Jazz was purchased by the school I used to teach at this past April from Petsmart. He was young but I don’t know exactly how old. I’ve been taking care of him since June and have gotten to know him quite well. I first took Jazz to the vet on Aug 13 because his behavior had changed, he’d lost his energy, he’s sneezing every so often, he wasn’t eating his favorite hay anymore or moving during floor time, and his lower abdomen was pulsing almost violently as he breathed. The exotic vet said his heart and lungs sounded pretty fine but there might be a slight lung noise. She gave me critical care and told me to start using oxbow vitamin c tabs. We hoped it was just a bit of malnutrition, but I was still concerned about possible URI so she put him on 5 days of Sulfame-tmp.
On July 23, I became so concerned with his violent breathing that I brought him in right away and they put him on oxygen, which he really liked. She took X-rays and did an ultrasound. His lungs were white on the X-ray instead of black, and she couldn’t see his heart at all. She also heard an arrhythmia in his heart. The ultrasound confirmed her suspicion that there was fluid in his abdomen, probably caused by congestive heart failure.
She strongly recommended I end his suffering. I finally came to terms with that decision Wednesday night. However, Thursday morning he was happy again and I got the vet to agree to try a diuretic on the fluid. There was also a fancy ultrasound specialist coming in that day who she got to look at him.
Somehow, his heartbeat was normal and the fluid was gone. But his X-ray didn’t change. Yay miracle, but he’s still having issues breathing. She decided to treat him for pneumonia by putting him on a 10-day dose of the antibiotic.
If I can figure out how to upload video and pics I’ll show you his X-ray and how he’s breathing. I haven’t been able to find anything else like this and my other guinea pig has been acting normal.
Anyone have any ideas??
PS. Seeing another vet is not an option til next week so let’s refrain from criticizing mine. She admits that she’s stumped so she’s consulting experts, I just can’t sit idly by and wait without reaching out myself. Thank you.
Have had 3 piggies with URIs and didn't know about the bene-bac for the first one and she wouldn't eat. The other two that were ill last month had no appetite problems although they were on different meds. The first one , Mu Mu was on Cipro but was in a bad way to start with and ad a lot of fluid on her lungs and had other issues. The other two , Chunita and Nala were on sulfatrim/Bactrim and Doxycycline/Vibramycin for 3 weeks. Usually the course is 7-10 days but our vet wanted to make sure that they were fully clear as Nala had been sneezing for weeks before she developed the URI and so she felt a longer course was best.
Just be careful when feeding Critical care and take it steady so they dont "inhale" it but be persistent if they resist.
I am sure others will have more info and advice they can pass on.
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I'd also want a trial of other heart meds in addition to the Lasix. See http://www.guinealynx.info/heart.html.
Good luck with him, and keep us posted on how he's doing.
Any advice from your experience would be gratefully appreciated, I am going to try to get a 2nd opinion from a different vet as well.
My new one scared me a bit when she wheezed a little while cuddling, but upon closer inspection I think she was just stressed out because I’ve only had her for a week and she’s not quite comfortable with me yet.
As to your baby, does he look like he’s struggling to breathe or is he just clicking? Does it happen all the time or just off and on?
Two of the others had suspected pneumonia a couple of months back and were on Bactrim and Doxy for 3 weeks and seem to be OK now as I think we caught it early.
The third also had some breathing noises which seem to have been triggered by an unexplained ammonia build up but once we resolved that she seemed to improve.
We still have one who is a bit of a sneezer but she has always been like that and seems fit and well otherwise.
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I have a pig who occasionally will have noisy breathing that last for days. We put her on AB (can't remember which one, Baytril possibly, but if you're really curious you can check her thread (Fuzzbutt's Medical)), but it didn't change anything. The noisy breathing will last for days then go away for days. I'm thinking hay dust.
Prieta’s breathing sounds are only when she’s resting. When I pick her up or she’s eating/drinking, the sounds stop. It’s been going on for some time... no runny nose, no coughing or sneezing, I am completely stumped as to what’s going on. With no change in her personality or eating habits I am not overly concerned, but at the same time I don’t want to ignore it in case it could be something more severe. She’s also the loudest wheek-er of all my girls, and her whistles for food when she hears that fridge open are as loud and clear as ever, and the vet did not hear anything when she was examined so I don’t think there’s anything wrong with her lungs. I apologize if this is completely ridiculous to ask, but is it possible for GPs to develop a form of asthma?