So yesterday evening I noticed that one of my two guinea pigs, Miso, was wheeking loudly while arching his back and grunting. It looked like he was trying to poop or pee and was struggling to do so. I checked their bedding and there seemed to be blood on the fleece, so I pulled him out and set him on a towel to see if he would pee on it. After a couple of rounds of struggling with only 1 poop coming out, I decided to bring him to Angell (MSPCA in Boston) to their ER to get checked out as I couldn't tell if it was GI or Urine related.
Baba, his cagemate, came along for moral support, and after 4 hours in the ER and some imaging, they were able to confirm that Miso does, in fact, have a bladder stone. They were reluctant to have me take him back home as I wouldn't have been able to monitor him today (I couldn't take the time off of work), and they have scheduled his surgery for tomorrow.
The updates from the vets today have been OK - he was peeing very little this morning and his bladder was enlarged - he finally peed a large volume this afternoon though they did notice an off odor, so they started him on antibiotics both for the odor and to get ahead of the surgery. He's still alert and interested in food though!
According to the doctor, they're 98% sure that surgery will be tomorrow as long as he seems strong enough in the morning and that there aren't any other major emergencies that would jump the line at Angell.
I've looked through the post-op guide here and my question is - when I do pick him up from the hospital (hoping!! hoping!) - how long should I keep him separated from his cagemate? and when I do get them back together, will I have to do a cautious reintroduction?
These are my first two piggies and this is the first time either of them have gotten sick since I adopted them 2 years ago, so any thoughts or advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
- And got the T-shirt
What I'd do is separate him in a small area in one end of the cage so he can't move around much for the first few days, gradually moving the fence so that his area is enlarged a little each day.
And yes, you'll have to do full reintroductions, I'm sorry to say. I tried putting two sows back together after that kind of separation, and it didn't go well. I think it would be worse with boars. But if you keep them where they can see and interact with each other (I put all food and hay right at the fence on both sides so they'd have to come to the shared area to eat and drink), it shouldn't be as bad as if they were in separate cages.
You should be able to put them back in the same area in 5-7 days. Don't let the vet talk you into putting them into separate cages that aren't anywhere close to each other.
They did say he was first on the list tomorrow morning so he should be out of surgery by 10 am. The vet had said that they would keep him there for another 24 - 48 hours to make sure he's eating on his own and pooping. Is this normal for this type of surgery? All in all he's going to be at the vet's for 3.5 days at the shortest.