I saw other topics about broken legs but I wanted to get your general experience (positive or negative) about this.
My young guinea pig girl got her back leg broken and it seems that it's very hard to treat this. Two options, surgery and add pin (but doctor says it's dangerous to anesthetize) or some kind of plaster. But apparently plaster are for fractures not far from each other (??).
I did choose plaster so now she has one and i must go back today to the doctor for change it and do X-ray again (fourth time...).
After i must go back maybe each weeks for check.
If i'm lucky and doctor could successfully join broken parts (and if she doesn't separate them again while moving), it may heal. But doctor didn't seem confident about it.
So what about you guys, for the ones who got this problem of broken leg, can you tell if you could heal it or if it didn't work.
I just need to hear if i can have hope or no. If you have any advice too.
Thank you in advance.
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As for anesthesia, it's not a big deal if the vet is experienced. Guinea pigs undergo it frequently for problems as simple as getting an xray taken. I lost a pig last fall who wass extremely ill, but during her last weeks, she was anesthesized several times and always recovered ok from it, despite the fact her health was so compromised.
I see you're in France. I have no idea how knowledgeable the vets are there, but does yours have a lot of experience with guinea pigs? Do you have options to find one who is?
Good luck with everything.
My plaster is made of some kind of scotch-tape and bandage. Doctor said it may be dangerous if bandage becomes dirty. My guinea pig could get sick or something like this.
But my girl is quite young (and it's a girl) so maybe it's more dangerous to anesthetize?
- Contributor in 2018
How old is your girl? Where is the break? How much is this limiting her movement and is she in pain? Sometimes they can heal on their own, but it depends.
I have a boar Henri (named after Toulouse Lautrec because of his leg) who broke his ankle before I got him. It healed wrong, but he still gets around fine. My vet said that she would have to re break it to put it right and recommended against that.
I don't know so much about bones healing but mine, her leg and foot are not joined together anymore so for healing, first we must join the two parts. If we let like this, she maybe can live but it's like if she didn't have leg (because she cannot use anymore).but my guinea pig broke his hip high up. We just basically confined him to a small cage where he couldn't move around much and just let nature heal it. He did fine.
She is a little more than 2 months old.How old is your girl? Where is the break? How much is this limiting her movement and is she in pain? Sometimes they can heal on their own, but it depends.
For the break, here is the X-ray. Left is first X-ray, before we did something, right is with the plaster. As you can see it's not perfectly joined together. But as i change it today, doctor may arrange it i think.
- Contributor in 2018
Even if it doesn't heal exactly normal, she should be okay with that. Henri's is worse than the corrected one with the plaster and he can run and jump with no trouble.
Vet seems pretty confident about anesthesia, he was more worried about problem which might happen after surgery.
She is small so it will be a hard work.
But seeing her at the beginning of her life with one leg-foot useless, it kills me. And if she can endure anesthesia, she can only ""get better"". I mean, in the worst case, she might get amputation or something like this but anyway her leg is already lost. It's not like a heart surgery, it's just the leg. So if anesthesia is ok, she ""might"" be ok.
Now, i'm waiting for vet's call after surgery (it's today or tomorrow, i don't know exactly the day/hour)
By the way, thanks for your answers.
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Is she getting any pain medicine? I don't know if they have it over in France, but here in the US we have two pain medications, carprofen and meloxicam, that are often prescribed to guinea pigs. It would be worth asking the vet about them to make your little pig's life a little easier while she heals.