EMERGENCY - Cavy swallowed my nosering


Post   » Mon Sep 29, 2008 3:52 pm

It is a long story but she was playing, and natched my nose ring out. Yes, it hurt.

Despite all possible efforts and bit fingers, the nosering got swallowed.

The good part, i think, is its a cheap nosering. Aluminum. If she is like my other animals, between chewing and everything "else" the gets squished into a ball...

Bad news... she swallowed a post type nosering. I cant afford to take her to a vet right now due to some OTHER emergencies... what do I do?

She is a few months old. still small, but not tiny.


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Post   » Mon Sep 29, 2008 4:03 pm

I hope your little guinea pig will be all right. Very scary.

It can take up to 30 hours for food to go through a cavy's digestive tract.


If she were mine, I'd have her x-rayed by the vet.

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Post   » Mon Sep 29, 2008 4:36 pm

I think it's very unlikely that a post-type ring will go through her system without pucturing something internally.

You can wait it out - and she may well die (a painful death) - or you can get her xrayed asap.

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Post   » Mon Sep 29, 2008 5:45 pm

As your title states, this is an emergency. She needs to see a vet ASAP, I can't really give you any other advice here.


Post   » Mon Sep 29, 2008 5:46 pm

Ok, um... I appreciate the advice... but can you not make me feel like absolute scum for me not having the money for a vet? Emergencies happen to everyone.

I love Daisy.. more than any "human friend" I have.. but the truth is, I couldnt even afford to take MYSELF to thedoctor when I broke my toes. Its not like I am making a choice of something over her.. but there is X amount of money. I have X. Everything beyond X (including MY OWN MEDICINE) just cant happen. I am going to go make myself some more Ramen again and feel crappy.

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Post   » Mon Sep 29, 2008 5:51 pm

No one is making you feel like absolute scum, they are saying that the best course of action is to take your pig to the vet.

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Post   » Mon Sep 29, 2008 5:54 pm

No one has suggested that you are scum for not having money. It's true that accidents can happen to anyone.

Is there any way you can borrow funds from friends/relatives for a vet visit?


Post   » Mon Sep 29, 2008 5:59 pm

No one has made any judgements about you here at all, so I don't understand your response. You asked what to do and you were told the best course of action.

Realistically, a post type nose ring will not go through your pig without causing internal damage. Something will be perforated. Then bleeding and shock will set in. Then you will need to take the pig to the vet anyway, to be humanely euthanized or watch it pass at home.

Listen, we all understand being short on cash. Call the vet and tell them what has happened and see if they are willing to work with you. Many vets will set up a payment plan for people who are hurting financially. The other option might be to see if there is a rescue in your area who might be willing to take the pig in and get it the medical care it needs.

The thing we DON'T want to see happen is that this pig is left to suffer due to lack of funds while you just sit and feel bad. You don't want that to happen, we know that! So, you need to make some decisions to prevent that from happening. It's part of being a responsible pet owner. I'm sure if anyone else can think of any other solution, they will come on and say.


Post   » Mon Sep 29, 2008 6:12 pm

Honestly don't take anything people say as a judgment. You came here because you were curious what the best course of action would be, and the best course of action is to take the guinea pig to a vet. Whether or not you have the money does not change whether this is the best decision for the health of the pig.

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Post   » Mon Sep 29, 2008 6:40 pm

If anyone has specific experience with those they may want to weigh in, I am just linking what I saw the other day from a rescue site. I know Care Credit is often spoken of positively.

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Post   » Mon Sep 29, 2008 7:21 pm

This is probably a dumb question, but I'll ask anyway - do you have a credit card for emergencies you can use for this?

I don't have experience with internal earring puncture, but Piggie Crocket went into shock and was probably miserable seconds before her death. I was lucky she was at the vet at the time, so the Dr was able to, um, make it stop, but still. Sounds like something I don't want to have to see first hand.

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Post   » Mon Sep 29, 2008 7:30 pm

Sorry I have a question about all of this. Even if she did get an x-ray, what could be done for the pig in this situation? Could the vet get the earring out?

