Has anyone had experience with intermittent really thick blood in the cage? I don't think it's coming with urine, certainly not all of the time, because last night it was pure sticky blood, slimy like snot and if you stick your finger in it, it pulls up like strings of slime kinda. And there was no urine around it.
Here's some history:
Back in May/June we had intermittent blood in the cage - and I'm not talking the pink urine with a slight bloody dot in the center that you see with UTIs. This was BLOOD, like you sliced your finger and smeared it on the fleece. But it wasn't round in shape and it was not consistent....we'd get a streak one day, nothing for 2-5 days, then 1-2 streaks, then several days or even a couple weeks again with no blood. I could never figure out who it was - private parts and hair in the area were always clean. Everyone had stable weight, no squeaking when peeing or pooping, no "weird" behavior or lack of appetite. I was totally stumped. But when it kept happening I said enough is enough you guys, and quarantined them into 4 separate cages. Everyone was absolutely miserable being separated and all of their weights started to drop (even though all 4 cages were side by side and we did supervised lap time of 2 at a time, so if someone did bleed we would immediately witness it and know who it was).
Two weeks went by in quarantine, and not a single drop of blood or even a pink urine. So I put them together onto a combined floor time and did a cage clean....and wouldn't you know it, a tiny pink urine spot left by Astrid. So I took her to the vet, but her urine was totally clear. She had a thorough exam by Dr. Nakamura and was declared totally healthy. So we went home...and lo and behold there, in Fergie's bed, was a huge blood smear. Two weeks Fergie, you had two weeks to do that and let me know it was you ha! Go figure, that's how life goes. So I apologized to Astrid for the unnecessary poking and prodding, gathered up Fergie, and headed to the vet. She was ALSO declared totally healthy. They said a tiny bit of bacteria in the urine sample but that could also be just from the exterior of her body. We did TMS just to be safe, in case it was some latent infection she had a hard time kicking.
Fast forward from mid-June to last night. No blood in the interim, everyone is still acting normal. Fergie's weight has been fluctuating anywhere from 900-970 over the past year but, again, she's seen Dr. Nakamura at least 4 times in the last year (we are also trying to figure out a chronic stuffy nose from one of the other threads on the forums) and he sees nothing wrong with her. She's even had x-rays, etc. But last night I found a big blood spot - but it was more spread out so I thought originally it was with urine. But, again, checked everyone's privates and hair in the area and no blood so I was stumped again. I set up a floor time and started to pull the piggies out so I could set up quarantine again. I always pull Fergie first because she loves to be held and is easiest to catch, but thankfully for me she was eating hay and I wasn't about to disturb her given I'm always trying to get her to gain some weight and she was on the low end of her spectrum this week. So I pet them all and the bricks in front of the hay rack were clean. I saw Fergie hop onto the clean bricks, and so I grabbed Fabio and headed off to do his weight and overall health check, then put him down for floor time. Head back and grab the other 2 (Lilo and Astrid) and did the same. Fergie was still in the exact same spot eating hay. Then she hops off the bricks and BAM there's a puddle of what looks like pure blood. It was slimy and sticky and not at all watered down with urine or anything. So I was grateful to know right off the bat who it is. I also flipped her over and checked her privates and sure enough they had blood all inside the creases.
So at least they don't need to be quarantined, and I know who to take to the vet. But it's so confusing to me. I've had Fergie since 2011, and she's never had a cyclical blood issue. I've also always had girl guinea pigs (Fabio, our neutered boy, is the first male for us). I've never seen a guinea pig menstruate and I don't think they really do bleed externally like that, right? Especially when she's older now (6.5)? She has no hair loss, no grumpiness with the other guineas, no hard/crusty/dark nipples that would be typical indications of the ovarian cysts or mammary tumors.
Does anyone have any experience with this? Any questions I should be asking the vet? It's so weird to have the chronic stuffy nose and then this random bleeding from her vaginal area. My first kinda thought would be bladder sludge at but the blood isn't diluted with urine (other than the spot on the fleece cuddle cave - and I am thinking that likely came out as blood then she stayed in the same spot sleeping and just happened to pee on it and spread it out, it's the only time the blood has been spread out in that type of formation). I believe I've read in other threads that various cancers can cause bleeding in the urinary tract. But it's just so mind boggling to me.
I am so "lucky" to have so many weird issues lately, ha! Between Fergie's chronic stuffy nose, this random bleeding, and Astrid's big ol' cyst/tumor on her face (we get results on that tomorrow). I just want healthy piggies ha!
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