Bloated sick Guinea Pig

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Bloated sick Guinea Pig

Post by Kathy Goerma » Tue, 07 Mar 2000 04:00:00



Hello.  I have a 3 year old Guinea Pig who has been sick for one week now
and is not eating or drinking on her own.  She was congested and wheezing,
with watering eyes and a runny nose.  We brought her to the vet who
perscribed Cefadroxil as an antibiotic.  We gave her acidophilus mixed in
water to help her body cope with the antibiotic.  Less than two days into
the antibiotic her wheezing was much better however she became very bloated.
The vet told us to discontinue the antibiotic and try getting her GI tract
to move by tube feeding her mushed pellets in water.  We have continued to
tube feed her water and pellets however she is still bloated and still has
watery eyes and a runny nose.  The bloating is not so much in her intestines
as it is under her skin, saddle bag area.  I think she has some form of
bacterial infection that may require a different antibiotic.  I am wondering
if anyone has seen a bacterial infection that is air producing.  And I also
was wondering what type of antibiotics people have found helpful and safe
for a guinea pig in a situation like this.  Any help would be greatly
appreciated.
 
 
 

Bloated sick Guinea Pig

Post by Legum » Wed, 08 Mar 2000 04:00:00


Quote:

> Hello.  I have a 3 year old Guinea Pig who has been sick for one week now
> and is not eating or drinking on her own.  She was congested and wheezing,
> with watering eyes and a runny nose.  We brought her to the vet who
> perscribed Cefadroxil as an antibiotic.  We gave her acidophilus mixed in
> water to help her body cope with the antibiotic.  Less than two days into
> the antibiotic her wheezing was much better however she became very bloated.
> The vet told us to discontinue the antibiotic and try getting her GI tract
> to move by tube feeding her mushed pellets in water.  We have continued to
> tube feed her water and pellets however she is still bloated and still has
> watery eyes and a runny nose.  The bloating is not so much in her intestines
> as it is under her skin, saddle bag area.  I think she has some form of
> bacterial infection that may require a different antibiotic.  I am wondering
> if anyone has seen a bacterial infection that is air producing.  And I also
> was wondering what type of antibiotics people have found helpful and safe
> for a guinea pig in a situation like this.  Any help would be greatly
> appreciated.

Kathy, many times antibiotics upset the balance of digestive flora in a
cavy's stomach. Feed your pig some active culture yogurt with an ***
syringe, that should help. Odds are your pig is bloated from intestinal
gas. You can also give him some Phayzyme, an over-the-counter anti-gas
medication for babies.

Gas can be quite painful for your pig, and can in fact kill him (I
learned this the hard way).

As weird as this may sound, you can actually BURP your pig like a human
child, hold him with his head on your shoulder, and firmly pat him on
his ***for several minutes (it also seems to help if you talk to him
while you do it). This DOES help, and has worked for me extensively in
the past.

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Bloated sick Guinea Pig

Post by Kathy Goerma » Fri, 10 Mar 2000 04:00:00


I am sad to say that Flo passed away on Tuesday morning.  Thank you for your
responses and help.  I hope that her surviving sister is able to cope with
this loss.  I wonder what we can do for her?
 
 
 

Bloated sick Guinea Pig

Post by Jens-Eike Jesa » Mon, 13 Mar 2000 04:00:00


Kathy> I am sad to say that Flo passed away on Tuesday morning.  

Too sad. :'-(

You know, now she is on Rainbow Bridge, where she will
be fine and meet many friends..

Kathy> Thank
Kathy> you for your responses and help.  I hope that her surviving
Kathy> sister is able to cope with this loss.  I wonder what we can do
Kathy> for her?

We've also lost a cavy, and the other girls seem to be sad about
it. I'd recommend to give lots of cuddling and love to her,
and of course getting a new friend for her ASAP !

If you ever encounter similar problems,
do something about it soon !

You have links to cavy care ressources ?

Send me PM, can give you my bookmarks.

Good luck, don't be too sad. Flo is fine now.. :'-(

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Post by Tamm » Sun, 19 Mar 2000 04:00:00


Quote:

>I am sad to say that Flo passed away on Tuesday morning.  Thank you for your

responses and help.  I hope that her surviving sister is able to cope with this
loss.  I wonder what we can do for her?

I am so sorry for your loss.  I don't ever want to think about any of my four
piggies dying.  I'm going to be devastated.  Give extra time to her sister.  I
used to only have 3 piggies.  I kept the mommy and her runt in a cage together
and the daddy in another cage (except when I bred them).  He would become
soooooo attached to me because he was lonely.  Finally, I got him a mate and
he's been happy ever since, and now he pretty much snubs me now that he has a
friend.  Let us know how you're doing!  And please, again, give Flo's sister
tons of love and reassurance.  She's lonely!

Tammy

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Post by Kathy Goerma » Thu, 23 Mar 2000 04:00:00


Tammy,

Thank you.  This newsgroup has really helped me through this difficult time.
Minnie (Flo's sister) is definitely going through a grieving process.  I
have been trying to spend more time with her.  We are thinking about getting
another female gp in about a month or so.  I know that she will be happier
with another gp, but that too would be another huge life change for her so
we are giving her a little time.