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Help! Very Sick Guinea Girl

Getl0www

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Something is very wrong.

My Ava girl is about 6 months old and has not had any problems until recently. I took her in to a small animals vet because she was coughing and then wheezing. They Took an x-ray but said that it was inconclusive. The doctors best guess was that she was suffering from pneumonia. I left her there overnight for some diuretic shots, nebulization with antibiotics, And various other treatments. They released her to me the next day with the nebulizer and said to do it for 30 minutes twice a day and gave me some pain medicine to give her twice a day as well. When I first took her home she seemed OK she seemed better she seem to have more energy but now she has stopped eating and stop drinking completely and she’s so lethargic she is barely moving around. Thank God that I had some critical care laying around to give her. That got her G.I. track going a little bit this morning I noticed a few very very small Poos and two very concentrated puddles of Pee. This morning she didn’t even get up to come get her vitamin C tab which usually jumps up and down for. She look like she was in pain and didn’t even wanna get up to come sniff out what I had in my hand. I held her after her nebulizer this morning and petted her for a good 30 minutes and she just looks miserable. It’s Sunday and all of my vet options are closed and the only option is an emergency service for bigger animals but they have no specialist and I just feel like that would be a waste of time and money since I don’t trust them to be able to handle my guinea pig with the true care that she needs. She is only about six months old like I said before and hasn’t had any other problems but I just have this feeling like maybe something else is wrong. she is losing a lot of hair and she’s just not herself at all. Does this sound familiar to anyone or does anybody have any advice on what I can do for her? The antibiotic they prescribed her is Gentocin. I have read about antibiotic and tolerance but I’m not sure if that’s the case or the pneumonia infection was just an underlying cause of something bigger . Please help me with any advice and keep Baby in your prayers she has a cage mate that is very worried along with me .

I’ve posted a picture of her that was taken a few weeks ago. She was healthy (to my knowledge) then. She is very lethargic and droopy looking now. I can even tell her ears aren’t perked their very low looking.

Please help!

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Getl0www

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I forgot to add, her cough and wheezing have gone away. And I am just thinking now how she was starting to squirm a lot during medicine time. Is it possible I hurt her somehow trying to hold her still to syringe feed her?
 

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Something is very wrong.

My Ava girl is about 6 months old and has not had any problems until recently. I took her in to a small animals vet because she was coughing and then wheezing. They Took an x-ray but said that it was inconclusive. The doctors best guess was that she was suffering from pneumonia. I left her there overnight for some diuretic shots, nebulization with antibiotics, And various other treatments. They released her to me the next day with the nebulizer and said to do it for 30 minutes twice a day and gave me some pain medicine to give her twice a day as well. When I first took her home she seemed OK she seemed better she seem to have more energy but now she has stopped eating and stop drinking completely and she’s so lethargic she is barely moving around. Thank God that I had some critical care laying around to give her. That got her G.I. track going a little bit this morning I noticed a few very very small Poos and two very concentrated puddles of Pee. This morning she didn’t even get up to come get her vitamin C tab which usually jumps up and down for. She look like she was in pain and didn’t even wanna get up to come sniff out what I had in my hand. I held her after her nebulizer this morning and petted her for a good 30 minutes and she just looks miserable. It’s Sunday and all of my vet options are closed and the only option is an emergency service for bigger animals but they have no specialist and I just feel like that would be a waste of time and money since I don’t trust them to be able to handle my guinea pig with the true care that she needs. She is only about six months old like I said before and hasn’t had any other problems but I just have this feeling like maybe something else is wrong. she is losing a lot of hair and she’s just not herself at all. Does this sound familiar to anyone or does anybody have any advice on what I can do for her? The antibiotic they prescribed her is Gentocin. I have read about antibiotic and tolerance but I’m not sure if that’s the case or the pneumonia infection was just an underlying cause of something bigger . Please help me with any advice and keep Baby in your prayers she has a cage mate that is very worried along with me .

I’ve posted a picture of her that was taken a few weeks ago. She was healthy (to my knowledge) then. She is very lethargic and droopy looking now. I can even tell her ears aren’t perked their very low looking.

Please help!

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Hi!

- Is your girl on antibiotics for her pneumonia?
- How much Critical Care are you feeding? A guinea pig that is not eating needs a minimum of 40-60ml syringe feed over the course of 24 hours to keep the guts going. Please do not give more than she can swallow (0.1-0.5 ml) and wait until that has gone down.

- Sadly it is possible that your girl's body is closing down. Lethargy is always a sign that you are in a life and death emergency. Please see a vet asap!
List Of Life And Death Out-of-hours Emergencies
 

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@Wiebke The Gentocin is the antibiotic, administered through the nebuliser. I've never used it before so don't know anything about doses but I have heard of it being used before.

@Getl0www How long has she been using the nebuliser? If she's fighting the syringe feeding then she might be starting to feel better. If she's only been on the antibiotics a few days then it might not be having full effect yet, and if she's struggling to breathe then she'll be using all her effort for that..

Keep going and if she's no better tomorrow then it'll be worth taking her back to the vet
 

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@Wiebke The Gentocin is the antibiotic, administered through the nebuliser. I've never used it before so don't know anything about doses but I have heard of it being used before.

@Getl0www How long has she been using the nebuliser? If she's fighting the syringe feeding then she might be starting to feel better. If she's only been on the antibiotics a few days then it might not be having full effect yet, and if she's struggling to breathe then she'll be using all her effort for that..

Keep going and if she's no better tomorrow then it'll be worth taking her back to the vet
Thanks - gentocin is a new antibiotic for me. ;)
 
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