Patches has been taking 0.7ml of trimethsulfa since January 3rd. Unfortunately, she has started squealing again while going to the bathroom, even though she is still taking the antibiotic.
I will ask about the Interstitial Cystitis. It looks like the treatment for that is the same diet as is recommended for stones. Can I just divide the sample diet for five pigs by five and get calculations for one pig? Where do you find greens like chard and escarole? I looked in the grocery store today and couldn't find these greens.
Thanks for your suggestions. I'm very worried about Patches. She has been through so much and I hate hearing her squealing in pain.
I agree. Metacam/meloxicam is extremely important to control the inflammation. You might also talk to your vet about peroxicam.
And don't cut out the calicum. Just make sure the calcium and phosphorus are in the correct ratio. Cutting out/down on calcium can make matters worse.
I will ask about the piroxicam. Patches has never been on any pain medicine and the poor little girl squeals loudly at times. The second vet I saw seemed uncomfortable with the idea of putting a guinea pig on a NSAID. I guess he just had limited knowledge of treatment options.
My vet called back about the urine culture results. If I understood her correctly, they were inconclusive. There was some strep bacteria but it wasn't responsive to the TMS. I'm scheduled to go see her again on Saturday and have another culture done and possibly another x-ray.
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$6.95 for a bottle of the chinese herb, Shilintong, and she got pain relief.
I say try the Shilintong. There's only so much you can take knowing your pet is sufferng every time she pees. It's heartbreaking.
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I get the feeling the vet(s) you are seeing are not totally ignorant, but not as knowledgeable about guinea pigs as you need for Patches. I'd suggest 1) try the Shilintong and 2) consider emailing GL member rshevin for an alternative veterinary suggestion. I *think* she's not too far from you.
Unfortunately, the squealing has become worse again, along with the hunching up and then grunting when she passes fecal pellets.
Thanks for the tip about the shilintong. I will order some right away and see if that will give her relief.
The vet I've been seeing is Dr. Partlow in Virginia Beach. She is an associate of Dr. Fisher. Dr. Fisher saw Patches at the beginning of January and took x-rays. Do you think I should request to see him again? (He doesn't seem to be in on Saturdays)
I did not give any to her this morning and she was feeling much better by this evening. In fact, she was very energetic when I put her in her playpen. Her fecal pellets are back to normal.
Should I assume that the Shilintong caused the stomach upset and not give her anymore? I'm disappointed because I was hoping to find something to help her with her UTI problems.