Yesterday morning Henry had really gross poo, mushy and clumped together, but I thought nothing of it, maybe it was just veggie overload, because she was acting normal otherwise. At noon I gave critterberries and everyone climbed bars and scarfed them down. After that she stopped eating completely. I noticed some pretty intense gas on her left side, gave her some simethicone and hand fed around 4 and around 9. She wouldn't eat anything, even rejected critterberries, which is my litmus test.
I get up this morning and the gas is visibly less, I didn't want to feed veggies but I wanted to see if she'd eat anything so I only gave her a few pieces of lettuce. She also ate half a CB. I thought we were all better, but she didn't follow her morning routine of veg, food, hay. I handfed and gave more simethicone at 7am.
For the past 2 hours she has been drinking, went to her hay voluntarily, and been at her bowl some, so it's better than yesterday, but my paranoia tells me it's not 100% better. But her poops are small, not even poop shaped and all held together by string. And there isn't a lot of them.
My question is: is this a situation where I try to get a vet appt tonight or just monitor. I have to even hope that my vet is in this week otherwise I'm waiting until Monday or I'd have to see someone else.
- Let Sleeping Pigs Lie
Is she receiving any pain medication? That might help.
Shilintong is one supplement that has been used to relax the urethra.
LINKS - Shilintong
Polycitra is also used, but not to relax the urethra.
LINKS - Polycitra® / Potassium Citrate
Lynx recently updated the Bladder Stones page:
She's on Metacam and Bactrim.
But I don't know if that will stop her crying while peeing or wet bum issue.
- Supporter in 2019
Results from those here who have tried it are mixed at best, including my own experience with Otis, which had a very poor outcome. Given the safety concerns surrounding its use in rabbits and guinea pigs (see contraindications here ), I really can't recommend it.Actigall seems like it might make her stones slimier and easier to squeeze out.
But today, now we have ooze and her outter girl parts seem swollen and she seems to have an open wound outside of her parts.
Henry is already on Baytril once a day for the pasturella that showed up in her culture that we got during the stone ordeal. Her bladder is apparently wrecked, thick, adhesions, so it'll never be normal. But now there's THIS butt thing that happened out of nowhere. Has anyone ever seen anything like this? I don't know what to do or where to go from here. She screams all the time, while peeing and pooping. She seems to not want to eat and just doesn't seem herself. I'm feeding her. I don't want to give up on her, I want to do everything I can, but I don't know what this is or see it getting better. Can anyone offer anything?
And how do you know when...It's Time?