- Supporter in '12
Colour: Pink, Grey, Tan Hair on Face
Age: 3 Years
Death: Bladder Stone, Cardiac Arrest at the end of surgery.
Medical History: Top teeth knocked out, bottom teeth filed down, Swollen skin around his penis, Bladder stone.
The latest edition of Diseases and Disorders - Small Mammals: guinea pigs. Page 260, 261 (sorry, all I have to go on is the photocopied sheets my vets gave me from the newest med book she got).
This means nothing to me but the vet techs out there will be able to make sense of it:
Serum thyroxine(T) - tiny 4 is at the bottom right of the "T"-measurement reference range, 1.1-5.2 ug/dL(14.? - crease in the page can't see if there is a number following 14 - it's probably 14.15 - 66.9 nmol/L)
- prevalence of thyroid pathology in guinea pigs in one study was 4.6%
Of course we don't know what that means unless we have the data of the guinea pigs in the study.
Pigs of all ages can be affected but more common in pigs older than 3 years. Doesn't appear in one sex more than the other.
- You can quote me
• Serum thyroxine (T4) measurement: reference range, 1.1-5.2 μg/dL (14.2-66.9 nmol/L)
1.1 to 5.2 is a big range of "normal" (same thing that happens in humans for this hormone).
OT: this is a pretty good book and valuable reference overall, but they do discount the use of prokinetics (motility agents) in a number of diseases and disorders, including bloat/stasis. I have a very serious problem with that, since metoclopramide has been of great benefit to several of our pigs, and cisapride has been helpful to many on this board.