Eye ulcer snd vet visit

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Lynx
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Post   » Tue Jan 25, 2022 10:05 pm


Ah, yes, the biting of the towels may be a sign of pain. I think the pain page is linked to from the postop page. Talishan's advice is so helpful.
http://www.guinealynx.info/pain.html

sozansound2

Post   » Tue Jan 25, 2022 10:09 pm


she still moves if you remove her hut but that biting i feel it is pain. i wanted to wait 1 more hour (at 11pm est) to give her the meds so it can last longer through the night

bpatters
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Post   » Tue Jan 25, 2022 11:26 pm


You may or may not be aware that once a day metacam won't last 24 hours. Many of us, with consultation with our vets, split the dose in half, add 10%, and give it twice a day. So if you were giving 1 cc once per day, you'd split the dose into two .5 cc doses, add .05 cc, and give .55 cc twice a day.

She'll get better pain control that way.

sozansound2

Post   » Wed Jan 26, 2022 12:02 am


i always gave her 2 doses of 0.15 of metacam a day. last Saturday was supposed to be once a day but there was no way i would do that to her with that stone. i was going to continue 2 doses a day after the operation as well. the vet agreed.

i would give her the first dose at 11am and the second dose around 11pm.

sozansound2

Post   » Wed Jan 26, 2022 11:30 am


when i went to give her the morning meds with 3 syringes full of water, she ended up pooping a fingers length of poop. it was like 4-5 poops lightly attached in a line. like sausage links attached by the ends. never seen anything like that.

good news is she pees and poops good aside from the conga line of poops. just found it interesting. i never stopped giving her probiotics but i feel since she does not eat nearly enough hay, it may take a bit before she poops normally.

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Sef
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Post   » Wed Jan 26, 2022 1:05 pm


That string is mucous and I think is generally a sign of a gut flora imbalance. How much are you giving her in the way of probiotics?

sozansound2

Post   » Wed Jan 26, 2022 1:56 pm


i been giving her 2 crushed tablets per day (1 in the morning and 1 during lunch with veggies). it did not look like mucous to me. i do have a picture.
Edit: here is the image


right now i been giving her some water since i am not sure if this is the case but she was eating some hay and like 3 minutes later she started coughing every now and then. i thought maybe a piece of hay lodge itself in. i am not sure. she never coughed after this.

Edit 2: i gave her a small piece of lettuce. if there was something lodged in there, i thought maybe the lettuce was big enough to drag it down

[Edit by Lynx, adding poop pic permanently:]

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sozansound2

Post   » Wed Jan 26, 2022 2:41 pm


the amount of hay she eats is pretty miniscule to almost nonexistent. i know i smear critical care on lettuce but should i increase the amount by syringe feeding to compensate?

bpatters
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Post   » Wed Jan 26, 2022 5:19 pm


She needs to eat. And if all she'll eat is Critical Care, then feed it to her.

The rule of thumb is that a guinea pig that's eating nothing else needs 100 cc. of Critical care per day for every kilogram it weighs, divided into 6-8 servings. Adjust up or down according to the weight of the pig and how much it's eating.

sozansound2

Post   » Wed Jan 26, 2022 5:44 pm


on the contrary, i have to do weird things to get her to eat the smeared critical care lettuce cause she will just drop it and ignore if she smells it. i fold lettuce so her nose comes in contact with the lettuce smell first and immediately gobbles it up. she has started to adapt by ripping it off my hand which unfolds the lettuce and eat around the critical care. (i just refold into a fresh lettuce and profit lol)

she only eats her veggies. that is the only thing she is willing to eat. she may eat a small piece of hay but thats it. water i have to syringe feed her which she has no problem.

it is war feeding her critical care with a syringe so i been trying other ways to make her be the one to eat it and it has worked great in the beginning. she just outright ignores it so i feel i have no choice but to force feed it to her. my main issue is the style she ignores the syringe has me worried how it will affect the incision site

sozansound2

Post   » Wed Jan 26, 2022 6:22 pm


These are the different syringes i have. i normally use the 4th syringe for critical care. i use the 2nd and 3rd for meds. (i don't mix and match syringes to different meds. these are just extra i had laying around unused)

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Sef
I dissent.

Post   » Wed Jan 26, 2022 7:40 pm


Use the 1cc syringe as we mentioned before, and cut the tip completely off. This will be a lot more manageable than the larger syringe you have been using. You can also make it a little thicker so that it has more nutrients and fiber than if you are watering it down too much.

sozansound2

Post   » Wed Jan 26, 2022 8:01 pm


which one is the 1 cc? #2 or #3?

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Jan 26, 2022 8:06 pm


This is a 1 cc syringe, one regular, one with the tip off.

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http://www.guinealynx.info/handfeeding.html

p.s. can I add some of your pics permanently to your topic for future readers?

sozansound2

Post   » Wed Jan 26, 2022 8:08 pm


sure, i don't mind

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Sef
I dissent.

Post   » Wed Jan 26, 2022 8:13 pm


It should say 1.0ml on the syringe.

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Jan 26, 2022 8:18 pm


Thanks, sozansound2, I added your poop pic. Quite interesting.

sozansound2

Post   » Wed Jan 26, 2022 9:01 pm


no problem.

just finished the critical care feeding. i tried the 1 cc like you guys suggested and it did work. i also did it with the big syringe in the end because it can hold more and i noticed after a bit of fighting, she started getting a bit tired so i took advantage of the big one. she stopped fighting with her usual intensity which made it easier. she took in a good amount as well.

i found another 1 cc syringe and cut the tip so i have 2 for next time.

one thing i did notice is she groomed herself to the best she could a few hours after coming back home from her operation. she has not groomed since then. i still feel some of her under chin hair semi sticky due too some dried up meds yesterday. with the critical care mess, i haven't seen her do so. i got water and dipped my finger to wash off all the critical care and dry meds at least.

sozansound2

Post   » Thu Jan 27, 2022 10:51 am


just finished giving her 3 cc of critical care. about how much cc of critical care should be given per session? did not want to give her more since she had just eaten some lettuce a bit before the session.

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Sef
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Post   » Thu Jan 27, 2022 11:20 am


See bpatters comment above, "The rule of thumb is that a guinea pig that's eating nothing else needs 100 cc. of Critical care per day for every kilogram it weighs, divided into 6-8 servings. Adjust up or down according to the weight of the pig and how much it's eating."

If she's only eating a small amount of veggies and no hay and no pellets, you will likely need to boost her intake by quite a bit in order to maintain (or increase) her weight. 3cc's is not a lot.

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