How much should I use?
How much fluid should I be aiming to get into her?
Do you think too much fluid in her could of caused the seizure or stress?
I know pixie doesnt neeed this but how long can you keep baytrill for Ive just found some
I'm sorry but I don't really know the answers to your other questions. Fortunately I've had relatively few GP issues, other than I have one now with pneumonia - but who seems to be recovering well, thank goodness.
Wishing you and your little ones the best!!!!!
I had to go to a meeting and logged back in as soon as I got home - so sorry to see the bad news. Take comfort in the fact that at least you tried to give the baby a fighting chance! Sometimes even if we do everything right, things go wrong.
The Critical Care and pedialyte does seem to really help. Maybe you can stock some up for the future. I always keep them both on hand just in case.
And I know you won't like to hear this, but it seems as if you really aren't accepting the advice you're getting on here to help them to the fullest. It was fairly straightforward instructions you were given first off to AGGRESSIVELY forcefeed, and not to give any cow's milk or milk-based products. I'm not trying to upset you or put the blame on you(it could have happened regardless of what you gave them or did...who knows), but even after being told that milk could harm the babies, you insisted on giving it to them. And you keep stating that it's the only thing you can get in them, which I can't understand. ??? And to me, that's like saying, "I'm giving them soda because it's the only thing I can get into them". I'd think if something is harmful for them, it'd even just be better to give them NOTHING, or water, or ANYthing else, rather than something harmful.
Again, I'm not trying to upset you, and I know you want these babies to be o.k., and I'm not there to watch you care for these babies so I can't point any fingers, and I'm certainly not an expert on the subject, but you DID ask why I find this disturbing, so I'm telling you.
Bottom line is, I'm sitting here knowing what I think is best for the babies and can't do anything about it, except to read about and feel sad as each one dies. And some of the gals on here who really know guinea pigs are giving you some very good advice, which you seem to be finding excuses not to follow. This is frustrating(and disturbing) to me. And I"m wondering why you aren't bringing them to the vet at this point, after losing two of them, so they can look them over and maybe show you how to get the critical care into them?
Again, these babies may not have pulled through regardless, but I guess I just feel as if I might handle things a bit differently.
I know you dont agree feeding them baby milk that was evident from the start. I have consulted other forums, phoned cavy rescue centres and all of them have said to feed baby milk, there is even a link on this site for weak babies by mette the vette, she also says to feed baby milk. So can you understand why I fed them milk when 90 percent of people advised me on this.
My intention was to look after these babies not kill them I love them all so much and equally the same, its broke my heart when each one of the died.
And I am putting all my time and effort into ensuring the remaining 3 stay alive. I am not just leaving them in a cage all day and crossing my fingers and hoping they will be ok. I have barely slept since they were born they are all I can think about. Im like a walking zombie crying most of the time. And no Im not looking for sympathy I am just trying to stress how important there life is to me.
I find the advice on forums far better than any advice my vets give, they just dont seem interested. American vets must care more.
It would help if someone explained in detail what you mean by aggressive hand feeding
Aggressive hand-feeding = syringe feeding. The aggressive part is that you don't worry if they WANT it or if they are ENJOYING it, you do it to keep them alive. You figure out how much food they need and you use the syringe properly to get it into them. The page also addresses milk products.
I'm sorry about the baby.
- Still supporting in 2014
Read the link twofinepigs has given you. It will tell you what you need to get started with handfeeding.
I feel for you about the vet issue. When you first started posting, I thought you had a cavy-saavy vet and was all excited because I'd be willing to drive to Hartlepool for a good vet. Mine are very sympathetic, but not very experienced. I'd always take advice here at GL over what the vet says. I wouldn't trust any other site.