For the past year my guinea pig, Maves, has been randomly peeing blood and passing a very strange object. The thing he passes is very soft and hollow. I cut one open and the inside lining was embedded with crystals and very gritty. He has been to the vets office more than 5 times and all but one time his xrays had been clear. One xray showed a very, very tiny stone. The vet didn't want to send out whatever he passed and guessed it could be from his colon. I had sent pictures to another vet who thought it was related to stones/calcium crystals.
This past Saturday he passed another one of these things and continued peeing blood for 3 hours. During this whole thing he acts completely normal and does not seem to be in any pain at all. I gave him rimadyll anyway, just in case he was hiding his pain (he has a prescription because of past GI issues and he has arthritis). I opted not to take him to the vet since he was acting fine and every other time I am just told to give him rimadyll and flush his bladder with water (which I also did).
Now comes tonight. I noticed he wasn't acting himself. He seemed very uncomfortable and was walking strange. I took him to the emergency vet along with the thing he passed and I requested an x-ray. The emergency vet believes the thing he is passing is a mucus plug and the x-ray showed he has 4 very small stones. She advised me to follow up with the exotics clinic he typically goes to for furher treatment.
What can I do for him? They gave him sub-q fluids while he was there and the location of the stones tells me he is more than likely passing them tonight if they can be passed. He still seems really uncomfortable and can't have another dose of rimadyll until 7am (its midnight now). If he manages to pass these, how can I prevent this? His urine is always full of crystals, it doesn't seem to matter what I do. I have almost completely cut out his pellets. He gets maybe 1/16 of a cup a couple times a week. He gets his lettuces twice a day, bell pepper in the morning and cucumber in the evening. Unlimited timothy hay from Small Pet Select.
I'm at a loss here.... any advice is appreciated. I have pics of the x-ray and the thing he passed but I can't figure out how to attach them.
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He could be passing sperm rods. They're a little gritty, and are tubular-shaped. I don't know whether they're hollow or not. I've known of one pig that passed so many that the vet recommended neutering him, which seemed to take care of the problem.
You may have a pig that's just genetically prone to crystals and stones. Diet doesn't seem to help much in those cases. Making sure he gets extra liquid may help, and you could syringe him some pedialyte. Most pigs love it, and will happily drink 10 cc or so at a time.
I can usually get him to take water from a syringe but when he isn't feeling well he is pretty moody and doesn't want to be touched (understandable) so it will likely be a fight to get the extra liquids in him. Is there a specific pedialyte to get? I think I got the clear, unflavored one once when he was ill but he wouldn't take it.
Have you read over www.guinealynx.info/stones.html ? There may be some good ideas on that page.
Are you giving romaine lettuce? If so, I would avoid it.
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I'd be seeing another vet. Even if those things are from the colon, and with all the urinary bleeding I don't see how they could be, they're still not normal.
Do you guys think those stones are small enough for him to pass? I called the vets office and they are refusing to look at the x-ray without me bringing him in for a follow up appointment so they won't even tell me if they are small enough or not. I need to find another clinic but there are no vets around that are certified to treat small mammals. The problem is the clinic did an overhaul, got rid of the small mammal specialist (who was awesome) and all of the vet techs and it has gone way downhill since then.
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But you could try some shilintong, which relaxes the urethra and makes it stretchier. And if you then could get a vet to give him, or teach you to give him, a sub-q, it might flush the bladder out.
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They're shaped like poops which makes me think they're coming from the colon. They look too big to pass thru the urethra, but what do I know. Maybe they're soft enough to be shaped by the urethra? I've never seen anything like that.
I'd try another vet. ASAP. This site has a list of recommended vet grouped by state that might be helpful.
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