I have just joined after several nights of searching for post operative information. I've just read and put into practice some of the suggestions found in the files section.
My boy pig Patch had surgery two weeks ago along side his companion pig Night Sky, also male. Night Sky's procedure went well. He seems to have recovered very well. Patch however had complications. The surgeon could only find one testical but found what she believes is a uterine structure. She took photos, posted to various vetenarian forums as apparently it is very rare then popped the tissue and organs back in and stitched him up. (Her words were shoved it back in) He looked very swollen from the start and was slower then Night Sky but was wee-ing, pooing and eating. He did loose weight and seemed to be in pain despite twice daily 0.4ml Metacam @1.5mg/mL. On Thursday last week I took him back in to the vets and it was decided they'd operate again. My poor darling had herniated into his scrotal area. It was a different surgeon and she went in through original incision in scrotum but were unsuccessful so then had to go in through abdomen. "Something" had become stuck to his intestines - adhesions. Has anyone heard of this? It was all verbal but I've asked for a report which I don't have yet. They also found his other testical and removed that. This has all cost a lot of money, I am upset about the complications and the second surgery costing so much although it was necessary I wish the first was better handled. Seems the novelty of the uterus structure prolonged his surgery and created the hernias. When I picked him up he was so cold and lifeless, but had a heartbeat. He must of just come out of surgery. I have been giving him lots of kanga cuddles which he likes, critical care and his metacam and cleaning his wounds with salt water. I'll look into Manuka honey as suggested. I wasn't given instructions or notes after the second surgery so I am pleased to find this forum. I am worried about him, he is quite lethargic and is wiggling backwards often. He is still looking bruised and swollen. It's a public holiday here and everything is closed but I will take him back tomorrow although running out of money now. He also did a very long poo after second operation which makes me wonder if the bowel was pulled out along with the uterine structure to be examined or if it was obstructed in some way. Any advice for my little boy is appreciated. Very worried.
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You're doing the right thing by feeding him critical care. A pig that is eating nothing else needs 100+ cc. of Critical Care or a pellet slurry for every kilogram it weighs, every day, split in 6-8 feedings around the clock. Adjust up or down according to the weight of the pig, and down if the pig is eating anything on its own. Eating is CRUCIAL -- guinea pigs continually secrete stomach acid, and if food isn't moving through regularly, they'll develop bloat and/or stomach ulcers, either of which is a medical emergency.
Also syringe him fluids when you're feeding him. Keeping him hydrated is also very important. Pigs generally love the electrolyte solution sold for children -- Pedialyte here, Dioralyte in some other countries. I don't know what it is where you are, but if you can get the unflavored kind and a large syringe, he may slurp it right down. Do keep the bottle refrigerated, though -- that stuff molds in a hurry.
I wouldn't worry too much about the long poop as long as you're continuing to get food in him. Any anesthesia slows the gut down and can cause abnormal poops. It would be far more worrisome if he weren't pooping at all.
Other than than, just make sure he doesn't get chilled, or over-exert himself. If you can wall off one section of their cage to make it smaller but still leave him close to his buddy, that would restrict his movement but keep him from being harassed.
Good luck with him, and do keep us posted on how he's doing.
Did the initial vet palpate 2 testicles prior to surgery? Or did she go into surgery with the possibility of him being a cryptorchid?
If there are complications, such as you have encountered, then that changes things. The castration would be a closed castration (I'm assuming) with suture if they started to "explore" and search deeper for the second testicle during surgery. And if they used suture, that is also a potential nidus for infection. However, he also shouldn't have herniated if he had been sutured.
This is why I don't understand, if they had not palpated 2 testicles, then the surgery should have been via the abdomen from the get go and not the scrotum. And they should have discussed it with you so that you knew the risks. Judging by your interaction with the vet, I doesn't sound like you've been able to get any real information out of them. How frustrating. Good for you for bringing up the metacam and critical care to your vet.