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Help! Guinea Pig Bloated?

Griselle

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So, I have had Shadow for over a year. Oreo and Shadow have never had problems with lettuce nor tomatoes. Today as I was changing their cage, I noticed Shadow looked extremely bloated, but Oreo did not. I have always fed them timothy hay, but today I ran out, and had to wait for my fiance to come home from work. Therefore, I fed them lettuce and tomato, and a little slice of apple. (I think that's where I made the biggest mistake.) I took Shadow out, and he looked miserable, and tired, and felt as if he was going to explode. I bathed him, and gave him mineral oil along with water, and massaged his tummy. While massaging his tummy he pooped about three times. I can't take him to the vet because it's really late at night, and I don't have any money to pay for treatment unfortunately. What can I do in this situation?
 

Wheekallweek

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Aw poor piggy, however he needs to see a vet ASAP to determine the cause of the bloating and decide on the best course of treatment; at the very least he will need some pain relief :(
There should be an emergency vet near you, if you phone your normal vet they normally leave a message with the nearest out of hours vet’s phone number.
Good luck!
 

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So, I have had Shadow for over a year. Oreo and Shadow have never had problems with lettuce nor tomatoes. Today as I was changing their cage, I noticed Shadow looked extremely bloated, but Oreo did not. I have always fed them timothy hay, but today I ran out, and had to wait for my fiance to come home from work. Therefore, I fed them lettuce and tomato, and a little slice of apple. (I think that's where I made the biggest mistake.) I took Shadow out, and he looked miserable, and tired, and felt as if he was going to explode. I bathed him, and gave him mineral oil along with water, and massaged his tummy. While massaging his tummy he pooped about three times. I can't take him to the vet because it's really late at night, and I don't have any money to pay for treatment unfortunately. What can I do in this situation?
Please have her seen by a vet for gut meds as soon as possible. This is a life and death emergency!
This guide here tells you exactly what you can do yourself at home, but this does NOT replace any necessary medication from a vet. Both your home care AND the medication are very important to get your piggy through.
Bloat, Gi Stasis ( No Gut Movement) And Not Eating

PS: When you get any pets, it is vital that you save up for a vet fund on a weekly or monthly basis right from a the start as part of your pet budget, so you can afford to see a vet at any time; emergencies and illness never happen conveniently. Vet cost is making the largest budget item of what you spend on any pet over the course of its life. :(
 
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only a vet can save your piggie, but the cost of the visit and medicines won't be high, don't worry. Maybe 50-80£ that your parents or some friend will lend you for sure... Maybe you are sking for a homemade method, some nature and Grandmother's remedies, but unfortunately this case is too serious... it is an emergency.
You need only 2-3 medicines but you need a regular prescription... no prescription no meds...
Here a visit at the exotic vet costs 30-60€. I pay 45 and it is not a great amount...
 

Griselle

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Thank you all for your replies, unfortunately I was too late, we buried my sweet little Shadow. We tried visiting about two vets, but they kept sending me to different areas since they did not treat exotic animals or did not have a doctor working today, unfortunately, it was too late.
 

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Thank you all for your replies, unfortunately I was too late, we buried my sweet little Shadow. We tried visiting about two vets, but they kept sending me to different areas since they did not treat exotic animals or did not have a doctor working today, unfortunately, it was too late.
BIG HUGS

I am so sorry! You tried your best.
 
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I am sorry, too, for your loss, but I want to look at the future, as you have another piggie at home; I want to tell you some advice, hoping that you understand my good intention.
Probably no vet could have saved Shadow this time; vets have their limits and piggies' health deteriorates so fast when some trouble appears.
Anyway, there is something which can make the difference:
1- the run to the right place
2- cash on hand
For the first point my advice for you now is: search online 3-4 names of exotic vets and write their telephone numbers on a paper always visible. Here in this forum there is a list of names. Write also the names and the numbers of "far" vets because they can help you on the phone.
2- about the fund someone mentioned here: I would prefer talking of a fund for the family, that is you, your fiance, your pets and your house; because if tonight your heater or a pipe will break down, tomorrow morning you will need to pay a large amount for repairing it fast; the same if you wake up with a lump somewhere... I don't think it would be wise to wait for a visit or a scan with free national service.
This fund might save you, your house and also your pets.
But the point 1 is more important...
I hope all the best for you. Hugs!
 

Griselle

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I am sorry, too, for your loss, but I want to look at the future, as you have another piggie at home; I want to tell you some advice, hoping that you understand my good intention.
Probably no vet could have saved Shadow this time; vets have their limits and piggies' health deteriorates so fast when some trouble appears.
Anyway, there is something which can make the difference:
1- the run to the right place
2- cash on hand
For the first point my advice for you now is: search online 3-4 names of exotic vets and write their telephone numbers on a paper always visible. Here in this forum there is a list of names. Write also the names and the numbers of "far" vets because they can help you on the phone.
2- about the fund someone mentioned here: I would prefer talking of a fund for the family, that is you, your fiance, your pets and your house; because if tonight your heater or a pipe will break down, tomorrow morning you will need to pay a large amount for repairing it fast; the same if you wake up with a lump somewhere... I don't think it would be wise to wait for a visit or a scan with free national service.
This fund might save you, your house and also your pets.
But the point 1 is more important...
I hope all the best for you. Hugs!
Thank you so much for everything.
 
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