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He has a responsibility to give the pain meds. What a stupid reason not to! It's also important that guinea pigs start eating after surgery..well, if they are left to be in pain I don't think that's going to happen.
I visited another vet today, hoping that I could get the pain meds from him because Beatrice wasn't looking too good today and still wouldn't eat or drink, so I was even more worried than I was yesterday. I had been getting up every couple hours through the night to heat up her heat pack and check on her because I was so worried. Her cage was right beside my bed though, so I could keep an eye on her quite well.
Anyway, this vet gave her subcuteaneous (sp?) fluids, which made me cringe and just about pass out myself. I've never seen that done before and I'm pretty medically squeamish. I got critical care from him too, but still no pain meds. When I brought her home I gave her another dose of the Advil, (which does seem to be controlling her pain fine), and got a bit of C.C. into her. That stimulated her appetite a little, and she was able to eat a tiny bit of lettuce. Through the day I've been feeding her pommegranite seeds (which is the only thing she would eat at first) and trying to get more C.C. into her.
I just finished feeding her 12 cc's of the C.C. and then gave her some orange bell pepper, which she gobbled up, a whole leaf of lettuce, some parsley, 1/2 a baby carrot, and then another larger chunk of pepper. Her appetite is back, she's eating like crazy, and she's looking sooo much better. She's bright and perky looking, like usual, instead of the lethargic, sick little girl she was this morning.
Thanks so much to lynx, pinta and joanna for getting me some vet recommendations. So far they haven't panned out, but thank you.
I'm glad Beatrice is eating again, but honestly, both vets need to get up to speed on how helpful pain meds are for the little guys.
I hope she recovers alright. Yes, keep hand feeding her. Weigh her daily right now.
What I'm wondering about mostly though is that I think I see some pus forming in one end of the insicion. I'm assuming that is an indication of infection. Beatrice's vet office is closed today, but I'm wondering if it's something she'll need to see her vet about, or if I can put something on it topically to get rid of infection. I was thinking of Polysporin or something, but I'm wondering if that would impede healing, since it should be drying out, and an ointment may keep the wound moister than it should be. I've also heard that Preparation H works to heal, but I'm pretty sure it wouldn't do anything to combat infection.
I hope her incision is not opened up much. If you check the surgery page, you'll see that sometimes incisions that are healing do look like they're pulling apart. I hope this is the case for you (that it just looks like it, but that it is healing fine). www.guinealynx.info/surgery.html
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I believe Nolvasan is the most common brand and they have a "Teat Dip" for cattle. That is what you want and only make a small amount at a time. It has to be diluted a bit more than it says on the bottle. Many online veterinary supply sites have chlorhexidine solution as well.
I hope it all goes well, but I'm concerned that it might be a kidney problem, since I know she had a tumor taken off her kidney with her spay.
I'm scared of what I might find out. I hope we're not in for another surgery.