Started with a single weepy eye? You waited, ended up being a snotty nose, definite uri. Treated with bactrim. Pinta recommends a change in antibiotics -- I think this is a good idea if you are still seeing problems. It's still possible the weeping is related to the uri. So is this pig eating or not? If eating fine, that means it's less likely a tooth problem is present. Read Pinta's tips for malocclusion on www.guinealynx.info/teeth.html
I am not sure I understand the current problem but might go with 4 and make sure he gets a new antibiotic too. And continue with the opthalmic ointment.
Does the guinea pig need to go under anesthesia each time?
to do a proper job, yes.
How does this monthly surgery affect an older guinea pig?
If he doesn't have any heart issues, there shouldn't be a problem.
Is the treatment for elongated roots the same as for overgrown molars?
no, the molars need to be planed shorter than usual to compensate for the elongated roots.
Here's one thread regarding teeth, heart problems and hair loss. Here's one about a weepy eye. I couldn't tell you if it applies to your little pig, but the threads contain a lot of really good information.
I am sorry for the confusion. It does seem like everything is happening to this pig at once.
You have everything straight through the URI. The nose cleared, but the eyes have not.
The guinea pig is eating, but he is choosey about what veggies he likes. I don't think he is eating much of the high vit. C peppers, so I worry that's he's not getting enough Vit. C. However, he is eating most other things without a problem, and gained 10g.
Then, the vet tells me on the follow up visit that Deuce has a strange body type, and she doesn't know what to think of it. She doesn't know if its swelling, or water weight, or if he's just strangely fat. He's been that way most of his adult life, so I don't think it has anything to do with the illness. The vet suggested it might be a congenital/genetic problem.
On Tuesday, we found he had an impaction and cleared it.
Then, two days ago, he mysteriously starts getting bald patches. He has a new one tonight.
I don't know what is related, what is random, or what to think. I don't know what is a symptom and what is an underlying problem.
I think what I am going to do is take him to the vet he's been seeing, ask for dental x-rays, and ask for both pigs to be treated for mites. I can't explain the bald patches, but perhaps he's having a flare up of mites because of being ill. Is this possible? Its been about 2 1/2 years since he had mange mites.
I'm unable to use the threads you linked to, Dribble, but I would very much like to read them.
Thank you all for your patience. Sorry about the long confusing trip.
I fixed Dribbles links (I think).
Dr. Cote refuses to give me a price list. Her staff will not give me a minimum price on x-rays, molar planing, nothing. But she obviously knows that she wants $90 for bloodwork to look for kidney or liver issues. So, I suppose she does have a price list that she just not willing to publish or share with me.
Also, she says she will not prescribe treatment for mites until they show up on a skin scraping. Which, from all the information here, is bunk. The skin scraping can provide a false negative.
I'm very glad that I didn't let her try and draw blood from my pig. Besides the fact that I used to work in a medical lab, and $90 for a liver panel and uric acid test is ridiculous. Not to mention the $39 for her to dig around my pig and try to draw from the jugular which "It looks like I might have a hard time getting."
Its so frustrating to have this much trouble finding a professional to trust. Above and beyond everything else, my pig could have been getting better treatment 3 weeks ago.
Yes, a skin scraping can be a waste of time and painful.
I wish you luck. Up to you if you want to treat yourself. www.guinealynx.info/topical_ivermectin.html
valleyvet is a cheap place online to get ivermectin (if I remember right). I don't know how well people read directions so it is always safest to recommend that a vet treat them, though many people will do it themselves.
She wants $38, each pig, for another exam.
$30 each pig for a skin scraping
and $30, each shot, each pig, to treat for mites. This would be a three part treatment over two weeks.
So, in total, she wants $316 to treat for mites.
Does this sound reasonable to anyone?
Also, I've finally finished reading the threads Dribbles referenced. Deuce is starting to loss hair on both sides of his rump. It is bald, pink skin in good conditon. He lost one side on Wednesday, and the other yesterday. Could this be the same "bi-lateral" hair loss as the heart pig? Witherspoon did have many of the symptoms Deuce has. Hair loss, impaction, suspected URI, weeping eyes, slightly overgrown teeth.
Thanks again for everyones patience. I am gonig to try and get an appointment with the new vet. I just don't know what to ask for when I am there.
If it were me, I would pay for other diagnostics, not the mite treatment.
I will order the mite treatment from ValleyVet.
I understand about referring to a vet. We will carefully follow the instructions. At what point in treatment should I disinfect the cage?
I will monitor Deuce's weight and eating to head off any tooth problems, and pray that there isn't a heart problem.
As long as he is maintaining weight and eating well, are they any other diagnostics you recommend?
Thank you for all of your time. Everyone here is so truely devoted to helping others.
Can you post a picture of your pig? I'm curious about that "body type" comment.
I've contacted WeeCompanions, thank you for the reference.
I've emailed Lynx photos. I couldn't figure out how to post them myself. Sorry about that. I borrowed a higher quality digital camera, so hopefully they will be clear and helpful enough for Lynx to post.
Also, the runny nose has reappeared this morning. But the eye discharge is thinning and lessening, and the fur around his eyes is starting to grow back. I asked WeeCompanions for a vet reccomendation and I will see the new vet about switching ABs. Either Avian and Exotics, or whomever WeeCompanions sees, whichever can get me in sooner.
Weight is maintaining, eating and drinking are great, energy is up.
We had to remove another impaction this morning. It was large, and there was quite a bit of hair in his anal sac. I'm not sure why this is. He's all shiny clean down there now, so we'll just have to see tonight if that's a fix, or a new routine.
I'm considering starting him on poop soup. He's been on AB for three weeks now. Could his stomach bacteria be off, and as a result, be causing soft poops and impaction?
Thank you very much.
Good luck with new vet, new AB, ivermectin!
Here are some of your pics. They were very big. I resized 3 of the most helpful ones. Fat pig:
Weepy eye (not clear at all, looks like pea eye):
Deuce has had Pea Eye since about 1 year of age. Its never bothered him, and its never weeped before.
My poor fat, bald pig.
I love him!
Also check his feet. Swollen? Close to ulcerating?
These are all signs of heart disease(along with a chronic URI).
I didn't mention Pea Eye earlier because he's nearly always had it, and has never been a problem. Our first vet said that is was genetic and nothing to worry about. Now I've been reading about heart disease, and I do think you're right. Everything seems to point in that direction. He's always been the weaker of the pair, but I thought that was just because he's younger and less dominant.
We've got an appointment at Avian and Exotics on Wednesday.
Wish us luck!
I made the connection when Zag's pea eye completely disappeared after she got on Lasix. Her supposed walking pneumonia was actually a bad heart.