I have a 3 year old male guinea pig named Chip who lost the use of his back legs from one day to the next. The first time this happened he was being kept by someone who has a lot of experience with guinea pigs in my area as I was out of town. The carer said that my guinea pig had not been dropped or injured and he was taken to the vet immediately. The vet took xrays which showed no apparent signs of injury and said he has slight arthritis in his back legs and could maybe have a herniated disk from a false movement however this is just a hypothesis. He was prescribed metacam (3ml for 3 days) and gabapentin (3.8ml for 14 days). After roughly 4 days Chip started walking again and eventually it was like nothing had ever happened. A month past and again from one day to the next he was dragging his back legs again. The vet renewed the prescription which he has now been on for 4 days and his situation does not look like it is improving. He does not seem to be in pain at all and his appetite is still very good.
I have read about this happening to other pigs and that it could be due to a calcium deficiency. I have also read that many people have had success treating this with the calcium supplement Osteocare Liquid however I am located in Canada and cannot get my hands on this product. Does anyone know an alternative form of this supplement that I can find in Canada?
Can any one provide any advice on treating this problem?
Chip eats a variety of fresh veggies, herbs daily and sometimes fruits. Endives, carrots, green peppers, parsley, coriander, apples and blueberries are some of his favorites. As for pellets he eats oxbow adult guinea pig food and unlimited amounts of versele-laga timothy hay. I will give the vitamin C supplements a go and see what happens. Thanks again!
Thanks again for any suggestions...