and then 0.3 mg/kg daily for 3 more continuous days with no side effects.
You take such good care of your piggies - now you need to take care of yourself. My condolences.
Although she was laying on her side when I got home (which they all do from time to time when they are chilling) she was still mobile and could get up and move around but just chose not to and I could see her chest going up and down with every breath but she wasn't all hunched up like the last time she had problems and there were no worrying clicks pops or harsh breathing sounds.
I gave her the meds around 9:30 but then around 11 She was still laying on her side in the hidey and munching on bits of cucumber that I put in front of her. She wasn't interested in Pea Flakes or other treats though which was odd as she was climbing up on me on Monday to get them.
I decided to mix up some critical Care and try and syringe feed her but where she is usually pretty calm when she sits on my lap and will just nip me when she has had enough she was actively trying to get off of my lap and struggling so much that I picked her up and as I put her back on the floor, that's when she tried to run but just fell over instead and the just laid there, so I tried to make her comfortable.
Thats around the time I made the first post about her on Tuesday.
Last night when I got home the other 3 were out for floor time so I just lay down with them for about an hour and they would come up and prod me with their noses. I dont think they were consoling me or anything like that just looking for snacks. Anyway whatever their motives that helped me get my head together a bit.
I just need to focus on keeping a better eye on the other 3 for any changes in behaviour and double, triple and quadruple checking dosages on any meds no matter what the vet says the dose should be.
I just hope that the missus doesn't react in the same way she has done in the past by bringing home more furry critters. I am not sure my heart could stand it.
Given her age and the fact that her hip bones would have fused (as I understand it) could she have had a pup that she couldn't deliver normally and that was causing her pain or should we have seen more obvious signs of that ?
Just worried about the other two if that might be a possibility.