Guinea Pig fell from huge height any advice or help

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Post   » Tue Mar 25, 2008 7:45 pm

I have a male 3 year old Pig called Sid. Sid is a wiggly and lively little boy and recently jumped from my arms onto the tiled floor. I am feeling incredibly guilty and I know accident happen but I hurt my little boy and dont know what to do. I rushed him to the vets as soon as it happened. They Xrayed him and said there was no sign of any breakage or fracture and that he had reflexes in his back legs. He is eating fine, carrots, celery, spinach, broccoli and hay but wont eat his pellet food. He is drinking from a water bottle. I have him in a 2x1 cage built like the cavy cages and he is on towels that I change at least 3 times daily. I am also cleaning his belly. My question is really what could it be that he has done and do they recover from this type of injury? He is unable to move his back legs and just drags them around with him. Even though I have put food near his bed so he does not have to move he still likes to drag and move around. He has more movement in his left leg and will attempt to use it when moving but his right leg he drags behind him and when laid down he lays on it on a weird angle, his foot goes completly under him almost touching his other foot.

I apologise for such a long post this is my first post and I am just concerned for my boy and want to do the best I can for him.

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Post   » Tue Mar 25, 2008 7:49 pm

Welcome to GL. I am so sorry SId had a fall. It is great he was rushed to a Vet right away.

I have no medical advice to share, but I am sure the experts will come in soon to help. I just wanted to let you know we do care about you and Sid. I hope he will be ok.

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Post   » Tue Mar 25, 2008 7:57 pm

I'm so sorry about your piggy's injury. We took a guinea pig in once with an injury like that a couple months after the injury occurred. We were told that occasionally the nerves can regenerate so they regain use of their hind legs but that it can take months.

Since we weren't involved in the original diagnosis and treatment and since injuries can be so varied, I don't want to offer any medical advice either.

But I thought you'd like to hear that sometimes the nerves do regenerate.

Good luck with your piggy...

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Post   » Tue Mar 25, 2008 8:07 pm

Didn't I read somewhere that prednisone can help? Do you have the pig on any pain meds?

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Post   » Tue Mar 25, 2008 8:14 pm

Yes he on Predisonone and Zantac and im also giving him Vit C supplements [sorry my spelling is very bad!]

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Post   » Tue Mar 25, 2008 8:28 pm

I'm so sorry about your guinea pig. I would restrict the area he has to try to encourage things to heal. Make sure food is close at hand. Glad you went to see a vet. I believe the prednisone is supposed to help prevent swelling. If you see signs of pain, you might look into a safe pain medication (unsure what can be used with prednisone).

I would weigh him daily, also, to make sure he's getting enough food.


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Post   » Tue Mar 25, 2008 11:21 pm

Not sure what the Zantac is for.

An immediate vet visit and a steroid (pred) is the very best thing you can do, and you have done it. In my experience from reading this board, more animals recover their mobility than don't. Hopefully he will recover, especially since he is moving around as much as he is right now.

Be sure to keep his belly and rump clean and dry. If he can't move about as much as normally, he may get soiled and sore under there.

Work with him. Help him to move his right leg (gently) as he is moving around with his front and left rear. Think of a gentle physical-therapy type regime, warmth, gentle massage and supplementing his mobility. It may take a while, but don't give up; hang in there with him and he may recover to an almost-normal or normal extent.

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Post   » Wed Mar 26, 2008 2:43 am

Zantac is an acid reducer that works through the histamine system. Probably given to protect the stomach from possible harmful effects of the prednisone?

Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Wed Mar 26, 2008 2:52 am

I hope Sid will recover without problems. He sounds like a sweet guy.

Ranitidine (Zantac):

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Post   » Wed Mar 26, 2008 6:34 am

How is Sid doing today? We would love to see a picture if you have one. I hope he is feeling better.


