Recently she has been making a squawk noise and seemed to be straining when assuming the "poop position". I heard this same noise and saw these strains when she had the infection over a year ago. BUT more recently she will strain and make this noise for a few hours and I will either place a bunch of hay throughout that cage for easier access in all her hiding spots OR feed her some critical care. For background info, this has been happening 2-10 times a month for the past two-three months. Now that I am officially out of college and moved into my new place I am looking to get this resolved because it upsets me to see her in pain. She is still eating and drinking, but when she initially gets in these spells she won't eat for an hour or so, but she's maintaining her weight and overall eating normally. Her poops are usually normal formed, but often become softer than the normal "black bean" style pellet poops (however, not cecal poops) during these straining events. She also eats kaytee pellets and oxbow orchard grass hay for the record. Also more times than not these events happen a several (10-15) minutes after I feed them their variety of fresh veggies at night. I am also not sure if the change in the overall water (changes in salts) from moving states could be also an irritant. The past two times this has happened (twice in the past week and half) she has been kicking her back legs out like she's stretching or laying down, then she immediately gets up, hunches, squeaks, and strains to what I believe is poop. I have videos, but I am not entirely sure how to post them on feed.
I would love anyone's thoughts, feedback, advice. Does this sound dietary, like she is intolerant of the veggies? If you know any cavy-savvy vets near Chaska Minnesota (30 minutes SW of Minneapolis) please let me know. I just want to be prepared because I feel like some vets don't know what direction to look in unless I have a solid background. Has anyone else had a pig who strains to poop? How did you resolve it? Could it be a stone? a mass? bad gut bacteria? I tried reading several old feeds, but usually they were left unresolved which worries me for Bailey's quality of life.
Thank you in advance!
My only question is why does it usually happen after fresh veggies? Is it because she's eating more rapidly/ since veggies has a higher H2O content than hay so she has to pee more? Why does her pee usually look normal? What would her pee look like if she passed a stone?
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I would find a guinea pig-savvy vet as soon as possible and have xrays done to rule stones out. In the meantime, do start making a switch from Kaytee pellets, which is a crap product. Better choices are Oxbow timothy pellets or KMS Hayloft timothy pellets.
Some females can pass stones, others need help. Does the area around her genitals seems swollen? Sometimes a stone will lodge there. An X-ray is the only way to be sure if there are stones, and the size. I believe it will also show sludge.
X-rays are expensive, and some vets will try to save you money and suggest trying antibiotics first, but in my experience it's best to know right away if stones are present.
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- Supporter in 2019