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Cavy with partial paralysis in rear legs: Diagnosed, but in search of tips!

Sleeksmama

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Hi guys!
I am posting this question on behalf of a young friend and fellow cavy lover...
Her beloved guinea pig has received a injury to her spine/ nerves and is now paralyzed partially in the rear legs... The guinea pig is my beloved Ralph's sister (I will explain about my complicated guinea pig family later) so I guided her in the direction of my vet who told her partial rear leg paralysis... and gave her a few treatment tips. So with the medical bases covered I am on here looking for management tips. Anyone who has had or knows someone who has had a paralyzed cavy... please comment below with you management tips... The cavy is not in pain and is her usual happy self... so this is more to help the little girl care for her baby... than about the guinea pig needing medical treatment... The Medical Treatment is already cared for... So please pass on your paralysis tips!
Thank you!
Makenzie
 

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How did she get injured? Are you sure there is no pain? Is she eating properly? How's her weight? Sorry for all the questions just wanted a bit more background info.
 

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Christian had temporary paralysis of his back legs and couldn't move them at all. After a period of cage rest and a lot of Metacam (pain relief and anti inflammatory) he has now got the use of his back legs and has been signed off at the vet. I now am in the process of weaning him off his Metacam. The prognosis first of all wasn't very good and the vet thought it was maybe time for the long sleep. He was in a lot of pain.
 

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Hi guys!
I am posting this question on behalf of a young friend and fellow cavy lover...
Her beloved guinea pig has received a injury to her spine/ nerves and is now paralyzed partially in the rear legs... The guinea pig is my beloved Ralph's sister (I will explain about my complicated guinea pig family later) so I guided her in the direction of my vet who told her partial rear leg paralysis... and gave her a few treatment tips. So with the medical bases covered I am on here looking for management tips. Anyone who has had or knows someone who has had a paralyzed cavy... please comment below with you management tips... The cavy is not in pain and is her usual happy self... so this is more to help the little girl care for her baby... than about the guinea pig needing medical treatment... The Medical Treatment is already cared for... So please pass on your paralysis tips!
Thank you!
Makenzie
Hi!

I am very sorry for the accident.

You will find my new guide for caring for a guinea pig with limited or no mobility helpful.
It is pretty comprehensive and is concentrating on the home care side of it, from daily care, apdapting the cage, including possible longer term complications to look out for and enrichment ideas: Looking after guinea pigs with limited or no mobility

All the best!
 

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Hello. Sorry to hear about your poorly piggie.
I had a wonderful piggie called Cocoa who had limited then no use in her back legs.
Her life was amazing and she coped really well.
I can't do the link for her story as I don't know how.
Pls search Cocoa and you will find it if it helps just 1% then her life keeps giving x
 

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How did she get injured? Are you sure there is no pain? Is she eating properly? How's her weight? Sorry for all the questions just wanted a bit more background info.
She was injured in a small incident that could have killed her but fortunately she is getting along very well... but nobody is sure exactly what happened (because my friend was out of town on a family emergency, and her 6 brothers where home with their dad, she came back to her guinea pig having this problem) but a stepping injury is suspect. As for the pain, this paralysis is believed to be nerve damage... and the vet and I believe it may be temporary. As for pain relief she didn't need it, due to the nerve damage... it appears to have shut off her pain receptors in her legs. She is on a program of gentle massaging and management... as well as cage rest... and her rough friend, Cupcake, has been pulled from the cage.
 

Sleeksmama

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Hello. Sorry to hear about your poorly piggie.
I had a wonderful piggie called Cocoa who had limited then no use in her back legs.
Her life was amazing and she coped really well.
I can't do the link for her story as I don't know how.
Pls search Cocoa and you will find it if it helps just 1% then her life keeps giving x
Thank you! This will be a encouragement to my little friend! Piggies cope super well with their problems and often live a happy life... I'm going to share this with her!
 

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Hi!

I am very sorry for the accident.

You will find my new guide for caring for a guinea pig with limited or no mobility helpful.
It is pretty comprehensive and is concentrating on the home care side of it, from daily care, apdapting the cage, including possible longer term complications to look out for and enrichment ideas: Looking after guinea pigs with limited or no mobility

All the best!
I'm going to share this with my little friend! I'm sure it will encourage her!
 
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