Medical Topic for Oswald

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piggypatrol

Post   » Tue Nov 12, 2019 12:44 pm


Hello all, it’s been a while but I’m here seeking advice for my Piggy Oswald. Saturday I noticed there wasn’t much poo in the cage and usually he goes a lot. The only poo I found were bits and I noticed he was in his hideys a lot so I took them away and encouraged him to eat. By Sunday he looked back to normal and was making usual amount and normal size of poo. Monday evening and he’s having same problem. I took the hideys and he nibbles hay on his own but not eating as much as he usually does. Already scheduled a vet appotment for tomorrow and going to feed him orally when I can but is there something else I can do to encourage him to eat? Would benebac help or is that only if his poo is mushy

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Sef
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Post   » Tue Nov 12, 2019 1:24 pm


Good to have him checked out. In the meantime, have you looked at his anal sac to rule out the possibility of an impaction? That can not only decrease the number of poops showing up in the cage, but can also cause decreased appetite.

piggypatrol

Post   » Tue Nov 12, 2019 1:56 pm


I have not, how do I know if he has an impaction?

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Lynx
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Post   » Tue Nov 12, 2019 1:57 pm


http://www.guinealynx.info/impaction.html

I notice you have started multiple topics in the medical forum, some on Oswald.

Please stick to a single topic about him and do not start any new ones.

I am going to add Oswald's name to this topic's title so you have one you can use.

It is very helpful to have a history of a guinea pig all in one place. Perhaps you can summarize all the issues he has had and provide links to topics you have already started, if appropriate.

piggypatrol

Post   » Tue Nov 12, 2019 2:04 pm


Sorry lynx, it’s been a few months since he’s had any problem so i figured the topics were gone, and most of my past topics were about my piggies that passed away back in May

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Lynx
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Post   » Tue Nov 12, 2019 2:15 pm


The topics stay here for a really long time. You can search on the name of your guinea pig now to find his topic.

piggypatrol

Post   » Tue Nov 12, 2019 2:19 pm


Ok, thank you.

piggypatrol

Post   » Tue Nov 12, 2019 5:58 pm


Small update, I decided to stay home and make sure he’s eating. I been giving him critical care and water and putting him back in the cage to take small breaks. He’s doing his business more and eating his lettuce and cucumber and nibbling on chews. The poo is starting to look better but he’s still not eating much Timothy hay. Just a few bites of it here and thee. Seems like the critical care is helping to stimulate his appetite. And I checked and he doesn’t look impacted.

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Sef
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Post   » Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:03 pm


Very good. Let us know how it goes at the vet tomorrow. I would want to rule out dental issues, for starters.

piggypatrol

Post   » Wed Nov 13, 2019 4:29 pm


Update he’s been eating a lot more on his own and pooping and being his usual grumpy self. Just got back the vet and she said his teeth look good and he looks healthy and doesn’t look like he’s in any pain. To just give him one or two feedings of critical care for a few days to up his appetite more and keep an eye on him

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Sef
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Post   » Wed Nov 13, 2019 7:53 pm


He needs to eat hay, though. Is the hay that you have relatively fresh?

piggypatrol

Post   » Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:06 pm


He has started to eat more and more hay like he usually used to. I get him the small pet elect Timothy hay so it’s pretty fresh

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Sef
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Post   » Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:39 pm


Very good. Keeping fingers crossed that he continues to improve!

piggypatrol

Post   » Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:04 pm


So came home last night from work and cage had a nice amount of healthy looking poo for me to clean up. Gave him some floor time and a little snack and some critical care before bed and he seems to be doing fine. Wake up around 6 and a half hours later and there’s not really any poops. He was asleep in his cuddle cup so I kinda nudged him forward to eat and he’s eating hay on and off now and a couple normal sized poo has started coming out. Maybe he’s just getting older and not going as often? He’s turning 4 in January. Or could be the cold weather change makes him want to stay in bed. Weight is also the same so kinda perplexed. I guess I’m just used to the routine of waking up and cleaning up the poops in the morning.

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Nov 15, 2019 9:33 pm


Can you remind me, is he living all alone right now?

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Sef
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Post   » Fri Nov 15, 2019 9:49 pm


And no sign of bloating/stomach distention? I'd keep an eye on it over the weekend. If he's eating and not losing weight, and if you're not seeing any sign of impaction, it might be worth asking your vet about a motility drug (Metoclopramide) to help jump-start things if his gut is sluggish. Just make sure he is in fact producing poops. If you notice that he's not producing any poops at all, get him to the vet ASAP to rule out a blockage of some sort.

piggypatrol

Post   » Sat Nov 16, 2019 2:02 am


He has been living alone most his life. But he was able to interact with my other two piggies before they passed. She actually asked if I wanted a drug and I think it was that one I remember it starting with an M. I said no at first because i didn’t wanna drug him up without knowing what’s going on. Can it be harmful to him in any way? I actually have some left over from when one of my other pigs was prescribed it but I should prob check with the vet first?

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Sef
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Post   » Sat Nov 16, 2019 10:57 am


You would not want to use it if there were a blockage, so it's important to make sure that he's actually passing feces -- even if it's not his normal output. I think it would be worth discussing with your vet. Metoclopramide can be very effective for slowed motility.

piggypatrol

Post   » Sat Nov 16, 2019 12:41 pm


Well he is pooping just at a very slow rate.

piggypatrol

Post   » Sat Nov 16, 2019 1:13 pm


Just left a message with my vet. She won’t be in the office till Monday but the receptionist said her notes say she recommended metoclopramide. To just wait till she gets back to me on Monday with the dosage

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