Miyu is a black peruvian male pig who's 5 and a half years old.
However, the poor little guy has been going through several issues since Monday, starting with my family and I finding blood in his cage. That morning we took him to a different vet, due to him needing x-rays to find out the cause of his problems. The vet found a stone heading for my pig's bladder. She ended up prescribing Meloxicam, Dimethicone, and Enrofloxacine. She ruled out any surgeries for the time being, arguing that the stone would be able to travel outside of Miyu's body in no time. However, after all these meds, Miyu completely lost his appetite, although he still nibbled at his hay pile from time to time.
On Tuesday, I texted the vet about it. She prescribed him Cisapride to increase his digestive motility. We also began to feed Miyu mashed pellets and water with a syringe. Wednesday, I began to notice that Miyu's mood had gone absolutely downhill but he was still taking the syringes but he wouldn't touch his hay nor the water bottle anymore. Unfortunately, he wouldn't take more than 2 or 3 cc of food at once. He's 900-ish grams.
Yesterday, the vet took another x-ray. We found that the stone kinda shrunk down, but it still isn't nowehere near the exit of Miyu's body. However, the vet was optimistic about Miyu's case, saying that he would end up pushing the stone out in time. She also reduced the enrofloxacine to only 0.12 ml and prescribed him metoclopromide, butylhyoscine, and more cisapride. She also told us that he could take more meloxicam if we saw him in too much pain. Lastly, she mentioned a really "remote" scenario in which Miyu would get depressed due to his inability to cope with the pain, which would require surgery to remove the stone.
However, I kinda felt another decline between yesterday and today. Miyu becomes exasperated too quickly during his feeding sessions and moves his head around, trying to push the syringe away with his front feet, etc. He also will rarely nibble away at fresh veggies when we offer them. Lastly, he spends a lot of time slumped down on my lap, on the couch, in his cage...
I really want to see him improve. Is there any advice you could give me to at least raise his spirits a bit? Anything to get him to eat more per session or in his own cage?
I'd also like to ask for your opinion regarding the implications of the whole situation. If Miyu had to go to surgery at his age, would it be worth the risks? Also, I don't want to be pessimistic, but is it worth it to make my pig go through all this pain? I really don't want to see him suffer, but I also don't know how to tell when a pig is in too much pain. I really wouldn't want to euthanize him but sometimes he looks as if he only wants to rest.
Thank you for taking your time to read about my precious piggy and his current predicament. I'm really hopeful that he'll recover but I'd like to hear about what other GP owners think.
Also get some critical care and mix with water or unflavored pedealyte. Miyu may find that more appetizing than mashed up pellets and water. Ours love the apple/banana flavor.
*edit* I know it may seem like i keep banging on about this on other threads but we also found that when they showed no interest in any other food they woudl all perk up if we put a tray of wheat grass in there. However that is just based on our experience, your mileage may vary as they say.
Thankfully after the Bene-bac tip they all started eating heartily.
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It's rare for a male guinea pig to be able to pass a stone because of the length of the urethra. And if the stone falls into the urethra and blocks it, you've got a full blown medical emergency.
His loss of appetite is almost certainly due to the enrofloxacin -- it's a known side effect, and one that is often difficult to manage. Your pig MUST eat -- guinea pigs have to have food moving through their guts at all times to prevent painful/fatal stomach ulcers and bloat. See http://www.guinealynx.info/handfeeding.html for hints on how to do that. But do it, even if he doesn't like it.
Nothing that I know of will reduce the size of an existing stone. It may be that it's a slightly different position in the bladder and looks smaller, but it's almost certainly the same size or larger.
He needs to see an exotic vet who can remove the stone. It's not a terribly difficult surgery for a pig, although any kind of surgery has some risks.
- Catie Cavy
- Supporter 2011-2019
Lots of fluids and muscle relaxing drugs can sometimes help a pig pass a stone, but I’m more familiar with stones in females than in males.
Lynx, the vet has kept several pigs before so I'm assuming that's how she's picked up her experience with small animals, but I'll certainly be looking for alternatives just to be safe.
Unfortunately, I'm also starting school on Monday so I'm going to try to get my mom involved in terms of taking care of Miyu while I'm at school. Hopefully once he's off the AB, he'll regain his appetite until the surgery (if it does take place).
As expressed previously, I'm concerned about any potential complications that may arise due to Miyu's age and weight, but I'm hopeful that the surgery will be able to help him survive for another year. Thank you for all the advice. I'll keep my fingers crossed.
- Supporter in 2018
Good luck to you both. Keep us informed, we do care.
Good luck any news on the little guy?