Ginny's Medical Thread

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Sat Feb 03, 2007 1:39 am


Ginny is a female and a little over a year old, as far as I can tell. I've had her since February of 2006. She's been ill four times during this period (two URIs and two UTIs). Her cagemate has been much healthier.

Last night I noticed her left eye was different. It doesn't seem to bother her. She's eating and drinking well, and has gained weight from last Saturday. I've started weighing her daily, now.

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Close up: (This angle makes the white part near the eyelid look very dramatic.)
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Both eyes:
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I have an appointment this Tuesday with Dr. Funk (recommended on the GL vet list). This was the earliest appointment available. My local vet is not too bad with cavies, but I'd like an expert for this.

I've been reviewing all the eye information here so I'll be ready. Any advice, suggestions, or comments would be greatly appreciated.

TwoWhitePiggies

Post   » Sat Feb 03, 2007 2:35 am


Are we looking at the iris/pupil, or the area around the eye?

cutemomomi
Obey My Authority

Post   » Sat Feb 03, 2007 2:36 am


Tracis, I am no expert, but it looks very similar to Shiloe's eye here...
http://www.guinealynx.info/forums/viewtopic.php?t=32738&post ... +eye&start=0
Let us know what the dr. says.

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Sat Feb 03, 2007 3:35 am


TWP, I'm concerned about the iris/pupil area; the area that seems to change color. Her right eye doesn't do this, and the left never did this before, which seems odd. Hopefully, I'm just over-reacting. :)

Momo, Shiloe's eye does seem very similar!

TwoWhitePiggies

Post   » Sat Feb 03, 2007 3:43 am


I wish I could offer advice. I hope it isn't serious!

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Sat Feb 03, 2007 11:36 am


I hope it's not serious too!

Ginny's acting normally this morning. Her eye is still catching the light in an odd way though.

Brandilynn
Who's your Branni?

Post   » Sat Feb 03, 2007 11:55 am


Feel better Ginnygirl!! We love you!

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Maja

Post   » Sat Feb 03, 2007 12:00 pm


I'm not sure if it's just me, but her eye looks like a beginning stage of pea eye to me, there's something strange with her white of the eye... It would also explain her URI's... I'm sure Mum will come around soon and explain you everything ;)

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Lynx
RESIST

Post   » Sat Feb 03, 2007 1:25 pm


Could I add one of the pics to the site so the thread maintains continuity if your pics are moved?

cutemomomi
Obey My Authority

Post   » Sat Feb 03, 2007 1:56 pm


You are doing a wonderful job keeping an eye on little Ginny, the daily weigh-ins and observations would come in handy during the appointment.

I am not sure if this is pea-eye related, but I think our little 6 yr old McMac is showing a little pea-eye in his left (facing me) eye. It is not as severe as the pictures on the guide, but it is obvoius when you groom him or pet head in a backward motion.

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Sat Feb 03, 2007 2:22 pm


Lynx, you have my permission to add any of my pictures to the site.

Thanks everyone, for the advice and support. It really does help! :)

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dgarriques
Got Pigs?

Post   » Sat Feb 03, 2007 2:25 pm


Ahh poor Ginny. If it is like Shiloe then it seems like she may go blind in that one eye. Shiloe is blind in the bad eye and the Vet said it was not caused my an injury or age (she is only a little over 2 yrs).

Good luck with Ginny. Shiloe isnt showing any signs of this bothering her, she still zooms around and wheeks like a spoiled princess.

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Lynx
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Post   » Sat Feb 03, 2007 3:43 pm


Thanks, tracis.

Talishan
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Post   » Sat Feb 03, 2007 4:59 pm


Ditto Maja; it looks like the beginning of pea eye to me, too.

I think there are different types of cataracts; the 'standard' kind evidencing a whitish haze as the pig ages, and a bunch of others, that can manifest differently and are sometimes genetic. If I had to take an uneducated guess, I'd say it's a less common form of cataract with a genetic basis. A better source of information is Josephine's comments on dgarriques' thread Momo linked to.

Please let us know what the vet says.

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Mon Feb 05, 2007 1:28 pm


I'm worried that something more than the eye issue is going on with Ginny. She lost just over 3 ounces in the past 24 hours.

Yesterday, her appetite disappeared. She refused all her favorites. She rejected the water bottles. I've been syringing plain Pedialyte to her, which she absolutely hates.

I've been cuddling and coaxing her to eat, but am preparing to force feed. Her cagemate is worried, and isn't stealing all the food, like she usually does.

She isn't exhibiting any other symptoms (like sneezing, bloody pee, hooting, dropping food). I wonder if she's in pain from something else, though.

Tuesday cannot come soon enough.

Brandilynn
Who's your Branni?

Post   » Mon Feb 05, 2007 1:53 pm


I am sorry for her not eating and the hard wait!!

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Mum
I GAVE, dammit!

Post   » Mon Feb 05, 2007 2:20 pm


Looks to me like a cataract and pea eye.

Pea eye is sometimes associated with heart issues, and cataracts are sometimes related to diabetes. If she's losing weight dramatically I'd get her checked for diabetes and also have an xray of her heart and lungs.

You'll need to aggressively forcefeed her now - don't wait on this.

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon Feb 05, 2007 3:29 pm


I agree with you and can't imagine the eyes being the root cause of the problem. I would call the vet and see if you can get in today. If she has another uri or uti, you want to start treating asap. Pain medication could help too.

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Mon Feb 05, 2007 10:34 pm


Ginny (and I) maintained her weight today.

I wish I would have been able to get an appointment for today. The cavy vet doesn't work on Mondays, though.

eta: Thank you for all the helpful thoughts and suggestions, everyone.

Brandilynn
Who's your Branni?

Post   » Tue Feb 06, 2007 9:49 am


Today today! Today is vetday for Ginny!

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