Possible URI


Post   » Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:03 am

Perhaps she is ill although I hope it’s just an allergic reaction.

I think she is getting better, she’s moving around a bit more and takes nibbles of the hay and veggies I put out for them. I even saw her at the pellets bowls a couple of times. Meanwhile I am still handfeeding her, and yes I read that link, thank you.

Her eye looks completely normal, she closes it sometimes but besides that it’s fine. I hope in the coming days as the doxycycline wears off she’ll go back to her usual self.


Post   » Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:05 pm

After a period of time in which I thought I was gonna lose her she seems to be back with a bang. She’s constantly trying to lick Bella’s bottom. I’ve been reading online about this and it says that sometimes it may happen to pigs on antibiotics, is this true? Or is it perhaps related to the vitamin shots she got yesterday? Or maybe she’s just in heat?

She still won’t eat much on her own so I am feeding her every 2-4 hours 6-12cc of critical care and some other supplements from oxbow. I am managing to keep her weight at around 496g. I am taking the constant bottom sniffing and licking as a good sign since now she’s running after Bella at floor time rather than sitting in one corner hunched over. But Bella doesn’t appreciate it, she keeps giving annoyed loud squeaks.

What I learned is that her poor condition was not due to the doxycycline, but something else. However, I have no idea what as she didn’t show any other symptoms that would point to any other illness. Two good things happened, one is that she now sneezes less, maybe once or twice a day. As opposed to 3-4 times an hour. The other is that her eye is completely healed.

Sorry for the long post and constant questions, I keep getting worried there might be something wrong with them and I am trying to catch it on time so that I don’t lose them. Also thank you guys for taking the time to read this and helping me out!


Post   » Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:49 am

Hey guys, I thought I’d update on Pumpkin. She stopped trying to lick Bella’s bottom after I took her off the antibiotic and she’s been doing extremely well. She started gaining weight again, she’s up to 543g as of today.

I gradually took her off the critical care, should I still make balls out of it and put them in the cage? And if so for how long? Also when is it safe to stop weighing daily and weigh weekly instead?

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Post   » Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:13 pm

I would continue frequent weighing in case she has any problems. I'd wait at least a week of good healthy guinea pig, gaining weight and not being sick, before I cut back weighing.

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Post   » Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:30 pm

Licking another pig's bottom is likely an attempt to get a cecal poop, which the pig instinctively knows she needs.

Glad she's doing better.

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