Jewel and Jinx's medical thread

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ItsaZoo
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Post   » Sun Jul 19, 2020 12:57 am


I only grow a little bit in the house for a treat, nothing in enough quantity to replace hay. And the kind I have has to be replanted at some point. It gets root bound and just stops regrowing.

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daisymay
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Post   » Sun Jul 19, 2020 2:41 am


It gets root bound and just stops regrowing.
I have some in pots that I planted 3 years ago, still going strong. Will look into growing some lawn, cat grass in the mean time. Thanks ItsaZoo.

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daisymay
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Post   » Mon Jul 20, 2020 3:49 am


Got back from the vet, seems Jewel also has bladder infection. Her urine also had blood in it but had Protein in it too. PH wasn't as high only being 8.0. She got an Antibiotic injection and is on Enrotril 0.3mls once a day for 7 days and then she goes back to the vet.

Her urine was looked under microscope and it too had wiggly bugs in it. Jewel had not lost weight still 1160grams. So Jinx goes back to the vet Thursday for urine recheck. Jewel goes back Monday for urine recheck. Jinx also goes in Monday and gets her stitches out.

I told my husband we should just buggar it and take all 5 girls in and have their pee checked. First time I have had a vet bank and I am using it due to all these bladder problems.

If no change in either urine X-rays will be taken to check for stones. Will keep you posted. I still feel like screaming!!! To make matters worse nothing to do with the girls, I got out of bed Sunday and when my feet hit the floor, I heard a crack. I stepped on my glasses and broke them at the bridge of nose. So they are taped up so I can see and read. Have ordered 2 pairs one for seeing one for reading(cheaper this way) but due to Covid will take 4-8 weeks to get here. I swear at present we are cursed. First Jill, then Jinx, then Jewel, hay poke Jay, now my glasses, what next???

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Sef
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Post   » Mon Jul 20, 2020 7:40 am


Could the vet just see Jinx on Monday for urine re-check (and stitches) with Jewel on Monday and save you a trip and clinic charge on Thursday?

As we say here, "When it rains, it pours."

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon Jul 20, 2020 4:10 pm


Sorry about your glasses! I remember stepping on mine once and sitting on them a couple times. Have had to bend them back so they were vaguely usable.

When you say bugs, do you mean the urine has parasites in it?

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daisymay
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Post   » Tue Jul 21, 2020 3:58 am


When you say bugs, do you mean the urine has parasites in it?

Yes that is what they are. Doing the backstroke(joke) in their pee. I have to joke or I'll lose it!

Could the vet just see Jinx on Monday for urine re-check (and stitches) with Jewel on Monday and save you a trip and clinic charge on Thursday?


I suggested this but was told I'd be charged a revisit for both pigs which ever way I go. And they felt it was better if the pigs saw the same vet they saw originally.
Sorry about your glasses!
Thanks Lynx, have put insulation tape to join them together. They are very flimsy but at least I can see and read. Thanks for the replies Sef and Lynx.

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Sef
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Post   » Tue Jul 21, 2020 6:41 am


That's peculiar. Did the vet say why he/she thought there were parasites in the urine? I don't think that's very common.

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Lynx
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Post   » Tue Jul 21, 2020 10:22 am


I don't think so either. Was the urine sample taken directly from the bladder with a syringe (urocentithis - I know I misspelled that)? It may have been contaminated otherwise. (edit: it's called Cystocentesis)

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daisymay
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Post   » Tue Jul 21, 2020 11:12 am


Both vets squeezed the bladder and we caught the urine that they expelled into a specimen jar. Jinx's was very milky but Jewel's was very clear. They put a bit on a slide and looked under microscope and saw the bugs.

Then they dipped a urine test stripe in what was remaining. Both had traces of blood and Jewel's had protein. Jinx's PH was around 10 and Jewel's 8.0.

They go back Thursday and Monday to get urine tested again. I know to get 100% accurate test of urine a piggy should be sedated, why they didn't do this to Jinx when she had lump removed puzzles me! Thanks for the replies Sef and Lynx. Keep you posted. Jinx vet tomorrow.

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daisymay
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Post   » Thu Jul 23, 2020 2:59 am


Okay took Jinx to vet for revist. Vet squeezed bladder and I caught the urine. It was dipped sticked and showed traces of blood in it. It was spun and looked under microscope no bacteria. So now it is to be sent of to pathologist too see if any sludge or infection not seen on X-ray or in spun urine.


