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Guinea pig having pee in blood

HumanWithFurryPotats

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Hello, my Guinea pig has started having blood in her pee. She is eating and drinking fine as of right now. The local vet is only taking emergencies as of right now, so would this be considered an emergency or is it treatable at home?
 

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No this cannot be treated at home. Hopefully it is a simple UTI that can be treated with antibiotics but it can be a number of things and your vet needs to determine first what you are dealing with
 

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Hello, my Guinea pig has started having blood in her pee. She is eating and drinking fine as of right now. The local vet is only taking emergencies as of right now, so would this be considered an emergency or is it treatable at home?
Please contact your vet. 'Emergency' covers any illness or accident that requires prescription only medication and a hands-on examination. What is on hold for the time being are any routine check-ups, vaccinations and non-urgent elective procedures.

Your piggy needs a hands-on examination and a prescription-only antibiotic; your vet should also check the bladder to see whether it is soft and relaxed or not as an early indication of whether there is a problem in there or not.

The likelihood is that you are dealing with a urinary tract infection or a cystitis of some sort but you and your vet have to work their way down the ladder of possible urinary tract problems if necessary.

PS: Odds are that the red is porphyrine staining and not blood. The urine may or may not test for blood, the same as clear blood. At this fairly early stage of an infection symptoms are often not yet consistent but you need to see a vet latest when the squeaking when peeing or pooing sets in. Best make an appointment now for ideally some time this week in case that takes a few days!
 

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The vet said that she may have a stone. They are taking an x ray of her right now. My parents say that this pet hospital is a bit suspicious with their diagnoses, often giving the most expensive one. So they have decided to get a second opinion from a trusted vet, but this appointment would be on Monday.

If it is bladder stones, is it possible to wait a few days to get a second opinion or would their need to be an immediate surgery?
 

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The vet said that she may have a stone. They are taking an x ray of her right now. My parents say that this pet hospital is a bit suspicious with their diagnoses, often giving the most expensive one. So they have decided to get a second opinion from a trusted vet, but this appointment would be on Monday.

If it is bladder stones, is it possible to wait a few days to get a second opinion or would their need to be an immediate surgery?
You can get a second opinion if you wish to unless the stone was located in the urethra and potentially blocking the flow of urine (in sows that is just by the exit and usually very easily done with a little cut and no need to for a full on operation.
Bladder stones are generally not as much of a problem in sows as in boars since they have a shorter and wider urethra. The removal from the bladder itself is an operation with a very high expectation of a problem-free full recovery.
 

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The results came back and there is no sign of a stone. She is being put on medication for an infection now 🙂
 
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