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Help. My guinea pig is grieving and has G.I. Stasis!

Jdumaw7789

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What’s happening to my guinea pig? My guinea pig Chester is usually a very energetic and healthy guinea pig, but ever since his cage mate passed a few days ago he has been lethargic and depressed. He stopped eating and pooping so we brought him to the emergency vet and they said he has the beginning of G.I. Stasis and we’ve been giving him meds, belly rubs, syringe feeding, and movement but he is still is lethargic. One of his eyes is bloodshot since yesterday. We bought another guinea pig a couple days ago so he wouldn’t get lonely but he has been grieving the cage mate he was very close with. I know they grieve but what’s happening?
 

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Hi and welcome

Unfortunately, the loss of a companion can lower the immune system and allow an underlying health issue to come to the fore.
Could you move the new guy next to your boy?

Please read the information in our digestive disorders guide; it has got a full chapter with detailed information and care tips on GI stasis. Keep in mind that your boy has likely not eaten much/anything at all in a day or two, so you need to step in with feeding every two hours during the day and every three hours in the night; ideally getting the equivalent of 60-90 ml into your boy, but at least as close as 40 ml as you can come to keep him alive.
Here is the guide link again: Digestive Disorders: Diarrhea - Bloat - GI Stasis (No Gut Movement) And Not Eating

It can be that the GI stasis is not the main issue but a secondary one to something else going wrong that is not yet making itself fully known. All you can do for the moment is to hang in there and persist with the round the clock feeding.
See an emergency vet if your boy is suddenly taking a turn for the worse and contact your normal vets on Monday if your boy is not picking up and the eye bleeds continue.

Here is our emergency care advice and resources link: Emergency, Crisis and Bridging Care until a Vet Appointment
 
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