I don't much like Sunday days.
TWO weeks ago today we almost lost Flo. She had already been ill for a week. With the help of the vet we found she had a very bad inner ear infection when we investigated why she wasn't eating her usual big bowl of salad or hay.
On that particular Sunday she was listless, couldn't walk, wouldn't eat and honestly looked as though we wouldn't even make it to see the vet to help her out her misery.
While we were at the vets, and as Daphne drew the needle ready to relieve her, Flo shook her head, looked up in disbelief, and started to wriggle on the table! A huge, almost solid dollop followed by a load of gunk oozed out her left ear! The vet suggested we persevere with the Bayrtil which we had started the week before.
Monday saw some improvement but on Tuesday we were back at the listless stage, back at 'death's door'. On Wednesday the vet tried to drain her ear to help relieve the obvious pressure all the goo was causing under anaesthetic.
The drain didn't happen. It seems the minute Daphne gave her a whiff of gas, Flo stopped breathing and it took all their expertise to bring her back from the brink. She came home that evening and we all thought that would be that, there was little hope she would survive the night.
But survive she did! I spent all Thursday morning trawling the internet to see what we could do for her. I came across several cases where guineas had been treated with the anti biotic Zithromax. Back to the vet, they didn't stock it but obtained it for us the next day.
And, guess what? It WORKED! There was an improvement after the second dose and just a few days later Flo was very much back to normal!
And THIS Sunday, here she is - all in perfect health, apart from now being totally deaf. She is as bossy as ever, and as greedy as . . . well, as a hungry piggy!
From every angle . . .
I wonder if it would be worth listing the antibiotic Lynx, Zithromax (azithromycin) as being safe for guineas on the medical guide side. I could research it a little more and give examples, maybe. I am convinced we would have lost Flo if we hadn't tried it.
As far as antibiotics go, even Baytril can have problems so if there is enough support/experience, we could try it. (a search of the medical forum will turn up azithromycin)