- I dissent.
Stones do tend to recur, unfortunately, so this would be a good time to re-evaluate his diet in order to work towards prevention. What pellets have you been feeding and in what daily amount? KMS Hayloft is a very good brand with lower calcium than any other commercial pellet on the US market.
I posted a sample "diet" of lower calcium veggies that I have fed my guys in the hopes of preventing stones (sadly, I've dealt with 6 or 7 stone pigs over the years). There are many other factors besides what they eat, however, but mitigating the risk by lowering overall calcium in the diet can be a good start. Have you ever had your water supply tested for hardness?
Fingers crossed that he stays stone-free!
- I dissent.
I have not used a urine acidifer with any of ours. There is no clear evidence to support that the highly alkaline urine of a guinea pig can be made acidic enough to prevent calcium carbonate stones. Even if the urine can be made reliably, consistently acidic, you potentially run into the opposite issue of forming struvite or calcium oxalate stones which tend to form in a more acidic environment.
What other medication/supplement were they suggesting?
I wondered if the pellet ingredient list on the bag is still 100% accurate. I'd like to do a comparison of a handful of the better pellets (our list is really old).
Oh, and I am SO HAPPY to hear he passed the stone! That is wonderful!
On the stones page, there is a reference to shillintong, which is supposed to relax things so stones can pass easier. Keep in mind that shillintong is NOT curative or in any way an alternative to a needed surgery.
- Catie Cavy
- Supporter 2011-2020
I think water and exercise are both helpful with preventing stones. If he doesn't seem to drink a lot of water, you can wet down his lettuce. You can also syringe feed him extra water and give him fruits and veggies high in water content. Consider giving him floor time if you don't already.
- I dissent.
Also look at the Diet page. There is a link on there somewhere called "Favorites" that others have posted.
On a side note, he chokes a lot. Neither of my other girls really ever did. He chokes on veggies, and on pellets. Not just here and there, but often. Today someone told me he chokes a few times, aka coughed hard to be specific, on a pellet, so she chopped them up for him. It's just something that he has been doing since he was little and I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this with their pig.
I encourage you to get a scale and weigh one of your slices of pepper. You can get an idea of its nutrient value from the chart on this page (note that foods are different weights, in 10 calorie amounts). 10 calories of green pepper weigh 50gm. 10 calories of red, weigh 32 gm and yellow, weigh 37 gm. All are high in vitamin C.
- Supporter 2016-2020