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Post   » Mon Sep 29, 2008 7:43 pm

Could the vet get the earring out?
I suspect it would depend on the skill of the vet and the location of the ring. At least it could be monitored and the pig humanely euthanized if necessary.

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Post   » Mon Sep 29, 2008 8:08 pm

Please let this be a reminder to all piggy lovers, please keep them safe! They depend on us completely for not only their physical needs (proper food, housing, water, medical care), but also for their safety! It's so easy to forget that there are so many hazzards around our houses, and on us! that can be devastating to our piggies.

Please take some time to evaluate your piggie's surroundings.

Are there large, heavy objects on the walls next to or above your piggies cages? All it takes is the rumble of a truck outside to vibrate the wall and cause a heavy object to fall right onto your little creature.

Do you leave the plastic bags just a little too close to the grids on their cage sometimes? They love to eat...nearly everything!

Do you hold them and snuggle while you're wearing a crocheted sweater or set them down on a knitted afghan? No matter how well-groomed their nails are, they can abruptly run and get a nail caught in the holes of our garments and linens.

Are your electrical, cable or telephone lines running out of the wall where you allow them floortime? Please don't think that because "they have always been permitted to be around those, they don't bother them and nothing's ever happened" that it won't. Piggies chew. Piggy mouths are wet. Live wires are dangerous.

I'm sure others can think of more hazzards, but please think about these things. It can save your piggy from unforeseen tragic circumstances. Most of the time, we never think it can happen to us...

Thank you!

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Post   » Mon Sep 29, 2008 8:41 pm

You didn't really describe it from what I saw, but was it the WHOLE ring, or just the outside part? If the "lock" part was still attached, it could possibly go through? I don't know, i'm male and don't have a nosering (not Lenny Kravitz), just wondering.

Hope it all works out!

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Post   » Mon Sep 29, 2008 10:42 pm

I wonder if it would stay in the stomach and not be able to enter the intestines (I don't know).

I'm sorry you're in this position. I know what it's like not to get care for yourself and not have much available for a pet.

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Post   » Mon Sep 29, 2008 11:15 pm

Did you say it was made of aluminum?

Can anyone give input as to what that metal might do if it stays in the pig's stomach?


Post   » Mon Sep 29, 2008 11:30 pm

I called like... 30 vets.

NONE of them but one will consider payment arrangements. That one said basically.. sure, if yu can come up with a chunk up front.

To the people asking questions.. here is what the guinea piggy vet in birmingham said:

First off, he said panicking on this isn't going to matter.

IF it perforated, depending on where, he would do either a scope, or surgery, to fix it.

Given the size of the ring, it wouldnt perforate enough not to have symptoms FAR before it causing an issue.

However.. he said that given her size, she is big enough to pass it without it hurting her. Feed her lots of roughage and fiber, and watch her droppings. If she hasn't passed it by tomorrow afternoon, bring her in for an xray. They would try to work with me on payments, assuming i could come up with part of it tomorrow.

I decided not to get my meds refilled tonight so I could get her whatever was needed tomorrow. I am disabled due to a chronic pain illness, and Daisy keeps me sane, quite honestly. Shes my constant companion.

He said he felt the probability of her not passing it on her own, or if hurting her was extremely low, and that he had treated many animals (including cavys) that had eaten things they shouldnt.

So far.. she is happily munching on hay, eating carrots left and right, and playing, drinking lots of water.

He also basically said.. if by in the morning, she is acting normal, we are probably in the clear.

Oh and... no to the credit cards. Don't have any family other than equally broke husband, and my mom, who is going to try to help me on this. God love her, she already helps out alot.. i feel sick asking her. But... this IS the woman that had back surgery on a 15 year old weenie dog. The dog is now 18, and still very mobile.. and 3 other dogs.. and 2 cockateils.. and a parrot... yeah, she loves animals.

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Post   » Mon Sep 29, 2008 11:35 pm

Thank you for checking back here. Many of us were concerned. I also hear about swapping your meds for your piggys. I've done it also as mine has a bad heart.

I hope all goes well with you and she does pass the ring. It must have been very small.

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