Know you guinea pig, know your poo

emilyam19

Post   » Tue Jun 25, 2013 3:03 pm


If you see anything in Charlie's medical thread that might be helpful, you're welcome to it. I have a lot of weird poop pictures courtesy Charlie (there's even a folder on my desktop).

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Lynx
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Post   » Tue Jun 25, 2013 6:07 pm


Are Mork and Mindy females? Males have banana shaped ones, no? I'll go add that photo to this thread too.

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Ech90
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Post   » Tue Jun 25, 2013 10:10 pm


Lynx, Mork is an intact male and Mindy is a spayed female.

The droppings in this picture are definitely from Mork. I watched as they were coming out of him! I'm not sure what you mean about a banana shape? The only thing that has ever really stood out to me about Mork's poos is that they often have a lighter brown streak running down them that contrasts with the dark brown color of the rest of the poo. You can kind of see it in the picture. The vet told me it isn't anything that I should worry about, though.

Mork's (male) poo:
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Lynx
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Post   » Tue Jun 25, 2013 10:31 pm


I can say that I recall pictures of male pigs poops looking different. Is Mork neutered? The poops are different for neutered and non-neutered guinea pigs.

kjayne

Post   » Wed Jun 26, 2013 6:06 pm


I had a female pig that had more banana shaped poops. Since she was adoped, I was curious to know if she had maybe been a neutered male, but her bits were all girl.

wenton5

Post   » Wed Jun 26, 2013 7:27 pm


Yeah everyone! Here are some links regarding poo; some with pics some not. I am so happy everyone is into this! :) Thank you!
L and the gang
http://www.guinealynx.info/forums/viewtopic.php?t=45277
Couchon's "How much to hand feed" is excellent on bloat
Guinea Lynx :: Topic - SEEKING ADVICE ON DIARRHEA
http://www.guinealynx.info/forums/viewtopic.php?t=80 -
Guinea Lynx :: Topic - Critical Care Probs, and bloating
http://www.guinealynx.info/forums/viewtopic.php?t=9157
http://www.guinealynx.info/forums/viewtopic.php?t=67398

Lynx, if I did the threading wrong please forgive, I'm pretty much computer illiterate. I LOVE everyone's ideas! Threads, pics, Bookfan summaries, thank you thank you!
I will find more threads in a few days when family leaves.

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Jun 26, 2013 9:17 pm


I wish this was a "one answer works for everything" type problem but it sure isn't.

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Delaine
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Post   » Wed Jun 26, 2013 10:39 pm


Ech90

I am so sorry to hear about Piggy. You have had so many losses.

I must say Mork and Mindy pass mighty fine poops. You of all people must marvel at the sight of such healthy guinea pig poops.

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Ech90
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Post   » Thu Jun 27, 2013 1:46 am


Delaine, Mork and Mindy do have nice poops, don't they? It almost amazes me when I go back and look at pictures of Buttercup's mushy ones. I honestly think that I've blocked most of it out so that I'll only remember the good parts about her. I miss Bcup so much, but I definitely don't miss her poos!

Lynx, I did a bit of searching on banana shaped male poo and found a picture of it in a thread from 2002. Link Mork's have never looked like that! He isn't neutered, so I wonder what accounts for the difference.

Wenton5, thanks for making this thread! I think it will be useful for people to have this information and links to different threads all in one place.

wenton5

Post   » Thu Jun 27, 2013 2:12 pm


Soft droppings, due to Metacam? Bookfan's thread from Lucy:
"It's looking like Lucy's soft poops are caused by metacam. She's been on it for some time to be sure arthritis pain isn't affecting her appetite since she's been underweight. Now that she's back to a healthy weight, we've tried her off the metacam & no soft poops for a week. That's the best she's done in months."

http://www.guinealynx.info/forums/viewtopic.php?t=62489&post ... ucy&start=40

Bookfan
For the Love of Pigs

Post   » Thu Jun 27, 2013 2:25 pm


We do have to keep her greens to a minimum - I mean very little or we get soft poops again. But before she stopped the Metacam, all she got for several months was pellets, hay & vitamin c tab & had chronic soft poops. And now they're normal.

