Yesterday I came home at 3pm and saw she was curled up in a corner-not in a bed or a hut which is very unlike her-she had a puffy coat, her eyes looked sick, not crusty but just dull, she was listless, very sleepy, and wouldn't even touch her favorite foods- a first for her! She also had not pooped much. Also very unusual!
I got her right into the vets at 3:40. He said she seemed ok, no obvious blockage. Teeth were ok, eyes and bottom alright, no significant weight loss. He said to give her some Timothy hay formula concoction he gave me with a syringe if she didn't eat that night. He also gave me meds for bloat if she seemed uncomfortable.
We got her home and she seemed significantly better! Puffy coat was gone, eyes looked normal. She was tied out from the vets, but so was I. She ate spinach, a bite of kale and some strawberry stems. No hay or pellets. But she did poop a bit. Not like normal, though.
This morning, she had pooped some, but again, not her normal output. And the poops aren't normal-a tad stringy, others kind of crushed-just not normal. Not dry, though, either.
She had all her fruits and veggies available to her but she only ate the greens. Because she wasn't eating hay or pellets i put together that formula from the doc and gave her half a Syringe full.
After that she went back to eating hay, pellets and drinking water! I was pumped. As I went to work, my husband gave her more formula at lunch. She seems normal but not pooping much still.I also can't tell if she is peeing much! Oh, also, this morning I checked her bum and she had a drop or so of pee in it, but just sitting there! So strange. I emailed my vet but haven't heard back yet.
- And got the T-shirt
Keep hand feeding her until she's eating normally -- you can taper the mixture off as she begins to eat more food.
Many people don't realize how important it is to keep food moving through a pig. It's absolutely crucial, and as the saying goes, "a guinea pig that's not eating is a guinea pig that's dying." The ONLY time they shouldn't be force-fed if they're not eating is if there's some blockage in the digestive tract.
Thanks for your advice! It's such a relief to come here for advice. I think we're on the up and up!