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He may be having a difficult time settling in, combined with all the other things going on. Also, some pigs are more shy than others.
You are right - pigs are social creatures and having a companion would be very beneficial. Have you considered eating a meal sitting next to him? It may help him to realize that he's not completely alone, and it is safe to eat.
I have a girl that is very shy. She spent nearly a year hiding behind her cagemate before she decided that it was safe to take a treat from my hand all by herself. I hope that this is not the case with Junior.
Did you ever get an x-ray?
We did not get an xray as my vet did not reccomend one at that time. I purchased him on 12/4, brought him back on 12/9 for medical treatment and picked him up on 12/11 to take him to my vet. So, he has been under stress due to all those changes, also.
He has a f/u on Monday at my vet. I would think he would eat by now, but maybe it is going to take him a bit longer(I hope). Keep praying for him, please. He needs all the help he can get right now!
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Does he feel bloated or blocked to you?
The impaction page from the Care Guide ( http://www.guinealynx.info/impaction.html ) states that the gastric transition time for a cavy usually takes about 20 hours (from start to finish), and sometimes can take as long as 30 hours. If Junior started eating (via syringe) late yesterday, hopefully you will see something later today.
You would definitely get more responses if this thread were located in the Medical section of the forum. I hope a moderator can move it for you.
metoclopramide. I guess I just panicked. Last night he ate 2-3 more pellets while I had him out. He is taking his feedings much better. Today I am very hopeful. He still looks good, amazingly, and has basically maintained his weight. If he ate pellets last night, it was only a few, not enough to notice. He also is sniffing his veggies! He ate a bit of carrot. So far carrot is the only thing he even tries. He made me so nervous last night!
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If so, run out and get some Advantage (the plain type, not the other stuff). This will treat the lice very quickly and efficiently. Keep up with the ivermectin treatments for the mites he's bound to have. (Check the dosing instructions on this site before you apply the Advantage).
Stringy poops are a sign of gastric upset. You need to be feeding him his critical care in a 1cc syringe with the tip cut off. He'll need at least 50ccs in a 24 hours period - and many will take up to 100ccs.
You're weighing daily, right?
Vet said ivermectin would treat lice as well as mites, and he goes on Monday for a 2nd dose and a recheck. He still has no appetite, but will nibble on timothy hay and a bit of carrot. What will help gastric upset? He still is not bloated at all, and does not appear tender in the abdomen. He gets about 36cc's of critical care dailyper vet's orders, and that is very difficult to get in him as he fights it terrible. I also am trying to push fluids, but that is tough also. I wish he was a cooperative patient. Maybe his feed needs to be increased, but I would like to cure his gastric upset, or the increased feed may make him uncomfortable. I don't visibly see the lice, and he isn't scratching much.
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I hope he starts eating normally soon. I can't wait until we are done with the dreaded feedings! Other than that, he is doing well. I held him for a while after I fed him, and he licked my arm for quite a while! It was cute, and I was impressed that he just sat there without trying to bolt!
You could also try putting some pellets in the pigloo with him. I find my guinea pigs like the idea of "eating in bed."
When my piggie was on it a few months ago, the vet said some pigs would happily eat it without being force-fed, so after a couple days of syringe feeding, we mixed up a thick pasty blob of Critical Care -- think mashed potato consistency -- and dropped it on top of Kyle's food bowl. He nibbled at it the first time we tried, and the whole blob dried up so I could pick it out easily the next day. The second day, he ate almost the whole thing! You might try it, especially since it doesn't sound like Junior recognizes vegetables as food.
Good luck getting that baby healthy again!