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HiggledyPiggledy

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Hi guys,

BIGGEST EVER EMERGENCY my piggy has broken legs or has had a stroke PLEASE HELP ME AND MY PIGGY. (from piggies mommy - scarlett age 10)

This piggy is dragging it's leg limply behind it, we haven't observed any accident that could have caused it, she lives with another girl of v.similar age who we have removed temporarily as she is a bit mean sometimes (as piggies can be).

A few weeks ago she went through a period of constantly licking herself until the point she was constantly dripping wet literally, no one (inc specialist vet) could figure that out..
Healthy diet so calcium or vit c deficiency paralysis v.unlikely, so that leaves us with stroke/brain disorder or accident? Unless anyone has a better idea?

It's sunday so emergency vet will cost £160 just for a consultation, then if it's surgery or a splint on top I am guessing thats another £200?

I have read that you can home splint them, and give it a few days to a week to see if it improves, others say the stress of the pain can kill them quickly... she seems a bit off but she's not squeaking in pain or anything

Any opinions or well meaning advice appreciated. (from piggies grandad)
 
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She needs to see a vet urgently. Yes it will be out of hours charges, but this is an urgent matter and it cannot wait - a piggy who cannot move properly needs help. You cannot do anything yourself at home as you don’t know what is wrong. Guinea pigs hide their pain so it is not possible to know that she isn’t in pain just because she isn’t squeaking.

is she eating? Is her weight increasing?

do be aware that separating her from her companion will cause stress, so it is best to not separate them. Piggies aren’t mean to each other if their bond is functioning - it’s dominance behaviours you will see, it’s not being mean.
 
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She also does this kind of sideways chewing movement with her mouth a lot recently? Maybe thats's a normal thing I don't know?
 

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Hi there, the vets wont do any emergency procedures over the weekend they said they will only look at her basically, we know about dominance behaviour and would normally ignore it but we can't allow her to chase round her temporarily crippled sister? (which she was doing mercilessly - isn't that going to be worse than temporary loneliness?)

Eating normally but hasn't seemed to put much weight on to be honest, also she occasionally sicks up when we pet her?
 

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of course, we can’t see what you are seeing, but If it’s only started happening recently and it looks different to how your other piggy chews , then no it won’t be normal.

if she isn’t putting weight on, then she possibly isn’t eating quite enough and she may need to be syringe fed if there is a medical issue going on. How old is she? How much does she weigh? Is she gaining anything at all?

no perhaps they won’t do surgery but she needs help, she needs to see a vet - even if it is just for pain meds For now and then further investigations carried out tomorrow.

guinea pigs can’t be sick. I’m afraid with a list of ailments such as this, it sounds as if she is quite poorly
 
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:agr: With the above. Please take her in. Ring your normal vet and get the out-of-hours vet details. Let us know how you get on.
 
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