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Loss of appetite

ImStormy

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So yesterday I took my girls to the vet for an UTI check. They have UTIs and the vet gave me the antibiotics and cranberry juice for them. When I got home I gave them their meds and later that night I noticed they wernt eating that much. They would take nibbles out of their food but that was about it usually they can down their bowl in an hour. I called the vet and they said that the antibiotics can cause low appetite and if they dont get better in a couple of days to bring them back in. I'm just wondering if there is anything I can do for them right now? They'll drink from their water bottle and take little nibbles of hay but thats it. I'm just a little worried about them. I tried giving them a grape each because they love grapes but they wont touch it this mourning. I was also just thinking of maybe holding off on their meds until at night after they eat and see if that helps any?
 

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Antibiotics can cause an upset to the tummy. You can help by giving a probiotic such as fibreplex - it’s a digestive aid

In the meantime, you need to step in with syringe feeding and weigh your piggies daily to ensure they are eating enough. They need to be eating hay, the veg and pellets are less urgent. When you syringe feed, you replace the hay they aren’t eating.

Please don’t withhold medication - give it at the normal times, as piggies need to eat constantly day and night the meds will still be in their system regardless of when you give it to them so it won’t make much difference

Were you given any pain medication?

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Antibiotics can cause an upset to the tummy. You can help by giving a probiotic such as fibreplex.

In the meantime, you need to step in with syringe feeding and weigh your piggies daily to ensure they are eating enough

Please don’t withhold medication - give it at the normal times, as piggies need to eat constantly day and night the meds will still be in their system regardless of when you give it to them so it won’t make much difference

Were you given any pain medication?

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They gave me cephalexin and uromaxx i dont know if any of those help with pain I cant see anything on the bottles that say they do. They were eating just fine up until i gave them the meds. Ill go a head and give them their meds now and squish up from veggies in a bit and syringe feed them.
 

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They need to be fed with fibre rich food such as critical care recovery food or their normal pellets mushed up, not with veg.
 

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Cephalexin is an antibiotic licensed for dogs which I haven't seen used for guinea pigs before (it is aimed specifically at urinary tract problems) and uromaxx is urinary tract food supplement for cats and dogs. But neither is a painkiller/analgesic.

Please step in with syringe feeding support asap; guinea pigs are not built for fasting. You can use mushed up pellets in a pinch but in this case you need to cut off the syringe tip just before it widens to let any fibre pass through.
Here are more tips on what you can do in a pinch: Emergency, Crisis and Bridging Care until a Vet Appointment
 

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I know you posted this quite a few weeks ago but was wondering if when the baytril stopped did their appetite return to normal? My boy Jed has been on baytril for the past week, exactly 7 days today as he had surgery to remove bladder stones. At first he seemed to be recovering very well but 3 days post op he totally lost his appetite, was not eating anything or even drinking - this boy normally gets excited when I even just walk over to the fridge! He has started drinking little bits since yday. I am giving him critical care via syringe. He was having the odd bit of lettuce but has gone off that now, he has nibbled a bit of hay. He did take a blueberry today and yday. When I put their veg down for them, he does put his head in the bowl and sniff it, it seems like he wants to eat but can't. I have had him at the vet 3 times since the op and he had an x-ray yesterday which showed another stone and they said it must've been "hiding" when they did the surgery as one wouldn't have grown that quick. He still looks bright and is moving around, he is passing urine for definite, I don't think he was really a few days ago, he is opening his bowels but they're not the normal size. I didn't think until about an hour ago if this could be related to baytril and that's why he has gone off his food. He is also on metacam and emeprid. A friend of a friend who knows guinea pigs well and she is also friends with an exotic pet specialist advised me to give infacol (for baby's) as the x-ray showed a lot of gas.
The vet where I go said they could do another surgery to remove the stone, but for one - he said I would have to pay for a new op, which I don't think I should have to as this stone was not removed after the original surgery, but also I don't know if it is fair to him to have another major op.
How long does it take for the baytril to get out of their system and when can I expect for his appetite to increase approx.
 

