- And got the T-shirt
I'd think that all they'd need to test for diabetes is a blood sample, which shouldn't be anything like $600. And they might be able to just overclip a nail to get a drop of blood, which might be enough.
Granted, a single blood sugar test wouldn't find anything else that's wrong, but it should be definitive for diabetes. I'd ask to speak to the vet, explain that the pig is a rescue and that you've got limited funds, and see if they'll just test for diabetes.
She actually recommended that we try to keep her comfortable, and if she seems really uncomfortable to come in for a non-diagnostic appointment to just get her pain meds. A pain-meds appointment is $90. So, that's what I'll do if things continue in this direction. What kind of pain medication are guinea pigs given? She said they'd start with "guinea pig advil," but I don't know what that means. Has anyone out there given their piggies pain meds from the vet?
- Supporter in '14
Weight loss has been an issue and I have had to become creative. I grind Oxbow pellets in my coffee grinder and three times a day I feed her a mash made from 1 tsp. ground pellets, 1/2 tsp. Critical Care and 20 ml of warm bottled water. This ensures she gets calories, vitamins, minerals and fluids. Critical Care has 18 mg of vitamin C per teaspoon so this gives her approximately 30 mg of vitamin C per day just from the mash. She begs for it and licks it from my finger. She is still eager for her greens, yellow pepper and she does eat hay. So far I have been able to keep her weight stable and it has even gone up a little. She also gets a daily dose of Metacam for any pain. Besides the ovarian cysts she has some degeneration in her spine and arthritis in her knees so keeping her moving around is also a challenge.
Good luck with you piggy. I hope you can find a plan that works well for her and you.