If you have any health shops then they might have cranberry concentrate, that's where I have to hunt down mine :)
I thought i'd syringe the fluid to her like Trick is doing. Maybe 10 cc's of it everyday? And maybe on some days 20.
It worked well when i gave her some water with the carrot juice but i dropped that idea because i thought it would be too much carrot.
PS: Momo is 1.150kgs
I cleaned her bottom with warm water and she hasn't cried or had a wet vagina again during the day.
I haven't found any calcium deposits on the bedding though.
We already took an x-ray and her bladder was clean,no sludge or stones.Her urine was cultured but there was no bacteria found,just calcium deposits.
I changed her diet so it's low on calcium foods,give her increased fluids and metacam on the days she cries when she pees.
The thing that worries me is the wet vagina with the weird whitish substance...Is it sludge?
Is there anything else i can do for her?
She has maintained her weight without problems and is still the heaviest of the cage.
Upon my weekly dental examination i noticed her front teeth seem to be slightly overgrown and not aligned right:
I'll be taking her to the vet and ask for her to examine her molars as well, to see if they are overgrown. Should i be concerned after the filing, or do they recover fairly quick if the problem hasn't become too serious yet (no weight loss)?
If you did anything at all, you would very gently file the nub that is sticking out further. My guess is this will correct on its own. Watch how your guinea pig eats and if the mouth closes completely. Note if the jaw looks at all lopsided.
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I don't really think she broke her tooth because you can see it's a thinner new section on top of the old tooth. I don't really think i'm confident enough to file her teeth even though it's so clear what section needs filing.
I'll continue observing her progress. If i see any weightloss, problems eating, open jaw or lopsided or that the tooth keeps growing i will take her to the vet then.
However she went into heat and it has been lasting for 3 weeks. Her heat was always a normal 2-3 day thing so i got troubled. After inspecting her i noticed her nipples were quite swollen and a bit crusty at the base, and her vulva was a bit swollen as well.
Took her to the vet to check for ovarian cysts and the vet can palpate them easily. She says they are quite small though.
I asked her if we could try to manage this with HCG hormone injections, since i worry about surgery when it comes to piggies.
She said she will be ordering the hormone and we will be giving it to her in a week or so when the hormone arrives. She said that the cysts will most likely return if we just do hormone injections, but we can also give it another course if they do return.
I basically want to try to manage this without resorting to surgery, if possible.
She'll also be getting another x-ray because she keeps crying when she pees or poops. Last x-rays showed no stones, and urine culture came out negative for bacteria. However a year has passed and she still has some trouble passing poops or pee once in awhile, so it's worth taking another x-ray.
I suspect she might have I.C since it seems to come and go, and usually flares up more when she is in heat(she's been in heat for 3 weeks so it has been worse).
I have I.C myself so i can relate a bit. Poor Momo.
However i think the main reason she cries when she pees and passes poops is because she has bladder sludge.
Each time she has had problems with the crying, she always leaves behind a chalky white discharge that none of the other piggies seem to have.
Also when she has this problem for a few weeks, the discharge that comes with her urine is smelly and white.
I don't think it's open pyometra either because it's something that comes and goes and has been going on for a year and half. I can't really pinpoint what causes the sludge but they are already on a bladder stones diet.
However it seems to have gotten worse when i removed green bellpeppers off their diet, so i guess i could start feeding them a bit of that again.
When i mentioned to the vet that her last urine analysis revealed she had crystals in her urine, she said that the problem could be managed with extra fluids.
So i was wondering that if the x-rays show no signs of stones again, if i should manage her sludge with extra fluids and ask the vet for some metacam to help Momo remove the sludge from her bladder with less pain.
She also seems to get worse each time she eats her vegetables, wich again leads me to believe she has bladder sludge.
She's only smelly if she has these sludge episodes, though. And they seem to come and go.
She's perfectly fine for a few weeks, then she starts getting worse when she is coming into heat (i feel worse with my I.C when i'm about to have my menstrual cycle as well).
This time because of the cysts she has been in heat for almost a month, so the sludge episodes are lasting long.
The vet couldn't feel her cysts anymore by the time we went for the HCG injections, but she got 2 rounds anyway.
The rumbling stopped after the first injections and her nipples returned to normal. I can say that so far it has been a sucess.
Her crying while pooping or peeing seems to have gotten better as well. She's doing it maybe once or twice a day, some days not at all.
Since she seems to have a bad phase and then other times where she's totally fine, i am fairly sure she has I.C.
However, just to be on the safe side, i'll be taking another x-ray to check for bladder stones and discussing putting her on a round of bactrim with the vet.
The vet believes Momo is a sludgy pig, so i have to continue giving her extra fluids and vegetables low on calcium.
I'm also thinking about lowering her vegetable intake. She was getting quite a bit more than a cup a day, and i noticed she got worse on those days.
The vet suggested a 15 day course of Bactrim to clear out any possible UTI's. She's been on it for 3 days now and i've noticed she lost 30 grams since then.
She's on a 30ml solution, half a cc twice a day. I have been giving her probiotics and extra vitamin C.
Her poops look normal, but today i have noticed she is more lethargic and puffed up, sometimes squinting and closing her eyes.
She did stop crying wile peeing or pooing though.
I'm about to call the vet because it seems to me she might be intolerant to the bactrim. What should i do next? Ask for another antibiotic, lower the dose or stop the treatment all together?