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Bladder stones/bilateral cysts

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Sending Scruff healing vibes, I hope she gets better very quickly.
Rusty stayed in for 2 nights after his stone op last January because his temperature was very low and they wanted to see him eating for himself before he came home. He needed syringe feeding for a while. It sounds like your girl is in good hands, probably the same ones Rusty was!
 

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Update on scruff-
She has been a very poorly piggy the last few days. She had her surgery today and thankfully got through it okay. The vet found stones along with a 1cm blood clot (they think it’s a blood clot) that had collapsed her bladder walls. They are sending everything off for testing.

They finished the surgery a bit before 5pm, I presume it’s normal for them to keep her overnight? Apparently his sister ginger was crying the whole time Scruff was in surgery, broke my heart!

The vet says she needs them in separate cages tonight to be able to see how Scruff’s wee & poo is, but she assured me the cages will be next to each other and they will be able to see and smell each other. The vet will update me tomorrow morning and hopefully she makes it through her first night okay, then it’ll be over to me for post op care! I’m sure the vet will tell me everything I need to do, but any advice or tips/info would be so appreciated.

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Hannah x
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Good vets nowadays provide overnight nursing care to any freshly operated or critically ill piggies that they feel need regular checks and professional support during the night. They won't let you bring home freshly operated and not yet stabilised piggies like in the olden days to muddle through on your own as best as you can without any helpful information or advice anymore. (I've been through some of them, and it was NOT pretty!)

It sounds like they are doing for your girls what they can to make sure that Scruff is getting all the support necessary and that she is stable when she comes home tomorrow. Try to take comfort that she is in the safest hands possible. ;)

If you feel swamped by anxiety and worries, concentrate on send Scruff warm, gentle green healing energy as a very helpful Mindfulness exercise.
 

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Sending Scruff healing vibes, I hope she gets better very quickly.
Rusty stayed in for 2 nights after his stone op last January because his temperature was very low and they wanted to see him eating for himself before he came home. He needed syringe feeding for a while. It sounds like your girl is in good hands, probably the same ones Rusty was!
Thanks so much for your reply, that’s very reassuring! And thanks for the well wishes! I feel quite anxious about post op care as I’ve never had to do it before! But I’m sure everything will be okay xx
 

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Update on scruff-
She has been a very poorly piggy the last few days. She had her surgery today and thankfully got through it okay. The vet found stones along with a 1cm blood clot (they think it’s a blood clot) that had collapsed her bladder walls. They are sending everything off for testing.

They finished the surgery a bit before 5pm, I presume it’s normal for them to keep her overnight? Apparently his sister ginger was crying the whole time Scruff was in surgery, broke my heart!

The vet says she needs them in separate cages tonight to be able to see how Scruff’s wee & poo is, but she assured me the cages will be next to each other and they will be able to see and smell each other. The vet will update me tomorrow morning and hopefully she makes it through her first night okay, then it’ll be over to me for post op care! I’m sure the vet will tell me everything I need to do, but any advice or tips/info would be so appreciated.

Many thanks,
Hannah x
Really hope she feels better soon! Sending love you you all 💕
 

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BIG HUGS

Good vets nowadays provide overnight nursing care to any freshly operated or critically ill piggies that they feel need regular checks and professional support during the night. They won't let you bring home freshly operated and not yet stabilised piggies like in the olden days to muddle through on your own as best as you can without any helpful information or advice anymore. (I've been through some of them, and it was NOT pretty!)

It sounds like they are doing for your girls what they can to make sure that Scruff is getting all the support necessary and that she is stable when she comes home tomorrow. Try to take comfort that she is in the safest hands possible. ;)

If you feel swamped by anxiety and worries, concentrate on send Scruff warm, gentle green healing energy as a very helpful Mindfulness exercise.
Thanks so much for your response, it really meant a lot. I will definitely try that mindfulness exercise as I cannot seem to stop my mind going round and round! I’m struggling to eat with worry, I’ve just never had to experience this before so I’m finding it a little overwhelming. Thanks again, it means a lot. Hannah x
 

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Thanks so much for your response, it really meant a lot. I will definitely try that mindfulness exercise as I cannot seem to stop my mind going round and round! I’m struggling to eat with worry, I’ve just never had to experience this before so I’m finding it a little overwhelming. Thanks again, it means a lot. Hannah x
Eat lightly, but please eat and drink and take good care of yourself. Keep telling yourself that she is over the biggest hurdle and has woken up from her op and that you can help her best if look after yourself so you have got all the energy and strength to take good care of her when she comes home. ;)
 

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Thanks so much for your response, it really meant a lot. I will definitely try that mindfulness exercise as I cannot seem to stop my mind going round and round! I’m struggling to eat with worry, I’ve just never had to experience this before so I’m finding it a little overwhelming. Thanks again, it means a lot. Hannah x
I’ve been there. A year of feeling like that when my boy was really poorly. Here if you ever need to talk. Take care of yourself x
 

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The vets called this morning, she said scruff is doing well but she wants to keep her in for most of today so she is coming home at 5pm! :)

I will take off the ramp in the cage for maybe 3 days to stop Scruff from running up it and hurting her surgical site etc. I presume I don’t need to separate her and Ginger? They can go back in together tonight?

