He's not out of the woods by any means but I'm encouraged by what I'm seeing. There's fresh hay in with him, so we'll see how much of that he eats and then I'll decide on how much critical care to give him. I will probably have to give him water, but he doesn't seem to mind that too much.
- Supporter in 2019
I was under the misconception that all antibiotics cause appetite loss, but I've read in several places that it's not usually the case. If an antibiotic alone causes total appetite loss, then the piggie is probably not tolerating it well. The only infection any of my guinea pigs have had which required oral antibiotics are digestive system or upper respiratory. They didn't lose appetite with the URI, or the bactrim (or baytril, cant remember which) they were treated with.
The other thing that hangs me up is that when I read about oral antibiotics for guinea pigs, it's usually bactrim or baytril. It's hard to find references on orbax being used to treat them. It knocked out Scruffy's infection in a matter of days and he was very near death from it. It also could have been what cleared up Mr Bubbles even though he was only on it for 3 days. I just don't know if that's what curbed his appetite like this, but he was starting to get it back with the critical care cocktail. It wasn't until after he had two doses of it that he stopped eating altogether.
He's coming back, but it's slow. The vet said to give him what he'll eat and plenty of water. I don't give him much romaine because of his age and the high calcium content. The same with dandelion greens, but if that's what he'll eat, then that's what he'll get until I get him eating again. He won't eat bell pepper, but what do you guys think about blending it up into a liquid that I can syringe feed him?
He's not lethargic and he comes out to greet me again. He'll even jump into my arms. He's drinking water on his own, but I'm still giving him extra with every syringe session. I think we're on the right track, so we're going to keep it going.
I've since been educated on pet store pigs, but I still have so much sympathy for the babies in the store. I just wish I could adopt them all and let them grow up in a loving and caring home with all of the nurturing I can give them; without supporting the cruel process that puts them there in the first place. Sometimes I wish I could open a licensed, properly maintained, cavy vet supervised, humane and holistic type of breeding outfit. That's not really feasible for me since I don't have the means and probably never will.
Anyway, I gave Mr Bubbles a wide variety of veggies last night and he ate some, but not all of them. He did eat more hay than he has since the onset of this thing. There was a nice amount of regular sized droppings under his house when I checked on him this morning. I'm still not comfortable with his food intake. It's quite a bit less than I'm used to seeing him eat.
It's very nice out today so I'm taking him out there to eat as much as he wants. I got to do that twice yesterday and he ate a lot. It was enough so that I didn't have to do a full critical care feeding, but I still gave him the cocktail. That could explain why he didn't eat the veggies. We're still pressing forward. He's getting back to his more active self. Let's hope he is all the way back soon.
- Supporter in 2019
On another note, I went to get a bale of hay today and found some pure 100% timothy hay pellets. Nothing else in them except timothy hay. He seems to like them, so that's good.
His tastes have definitely changed. He doesn't favor bell pepper as much as he used to and will only eat a few bites of it, but he does eat small amounts of tomato now. He takes a lot longer to eat than before too. It more of a steady intake throughout the day than gobbling up large amounts at once. He does eat all of the lettuce right away. It just takes him several more minutes because he bites off less at a time, almost like he wants to savor it. I thought he might have a problem with his teeth, but he's not having any trouble chewing. Also, I'm not seeing any other signs of that. I think he's just settling into being a senior piggie like BJ.
- I dissent.
All of my pigs get tired of the same veggies day in and day out. That's why I change them up constantly. I gave Mr Bubbles a few days break from the bell pepper and am giving him a small slice of cucumber instead because it has a lot of water in it, which he needs right now. I'm seeing him eat more hay than he has before too. I wouldn't complain about that. I think his taste has just changed with age.