Pregnant and din't know and now have 3 babies.Please help :(

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Post   » Sun Jul 16, 2017 5:09 pm

I'm so sorry you lost him. I hope you can take comfort in the fact that seven is a great age for a guinea pig, and he obviously had a wonderful life with you.

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Post   » Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:03 pm

Oh, Pooja Mehta, I am so sorry to hear you lost him. He sounds like he was such a special guinea pig - one that was so well-loved. You have all my sympathy. I am sure he knew you loved him.

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Post   » Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:22 am

Godspeed and safe passage, Sandy. Your spirit and being are whole, and healthy, now. Comfort and joy to you. You will never be forgotten.

Hugs to you, Pooja.

For him to be noticeably recovering from the Baytril, to be eating better, and to be eating shortly before he passed, tells me he had heart failure or perhaps a stroke. For a piggy over 7 this would not be surprising. He did not suffer, and there is nothing you could have done.

I will take a chance here and guess you may be Hindu. If so -- know that Ganesha smiles upon Sandy now.

As a man, casting worn-out garments,
taketh new ones, so the dweller in the body,
casting off worn-out bodies,
entereth into others that are new...

For certain is death for the born,
and certain is birth for the dead;
therefore over the inevitable
thou shouldst not grieve.


Post   » Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:28 am

I'm so sorry for your loss. Just know that Sandy is now happy and healthy and popcorning all over the place while he waits for you at the Rainbow Bridge. Sending prayers and hugs to you.

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Post   » Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:18 pm

Thank you everyone for comforting me. I dint get a chance to tell him how much I loved him. I wonder if he knew :(

Talishan, I am a Hindu. I am surprised as well as happy that you know so much about my culture. I know Lord Ganesha is taking care of him and Sandy is very happy with Him.

RIP little one :*

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Post   » Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:19 pm

Sandy was experiencing impaction when on Enrofloxacin (had a little problem before but not serious). Whenever I was around I used to help him to get the poop out but when he died I wasn't around and he had lots and lots of poop stuck inside. I really wanted to take it out but he had already become stone cold by the time I reached and I felt I shouldn't torture his body like that anymore.

Can impaction cause death?

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Post   » Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:33 pm

Not that quickly. Males that are severely impacted for days, weeks or months will obviously have problems if they can't pass stool easily (or at all), but they will also act a lot sicker. It won't happen in a day.

He knows how much you love him. He does not need words. He knew, from the way you handled him, cared for him and treated him. They know.

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Post   » Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:18 am

Cupid's abscess/cyst has ruptured again. Took him to the new vet for a second opinion (since my regular vet said the wound has become too big for a surgery and she wouldn't get enough skin to stitch, also Cupid is old-7.3 years to undergo such a risky surgery)
New vet took a culture to test and after the results told me to start Doxycycline to see if the wound will reduce in size. She said that it is a non-healing ulcerative wound and is self mutilating. She also thinks that Cupid is too old to go through anesthesia for such a long and risky surgery.
She asked me to dissolve 100mg capsule in 10 ml water and give 1 ml to Cupid (725-750grams) twice a day. I have never given capsule to any of my piggy before. I read here that the standard dose is 5mg/kg. And according to what new vet has prescribed, the dosage goes to 10mg/ml. Its really high, dont you think? How much should I actually give him then?

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Post   » Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:14 am

There's a range of dosing for doxycycline for most conditions, and it's not one of the worst antibiotics as far as the digestive tract is concerned. If you're worried, you could give less to start off with, and if he tolerates it well, then increase it.

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Post   » Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:10 am

Thank you bpatters.
Assuming the standard dose of 5mg/kg and 735grams in weight, Cupid should receive around 3.7mg. After dissolving 100mg capsule in 10 ml water and to receive 3.7mg doxycycline, Cupid should get 0.37ml.
Can someone please please check my calculation and advise if I should go ahead. I am worried about overdosing him with new vet's prescribed 10mg/kg dose. I will start with the calculated dose (5mg/kg) and increase if needed.

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Post   » Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:28 pm

Have you used the dose calculator?

You will want to watch for antibiotic intolerance.

You wrote:
And according to what new vet has prescribed, the dosage goes to 10mg/ml.
And then you wrote:
I am worried about overdosing him with new vet's prescribed 10mg/kg dose.
These are two different things. One is the concentration of the drug in the suspension, which at 100mg in 10ml of water yields 10mg/ml. The other is the dosage. I believe the dose is what you calculate for your guinea pig after you know his weight and have the other data.

Glancing at your figures, they look more or less okay (10mg/ml solution and 5mg/kg dose).

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Post   » Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:25 am

Thank you Lynx. I gave Cupid the standard dose of 5mg/kg doxycycline according to his weight.

Cupid's culture reports says:-
A few pus and epithelial cells, a few gram negative bacilli and a rich growth of E.coli
The vet had asked me to give doxycycline for a week and stop. Today is the seventh day of his medicines.
His abscess/cyst hasn't reduced in size and he still bites and removes blood. I have to keep dressing the wound with Betadine and surgical tape. The abscess/cyst looks much better than before, though.

Should I give medicines for few more days or stop from tomorrow?

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Post   » Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:18 pm

If you haven't seen it reduce in size, I sure would be tempted to continue! A week is not all that long. Watch for antibiotic intolerance.

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Post   » Mon Sep 18, 2017 4:26 pm

For how many more days should I give medicines?

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Post   » Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:43 pm

I would consult with your vet. I would think so long as he is tolerating them okay, another week at least and then evaluate how well he is doing. Keep in mind, I do not have a veterinary or medical background.

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Post   » Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:53 am

Thank you so much Lynx. There are limited experienced exotics vets in India and I would trust you people more than them.

I had called my vet yesterday to confirm and she said to stop medicines after a week. She also said that Cupid's abscess/cyst wouldn't reduce in size because its deep seated and the skin around has also thickened. She said its a non-healing ulcerative wound and is self multilating.

For a cancer test, she would require a larger sample and for that Cupid will have to go under anesthesia which she thinks might be risky since he is 7.3 years old. She said if the antibiotics doesn't work and if his health worsens, then she will have to take the sample. She also said if it would have been cancer, then Cupid wouldn't have survived this long. (His abscess removal surgery took place on 27th November 2013)

He is eating a little less than normal. I guess its because of the antibiotics. He finishes his favourite veggies though. He is otherwise normal and active. I have been maintaining his weight through force feeding veggies or critical care. Doctor said not to over feed him. He had gained 35-45 grams in 8 days.

Can I continue medicines for a total of 10 days (today being 8th day of medicines) and then see how he is doing? I am traveling out of town for more than a week. If required I could start again after coming back. Would the bacteria become resistant to the antibiotics after the gap? His culture said doxycycline would be the best for him.

Please please advice.

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Post   » Tue Sep 19, 2017 12:24 pm

I can't answer your questions. But I do think gaining some weight is a good thing.

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