He was cruising around all over my apartment during floor time last night. Such a happy boy. Does anyone know if his head does go back to no tilt, if there is a learning process again? He couldn't been like this for over a year now if that's how long the issue has been present. I know it might not go back to normal, but if the infection subsides, could he eventually learn to have his head normal?
Last year my daughter adopted a baby boar while at college. He is sweet and mellow but not with other males. He has now come to live with me, and I had him neutered 2.5 weeks ago (btw it was super easy and he seemed to not be in any distress or pain and he healed perfectly--the Center for Avian and Exotics does a LOT of neutering surgery and they are very pro neutering so have a low cost day once monthly).
So, I started talking with rescues about pairing him with a female when he has passed 4 weeks post op, but I was at Petco buying hay and saw a lonely baby female in an aquarium there so I bought her. (Flame away!)
Here's my question: she is in a cage in my BR not adjacent to his but not far away (my apt is small) and she is absolutely wild to get to him. She chews the bars, screams for his attention, she's super wound up. I've had her for 4 weeks now, and she is scratching a lot and losing some hair in a v-shape on the sides of her back. I'm finding clumps in the cage like she's pulling it out. I can see she's very stressed but don't know how to help, short of putting her with him (I'm NOT having babies!).
I took her to the A&EC and the vet put her on ivermectin about 5 days ago but it's not getting better. My guess is that it could be stress of being near a boar but not with him, or maybe food allergy? She's getting lettuces and greens that I feed him now and I'm sure she got no veg at Petco. I carefully follow recommendations I've found on these forums and don't ever feed high sugar fruits or seeds and that kind of stuff. Can she be allergic to fleece? She was on Carefresh at the Petco.
She's eating Oxbow adult pellets right now because I couldn't find any young pig pellets locally, the vet told me I absolutely have to feed her young cavy food so I've ordered some online and they will be here today. Is there a way to help her distress? Could too little calcium be causing the hair issue? She isn't scabby or raw, the skin looks fine and she got a full checkup at the vet and was pronounced healthy. At first I thought the spots were just where the whorls are (she's Abyssinian) but they are forming into lines of hair loss.
If you were me in this situation what would you try? Any thoughts are welcome.
- Supporter in 2018
After so long, the head-tilt may be permanent. Only time will tell.
Molly77, I can't blame (or flame) you since 5 of mine came from pet stores. It is so hard to resist when we know the babies probably won't have a very good, or long, life if we don't. And they are just so darn cute! That may be the point, though. Be prepared for problems down the road, too. I've decided that I just plain can not look at guinea pigs in a store.
Diet: They can have fruits JUST NOT OFTEN. Second, they can have adult pellets, but you have to add some parsley or cilantro to their diet if that's the case. Regardless of what others say, carrots are NOT high in sugar and are just fine to feed daily.
Absolutely NO nuts or seeds (as you probably know),