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miloandmason

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Hello all! I am new to owning guinea pigs, I have had my piggies for about 2 weeks now. Both piggies are males around 4 months in age, their names are Milo and Mason :) Unfortunately, when I adopted my piggies they had a URI that the current owner was not willing to treat. So, I took them to a trusted exotic vet near my location and they prescribed them antibiotics called Chloramphenicol Palmitate 2x a day for 10 days. Today was the last day of antibiotics, their URI seems to be recovered along with around one to two sneezes a day, but really only when eating their hay. Yesterday, I noticed someone was having clumpy poops, they are not very watery but shiny and soft enough to be mushed together into a big clump. I know the poo is coming from Milo and not Mason. Milo is also drinking loads of water. From reading on this forum, I have withheld all fresh veggies as of this morning to see if his poops become more solid. I called the vets and she told me it could easily be a side effect from their antibiotics. I was advised to take away veggies for 24 hours to see if his poops become more solid, but they are acting as if I am starving them. I have unlimited hay in their cage 24/7, I top off their hay 2-3 times a day to make it as clean and fresh as it can be and provide them with new pellets every morning. I feel as if they have become addicted to veggies since their owner before did not have veggies in their diets. Every time I walk or even reposition myself in my bed they start to wheek like crazy thinking I am going to be giving them veggies :( I feel absolutely terrible but I want their poops to get better. I ordered some powder bene bac probiotics that are arriving tomorrow morning. If his poops seem to be a little better I will try adding some powder to some parsley or lettuce for a little snack. I just need some advice, I feel terrible from withholding veggies for a day or two but it is for their own good. On usual I give them each 1/2 cup veggies in morning then 1/2 at night, therefore 1 cup veggies per piggy a day. Along with unlimited hay and a bowl of pellets. What do you all think? Also any tips for new owners appreciated :) thank you!
 

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I have never heard of this antibiotic it is however on safe list of guinea lynx Guinea Lynx :: Antibiotics

I am presuming you are US based?

Lots and lots lots of hay. Try and get some oxbow Timothy and Orchard grass to stimulate them wanting to eat it. We have had to remove veggies for 48 hrs in past it is hard on the heart strings

@Wiebke @Freela you are stateside any ideas on this Antibiotic?
 

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Hello all! I am new to owning guinea pigs, I have had my piggies for about 2 weeks now. Both piggies are males around 4 months in age, their names are Milo and Mason :) Unfortunately, when I adopted my piggies they had a URI that the current owner was not willing to treat. So, I took them to a trusted exotic vet near my location and they prescribed them antibiotics called Chloramphenicol Palmitate 2x a day for 10 days. Today was the last day of antibiotics, their URI seems to be recovered along with around one to two sneezes a day, but really only when eating their hay. Yesterday, I noticed someone was having clumpy poops, they are not very watery but shiny and soft enough to be mushed together into a big clump. I know the poo is coming from Milo and not Mason. Milo is also drinking loads of water. From reading on this forum, I have withheld all fresh veggies as of this morning to see if his poops become more solid. I called the vets and she told me it could easily be a side effect from their antibiotics. I was advised to take away veggies for 24 hours to see if his poops become more solid, but they are acting as if I am starving them. I have unlimited hay in their cage 24/7, I top off their hay 2-3 times a day to make it as clean and fresh as it can be and provide them with new pellets every morning. I feel as if they have become addicted to veggies since their owner before did not have veggies in their diets. Every time I walk or even reposition myself in my bed they start to wheek like crazy thinking I am going to be giving them veggies :( I feel absolutely terrible but I want their poops to get better. I ordered some powder bene bac probiotics that are arriving tomorrow morning. If his poops seem to be a little better I will try adding some powder to some parsley or lettuce for a little snack. I just need some advice, I feel terrible from withholding veggies for a day or two but it is for their own good. On usual I give them each 1/2 cup veggies in morning then 1/2 at night, therefore 1 cup veggies per piggy a day. Along with unlimited hay and a bowl of pellets. What do you all think? Also any tips for new owners appreciated :) thank you!

Hi!

Antibiotics can cause tummy upsets because they can also impact on the 'good' digestive bacteria in the gut. Please take your piggies off fresh food for a day or two in order to allow the gut microbiome to rebalance and settle again. Clumpy poos are very much on the mild side of any issue and should normalise again with 24 hours or so. Don't feel terrible about not giving them what is in effect the equivalent of a human afternoon snack when they don't get their get vet. They also won't get scurvy because of that. You are not eating a big fruit salad or donuts with icing when you have a tummy upset, are you? That's about in the same order. ;)
Digestive Disorders: Diarrhea - Bloat - GI Stasis (No Gut Movement) And Not Eating

Antibiotics build up for optimal effectiveness over the course of several days; that is why you always need to conduct the full course. They also stay effective for several days longer and subside as gradually as they have built up.
 
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