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I know you posted this quite a few weeks ago but was wondering if when the baytril stopped did their appetite return to normal? My boy Jed has been on baytril for the past week, exactly 7 days today as he had surgery to remove bladder stones. At first he seemed to be recovering very well but 3 days post op he totally lost his appetite, was not eating anything or even drinking - this boy normally gets excited when I even just walk over to the fridge! He has started drinking little bits since yday. I am giving him critical care via syringe. He was having the odd bit of lettuce but has gone off that now, he has nibbled a bit of hay. He did take a blueberry today and yday. When I put their veg down for them, he does put his head in the bowl and sniff it, it seems like he wants to eat but can't. I have had him at the vet 3 times since the op and he had an x-ray yesterday which showed another stone and they said it must've been "hiding" when they did the surgery as one wouldn't have grown that quick. He still looks bright and is moving around, he is passing urine for definite, I don't think he was really a few days ago, he is opening his bowels but they're not the normal size. I didn't think until about an hour ago if this could be related to baytril and that's why he has gone off his food. He is also on metacam and emeprid. A friend of a friend who knows guinea pigs well and she is also friends with an exotic pet specialist advised me to give infacol (for baby's) as the x-ray showed a lot of gas.
The vet where I go said they could do another surgery to remove the stone, but for one - he said I would have to pay for a new op, which I don't think I should have to as this stone was not removed after the original surgery, but also I don't know if it is fair to him to have another major op.
How long does it take for the baytril to get out of their system and when can I expect for his appetite to increase approx.
Hi!

Please always start your own thread whenever you have a question. It can become very confusing if two people are posting on the same thread at the same time or if old threads are dug up.
Please Start Your Own Thread And State The Problem In The Title!

Baytril can impact on the appetite but pain does the same, so it is often not easy to say; especially in this case where there are more than just one aspect in play.

Please step in with syringe feeding and watering support asap once your piggy has lost more than 50g irrespective of what is causing the problem. Keeping your piggy going is vital.
It is important to weigh a piggy post-op daily anyway, especially when the recovery is not smooth. your feeding support at home is as important as any medication. Your piggy needs to eat the equivalent of 60-90 ml in 24 hours. You control the amount via weighing. Keep in mind that hay makes the vast bulk of the food intake and you can never judge that by eye.
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Not Eating, Weight Loss And The Importance Of Syringe Feeding Fibre

Please be aware that a) not all stones may necessarily show up on an x-ray or stones can show up clearly that turn out to be just a blob and that b) stones can form very quickly or pass down in the system from the kidneys via the bladder into the urethra. Not knowing any details, we cannot comment any further.

Please also accept that we do not recommend home treating on spec. In my personal experience infacol is not exactly the best drug for guinea pigs with bloating as it tends to collect the gas into one large bubble which is difficult to move, seeing how narrow and long a guinea pig gut is. Please always contact the treating vet re. secondary issues and ask for their recommendations.
Digestive Disorders: Diarrhea - Bloat - GI Stasis (No Gut Movement) And Not Eating (The guide and especially the medications part has been proof-read by a very experienced exotics nurse specialising in guinea pigs, just to add.)
 

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Thank you, it wasn’t meant to be a new thread but to ask the original poster if when she stopped the baytril did the appetite return. Then before I new it, I’d wrote an essay
Hi!

Please always start your own thread whenever you have a question. It can become very confusing if two people are posting on the same thread at the same time or if old threads are dug up.
Please Start Your Own Thread And State The Problem In The Title!

Baytril can impact on the appetite but pain does the same, so it is often not easy to say; especially in this case where there are more than just one aspect in play.

Please step in with syringe feeding and watering support asap once your piggy has lost more than 50g irrespective of what is causing the problem. Keeping your piggy going is vital.
It is important to weigh a piggy post-op daily anyway, especially when the recovery is not smooth. your feeding support at home is as important as any medication. Your piggy needs to eat the equivalent of 60-90 ml in 24 hours. You control the amount via weighing. Keep in mind that hay makes the vast bulk of the food intake and you can never judge that by eye.
Tips For Post-operative Care
Not Eating, Weight Loss And The Importance Of Syringe Feeding Fibre

Please be aware that a) not all stones may necessarily show up on an x-ray or stones can show up clearly that turn out to be just a blob and that b) stones can form very quickly or pass down in the system from the kidneys via the bladder into the urethra. Not knowing any details, we cannot comment any further.

Please also accept that we do not recommend home treating on spec. In my personal experience infacol is not exactly the best drug for guinea pigs with bloating as it tends to collect the gas into one large bubble which is difficult to move, seeing how narrow and long a guinea pig gut is. Please always contact the treating vet re. secondary issues and ask for their recommendations.
Digestive Disorders: Diarrhea - Bloat - GI Stasis (No Gut Movement) And Not Eating (The guide and especially the medications part has been proof-read by a very experienced exotics nurse specialising in guinea pigs, just to add.)
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