The good news is : BB recovers totally. i.e. no need to rely on any medicine. The bad thing is her gut becomes allergic. This is also the reason for the soft stool. Nevertheless, the vet comments this is acceptable, as long as the stool is formed and good in shape. She increases the weight to 990g. (BB is a fat girl and weighed 1050g before.)
I get Flagyl from my vet. However, my little piggie shows some adverse effect when taking the medicine. Though the medicine proves to stop BB from diarrheoa quite effectively. (see my latest posting in "Diarrheoa again")
Is it possible for you to get the Oxbow Critical Care. This product is very good for piggie. Whenever my little piggie is in trouble, I give her the Critical Care to ensure enough nutritional value.
I would say KP, Avipro, Critical Care and the poop work for my little piggie. Continue to try and see if the situation improves.
My piggie is now suffering from another problem. I am trying to go through the problem together with the piggie. She is showing improvement bit by bit. I am sure that you and your pig can do it. Keep up!
All the Best!
After reading the websites I am concerned that the vet didn´t check baby´s temp. I will call her in the morning tomorrow and ask.
When can I expect Baby to show some sign of improvement? Baby shows no desire to eat solid food. Not even her favorite hay. ?(
Did the vet check the stools for parasites?
I´m wondering if Flagyl might have been a better choice due to the diarrhea.
Give her 50-100 MG/KG C daily while she is ill. And you need to handfeed her. Critical Care is best.
A temperature could help in diagnosis.
*If she gets worse you will need to consider changing meds.
Diarrhea is extremely serious and I´m not really aware of Bactrim doing too much to stop it.
Since she sounds worse I would get her to the vet ASAP and ask about Flagyl and get a hydration subcue treatment. The Flagyl dose we have used is 25MG/KG every 12 hours for 7 days.
If it was a C deficiency she wouldn´t be getting worse with daily C. It sounds more like enteritis. Without the correct treatment she will not get better if it is enteritis. In some cases Antibiotics can make enteritis worse by killing off good bacteria allowing bad bacteria to proliferate.
Your vet needs to understand that waiting is not an option with guinea pigs. Friday is too long. My vets are experienced in guinea pigs and when they are ill make sure they see them right away. Waiting is NOT an option.
Signs of scurvy (C deficiency)include a rough coat, bad teeth, hopping motion when pig is moving, pain when being touched. I can´t remember if diarrhea was one of the signs. Does anyone know?
Just checked a med book - diarrhea is another sign of scurvy.
If you see the vet again DO get a hydration subcue treatment since diarrhea is extremely dehydrating and dehydration can affect appetite and make the pig lethargic.