I syringe fed Harry but buzz hates it. He's easier to flush the abscess than syringe him, so fingers crossed that's not what he needs. What causes it, pain? XIt's possible he'll need syringe feeding, aye. If you're nervous about doing it, maybe ask your vet if they can show you or help you out with doing it once or twice?
I have found that after most surgeries the piggies benefit from at least one or two syringe feed sessions to help them finish coming round and their appetites to restore. You don't necessarily need critical care though, I usually use some pellets soaked in water and mushed upThank you all so much! That is one mega abscess! Buzz's must have been about that size to start with! Eek! Is he likely to need syringe feeding? I do have critical care but would likely need some more. I am so nervous it's unreal. My poor buzzy bean
My pigs prefer Science Selective Recovery too, usually in a 1ml syringe that I cut the end off with a sharp knife to make the hole bigger, just like in the forum syringe feeding guide which is excellent!I syringe fed Christian Science Selective Recovery.
Exactly what I need to hear. Thank youMy piggie had surgery for an abscess under her chin a couple of weeks ago. I was so worried! It went so well though and I was able to pick her up after lunch and she was her normal self by the evening. Really glad I had it done now
This covers everything in my opinion ( decision wise) Nail on the head. / .I know it's scary but think of it this way, what is the alternative? Of course we all know now that the alternative is to keep on treating the abscess which will never seemingly heal and he will suffer for it even with prompt treatments and medication. You should be reassured that you have taken action to avoid unnecessary surgery but have reached the point where surgery has become necessary.
Yes with anaesthetic there is a risk, there is always a risk. Even as humans we have to sign before surgery to accept the risk. I have had 8 occasions where pigs have had operations and had anaesthetic. Not a single one has passed as a result of the anaesthetic and all have come round after the operation. At the end of the day, deciding to do this now while Buzz is otherwise fit and healthy helps to put him in the best possible place to recover without problems.
That's a valid view point regarding neutering @Seven7 but neutering is elective surgery on a healthy piggy whereas abscess removal is pretty essential surgery and can be life saving or at the very least save weeks of pain and discomfort and unpleasant daily abscess draining and cleaning. I think if there's a medical need that can fix a nasty health issue straight away then the anaesthetic is worth the risk compared to the risk of not operating on something that is causing ongoing pain and health issues.My exotic vet said the same thing about anesthesia that they might not come out. Guinea pigs are different from dogs and cats according to my exotic vet.
My boy Finn is still only a baby so I chose not to put him through surgery to fix him to be with Lara. Lara can't be spayed unless she has medical reasons to do it.
They live separately but get plenty of chance for nose rubs so it has worked out for us.
I agree thank you. It wasn't a case of me not doing it, I know there is no quality of life really for him without it (he's fine but he can't carry on being squeezed by a vet every day of his life!), just wanted reassurance he was likely to be fine. I wouldn't have an elective op on a pig, I can barely cope with the essential ones lol xThis covers everything in my opinion ( decision wise) Nail on the head. / .
When i use a hammer its more like this
Jemimah went in to have a persistent abscess removed last year and ended up having an emergency spay as well.
All went well and she was back to her normal self quite quickly.
It took a couple of days to get the pain meds right but when that was good she perked up quickly.
She did need syringe feeding for a few days until everything got going again properly but she's never looked back.
It is a worry the day of the op and for a day or so afterwards and yes, there is a risk, but in the end we do what we believe is best and trust the vet and cope with the worry.
Hope all goes well for you
Very reassuring thank you. A lady who works there has a pig who needed kidney stone or bladder stone surgery a few weeks back and they did it as an emergency and he's doing great so they do 'do' pigs xI have had many piggies undergo surgery - boar castration, sow spay, lump removal, bladder flush, dental surgery. I know that there is always a risk associated with anaesthetic but anaesthetics have become safer over the years and I’ve never lost a piggy due to the anaesthesia alone. I still fear losing one to anaesthesia but sometimes you have to just balance that fear against the indications for surgery.