I am fearing the worst for her health. I'm scared she might die of the gas. It has been 8 days already. She has been eating in this time period even though her appetite is not like it was before. She hasn't stopped pooping either ( the amount of droppings has gone down significantly though). But, just seeing her in so much pain makes me feel so helpless.
Because of her loss in appetite, I haven't been able to follow her diet which has also disbalanced the calcium phosphorus ratio and there's a lot of calcium in her urine. It becomes powdery when it dries up. So I hope that is not bad news? (I read on forums that powdery deposit is okay and gritty is bad news.)
I'm from India. We don't have cavy savvy vets here. So, I do not know if it's actually even gas or something else. I've tried to provide what's best for her from guinea pig forums like these. Is there anything else I can do? Is it too late for her now? Have any of you faced a problem like this before? Please respond with whatever help you can provide at the earliest.
Was her abdomen distended and hard? Did your vet prescribe a pain medication? Are you weighing daily and hand feeding? Have you read www.guinealynx.info/emergency.html#bloat ?I read the signs, lethargy, loss in appetite, smaller and fewer droppings, and immediately took her to the vet.
One wants to make sure there is nothing blocking the passage of food. I take it your guinea pig is pooping okay? It will be less if she is not eating much.
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If you can find it, do store in the the refrigerator after opening, and watch it for mold growth.
You can get infant simethicone and give 1/4 of the infant dose -- that may help with gas.
I'd also soak and puree pellets and just flavor them with the veggies. She needs the roughage, and they should have the vitamins and minerals that she needs. Even if they're high in calcium, a few more days of them won't hurt her.
I believe Oxbow sells products in India. If their pellets there have the same composition as the ones sold here, they should be a good quality pellet for her.
If the vet gave her an antibiotic for a URI, she also needs a probiotic 60-90 minutes after each dose of antibiotic. Bene-Bac is good if you can find it, or you can give part of a plain human acidophilus or kyodophilus tablet.
The products of Oxbow, Kaytee and Zupreem are all substandard here and not recommended by anyone. To ensure that she gets roughage I'm hand feeding her fresh grass. Starting tomorrow, I'm going to make a puree of veggies that I include in her salad. Pellets are not available in any store (they really don't care much about guineas, since they can't profit much out of it), so I'll have to feed her the puree normally.
There's mucus in her uterus. I noticed it when I was cleaning her up. Is there anyway I can clean it? Or will I have to let the medicine take it's course of time? If there's anything I can do to ease her suffering, do tell me.
She is eating irregularly. Sometimes she won't eat for 3-4 hours straight. Next you see her having food normally like she would when she wasn't unwell. I suppose this isn't normal behavior?
I'm fearing that she's slipping into a GI stasis because her poop size has reduced and I have noticed a tear shaped pattern on it. She's still lethargic and she's puffed up when she sits, sometimes (no bloat).
I have some questions as well -
1. I had given her carrot juice yesterday in the morning which came out of her system today, almost 24 hours later. Is this how long the digestion process normally takes?
2. I've kept a track of how many droppings she has had since the last 4 days. Should I share it here, if it'll help you get an insight?
3. I'm giving her water with a dropper. Have been giving around 40-50 ml. Is this quantity right or I should increase it?
4. The vet has not prescribed any probiotics for her. Would it be unsafe if I gave her probiotics anyway? Because, I think it'll help her.
If there's anything you need to know from my end to assess the situation, let me know.
Please respond as quickly as you can. I'm really worried for her!
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They don't eat ALL the time. I wouldn't be too worried about a gap between periods of eating as long as she's not losing weight.
The water you're syringing her may be the cause of the teardrop-shaped poop.
I don't know that the number of poops she's had in four days would tell you anything without a comparable period of time to compare them to when she wasn't having problems.
My guess is that any problems you're seeing now, especially regarding poop, is the result of the medications. Once she's been off them a few days, you should see some improvement in her appetite and behavior.
Exactly what are the drugs? What is the laxative? What is the homeopathic pain killer?
See also www.guinealynx.info/teeth_broken.html in case she filed them too short.
Good news! The massage pad is arriving today. For how long should I put her on it and how many times?