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How about making a list of the possible physical problems. Then, write down all that has been done already that came up inconclusive to begin eliminating the possibilities. Maybe it will become clearer what other diagnostics can be done. How about bloodwork? Has anyone suggested doing that? Maybe it's time to move on from teeth being the problem. I saw her eat and she looked like she had no problem eating.
Make a list of the emotional reasons and see if anything rings a bell.
Just a thought here to try and help. I am sorry that you have no answers yet.
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I'll email pinta.
ETA: Blood work was done at Red Bank before the spay and they said it was fine. I can only assume this was faxed over to Regular Vets. They faxed 17 pages worth of stuff and I think I asked if the blood work results were in there and they said yes, but I could be making that up.
I'll try to think things up, both physical and emotional this evening. I really am stumped since it was Fine One Day Bad The Next.
But she just ate a critterberry. Those things seem pretty hard for hurting teeth. But then some days she refuses the critterberry. NO idea. Sef is sending me some KM pellets as a trial just for kicks so when I get that in the mail, we'll see if that does anything. But I think there's something else going on. What that is, don't know.
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Just for reference, here is Henry, now 12 days post-op.
And the extreme close up:
They took an x-ray to see if it was bladder stones, but they said that her cecum was blocking the view. Then they took another x-ray using something like a tongue depressor to move the cecum and get a clear view. No stones were shown, so they've sent the urine out for analysis to see if it's a UTI.
Red Bank also took an x-ray (and ultrasound) of Henry. They said the bladder was fine. But what if it's not. What if her cecum was in the way on their x-ray also. I don't know if it's possible for the ultrasound to be wrong, but who knows.
This is a long shot, but what if Henry does have stones or a UTI. (Although I guess a UTI isn't possible since she's been on the Bactrim for forever and that should have been cleared up by now.) She's crying while going to the bathroom. Her cecum could have blocked the view. Maybe this is why she's in pain while going potty and I guess it's also possible this is why she's not resuming eating, because she still doesn't feel great.
Again, totally out there as a thought, but who knows. I think that I might make an appointment and tell the doctor to humor me. It might be a waste of time and money, but I'm paying him right?
Also about Dr. Legendre and the teeth: my vet said that his practice consults with some dude in Italy who is also on the board he posts on. That's as far as I got with that.
But what do you guys think about my 'probably not the case, but what's there to lose at this point' thought?
Edit: she still seems incontinent, sort of. She will dribble pee when we're feeding her. Could this be a sign of stones or is she just angry and peeing on us? When she does this it's never normal like she pees and she's done. She peed on us 2 or 3 times this morning and it's never a HUGE amount, it's a smaller puddle.
Pain while pooping can also be due to back problems like arthritis.
Certainly can't hurt to have another xray but I would have thought between an xray and ultrasound, something would have shown up. Maybe she's developed a secondary infection in the bladder.
Hah - I'll bet the dude in Italy consults with Legendre. Maybe your vets should google Dr. Legendre before they are so quick to dismiss him.
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Not necessarily true--it could be resistant to Bactrim. Bactrim knocks out most UTIs really well, but there's always a possibility of some different bug.
I don't know the Italian vet's name, but my vet said that he wrote The Book on guinea pig teeth, so that might be him, Josephine.
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Ditto, if you want to rule out everything.
I can't speak to cecums blocking bladders on views but *every* *single* *x-ray* I have *ever* had done on our pigs has been reviewed with the comments "huge amount of ingesta, can't see for ingesta, lots of gas", yada yada yada.
I am coming to the conclusion that only GL members feed their pigs correctly, the rest of them out there are about starved, and the vets don't know what a properly fed guinea pig's innards look like. If they can gently move her cecum to see the bladder, and if you're willing to pay for it, it would help you rule out (or find) one more potential disorder.