Is this a vet emergency, or do I just adjust his diet? From what I'm seeing on the web site, it looks like sludge is caused by too much calcium.
We brought Sully in (and Gilbert, who can't seem to be left without Sully, came along for the ride). She checked to make sure his bladder was still emptying and then gave him some antibiotics. We go back in tomorrow morning for x-rays and any additional treatment/surgery. The good news is that within about four hours of starting antibiotics, Sully started pooping again, and continues to pee in a dribbling fashion. We're scheduled to bring him in at 8:30 n the morning.
(Doh! I just noticed I'm logged in as Jim (TWP_2) and not myself (TwoWhitePiggies).)
Since there didn't seem to be any immediate risk, we decided to take Sully home and give him a couple of days on the antibiotics to get his current discomfort under control. We're debating what to do...we are more than willing to take him back early next week to do the surgery if it will help in the long run, but there is always risk involved with surgery, and that makes us nervous.
Does anyone here have any advice?
I know you're nervous about the surgery with Sully feeling under the weather, but I think you should proceed anyway. I kept hoping Pippin would feel a little better, but with the stone, it just wasn't happening. They go downhill VERY quickly sometimes with stones. You also have other worries with the longer you keep the stone in, such as uremic poisoning.
Just for clarification, because I think you're confused (or maybe its just a typo). Ureters go from the kidney to the bladder. The urethra goes from the bladder to the penis (or vagina, if that's the case).
I just read your remarks above, amyjane. I guess I'm one of the people who confuses the two.
Do read all you can on Becky's stones diet.
Oh, if you do proceed with the surgery, be sure and ask your vet to send the stone off for analysis. Good to know what kind of stone you're dealing with.
Our vet has done guinea pig spaying and neutering, and has removed lots of stones from dogs and cats, but has not had much experience removing stones from guinea pigs. (Part of the problem is that in this city, guinea pigs are disposable, so why not just get another pig if the one you have is sick?) It sounds like they do lots of surgeries on rodents in general, though, because they have pretty set procedures for handling rodents (putting them on antibiotics after surgery, doing the surgery in the morning when possible so that they have all day to recover and be watched by vets and technicians, sending them home late in the afternoon because they tend to be freaked out by staying at the clinic over night, etc.) She said they use...it sounded like "internal disolvable sutures."
We'll ask lots more questions of the vet, but I have a few questions about what to do about Gilbert:
Gilbert totally freaked out being left home alone this morning. He was cowering in the corner when we got back from the vet, and then he physically guarded Sully the rest of the morning after we put Sully back in the cage. How can we relieve Gilbert's anxiety?
How long will Sully need to have his own space to recover?