But I'm still a little concerned as she makes these clicking noises as I'm holding her... maybe I am just being paranoid. She doesn't do it all the time, just on and off, and sometimes it turns into squeaking... or maybe the squeaking covers it up, I don't know.
Also, this has nothing to do with her URI but I recently found a small lump on her flank close to her back leg, about the size of a grain of rice, but more round of course. The vet took a look when I brought her in the second time... he said he thought it was a follicular cyst, if I'm remembering right...? Anyway he said to watch it for a month and if it grows to bring her back in to possibly have it removed, does that sound right?
I think the clicking noises should be checked out (or call your vet, describe them, and see if he thinks the antibiotics should be continued).
Hard to get rid of respiratory infection may be related to heart problems.
Tomorrow's Saturday but if she's still making the noises on Monday I will phone in and see what the vet thinks. In the meantime shall I continue with the anti's? Bactrim's pretty safe, right?
Well the cyst doesn't seem to be bother Shakira at all, except when I'm poking at it to try and find it - it's that tiny, fortunately. Hopefully things will stay this way.
Put down the bactrim dose and have someomne check it to make sure it's high enough(I don't do numbers). Sometimes thsy have more than one bacteria going on requiring more than one AB. Ask your vet about switching to a different AB if she's still clicking.
Doxycycline(5mg/kg twice a day) is great for URIs and your vet can phone the scrip into a regular pharmnacy.
Hmm, so she's getting less than she needs? I'm a little hesitant to increase her dosage though without talking to my vet... eek I'm not sure what to do.
One thing I've noticed about the clicking though, once she's settled down she doesn't do it; it's usually when she's getting her meds or being carried around.
I have Baytril and Bactrim but don't want to use either one yet as they are otherwise symptomless (active, alert, good appetite) and all three of the pigs have been on antibiotics a lot lately: I don't want them building up a resistance to them.
I know of several people who use Sudafed to relieve mild congestion in guinea pigs - I have the children's version. However, the only dosage I was able to find was 0.4ml on Peter Gurney's site, and I know some of his information isn't up-to-date so I wanted to get a second opinion here.
If it doesn't help, I'll go straight to the ABs, but I wanted to give this a try first.
- Little Jo Wheek
For antihistamine, the only OTC that is relatively safe is diphenhydramine (Benedryl).
I'd discuss this with your vet since it sounds like there's something else going on here. You wouldn't want to mask signs and have the pig worsen and you not know it.
If I ever did need to use the benadryl, what is the usual dose? Or would it differ for pigs with different weights?
I'm really starting to wonder if there's something in their environment that they're allergic to. The only thing I can think of is the hay; their bedding is virtually dust-free aspen shavings. The hay I use is Kaytee Timothy, it tends to be a little dusty but I don't know what else to get. Oxbow is so expensive, and the feed store hay isn't the best quality.
Also, I'd appreciate a reply to my previous question about the Benadryl, if anyone here knows the approximate dosage to give if I decided to try it.