Unfortunately she has ulcers on both eyes from her eyes being open in surgery as the surgery was more complicated/longer than they originally thought, so I’ll have some drops or something to put in, poor girly :(

I did notice her critical care has Anise in it which I believe is high calcium? Is this a good idea after stone surgery? As I’m meant to reduce the calcium. Thanks all, you’ve helped more than you could ever realise x
 

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Aw so glad Scruff is now on the path to a good recovery, I wouldn’t worry about the critical care, most of the calcium in their diet comes from the water they drink.
 

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I am pleased to hear Scruff is doing well. I didn't seperate my boys after surgery, I am sure they recover quicker in their own home with their friends. I don't know which syringe food you have but Highcroft exotic vets reccommend Science Selective Plus as the main ingredient is timothy hay. Scruff could well be eating enough when she comes home that you won't need to syringe feed for long if at all. I don't think I did with Bracken, you wouldn't have believed he'd had anything done the way he just went straight back to normal life. Rusty did need syringe feeding for a while, each piggy is different.
Sending Scruff healing vibes and hugs to you, I know how hard this journey with our little furries is.
 

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I am pleased to hear Scruff is doing well. I didn't seperate my boys after surgery, I am sure they recover quicker in their own home with their friends. I don't know which syringe food you have but Highcroft exotic vets reccommend Science Selective Plus as the main ingredient is timothy hay. Scruff could well be eating enough when she comes home that you won't need to syringe feed for long if at all. I don't think I did with Bracken, you wouldn't have believed he'd had anything done the way he just went straight back to normal life. Rusty did need syringe feeding for a while, each piggy is different.
Sending Scruff healing vibes and hugs to you, I know how hard this journey with our little furries is.
Thanks so much, glad to hear your piggies recovered well, that’s reassuring. She was having is it oxbow critical care? (I think that’s what it’s called), I am so excited to have her home, but nervous about post op care. I’ll make sure I weigh her every day and that’ll hopefully help me decide how much to syringe feed her.

I saw oxbow do a urinary support buiscuit type thing, not sure if they are any good! Poor scruff’s bladder is incontinent currently, but I’m hoping that will only be a temporary thing bless her!
 

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I've not had a guinea pig that liked the Oxbow Critical Care but I know some do. I'm sure you will be fine, having a sick piggy is draining but it won't be for long. The first few days I check and change the pee pad under them regularly if they aren't moving around much. Vet bed is the best thing for them to sit on, it keeps them nice and dry. It's all common sense really, we are all here for you don't hesitate if you need to ask. I've not used the Urinary Support biscuits, I've heard mixed reviews. I suffer from stones myself and my specialist is very sceptical about anything like that for humans so puts me off for piggies. His mantra (he says mine should be too!) is hydration, hydration, hydration!
 

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Tips For Post-operative Care

I've not had a guinea pig that liked the Oxbow Critical Care but I know some do. I'm sure you will be fine, having a sick piggy is draining but it won't be for long. The first few days I check and change the pee pad under them regularly if they aren't moving around much. Vet bed is the best thing for them to sit on, it keeps them nice and dry. It's all common sense really, we are all here for you don't hesitate if you need to ask. I've not used the Urinary Support biscuits, I've heard mixed reviews. I suffer from stones myself and my specialist is very sceptical about anything like that for humans so puts me off for piggies. His mantra (he says mine should be too!) is hydration, hydration, hydration!
Thank you! Maybe I’ll leave the biscuits for now and just do extra hydration like you said! I’ll look into vet bed, thanks for the recommendation. For now I’ve just got loads of towels I’ve just washed and dried as the vet advised against her being on her usual soft paper bedding for now. Only a few hours to go until pick up 😍 🎉
 

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Hi all, I’ve just sent this email to the vet, awaiting a reply, slightly worried-

“It was Scruff’s first night last night with us post op. We are getting the critical care and medication down her.

I have noticed she isn’t really moving. As far as I can tell she didn’t move from where she was all of last night. This means she isn’t moving to then get water, so when I give her critical care (5 times a day), I will also syringe her some water.

Is it normal for a guinea pig to not really want to move at all after her op? She also becomes very distressed and quite violent with her movements when picked up. I have noticed when we put her back she staggers into her hideout house and her back legs seem to look a bit funny, like she’s dragging them slightly”
 

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Have you heard back yet @Pigmom ? Hopefully it's just because she's feeling sore and her legs are stiff from not moving much. Some of mine have moved around after ops as if nothing has happened and other's have been immobile and sleepy for a few days. Like humans I think they all react differently to GA and pain meds.
 
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