Just wanted to clarify. I'll ask our vet about it the next time I see her. She is on maternity leave so it might be a while.

wenton5

Post   » Thu Jun 27, 2013 2:35 pm


Thanks Bookfan, Lynx, I was going to check out three other threads suggested, if you want to come in here and add all the links onto one of my postings here, great. Thanks, Lara

wenton5

Post   » Thu Jun 27, 2013 2:38 pm


Soft poos even after an exam from the vet:
Emilyam's Charlie:
http://www.guinealynx.info/forums/viewtopic.php?t=68158


Bookfan
For the Love of Pigs

Post   » Thu Jun 27, 2013 2:45 pm


Here is Elle's story - slightly soft poops from when we first adopted her & gradually got worse:

http://www.guinealynx.info/forums/viewtopic.php?t=46128&post ... lle&start=20

Starts on page 2 about a third of the way down the page.

I'd like to create a nice summary, but I've been so darn tired. Hope the link helps.

Also, I recently asked our vet if stress could cause soft poo. In her opinion, yes in some animals, but *not* in guinea pigs.

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Ech90
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Post   » Thu Jun 27, 2013 3:02 pm


Here's another thread that I had bookmarked when I was reading up on soft poo because of Buttercup:

Soft poop: what the vet said

emilyam19

Post   » Fri Jun 28, 2013 5:56 pm


For anyone who is interested in using Bio Sponge (one of the products suggested that I'll be using on Charlie), a helpful contact is Heather Mathews (Platinum Advisor Team). We spoke with her about ordering a syringe and she was nice enough to even give us a free shipping code. Her number is (800) 553-2400 ext. 112

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Ech90
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Post   » Fri Jun 28, 2013 9:20 pm


Platinum Performance really does have excellent customer service. I think they sent me a catalogue or something in the mail, and I called to ask to be taken off of their mailing list so that I wouldn't receive any more. I don't remember who I spoke to, but I explained that Buttercup, the guinea pig the Bio Sponge was for, had died. I was having a very hard time accepting that she was gone, and getting mail from Platinum Performance was just like a sad reminder of all the things we had tried that weren't able to save her.

I knew I probably sounded really stupid as I was explaining all of this, but the person on the phone was so nice. She said that she was so sorry the Bio Sponge didn't work and offered to give me a full refund, even though that isn't what I had called for. I didn't accept the offer - after all, it wasn't their fault that Buttercup didn't respond to any treatment and that she had died - but I was very impressed by the level of customer service I received. The Platinum Advisor that I spoke to seemed genuinely upset to hear about Bcup's death. I got the feeling that the people at Platinum Performance really are animal lovers and really do care about the animals their products are used for.

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pigwidgeon

Post   » Sun Jun 30, 2013 9:26 am


wenton5, thanks for starting this thread! I actually have some poop-related concerns to share.

My niece and brother asked me to come over today to clip her guinea pig's nails (they only got him recently and were worried about hurting him). It turned out to be a difficult task because his nails were so encrusted with poo I couldn't see a thing. My niece tried to get the poo off with a wet paper towel but it was really crusted on there. I asked how often they sweep the poops and my niece said every day, but she added that the pig always lies in his poops in his pigloo. I looked in the cage and noticed that the fleece was smeared from soft, light-colored, stinky poops. The pig himself also stinks, but I can't tell if it's from the poop or something else. I asked if they give him baths, and my niece says they do, about once a month or so.

This pig has had soft smelly poops as long as they've had him, at least that I've seen. I told them to feed less veggies and more hay for now, and to take the pig plus a stool sample to the vet. But I know they won't do it because my brother and sister-in-law are very busy people, and the pig appears completely healthy aside from the smell and soft poops. Plus I told them the same thing the last time I was there and they still haven't done it. I directed my niece and sister-in-law to this site but I doubt they use it much. Mostly, they just ask me their questions. I'm all like guys, I'm not the guinea pig whisperer; I just do a lot of research on the internet. 90% of the stuff I tell them is from GL.

I've been reading through all the linked threads on soft poops and none of the circumstances sound exactly the same as this pig, so I am confused.

How would you guys recommend I proceed? I don't want to be overly paranoid but this situation really doesn't seem normal. My niece doesn't seem to mind his stinkiness and soft poop, but if he were my pig, it would bother me a lot.

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Lynx
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Post   » Sun Jun 30, 2013 9:55 am


I totally understand about worrying about the soft poop and stinkiness. Other things that may happen is they pay less attention to him due to smell. Smell can also indicate bacterial growth, perhaps meaning a UTI could be more likely if there is contamination.

How about take out the pigloo. Encourage the pig to move around more. Make sure the cage is really big. Do a really really close analysis of food provided. Someone recently had a problem with a single batch of Oxbow pellets. Bring over some of yours, clean the cage really well, maybe try aired pine shavings for a while.

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