In the meantime, is there anyway I can track the progress of her poop? It's next to impossible for me to see, because, it's back in it's stomach as soon as it's out.
Also, is Cisapride needed along with the Metoclopmoride? Because Cisapride is banned in my country.
Her current medication is -
1. Metoclopmoride (Reglan) 1mg q12h
2. Simethicone (Rantac) 0.3ml q8h
3. Meloxicam (Muvera) 0.5mg q12h
4. Probiotic (Gutwell powder) 2g, twice, with water
5. Anti-flatulence drops (Zymopet) 0.3ml q12h
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1. Metoclopmoride 1mg q12h
2. Simethicone 0.3ml q8h
3. Meloxicam 0.5mg q12h
Her gas problem returned on 10th March. We've been administering the medicines for 6 days now. While she has been eating regularly after getting the medicines and she isn't showing signs of lethargy anymore, there hasn't been a significant increase in the level of droppings (including the ones that she eats). This got us thinking that maybe the problem is something else. Here's the situation;
1. The droppings, while fewer, are good in shape, size and color.
2. Her weight has not changed at 1060 grams.
3. We don't have exotic vets here (India) who can cater to her. So, it's down to me and whatever help I get from here.
4. I checked her for mites and rashes. She doesn't have any. If there's anyway I can make my check more thorough, please guide.
5. While it's uncommon to see this, I was thinking ( and I read it on some forums as well) she might have worms? Is there a way I can know? Also, even if she doesn't have worms, there isn't any harm in getting deworming done? Can you suggest a correct dosage and medicine for deworming?
Is there any other problem she might have which I can check for? Please suggest.
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Are you sure she's not eating some of the fecal droppings as well as the cecal ones? Guinea pigs will sometimes do that, so seeing fewer droppings isn't an absolute indicator that anything is wrong.
I wouldn't worry too much about it as long as she's eating, her weight is stable, and her behavior is normal. Just keep a close eye on her and see if anything changes.
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1mg/kg is a standard dose for Metoclopramide, but it has a dosage range of anywhere from 0.5mg/kg to 5mg/kg (Carpenters Formulary, Fifth Edition). You might ask your vet about possibly increasing the amount of Metoclopramide short-term to see if it makes any difference, or it might be coupled with Cisapride which can further enhance GI motility.
I've never dealt with worms in guinea pigs, but I believe weight loss and possibly diarrhea would be symptomatic. Your vet could easily rule out parasites with a fecal test.
I feel that she is scratching herself a little more, which makes me fear for mites. But I'm not jumping to a conclusion yet, will observe her more to see if it continues.