They also get "vet form CT Support" - a form of glucosamine(a smear of powder daily) and "vet sol'n omega-3" capsules(a drop daily). Every month they get an injection of cartrophen(sp?).
Their physio thinks they'd do well on "Recovery", something dogs and horses take, but I haven't had a chance to try it yet.
Hard to say what's working but they are all mobile and all have been diagnosed with arthritis.
Another possibility is that the arthritis is bacterial:
Beachez was 6 in early January. We already knew she had heart issues as most senior pigs
seem to develop (just like senior humans).
She also had horrendous arthritis that made her appear paralysed.
Jan. 17 >>>>>>>Beachez has been on ABs since mid dec. Doxy and baytril. rattling came back
before last night and after 0.5 Lasix didn't have an effect I took her in today. I also gave
her oxygen and put the steam humidifier on by the cage.
They were triple booked but the vet said I made the right decision not to wait til Mon. She
gave her steroids(prob. dex) 15mg Lasix and 40cc subcue. Told me to give her 15 min.
oxygen and then a steam treatment. She has to come into the clinic on Sunday anyway
and said to meet her there at 10:30 if beachez wasn't improved.
She's eating and bright eyed but breathing badly and rattling like hell.
Jan. 18 - took her in at 10:30. still rattling bur sounding better. The dex and lasix should have
stopped the rattles if it was just heart so we put her on Chlor. She got another injection
of lasix(probably 10mg) and dex.
Back again tomorrow.
Feb 3 - We almost lost Beachez a week ago from URI/ heart failure neither the vet or I thought
she'd make it thru the night. she'd been on doxy or baytril since mid dec. and crashed on
chlor. The vet tried a heavy duty drug she's used for rabbits with URIs. Azithromycin. Can
only be used daily for 7 days max. Has to be compounded. It saved Beachez.
Also seemed to improve her arthritis. The vet said she'd heard a radio doctor mention
this drug can cure arthritis in humans. his theory is that arthritis is an infection. he's
considered a flake by reg. drs.
She's like a new pig. She can even come out of the condo on her own again.<<<<<<
Beachez is still moving as though she doesn't have arthritis. She can come in and out of the
condo at will. Recently she started rattling again and we increased her lasix to the max daily
dose. The vet also put her back on Azithromycin for 7 days.
Please note that I asked my vet if it would be a good idea to put all my arthritis pigs on
Azithromycin. The answer was an emphatic "no". This med is very harsh and not to be used
casually. Beachez has already proven she can tolerate it. Other pigs may not do so well.
Intolerance symptoms for this drug may not be reversible therefore it should only be used as
a last resort.
- GL is Just Peachy
Sorry to hijack your thread, Teresa.
I know there is a product call Missing Link that is a flax product that sometimes can help aging pets. I don't know if there is one specifically made for small animals, though.
Maybe Josephine has heard of it, and can tell us if it would be any good for guinea pigs?
Edit: Found a link. There's another link at the end listing the included ingredients in each product.
It comes in a ground powder-type form, but not too fine.
- You can quote me
Our vet gave us carprofen (Rimadyl) for our over-6-we-think male, with instructions not to use it in conjuction with any other NSAID and for no more than a week at a time (if necessary to use it at all) due to potential for liver damage with it. He is moving more slowly than he used to, but not showing any real discomfort. Our vet also recommended very small amounts of glucosamine chondroitin (sp???) powder to help alleviate joint stiffness with aging, which I have not yet tried. The stuff smells unholy.