Puja, thank you so much. I will definitely talk to Nikita.
I finally met the vet last week but couldn't come on the forum because of exams. The vet was better than the vets I have met so far (atleast she knew a little about guinea pigs). She had the following opinions about my guinea pigs, though I don't agree with few:
Princy - 1. Coughing is not very serious. She pressed Princy's neck to see if she has any infection or if she yells when she is been pressed on the neck, but nothing happened.
2. Bloated in appearance and she said not to worry about it (I don't agree. How can I not worry??).
Prince - He had something stuck under his penis and when I tried to remove it, he dint allow me to, that means it was paining. But finally I removed it and it seemed more like a scrapping. The vet said that he must be lying in his poops and urine and I should wash his genital area with 1 ml Povidone Iodine Betadine mixed with 10 ml water everyday.
Angel (the baby) - I finally know for sure now that the baby is a sow. She has weak front paws and hind legs. Her legs keeps slipping even when she is standing still. The vet recommended rubber matting as her bedding as rubber would give her a grip.
In general - The poop issues are due to the diet. Their scratching and hair loss are normal and she told me not to dose them with ivermectin (I don't agree). She told me not to worry unless the hairs comes out in clusters (I don't agree again). She has told me to give all my piggies Vitamin C tablets either in water or on veggies.
Does anybody have any suggestions on my vet's opinion or in general?? Thank you in advance.
1. Does Princy have any other symptoms related to a respiratory infection? Even humans cough without having a sore throat or tender lymph nodes, how ridiculous.
2. Bloating is never good. Is the abdomen hard when you press it?
3. How regularly are you doing cleanings for the penile area and anal sac? Betadine with water is fine, but warm saline or warm salted water will also be fine.
4. I don't know about Angel's weak legs, maybe someone else can help you with that. Rubber bedding does not sound good, since it won't absorb urine.
5. The soft poop cannot be just because of a lack of timothy hay. Pinky and the Brain had lots of time without hay, and had normal poops. When they first came to me, they both had some pretty bad infections. Get a stool sample tested. Excessive scratching is not normal. If your pigs have never been dosed, dose immediately! Most people here don't mix vitamins into water and veggies, but might give the vitamin c separately. Their diet should be supplying enough. Lots of vets in Bangalore have kept stressing vitamin c drops and whatnot without even asking me what diet I'm providing. It's really the only thing they know, so they keep saying it over and over again.
What diet are you providing, by the way? I'm sure you've listed it somewhere, but I've forgotten. You are right in the things you disagree with. Find a new vet!
She has a little rough coat.
All my piggies puff up like a puffball and sleep. I don't know whether this is normal or no.
The abdomen of my piggies seem hard. Is there any other way of determining bloat?
I clean Prince's penile area every 2 days with warm water. I don't know what is anal sac but I clean his penis, his testicles and spread his testicles a little and clean the area between it.
Just above his testicles and on his body, I think it is called scrotum, he has a little scabbing and flaking and has his poop stuck on it every time. Is this normal?
I don't have any other option but get the stool sample tested at the same vet because among all the vets I have met so far, she knew the most about guinea pigs, though not all her opinions were correct.
I give my piggies cucumber, carrots, capsicum (green bell peppers), coriander (cilantro), fansi (don't know what is called in English), tomatoes, bottle gourd, wheatgrass and fruits (once in a week).
I have never dosed my piggies with ivermectin but I will soon do that after reading everything about it here.
Extreme tightness of the abdomen could definitely indicate bloat. You will also probably see signs of pain, in which case this is an emergency.
Give lots of probiotics, and find your nearest veterinary college. Over there, see if they have someone in a small animals lab. That person may be able to help more, or at least direct you in the right direction.
I also found this website: http://vteams.org/associates-vteams.html
A few of the vets on their have listed experience with small animals. Give them a call, and see if they can be of any help.
Whatever it is, do not wait any longer to treat!
Prince's abdomen was visible and it seemed hard though he shows only one sign of pain - sits hunched with hair spiky. Even he had white flakes in his hairs.
Angel's abdomen seemed better but she started biting me when I was checking. She does that every time plus she shivers when I pet her by moving my hand from her head till down. She had white flakes too. Should I treat her for bloat and mites?
I had gone to a veterinary college but the head of small animals wasn't there and a student there gave me this vet's number (the vet i had gone to). Still I will go to the college next week to meet the head.
The clinic in the site which pinpinpuji (Puja) mentioned is two and a half hour drive from my place and I wouldn't want to risk traveling with my piggies all the way there unless I don't have an option.
Which antibiotics and probiotics should I give my piggies given that they get soft poops, possibility of mites since they scratch and have hair loss problems and have bloat??
My poor piggies :(
The pigs will be oke traveling for a couple hours, especially if it means getting good treatment. Call the place, see if they can help, and get them better asap!
Also find out what kind of feed is being used at the veterinary college where the small animals are housed.
The abdomen I was referring to is the general stomach area. Like for humans it would be our belly. The central section. I understand powdered charcoal can help with bloat in some cases. But it is an emergency. Yes, the metronidazole should help move things along. gl/emergency.html#bloat
I had mailed Nikita and asked her about hay and pellets. She said she gets her hay from a cowshed and she gives Sunseed(Brand) pellets.
The clinic that Puja mentioned wasn't picking up my calls, so I assumed it must be shut today. I have mailed the head of that clinic, Dr. Chariar, but he haven't replied to me yet.
On a good note, Prince's poops were good shaped and moist today. But he was sneezing and coughing during his floor time. He sneezed 4/5 times and coughed 2 times during his half an hour floor time. Is this normal or can he be suffering from URI?
My guinea pigs stools have been good since I last visited the forum. They have their bad days but then luckily they get back to normal soon.
Since last evening, Princy have stopped eating and moving. I have been hand feeding her a mixture of cucumber, carrot, green bell peppers, coriander and tomatoes every 2 hours since pellets and hay are not available here.
I gave her a slice of cucumber, carrot and coriander leaves last night and she had 5-6 bites of each. She is peeing and pooping just fine except that her poops are joined to each other say like a thread joining them.
She is not able to move. She keeps tilting towards her right (the same way as her just born kids who died did). She cannot balance herself. She has been passing a vibration kind of a thing every 4 seconds, which I assume is due to pain. Also her nose seems moist.
I am taking her to a vet who said that he needs Princy's digital x-ray to examine the cause of pain.
Can somebody please tell me what is wrong with Princy? Any advices on what more I should be asking the vet?
RIP my baby. You will always be missed and loved.
C. Cole-Chakotay, thank you for appreciating my efforts but Princy truly deserved it.
SardonicSmile, even I thought that she might have an ear infetion but before I could take her to the vet for examination, she left me on the way. :(