Antibiotics

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Merry

Post   » Fri Aug 12, 2005 3:21 pm


I've just gotten back from the vet's with Shakira who's been a bit sniffly as of late... the vet prescribed 'Tribrissen Susp.ml' which I believe is the same thing as Bactrim but I wanted to check here and make sure. Apparently they don't see a lot of cavies at their clinic, but until I get my license my mom is driving me and it's as far as she's willing to go.

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Aug 12, 2005 3:36 pm


Yes, that is bactrim. Should work fine.

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Merry

Post   » Fri Aug 12, 2005 3:38 pm


All right, thanks Lynx! :)

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Merry

Post   » Fri Aug 12, 2005 4:14 pm


One more thing - I should keep it refrigerated, right? It didn't say anything about it on the bottle.

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Aug 12, 2005 4:18 pm


Actually, it can be stored at room temperature (but I put mine in the refrigerator anyway because I feel better).

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Merry

Post   » Fri Aug 12, 2005 5:02 pm


Ha, I'm the same way. Thanks again!

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Merry

Post   » Fri Aug 26, 2005 10:15 pm


Okay, on Monday I took Shaki back to the vet for a follow-up on her respiratory infection. He listened to her breathing and said she sounded fantastic, but still wanted to keep her on antis for 5 more days to make sure the infection was really cleared up. Today's supposed to be her last day. She's looking great - eyes and nose are clear, great appetite, lots of energy and she's gained back most of the weight she lost during her illness which I'm not sure is really a good thing with her chubby figure. ;)

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?

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Aug 26, 2005 10:32 pm


Snowflake had a cyst on her flank too. She worried it and bit it so I figured I had to remove it (it would never have gone away on its own).

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.

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Merry

Post   » Fri Aug 26, 2005 11:51 pm


Aren't heart problems more common in older guinea pigs though? Shakira is only two. I would hate to think it could be something that serious... she is so healthy otherwise.

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.

pinta

Post   » Sat Aug 27, 2005 12:10 am


Young pigs can have heart issues. Often it takes a URI before the heart problem shows up.

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.

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Lynx
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Post   » Sat Aug 27, 2005 12:14 am


You can also use the calculator in the medications section.

www.guinealynx.info/medications.html

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Merry

Post   » Sat Aug 27, 2005 12:14 am


The does is .5ml twice a day and she weighs 2lb 8oz.

pinta

Post   » Sat Aug 27, 2005 12:17 am


We need the concentration

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Merry

Post   » Sat Aug 27, 2005 12:17 am


Concentration? How do I find that out?

There is a note on the label that says "Quantity: 15" but I highly doubt that'll be any help lol.

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Lynx
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Post   » Sat Aug 27, 2005 12:22 am


Bactrim is often a common pediatric suspension. If that is what it is, the calculator will give you what the dose should be.

I checked. Estimated weight in kilos, looks to be about 0.7cc twice a day.

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Merry

Post   » Sat Aug 27, 2005 12:30 am


Oh I'm sorry, earlier I meant 0.5cc. On the label it says "1/2 ml" but 0.5cc is what they marked on my syringe.

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.

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Merry

Post   » Thu Nov 24, 2005 9:47 pm


Update... a few weeks after I last posted Shaki was completely back to herself and has remained that way (as well as steadily gaining weight) for almost two months. I think it may not have been completely bacterial after all as the big improvement came after I switched bedding from pine to aspen and hay from a dusty, feed store brand to Kaytee Timothy. But today, she suddenly got sniffly again along with the two others. We have had a turn of weather lately, so I'm wondering if that has something to do with it.

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.

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Little Jo Wheek

Post   » Thu Nov 24, 2005 11:47 pm


No way... No Sudafed.

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.

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Merry

Post   » Fri Nov 25, 2005 9:13 am


Well, they seemed okay last night and the same this morning. They were up at the cage bars begging for veggies as usual, and I saw no more discharge or unusual breathing. So maybe it was just a little dust in the air. Of course I'm still keeping a close eye on them, and if they get worse again I'll at least have a chat with my vet.

If I ever did need to use the benadryl, what is the usual dose? Or would it differ for pigs with different weights?

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Merry

Post   » Tue Dec 06, 2005 9:54 pm


The pigs have been fine since I last posted, but over the past couple days Lorena (a different pig than the one having problems earlier) has been sneezing and there has been some thin, clear discharge. I read on another site that this clear discharge is usually indicative of allergies as opposed to an URI - any comments on that? She is still active and energetic, and eating as greedily as ever, but I'm keeping a close eye on her.

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.

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