One of my guinea pigs recently died and I was wondering if you guys know what she had. She was almost 6 years old and she had no previous illnesses or showed any signs of anything. I know this is no excuse but I was truly busy with college for 4 days and I didn’t notice she was loosing weight. I also don’t know how she was losing weight because when I feed them I wait around for a minute or two and she was always eating and she would always come to the cage’s gate for food. Last Friday I noticed she was eating slower so I decided to take her out that’s when I noticed she lost weight. So I decided to start syringe feeding her. Saturday nothing major happened I put her on my bed and she was acting fine. Although she was more interested in eating my pillows than the critical care. Sunday morning I woke up and she was facing a corner. She passed away on Sunday. She couldn’t swallow anymore and slowly she wasn’t able to move any part of her body until she passed away. Meanwhile my vet was closed so I was trying to get another vet but all places I called wouldn’t take guinea pigs and I kept saying it’s an emergency. All the weight loss happened in 4 days because the last time I held her was Sunday the 24th and I didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary. I should have taken her to the vet on Saturday or Friday, I don’t know what made me wait. Maybe I could’ve saved her, I know I made a huge mistake. I wanted to take her on Monday but she never made it to Monday...
I was scared that whatever she had was contagious so I took my other 5 year old guinea pig to the vet as soon as he opened. He found out she had blood in her urine so he did an X-ray and thankfully found no stones anywhere. He said her other organs were fine too. He took a sample of her urine so we’re waiting for the results for that and the blood work. I just recently noticed she started sneezing, do you think it’s an uri that causes the sneezing? Could my other guinea pig have died from the same thing? I know without tests it is nearly impossible to tell. I didn’t notice any breathing difficulty in the guinea pig that died until her final hours. Saturday she was skinny but otherwise fine and then she deteriorated so fast from Saturday to Sunday.
Thank you everyone in advance.
You would need a necropsy to get answers to your question concerning why she died. A vet would do a gross necropsy (physical look at) your guinea pig, check teeth for entrapment, overgrowth, check for tumors, stones) and if they found nothing, would make other guesses to have tissue sampled for suspected disease.
It sounds like taking your other guinea pig to a vet was a good idea. Now that you know she's ill, I would also weigh daily and make sure she is eating enough, besides following the vet's protocol.
You might want to read this over too:
If there are no stones in your remaining guinea pig, consider interstitial cystitis, UTI, or pyometra (infection of the uterus).
Sadly I can’t get the vet to do a necropsy because as soon as my mom found out she died she took her to be cremated...
I didn’t expect this one to be sick either because she shows no symptoms as of now. She’s eating a lot although she got scared of a celery stick in the morning so she stopped eating them when I last checked. There are no signs of pain as she isn’t squeaking when urinating or when doing anything else.
Thank you I will read those links
I do have a few questions,
First if she has one of the infections you mentioned above are they treated with the same antibiotic?
Also if the sneezing was due to an uri would the antibiotics used for the infections mentioned above treat that too? I don’t want to have her on two different antibiotics. Besides the sneezing she shows no other symptoms of uri.
So far it seems like she’s eating enough but would it hurt to give her some critical care just in case? If not is there something specific I should feed her like a veggie that might help her?
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What you could do if you want is supplement her with some plain vitamin C. Aim for about 30-50 mg. per day for a week, but don't go over that amount or longer than that time. Excess vitamin C can cause pseudo-scurvy when it's stopped, so you don't want to overdo it.
It would depend on the antibiotic given as to whether it's appropriate for a URI as well as a UTI. Bactrim is usually given for urinary tract problems, where as Baytril is normally given for respiratory illnesses. They each have specific advantages for those illnesses, and don't work as well for the other one.
Could the vitamin c be given as a smoothie made from bell pepper and strawberries?
Right but it wouldn’t be safe to have her on both of them at the same time right?
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You could give extra bell pepper. I wouldn't do much with the strawberries -- they have vitamin C but also a lot of sugar, which pigs don't need.
And no, I wouldn't put her on both antibiotics at the same time. There are combinations that you can give, but it's not usually those two.
bpatters, if you have any scientific studies or references you can find to clarify pseudo scurvy, I would be indebted to you. I have nothing but my so-so memory!
My question is could she have inflammation of the lymph nodes? I just read online that it causes blood in the urine too.
Also where are lymph nodes located exactly? I know they are spread throughout the body but I would like to check if they’re swollen. Is there by any chance one located behind the eye?
I’ve been keeping an eye on her and I noticed something new. She is no longer eating in her cage or moving around in her cage. However, as soon as I take her out she eats a lot of vegetables and is curious about her environment again. Do you think she is becoming depressed over the loss of her cagemate? Before she would almost jump out of my arms to go back in her cage but now she’s not interested in going back to her cage anymore. I am considering getting her a new cagemate, but not for now because she is still sick and I don’t know if it’s contagious.
She doesn’t seem to like eating pellets anymore so I started feeding her critical care which she likes to eat. Could I switch her to a diet of just vegetables and hay, or is that dangerous?
Also I don’t know if she’s lethargic. She runs around on the floor when I take her out to feed her, but in the cage she just sleeps either in her igloo or the upper level.
I am starting to think she does have a blood disease where she doesn’t make enough white blood cells hence why she seems to have so many infections. If she does I really don’t know what to do about it.
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