Yesterday I noticed one of her eyes looked inflamed. It’s smaller and pink around the edges, I am wondering if this is a sign she did have an URI but a slow progressing one. I had some antibiotic ointment and genteal that I applied to her eye, but it didn’t help, her eye looks worse now. She’s also tilting her head to the side of the affected eye. I made an appointment for the vet for later today. My question is would it be alright for her to start on baytril? She’s 4 months old.
I tried uploading an image of her eye I am not sure if I did it correctly.
Thank you in advance.
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Guinea pigs can go from mild URI to dead in less than 24 hours. I'd get her to a good exotic vet for another checkup.
Well it is ophthalmologic antibiotic ointment so it was designed for the eyes. I got it from the vet to prevent eye infections when another one of my guinea pigs had an abscess behind her eye. I applied it because I didn’t want it to get worse but it did. It’s been progressively worse since Saturday actually. It started with her closing her eye. Then yesterday it started swelling up, before I applied the ointment, and today it swelled up more.
Do you think she’s old enough to be put on baytril or should I opt for bactrim? My vet has just baytril on hand and if I go for bactrim I have to wait for the pharmacy to make it.
I actually thought bactrim was a good antibiotic, I’ll ask for doxycycline.
Also just for future reference at how many months is it safe to start baytril?
Do you know if URIs sometimes cause eye swelling? I did see some discharge in the morning but her eyes were not crusty. I’ll have to see if that changed once I get home. I am just trying to figure out if this is related to her chronic sneezing or perhaps it’s an ear infection due to the head tilting.
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Bactrim IS good, for gram-negative organisms such as those that cause infections in the urinary tract. But most things that cause URIs are gram-positive, and Bactrim doesn't work nearly as well on those.
Looking at that eye, I'd think it's the problem, not a URI. But it could be either, I suppose.
I see, that makes sense thanks for explaining it.
I keep thinking she has an URI because of the continuous sneezing.
We went to the vet and there is no damage to the cornea and she had nothing stuck in the eyelids so the vet did give me doxycycline. He mentioned in humans it sometimes treats eye problems without being applied directly to the eye. Hopefully it will treat whatever is causing her sneezing too.
He wanted to give me an antibiotic eye ointment but the one he had on hand had an ingredient that was harmful to guinea pigs. I am going to have to give him a call and ask if I can use the one I have at home because that one doesn’t have the harmful ingredient. I would’ve asked at the visit but I couldn’t remember the ingredients offhand.
Since I am now weighing her daily I noticed she’s not gaining weight anymore, she is stuck at 523-525g. Is this something I should be worried about?
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Are you feeding her Critical Care? That's good for ailing piggies, and she might eat a glop of it off a spoon or her feeding plate. Just mix it according to directions and let it set a few minutes. It will thicken up and you can offer it to her. If she won't take it that way, mush up some of her favorite food and stir into it and try again.
@bpatters, thank you so much for that idea, I made balls out of the critical care and she absolutely loved them. She ate a smaller one and a larger one yesterday. However , she was disinterested in them today, but I left them in their food bowl so I’ll see she ate them when I get home tonight. I also have these vitamin C tablets from oxbow that I’ll be feeding her.
Her weight went up to 530g yesterday but this morning it’s back to 523g. So far her weight goes up one day and it’s back to 523g the next day. Perhaps it’s a trend, I’ll see in the coming days if it keeps doing that.
@Lynx I wish I remembered the name, I believe the antibiotic was tetracycline but that’s not what the vet said wasn’t good for guinea pigs. There was another ingredient that started with a p, not penicillin, that he said was bad for them.
Her eye is doing so much better it’s about 80% healed by now, however she’s not doing too good. She is now lethargic and stopped eating. When I weighed her this morning she was 496g that’s a loss of 27g. Could it be the antibiotic? She was eating before I started giving it to her. I am going to call the vet today and ask about it, but I don’t know what to do in the meantime. I still gave her the antibiotic today, but I don’t know if that was a good choice. I thought I shouldn’t just stop it before asking the vet about it. I also fed her some critical care with a syringe but she wouldn’t take more than 6cc.
I am thinking I made a huge mistake by giving it to her, but I don’t know if it’s because of the antibiotic or if she does have an URI and it showed up. Perhaps I should have tried bactrim first and then switched to this antibiotic. My other guinea pig never had any adverse effects on bactrim.
I am so worried because today I’ll be in school for the majority of the day again and I won’t be able to keep an eye on her.
I talked with the vet and he said I should discontinue doxycycline and put her on bactrim. I also managed to finish my appointment earlier and went home to syringe feed her about 6 cc more of critical care. Sadly I am not going to be home for another 6 hours and there no one else home. I will try to see if I can leave class early to make it home earlier and give her some more critical care.
I am guessing if it was an URI she would have shown other symptoms besides sneezing for one month. I feel so bad for giving her that extra dose of the antibiotic, I hope it will clear away from her system and she will return to her old self. Would giving her extra liquids speed up the process?