I'm a new poster and fairly recent guinea pig owner (we've only had them since September). I'm just wondering if anyone has some soothing advice for me tonight as our dear little pigs are a bit poorly.
Basically, a few days ago Moomintroll started sneezing and coughing so of course we took him off to the vet and we were told he had an infection and he is now on antibiotics. Our other guinea pig Snufkin was given a check up at the same time and was not presenting any symptoms so he wasn't given anything. Moomintroll is thankfully much better already! However this morning Snufkin started up the coughing and sneezing, the poor thing. We have a vet appointment booked for him first thing tomorrow morning (the soonest available appointment), but I'm just wondering if there is anything we can do to keep him a little comfier tonight? He has been eating and drinking all day which does make me feel better, but his little coughs absolutely break my heart!
The boys live in a C&C enclosure in our living room and are on soft vet-bed so they should be comfy enough, right?
Does anyone have any advice or sage wisdom?
As an update the boys are both all better now and are just finishing up their course of antibiotics! We did end up having to hand feed during their illness and the information here was a big help.
My new question is this: do antibiotics change the shape of their stools? They have been on Enrotril (also called Baytril I think) and their poops have been a bit tear dropped. They have both been drinking their usual amount of water so I dont think they can be dehydrated.
Does anyone know what could cause it?
I'm having a bit of confusion - my pig moomintroll has just done two poops which look exactly like coffee beans. They are lighter brown in colour and have a split down the middle like a coffee bean. His other poops seem to be normal (for him - his poops have been fluctuating in shape ever since he was on antibiotics a few months back. His other poops are regular in colour). He is eating, drinking, and playing as usual. Does anyone know what could have made this happen? I will try and attach a picture in a reply post.
You could also dissect the poop to see if there are any foreign items (frayed plastics, for example) in it.
Two days ago I noticed that Snuf had chipped one of his front bottom teeth. It was just a small chip off the side, no bleeding or anything extreme like that, so I decided to give him some oral vit
c to ward off anything and keep an eye on him.
Well I've just got home from work and have checked his teeth again, and while the chip on the bottom tooth is smaller (I guess he has worn it down), his top two teeth are a little jagged. Is this a usual side effect of a chipped tooth? I did notice that his chin was a bit wet but I'm not sure that it is drool. It just smells like a wet guinea pig, seemed to dry up in the time that I was handling him so maybe it was just water? I will have to keep checking to see if it persists.
He is eating and playing as usual, and not exhibiting any signs of pain. I'm trying to encourage him to eat as much hay as possible by limiting their soft veg for now. Of course I will get him to a vet if you don't think any of this is normal for a chipped tooth/he worsens! I'm so hoping that it isn't his molars.
Any advice would be most welcome and appreciated.
- I dissent.
If it were me, I'd monitor it for now and see if they continue to look jagged once they have all had a chance to wear down a little. Otherwise, if your vet could lightly file/smooth all four incisors so that they're even, it would give you a better idea if they're wearing normally (and the vet can have a look at back teeth while he/she is at it).
I'm actually not sure how his tooth was chipped. It happened while I wasn't home and he was in his pen. He doesn't have a ramp and has never been a climber of his log tunnels. My guess is that he tried to bite the bars of the pen or yanked too hard on the water dripper? This is my first time dealing with a chipped tooth so it's a bit of a mystery.
I'll keep an eye on it and update if anything interesting happens!
Let us know if by broken, you mean slanted. Are there bars in the cage that he chews on?
Become familiar with the signs of malocclusion too, in case anything develops.
For context, my boy is around 5 years old and not castrated. Nowadays, he regularly becomes impacted, so I do express and clean his sac as often as required.
In the last three days, he developed very soft and gassy poops, as well as a cough and decreased appetite, so off to the vet he went.
Our vet examined his poop and he has no unusual bacterias or parasite in his gut to explain the soft poops. During the sac expression gas is audibly expelled, which is not normal. The vet did diagnose a URI. His teeth are fine. He has no swelling/growths in his abdomen.
He is currently being treated with antibiotics for the URI, which we know might make the poop situation worse but felt it was necessary. He is also getting probiotics during the antibiotic cycle to support his gut, as well as vitamins C & B.
Since starting the antibiotics he has recovered his appetite and has been much more energetic and chirpy and the cough is clearing.
We feed our piggies timothy hay and burgess pellets. We've significantly reduced his vegetables since his poops became soft.
If anyone has any ideas on what could be causing the very weird poops/experienced this before, please let me know! :)
- Supporter in 2020
Once she started eating hay, the fiber helped get her digestion back to normal.
Good luck, I hope he starts feeling better.