- Sweet boys!
He did have a bit of diarrhea before all was said and done (but it was not black and liquidy), sometimes it seemed to be a result of the massages, but it must have gotten things moving!
Sorry I can't be of more assistance. Good luck with him.
I don't know anything about any of the blood work either (nor the cefa drops)...but a past piggy of mine had a diseased kidney & excess gas, & he was on Cisapride in addition to the Reglan & Simethicone.
* Regarding cephalexin--mentioned above--(derivative: cefadroxil), a pet owner at CaviesGalore reported her guinea pig had a serious reaction to this drug, eventually resulting in its death. Other sources claim it is very harsh on cavies. Do not administer this drug orally. Because there are so many other safe and effective medications, cephalexin is best avoided.
It's not a penicillin-based AB, but it is considered very harsh on cavies. Get back to your vet as soon as you can. How is his respiratory infection, by the way? Does it seem improved? If so, I would recommend stopping the AB - if appropriate, he can be put onto Baytril or a similar cavy-safe AB.
Additionally, how much Critical Care are you giving per feed?
*edited to change information a little!
Pay close attention to the part discussing antibiotic induced diarrhea. The result of giving dangerous meds does not always end up with diarrhea but it can completely disrupt the digestive system. Print out that page and bring it to your vet along with the dangerous medications page.
Sorry - having re-read my post, I actually meant to put "either way" rather than "if so". The AB should definitely be stopped.
As for blood work, it is a little odd, and I'd say it was possibly a sign of a vet not used to dealing with cavies. It's usually a tool used later in diagnosis in my experience.
I think my current vet has mentioned how helpful blood work would be...but that there's just no good way/veins are too small on a pig? I don't recall her exact reasoning...but she knows her stuff, so I don't question (unless it's for my own understanding).