Lets hope on Monday when Jewel goes to the vet there is better news. She hates her medicine, takes two of us to hold her and after she has had it the faces she pulls, really feel sorry for her! She is on Enrotril. Keep you posted.

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Sef
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Post   » Thu Jul 23, 2020 7:47 am


10.0 is very high. Urinary infection can increase urine pH. I'm not sure why you would be seeing such elevated pH otherwise.

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daisymay
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Post   » Mon Jul 27, 2020 5:01 am


Jewel went to vet today and got her urine dip sticked. Come up all clear. Her pee was as clear as water. No blood, no infections, no bacteria.

Jinx's test results came back,-urine sent off to be tested. All clear though fresh blood was in the urine. Vet wants to leave it and see how she goes. I want an ultrasound to make sure all is OK. As the blood has to be coming from some where now all stones are gone. What do you think? Will keep you posted!

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ItsaZoo
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Post   » Mon Jul 27, 2020 5:28 pm


Hooray for Jewel! That’s good news. Now what’s the deal with Jinx? I think I would wait to see what the urine test results are when those come back. You’re right, the blood is coming from somewhere. My questions would be: Did they get a sterile urine sample, and if not, is it possible the blood is hormonal? If they do an ultrasound, what can they see that would explain blood? Does the vet have any theories?

Wishing you the best as you follow up with Jinx.

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon Jul 27, 2020 8:49 pm


Ditto ItsaZoo. Hoping you are able to figure out what caused the blood. Happy the Jewel is clear!

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daisymay
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Post   » Tue Jul 28, 2020 1:28 am


I think I would wait to see what the urine test results are when those come back.


I posted this in previous post, maybe I confused you? Thanks for the replies ItsaZoo and Lynx. Jinx's urine results have come back, got results yesterday when took Jewel in.

Jinx's test results came back,-urine sent off to be tested. All clear though fresh blood was in the urine. Vet wants to leave it and see how she goes. I want an ultrasound to make sure all is OK. As the blood has to be coming from some where now all stones are gone. What do you think?

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Sef
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Post   » Tue Jul 28, 2020 7:27 am


The question would be whether or not the vet knows how to interpret an ultrasound performed on a guinea pig. Would he/she send it off somewhere for review?

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daisymay
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Post   » Wed Jul 29, 2020 1:43 am


Would he/she send it off somewhere for review?

She has and would post it on the VIN website if unsure of anything as she did previously with Jinx, Jaffa and Joy.

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daisymay
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Post   » Tue Aug 04, 2020 2:34 am


Jinx had ultrasound, pictures were taken and put on the VIN website. Had a few replies back and they all say all looks normal so where is the damn blood coming from? We have only 2 options left, wait and monitor how she is going or book her in for a spay. I am leading towards waiting but am baffled where the blood is coming from.

Again no stones or anything in bladder except pee. Some pee had dip stick put in it and it showed blood in it but where is it coming from? We are open to suggestions! My PC died so am stuck going to library, will try and come again tomorrow. Thanking anyone in advance!

So far have had blood, on Bactrim for 4 weeks no change, X-rays showed a stone, waited 2 weeks to see if she passed it, gave extra water via syringe. Day of stone removal, stone gone when X-rays taken, but still blood. Bladder infection more Bactrim for 7 days, infection gone blood still there. Change of diet all spinach and silverbeet removed. Just oak red and green lettuce, cos(romaine) lettuce, carrot, celery, cucumber and cherry tomato. But still blood. What is left to try? Anyone?

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Sef
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Post   » Tue Aug 04, 2020 7:43 am


Probably a long-shot, but I think a couple of us already mentioned that romaine has been known to cause issues with some guinea pigs. I had a male a few years ago who cried and passed blood while being fed romaine. After I removed it from his diet, he was fine. That may not be the case here, but it's the only other thing I would want to rule out.

Did they test her urine pH while she was there?

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daisymay
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Post   » Tue Aug 04, 2020 8:29 am


Did they test her urine pH while she was there?

Dip stick showed PH was 9.0. Jewel's is 10 and Jill's is 8.0. Jay and Jersey not been tested. Will cut out Cos lettuce, but girls will not be happy with just Oak and Celery. Is Radicchio lettuce OK to add to their diet? Tried it once and they all liked it.

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