On September 27 2008 she seemed "off"- lethargic, sitting in the corner all puffed up. On Sept 28 she started crying when peeing and her urine was bright pink.
A vet visit on 9/30, Baytril was prescribed and for a few days she seemed to improve but over the weekend of Oct 4-5 she started crying again
I took her back to the vet on Oct 7, an xray confirmed a bladder stone the size of a pea and she was having quite a bit of pain.
Currently she is on
TMZ (Chloromenphocal (sp?))
and Shintilong sp?
Over the last week I think a combination of these medications are helping her remain comfortable. On Thursday Oct 9 she started acting more like herself
Her normal weight range is 1010-1020grams, her lowest was 945g and now she is back up to between 970-980grams. Her appetite is good and she is being much more active.
Her diet consists of lettuce, cilantro, KM Bluegrass and Oxbow Pellets.
My vet has been very open to any suggestions based on what I have read on GL. She was surprised when I asked about Actigall, but we are going to try it for a month and then recheck with an X-ray.
I feel torn over to have the stone surgically removed or to just keep her as comfortable as I can for as long as I can?
I am asking for input or suggestions
This is Baby Beast (white) and Jasper (black)
What have you been feeding your pig? Lilly will feel better off and on. One minute shes walking around happy the next in the corner wheeking in pain when she goes to the bathroom.
That I where I purchased it from
Karin1- She is eating right now. If Lilly is not eating on her own you need to hand feed. I had to do that with Baby Beast for a couple of days until she felt better.
Is Lilly on any sort of pain medication? If not, she needs to be
How did you give your pig the herb? dosing/anything special you did. I think I might talk to my vet about the ab your pig is on.
I get it in 3 to 5 days.
Baby Beast has been on it for a for a week now, I want to say I noticed a difference after 3 days
I take 1 tablet put it in a small bowl and I put about 2 cc worth of water on it. Let it sit until soft, then I mash it with a spoon and suck it up into the syringe.
I do 1 dose in the morning and 1 dose in the evening
I read the dosing somewhere on here...I don't remember if it was in a thread or the medical section
I hope that something can be done for her pain
Also, you don't mention what type of lettuce you're feeding, but many of us with sludge/stone prone-pigs have found it helpful to eliminate romaine and stick with green leaf and red leaf instead (mine also get endive and Boston lettuce).
She has been on Actigall since 10/11, I continue to give Shintilong as well.
I cut all romaine/parsley out of her diet, and she gets about a tablespoon of Oxbow pellets in the morning. She gets cilantro and a mixture of endive,red and green leaf and unlimited hay.
I have a follow-up vet visit on 11/10 for another x-ray.
I have noticed that since she has been on the Actigall she is drinking ALOT more, but I think that is a good thing
She is on and AB for two weeks
The great news though is that while she was sedated, they did some X-rays to see if the Actigall has had any effect and it was ***GONE***. It was not there! The X-rays from October 7 show a stone the size of a pea and the ones from today show nothing
I am so relieved!!
Baby Beast is still doing well. She has gained a little weight and is not showing any signs of a stone.
I continue to use the Actigall at a .5ml once a day as to keep it from coming back.
I have switched from Oxbow to KM pellets. I also have cut out the veggies with a higher calcium content(parsley, romaine etc....)
However she has somehow ripped one of the toenails on her back left foot off. There was initially a lot of blood, but it has not bleed since.
I took her to the Vet today. He prescribed epsom salt foot soaks. Baytril and something called DMSO twice a day to apply to the wound.
Is this safe to use in Guinea Pigs?