It's usually nerve damage to the spine I believe. Please get her to a vet asap as the sooner the treatment the better.
Good luck & we wish Alice piggie luck. x
If it happened suddenly it could be injury or infection. If more slowly, and the legs are rigid perhaps arthritis. Mimi has arthritis in one of her back legs, but doesn't drag it. It is fixed & doesn't bend. It isn't causing her any problems though, thankfully! She's still quick, especially where food's concerned!
I would definitely see a vet as soon as possible. In the meantime, I would make sure that she has water and food in close proximity.
How long has she been this way?
The long term issue would be if she is dragging the limbs then she likely has no feeling, if she has no feeling, she will most likely damage them with the dragging, I have even seen some that will chew on their lifeless limbs. At that point infection would be probable and extreme diligence would need to be practiced to keep her from being toxic.
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If you’re not doing so already I would recommend weighing her once a week to monitor for any weight loss since that COULD be a sign that she’s in pain or uncomfortable. Don’t necessarily panic if there is weight loss as it’s also not unusual for senior guinea pigs to lose some weight but it will help you monitor her overall condition.
Also, if you’re not doing it already, you might consider switching her bedding to fleece as it may be easier for her to get around on fleece. Just guessing on the fleece. The link mimilicious posted might give you some more ideas on modifications people made for their guinea pigs with hind leg paralysis.
Thank you again..will check postings online later in my drug induced state....please don't hold me accountable for spelling errors then! :)
He got an injection of Dexamethasone (a steroid) and is taking Torb for the pain and Baytril. I put a hot water bottle wrapped in fleece for him to lie on. He is getting subcue fluids twice daily because he can't reach the water bottle. Also 50 mg of Vitamin C twice daily.
She passed a couple on the way to Vedra and this relieved the pain enough to allow her to stand. The remaining small stones and grit were removed and she was walking again normally.
That said, Bloss was quite clearly in great pain (although eating and drinking right up to the loss of mobility) and from what you say Alice does not have pain.
I wanted to speak with you regarding Alice and her immobilized back legs (dragging and not being able to put weight on them and sitting in her cage with her hind legs out behind her). As some of you know, I don't have the world's best vets near me and have always had problems. So, I brought Alice to my homeopathic vet (who is phenomenal) and we took xrays and she didn't see anything broken but said that Alice had bad arthritis that was making her immobile. She presribed Hypericum. Two drops a day for two weeks. I am happy to tell you that after 6 days of the Hypericum Alice is walking like nothing ever happened!!!!!! I just wanted to share this with you in case anyone else is in the same predicament with the arthritis!!!