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4 1/2 year old guinea pig health problems

laurens758

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Hello. I am the owner of 2 male guinea pigs. My one guinea pig, Gus, has been having stomach problems for about a month now. Symptoms: diarrhea and distention initially. Current symptoms: diarrhea, distention, weight loss (to the point where I can now feel his spine), dandruff, thinning fur, and sunken in eyes. His appetite has remained steady and his water intake appears to be normal.

I wanted to put the symptoms in the first paragraph incase someone doesn’t have time to read. Gus has pneumonia at age 1 1/2 which was severe, but we caught it in time and he recovered fine. Him and his brother, Moe, have had no issues since that time. When we first caught the stomach issue about a month ago, I noticed his weight felt as though it was disproportionate in his stomach and he seemed thin everywhere else. It felt like there was a bulge in his stomach at the time the diarrhea started occurring.
He was always smaller than Moe, but the size difference has become much more apparent. At the first vet visit, we were told that we needed to cut vegetables out of his diet temporarily and that we were giving them too much. We fed him an over-the-counter green liquid (I can’t remember the name) per the vet’s recommendation (through a syringe) and were told this would fix the problem.
Now here we are, and he seems worse than ever. I just got back from the vet, where I was informed that Gus is apparently a girl and that he may be pregnant. I am displeased with my vet because she examined him 3 weeks ago and did not discover this, and this seemed to be her focus during the post-appointment discussion. I was given no clarity as to what was wrong with his stomach, just that he is being given an antibiotic and that he now needs to GAIN weight, even though she told us he needed to lose is the first time (which I questioned). If Gus IS a girl, then Moe must be as well, because they’ve been cagemates for four years without any pregnancy. The ultrasound brought no bigger picture for the state of his stomach, either. He is pooping solid as of now, but his pee looks discolored on the towel he sat on to the vet and he is not moving much. His eyes are still sunken in and narrowed, and he’s breathing pretty heavy (whether that’s from anxiety, I’m not sure). Does anyone have any advice? I am on the verge of taking him to the emergency vet today, despite the expensive cost. I just lost my cat in December to lymphoma and I can’t even fathom the idea of losing Gus, too. Pet owners can generally tell when their animals just aren’t doing okay, and my gut is telling me not to wholeheartedly trust his vet, especially since she wasn’t even definitive on whether or not he’s a girl. We’ve seen multiple vets over the years for them and there has never been any question of such, even during extensive examinations.
 

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Another side note: Moe has had absolutely no symptoms throughout this. We thought it could be a parasite, but the vet shot that down, and we figure Moe would likely have the same if that were the case. Also, in the previous weeks, Gus has been dragging his bum along the bedding of his cage a lot.
 

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Another side note: Moe has had absolutely no symptoms throughout this. We thought it could be a parasite, but the vet shot that down, and we figure Moe would likely have the same if that were the case. Also, in the previous weeks, Gus has been dragging his bum along the bedding of his cage a lot.
Hi and welcome

I am very sorry, but Gus really needs to be seen by a vet as soon as possible to try and see what exactly is going on. The problem may not necessarily be in the gut but could could come from something pressing on it as well but that can only be established by a vet.

Here is our information on digestive problems. Please be aware that bloat (gassing/distended belly) is a serious symptom, especially if the belly or part of it is hard to the touch and sounds hollow when you gently knock against it.
Here is the link: Digestive Disorders: Diarrhea - Bloat - GI Stasis (No Gut Movement) And Not Eating

Here is our emergency information: Emergency, Crisis and Bridging Care until a Vet Appointment

All the best!
 

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Hi and welcome

I am very sorry, but Gus really needs to be seen by a vet as soon as possible to try and see what exactly is going on. The problem may not necessarily be in the gut but could could come from something pressing on it as well but that can only be established by a vet.

Here is our information on digestive problems. Please be aware that bloat (gassing/distended belly) is a serious symptom, especially if the belly or part of it is hard to the touch and sounds hollow when you gently knock against it.
Here is the link: Digestive Disorders: Diarrhea - Bloat - GI Stasis (No Gut Movement) And Not Eating

Here is our emergency information: Emergency, Crisis and Bridging Care until a Vet Appointment

All the best!
Thank you. I am on the way to the vet with him right now . He is eating normally and drinking water, was even acting normal until today. He has had a lot of diarrhea in the carrier and I watched him eat one of his solid poops. I’m guessing this was a nutritional poop? Would you say it’s a good sign?
 

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Thank you. I am on the way to the vet with him right now . He is eating normally and drinking water, was even acting normal until today. He has had a lot of diarrhea in the carrier and I watched him eat one of his solid poops. I’m guessing this was a nutritional poop? Would you say it’s a good sign?
If he is still eating his caecotrophs (i.e. the poos that contain the fibre that can be broken down in the second run through the gut) and those caecotrophs are still normally formed and firm, then that is a very good sign. :tu:
 

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If he is still eating his caecotrophs (i.e. the poos that contain the fibre that can be broken down in the second run through the gut) and those caecotrophs are still normally formed and firm, then that is a very good sign. :tu:
Yes. The vet is keeping him overnight because she is concerned by his low temperature as well as dehydration. She informed me that through a fecal test they were able to discover the presence of parasites, so that is at least one explanation. Thank you for your response!
 

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Yes. The vet is keeping him overnight because she is concerned by his low temperature as well as dehydration. She informed me that through a fecal test they were able to discover the presence of parasites, so that is at least one explanation. Thank you for your response!
My fingers are firmly crossed that he can make it through and recover with the right medication.

Your boy definitely needed to see a vet, so you have done exactly the right thing. Keep sending him loving vibes, especially whenever your worries try to take over!
 

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Definitely wishing him all the best... thinking of you and Gus!
 
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