Regarding his eye, they scared me to death by telling me that it could fall out. He is going on several different things... I am still waiting at the vet and am typing on my phone right now so once I have it all I'll post his treatment protocol. I am wondering if I need to ask to work from home over the next two days to try to keep his eye lubricated... I'm not positive whether he can blink completely because of course he doesn't try while I'm staring at him. Of course I'll need a better explanation than giving my guinea pig eye drops because I don't take my boss for the exotic animal enthusiast.
Sorry this is all over the place. Phone typing takes too long to keep my thoughts properly organized and they come in to update me midsentence.
Poor Baxter. My pigs cannot catch a break here.
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If you can come up with a good excuse, fine, but I don't know that you need to truly endanger your job.
Re: unidentified stuff on the rear ... they do know what a grease gland is, right?
I was given flurbiprofen, gentocin, and artificial tears and told to use all of them three times a day. They said use the flurbiprofen first, wait 10-20 minutes, use the gentocin, wait 10 minutes, and then use the artificial tears. One drop of each each time.
I was also given meloxicam and baytril. I'm assuming the baytril was for his butt "injury" - if the verdict is that the vet is insane, can I take him off of that? Is there any need to be on that for the eye?
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HAhahahahahahaha. I should introduce you to Micco.
Protocol seems about right. Flurbiprofen => painkiller, NSAID. Make sure he does not ingest any if you are also giving him meloxicam. Eye injuries hurt a lot so anything dropped directly into the eye should help. The order and timing sound good.
Do you see any actual cut, sore, red spot, anything at all on his butt?
Has he had Baytril before and tolerated it?
What do you think, see anything?
It's hard because I've never seen his butt hairless before.
He has been on Baytril once before and tolerated it well.
Sorry for the piggy porno.
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The only thing I see other than his grease gland is a tiny nick-reddish-spot just below his grease gland and right above his testes.
Normally I would say just put a little Silvadene cream, if you have any, on that spot and leave it alone; or a tiny bit of Neosporin if he can't reach all the way up around there. However, if he's tolerated Baytril well in the past, it will serve as a systemic defense against any eye infection. I suspect that's really why they gave it to you. I do hope so, anyway.
The shaved patch is actually not all that large, thankfully. Doesn't seem to bother him a bit. Good thing I have the good sense to consult GL before allowing anything more than a little shaved hair patch. Guess I now have a pig with a high maintenance grease gland! Better than a pig with two illnesses at once.
Thanks for taking a look. I'll use the Baytril and monitor his appetite especially closely.
I ended up coming to work today. It looks like we might get some winter weather tomorrow morning, so it may be that I need to work from home tomorrow either way. Thought I should put my time in today! I hope that Baxter does ok while I'm gone. I'm so worried about him.
Also, the vet (same one who thought the grease gland was a puncture wound) said that some of Baxter's molars were getting "pointy" and that he'd need them trimmed soon. Is that a common problem with guinea pigs? I've never heard molars that needed to be trimmed being described as "pointy" (vs. "overgrown") and since I'm already questioning the competency of the vet... Just wondering whether overgrown molars are typically pointy at all.
I plan to have my normal vet do Baxter's check up in a week and I'll certainly have her examine his teeth at that point as well for another opinion. I wouldn't let anyone but her trim his teeth anyway.