Sick Guinea Pig with Diarrhea

DelilahRose

Post   » Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:59 pm


Okay. I'm sure I can find a box small enough to fit. Thank you so much! :)

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Kimera

Post   » Thu Nov 30, 2017 3:30 am


Put a cavy cozy inside the box and it will be enough to keep the piggie warm. You can easily make one yourself, it doesn't need to be pretty. A cavy cozy is essentially a sleeping bag made of two layers of fleece with batting between, but even a simple fleece bag may be enough.

DelilahRose

Post   » Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:46 pm


Thank you for the advice. She has lost weight, so her extra layers of fat and skin aren't what they once were. Tat might be why she seems colder than usual, since she lost the weight at such a rapid pace. I am purchasing critical care to help her out since she is only eating lettuce quite sparingly. Other than that, antibiotics and baby food. She is drinking a lot of water on her own.
My vet said it might help to get vitamin c, but I wasn't there during her visit, so the vet wrote it on a paper. She didn't say what kind of vitamin C. Would it be okay to use vitamin c tablets for humans? It should go the baby food, I'm guessing, as adding anything to their waiter might discourage them drinking regular water. If not human tabs, what kind should I look for until Tuesday when the critical care will arrive?

DelilahRose

Post   » Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:58 pm


Also, I know that this could be the end for my love, since she is 3 now. I have another baby, Rose. They don't typically get along, but they talk sometimes (without chattering). I have a large cage that has a divider. I had them both on either side at first, but now it's just Delilah's since she wasn't running as much anymore like 6 months ago. Do you think it would be more comforting to have her share the cage (divider included, they have physically fought) with her during her illness? I usually just have their cage corners pressed against each other so they can talk.

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Post   » Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:06 pm


You can use plain vitamin C. You want to give about 50 mg per day, so you'll probably have to crush the tablets. Or, you might be able to find a children's tablet that's orange flavored -- most pigs seem to like those.

Alternatively, you can find Vita Drops liquid vitamin C at most pet stores, and sometimes at places like Target or Walmart. You can sprinkle it on her veggies, or syringe it to her. It might help to flavor it with some fruit juice.

Three is not an old age for a guinea pig. Most pigs make it to six or so, and some to even eight or nine or beyond.

DelilahRose

Post   » Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:09 pm


Okay, great! And I only figured so since their normal expectancy is 3-5 years and she's been moving less for months now. I figured this might be when the curtains close.. not that I'd even give up on my baby. I want her around for 7+ years, too. :)

I'd like to say thank you to everyone for all the help and advice and encouragement. I'm learning a lot! Love can only heal so much, but determination and knowledge go a long way, too. Thanks again for everything so far. :D

DelilahRose

Post   » Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:14 pm


I've given her the critical care. She seems to like it, actually! She went back toward the syringe for more a few times... before she refused haha. She still eats on her own, just smaller amounts than her normal eating. She normally cleans out every bit of food. Now, even a handful won't get eaten all the way. She gained some weight back since using critical care, which is good. I think she hasn't been eating her hay, so I think that may be affecting her appetite lately. I need to bed her cage with fleece to better track her stool..

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