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Male Guinea Pig With Tummy Problems - Suggestions?

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Jordan

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A couple of days ago my Guinea Pig, began spontaneously wheeking in pain and seemed constipated. We took him to the vet and the vet said nothing was obviously wrong with him after a check up, she injected him with a Prebiotic and since then he has been better but his stomach occasionally rumbles and he looks slightly uncomfortable. Upon the vet's advice and personal experience we are avoiding 'heavy' foods with him such as cucumbers and instead giving him more leafy greens like spinach and extra access to hay. Are there any other suggestions as in which foods I should feed him plentiful of and should I buy him digestive tablets? Thanks.
 

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Hi and welcome!

Could you please add your country, state or (for the UK) your county to your details. We have members from all over the world and all sorts of climates and knowledgeable or not piggy savvy vet access, not to mention the different medical brands etc. Please click on your username on the top bar, then go to personal details and scroll down to location. That will help us to tailor any advice and recommendations to what ia available and possible for you.

Personally, I would recommend to have a scan to see what is really going on. Your boy still sounds painful, and unless you find and treat the source of his pain, things are not going to get any better in the long term. Have there been changes to the amount and quality of the poos, signs of bloating/gassiness/blockage etc.? Please be aware that the problem cannot just be caused by a build-up of gas in the guts, but that the digestion can also be affected by external factors like bladder stones or an internal growth.

Please weigh him daily at the same time in the feeding cycle instead of weekly as with healthy piggies. Make sure that he is still drinking and offer him as much water in a syringe as he'll take. Ask for a painkiller if your boy remains hunched and puffed up.

Please take any piggy with a very rumbly tummy off any fresh food whatsoever until the guts have restabilised and rebalanced again. You can offer very rough, nutritionally poor brwn cardboard or toilet/kitchen roll inners. if your boy has a healthy companion, you can soak some fresh healthy poos in water and then syringe that. it is a bit gross, but the water contains healthy gut flora and fauna. Recovering piggies often eat healthy poos just for that reason. Be very careful in re-introducing any fresh veg only in small portions one by one. Unbalanced guts can be very tender for weeks after a major episode.

https://www.theguineapigforum.co.uk/threads/complete-hand-feeding-guide.115359/
http://www.oginet.com/pgurney/guinea-pig-bloat.shtml
https://www.theguineapigforum.co.uk/forums/food.17/
 

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Hi and welcome!

Could you please add your country, state or (for the UK) your county to your details. We have members from all over the world and all sorts of climates and knowledgeable or not piggy savvy vet access, not to mention the different medical brands etc. Please click on your username on the top bar, then go to personal details and scroll down to location. That will help us to tailor any advice and recommendations to what ia available and possible for you.

Personally, I would recommend to have a scan to see what is really going on. Your boy still sounds painful, and unless you find and treat the source of his pain, things are not going to get any better in the long term. Have there been changes to the amount and quality of the poos, signs of bloating/gassiness/blockage etc.? Please be aware that the problem cannot just be caused by a build-up of gas in the guts, but that the digestion can also be affected by external factors like bladder stones or an internal growth.

Please weigh him daily at the same time in the feeding cycle instead of weekly as with healthy piggies. Make sure that he is still drinking and offer him as much water in a syringe as he'll take. Ask for a painkiller if your boy remains hunched and puffed up.

Please take any piggy with a very rumbly tummy off any fresh food whatsoever until the guts have restabilised and rebalanced again. You can offer very rough, nutritionally poor brwn cardboard or toilet/kitchen roll inners. if your boy has a healthy companion, you can soak some fresh healthy poos in water and then syringe that. it is a bit gross, but the water contains healthy gut flora and fauna. Recovering piggies often eat healthy poos just for that reason. Be very careful in re-introducing any fresh veg only in small portions one by one. Unbalanced guts can be very tender for weeks after a major episode.

https://www.theguineapigforum.co.uk/threads/complete-hand-feeding-guide.115359/
http://www.oginet.com/pgurney/guinea-pig-bloat.shtml
https://www.theguineapigforum.co.uk/forums/food.17/

Hey I live in the UK, I find this all very confusing and don't know what to think.
 
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