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Was it the standard pediatric suspension? Do you know exactly what dose you were giving? How much does your pigs weigh?
If she still has these symptoms, then she needs to continue on with the antibiotic. Don't wait - untreated URIs can kill very quickly.
Perhaps the vet's office can extend the prescription without you going back?
Do you have SMZ left?
In the absence of the experts as it's so late here - I would advise to continue with the SMZ until you hear otherwise.
It would be very helpful when the more experienced members check this thread if you post the following information:
Weight of piggy - (what's her name?)
Dosage of SMZ she has recieved i.e: How many cc's per dose and how many doses per day. Also what the suspension of the SMZ is - it should show on the bottle.
It could be that your piggy hasn't had a high enough dose (Vet's apparently notoriously underdose.) OR it could be that the 7 day course wasn't enough OR it's not the right antibiotic for the job.
I have been caring for a little boy piggy for over a year now with URI problems. It is a condition that needs quick and effective treatment. Piggies lungs are tiny and if infection goes untreated, pneumonia can occur.
Do you weigh your piggy daily? Has her weight fluctuated at all since the meds?
Daily weighing is essential. Weight will give you MAJOR clues as to the real health of your GP because they are prey animals and will hide illness.
You can give your GP unflavored pedialyte to restore electrolytes if appetite is affected.
Give lots of Vitamin C - BUT not the stuff you put in water - Red pepper, small amount of parsley, kale, green pepper.
PLEASE click on all the links from the home page below - there is a wealth of information that will help you with the health of your pig npw and as you move forward.
It is on the dangerous medications list:
If I were you I would print the list and take it with me on the next visit to make sure you're not given and pay for something harmful.
I'm signing off for the night, but I wish you and your piggy a good night!
Holy Crap!!! This (as well as the underdosing) is a big sign that you do not have a cavy savvy vet, and maybe you should consider finding one. At least be very careful with any info this one gives you. You can double check things here.I mentioned to vet that I heard penicillin was bad, and this vet said - no actually they can tolerate it. It is rabbits that don't do well on penicillin.
Welcome to Guinea Lynx!!! I hope your piggy gets better soon.
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Dr. Riggs is the best exotic vet in the state of Ohio. He's the head of the Akron Zoo and all the animals there. The other side to Dr. Rigg's is that he's VERY expensive. Just so you know, Metro emergency hospital is even more expensive then Dr. Rigg's office but it is the only emergency hospital in the area that treats guinea pigs. Hopefully you won't need to use the emergency hospital.
Another good vet in the area is Dr. Faust & Dr. Nathan. They used to be partners with Dr. Rigg's until he and Dr. Nathan bought their own clinic. Their prices are very reasonable compaired to Dr. Rigg's. They're both great vet's and have great bedside manners. Plus, they will listen to your input on things that you've learned here, both know about this site. Dr. Rigg's knows everything and doesn't trust everything you read on the internet. Here's their contact information:
Dr. Faust & Dr. Nathan
2131 Sharon Copley Rd
Medina, OH 44256
They are all great vet's and I have used all of them from one time to another.
If you have any other questions about the vet's feel free to email me threw the mailer and I'll email you my phone number.
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My questions: any experiences with abscess teeth? What is involved? Any experiences with sinus/allergies? What are tumor signs why would that lead to runny nostril? What is the typical life span. He said 4-5 years, longer if no cancer. I read anywhere from 3-7 years, then I read 7-10 years. Nostril was dry this morning and then later in day wet. Tonight it is slight discharge again. It looks like whitish spit just around her right nostril, not dripping down. Sorry if too detailed or graphic. This is driving me crazy. Any ideas?
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Um, you must be missing some zeros here, I think?She weighted 2.4 grams on their scale.
I do know that some pigs are more sensitive to pine than others, but it sounds as if you're doing everything right. You might try bedding her on polar fleece for a while - I bed all mine on it and they love it!
You might consider getting a dental xray to rule out elongated roots, perhaps? Also, physical exam for teeth is much better done with an xray under a light anesthetic - it's very hard to see those back molars properly.
Until you've ruled out teeth issues, I wouldn't worry terribly much - particularly if you try bedding on fleece. Carefresh is sometimes very dusty (the grey kind). True allergies are extremely rare.
There are two people on this board who have issues with snotty noses - Fweeplvr and slfazone. You could do a search and read their threads (the pigs are Ginger and Teddy respectively).
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There's a gazillion threads around on it if you search! You'll need something absorbent under the fleece to wick away the moisture. I dustbust the fleece once a day and change it around every 3 days.