- Catie Cavy
- Supporter 2011-2018
Good luck and keep us posted.
If there is a stone, it can block passage of urine, which is an emergency.
And as Lynx inquired, was a radiograph taken to determine if there are bladder stones? And how did they diagnose her UTI?
Also, be sure to give her a probiotic 1-2 hrs after you give her any antibiotic.
She seems fine although we did syringe feed her about one and a half Tablespoons of Critical Care powder every day and also gave her Bene-Bac 60-90 minutes after the Chloramphenicol each time. She is a younger Guinea pig though.
Just make sure you use gloves when handling the Chloramphenicol
A few months back Suzi was put on Baytril for a suspected ear infection and that did seem to adversely affect her appetite and since she had been having problems with GI Stasis previously the vet took her off of it after 10 days rather than keeping her on it for the planned 6 weeks. Again she is a younger Guinea pig and we didn't know about Bene-Bac at that point so i dont know if that was a factor
We had been given a number of different mix amounts ranging from 1 part powder to 1 part water up to 1 part powder to 3 parts water. I usually use 1 to 2 or 1 Level Table Spoon of powder mixed with 40ml of water.
It all started with bloody urine (as in blood red) which prompted me to take her to the vet. My vet did an x-ray which showed a thickened bladder that had sludge in it AND what the vet thought was a blood clot. The vet did a urinalysis and a culture to identify the UTI. After her bad reaction to Baytril (4 days worth), the vet switched her to chloramphenicol. She was on that for two week. I syringe fed her Critical Care the whole time because her appetite was low. Since she's been off of the antibiotics (six days now), her appetite fluctuates from not eating at all to nibbling a little on hay and greens, so I continue to feed syringe her with the help of a friend when I'm at work. I also give her simethicone once a day to help with any gas she might be having from eating veggies again, and continue the meticam twice a day for pain. The vet said we can do another x-ray to see if there have been any changes with her bladder. I asked the vet about probiotics and she said there aren't any for piggies, other than feeding her a healthy pig's feces, and that's usually not suggested unless there is diarrhea, which my girl doesn't have. I am in need of some good 1 mL syringes. I don't like the ones I ordered on Amazon. Any suggestions on where I can buy some?
All of the 1ml syringes we have came from the Vet as they were for meds.
As far as Probiotics what we have been told was there were no studies in to the effects or benefits for Guinea Pigs (like so much Guinea pig related health stuff) but we started to use Bene-Bac and have seemed to avoid serious appetite issues (although that could just be coincidental). We also give our girls the Oxbow tabs for Digestive Health (and also for Vitamin C and other stuff) again no studies in to whether they actually do anything but they seem to like them.
When Nala was on chloramphenicol we found that she became selective about what veggies she would eat. She wouldn't touch stuff that she had eaten before but woudl eat Peppers and Green chard. All of them love wheatgrass too and Nala would eat that even when she was being picky.