Post   » Wed Mar 26, 2008 10:25 am

When Giggles was a baby, she was out for floor time and dashed in front of my daughter as she walked and she got kicked. She was rushed to the vets, and x-rays conformed no broken bones. She too, walked strangely, and I felt very worried(and guilty-the vet told me off for letting her have floor time-she should have stayed in her pen according to him).

I decided that an extremely safe, risk-free life stuck in a cage was not much of a life and went against that. You are in the same position. You were holding your pig because you love him, and something unpredictable happened. Try not to feel guilty.

This was pre my registration at GL.

It took time, but she got back to normal

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Post   » Wed Mar 26, 2008 12:28 pm

My pig Scooter fell down the stairs in his travel carrier a few months back. Accidents happen to everyone no matter how careful you are.

I hope that your little guy recovers soon!

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Post   » Wed Mar 26, 2008 2:10 pm

Sids no change today his brother is getting some what jealous of the attention sids getting, trying to keep it as fair as possible. We are off to the vets tomorow night for a week check up, fingers crossed we get some good news. Thank you all for your kind messages and advice. I cant help but feel so guilty, even though everyone does keep telling me accidents happen


Post   » Wed Mar 26, 2008 2:20 pm

I understand feeling guilty, but it is what it is. It happened and you can't go back and I know the rational side of you knows it was an *accident.* That's why they call 'em that.

As for the check-up, I'd ask the vet for some physical therapy exercises, as Talishan already suggested.

If he's not overly stressed and freaked about water, swimming therapy, *with you right there helping the entire time* can sometimes be helpful.

Pinta is a user here who did a RoxyRoller thing for a disabled pig. Search this forum on her name and that phrase if you're interested--some animals live good quality lives with carts--this would be the gp version.

Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Wed Mar 26, 2008 2:25 pm

The Roxy Roller thread.

Timmay's story is also inspirational.

Sending good thoughts for his next vet appointment!

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Post   » Sat Mar 29, 2008 1:31 pm

Thought would just share with you how sid is today. The vet is very pleased with his progress and estimates 3 months and should make a 90 - 100% recovery if he continues as he is doing. Today he has started to push up on his back legs to move places instead of just using his front legs to drag him everywhere. He is now eating his food pellets and wont stop eating hay. He is drinking from his water bottle too. His personality has returned and he is getting excited again by the food noise but as yet has not regained his noisey self and makes no noise, but im keeping my fingers crossed.

I asked the vet about the roxy roller and the vet thinks its probably too early for him to be put in this and that rest would be better for him. But says in a few weeks we will start doing some physio exercises with him and then it would be beneficial to him.

So fingers crossed but so far looks like things are going to be ok. Will keep you all informed and thank you so much for the kind words!

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Post   » Sat Mar 29, 2008 1:34 pm

What good news and how great you're doing all this for him. : )

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Post   » Sat Mar 29, 2008 2:24 pm

What great news. Keep us posted. We love hearing about improvment. Chow down, Sid!


Post   » Sat Mar 29, 2008 3:06 pm

I cross my fingers too for Sid! Don't feel bad. It was an accident and you are doing what you can for him.

I slid on a small blanket on a slippery floor once with piggie Poldi, and not wanting to squash her during my fall, I fell sideways on the floor, but dropped her by accident. She went flying and actually hit the wall face first, whereas I couldn't get up from the floor. I was taken to hospital for an x-ray of my hips and spent the evening there, som It wasn't before the next day we found out that Poldi had broken both her upper front teeth! How she managed not to break anything more is beyond me. She was a tough piggie!

Elvis fell from my son's arms once, even though he is so very careful. It wasn't a high fall, but he injured his back. The vet didn't find any injuries, but it took about a week before he could walk properly. He dragged his feet for a couple of days. We restricted his movement and let him have peace from his girls until he was absolutely fine.

Ditto on the cleaning. Sounds like you're doing a great job!

Good luck!

Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Sat Mar 29, 2008 3:54 pm

Yay for Sid! Wonderful news. :)

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