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Nibbler has a bladder stone

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Took Nibbler to the vets this morning, as after completing a course of Baytril and then a course of Septrin and Metacam for a suspected UTI, he still wasn't better. He kept losing weight and just wasn't himself at all. He bit me for the first time ever on Tuesday!

It was decided that some x-rays of him would be taken. The vet has found a bladder stone, it's about half a cm in diameter.

We're putting him back on the Septrin and Metacam to try and build him up as much as possible. He goes in for his op next Thursday. I am so nervous but I trust my vet, he's done the op before and has good success rates.

Any tips for looking after him after the op?

I've taken the Thursday, Friday and Monday off so I'll be there 24/7 to look after him but I've never had a piggie go through an op before. I'm obviously going to do as much reading as possible on it but any tips and advice would be great.
 

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I'm sorry to hear this news, I have only had a pig that was just neutered.

I would suggest changing the bed twice daily to prevent infection in the wound. Have Critical Care or similiar (ie nuggets Burgess) to mash into a syringe food incase he loses his appetite initially. I'm sure lots of people will have lots more advise.

Good luck Nibbler we're rooting for you! Huge Hugs xx
 

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awww poor thing.

When my late pepper had his op, he was really good straight after, he came home from the vets eating loads and drinking loads and was really very active,i gave him lots of avipro as he was on baytril.

sadly i lost him in the end, he never ever stopped squeaking when peeing, even after his op, so i guess it just wasnt meant to be for him. i wish you lots and lots of luck, i dont know what else to suggest except maybe have lots of yummy stuff in for him to eat incase he is fussy x
 

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I keep all my piggies on fleece, so this should help with keeping things clean, shouldn't it?

Jo, will I still need to change the bedding twice daily if it's fleece and towels?

I've got critical care already as I've been topping up his feeds with this to try and get his weight back up. I'm also going to make sure I have lots of scrummy veggies in for him.

Also, I'm thinking of putting a divider in the cage for the first couple of days, so Nibbler can still see and smell his brother but can get peace to recover and so he isn't running about too much. Is this a good idea?

Thanks for the best wishes, I'm really hoping everything goes well.
 

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Even Milo's cage with fleece I changed twice daily, I Think it may just be my paranoia :))!
 

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I think I'll probably go for every other day. Nibbler is quite particular about where he pees and poos. Normally only goes in two places, which he doesn't normally lie in, so should be ok.

Just so nervous about it. I'm going to be an absolute mess on Thursday.... I love my brave little guy so much.
 

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Thanks for the advice. I've had a good read of the guinealynx page already and I've got it bookmarked.

Yeah, the stone looks like it's in the bladder going by the x-rays, so hopefully all goes well.

Been busy this weekend getting prepared for Thursday. Got the divider all made, got a snugglesafe heatpad and given the cage a good scrub. It'll get another clean out and scrub on Wednesday night. Just want everything to be as clean as possible!
 

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We'll be thinking about you guys Thursday! I'm sure he will be fit and well in no time!

It's so stressful when they are ill! xx
 

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Eek he goes in tomorrow morning. I'm so nervous I actually feel sick. Fingers crossed everything goes well!
 

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Thanks. Leaving in half an hour..... actually feel sick with nerves and like crying. I'm such a plonker. Will update when I know how its gone.
 

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We Wish Nibbler a very successful OP, me and the gang will be thinking about you.

Good luck Nibbler! x
 

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yeah good luck Nibbler. Dont be daft thinking you are a plonker, i always feel sick with nerves/worry when going to the vets even if just for a check up. Its natural.

Keep us updated x x>>
 

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Oh no don't think you are a plonker! I HATE going to the vets, does'nt matter what the appointments about it always makes me nervous!

Really good luck today, one of mine went through this op nearly two years ago, she is now nearly 6 years old and thriving, he'll be fine and he knows his mum loves him and I am sure that helps a lot!

To warn you though, my little girl is a bit of a drama queen (although to be fair it's not a nice op) at the best of times, for the first two nights after the op she spent the whole night asleep on my chest, I had to sleep on the sofa with her....but it was worth every single minute to see her well again.:<>

GOOD LUCK from me and all the guineas.
 

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Oh no don't think you are a plonker! I HATE going to the vets, does'nt matter what the appointments about it always makes me nervous!

Really good luck today, one of mine went through this op nearly two years ago, she is now nearly 6 years old and thriving, he'll be fine and he knows his mum loves him and I am sure that helps a lot!

To warn you though, my little girl is a bit of a drama queen (although to be fair it's not a nice op) at the best of times, for the first two nights after the op she spent the whole night asleep on my chest, I had to sleep on the sofa with her....but it was worth every single minute to see her well again.:<>

GOOD LUCK from me and all the guineas.

Awww a good ending to a stone op, you are very lucky, we always just hear bad things, so thanks :)
 

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I know I was very fortunate! She is an amazing little girl, one of those 'once in a lifetime' piggies that come along and have this amazing lust for life and give so much with it. I dread the day she moves on, as that whole 'episode' gave us this tremendous bond.

One thing to probably think about is the ongoing after care to prevent recurrence? She is on the ratewatchers plan, has filtered water and is given uriflow and cystease daily with 40 mls of fluid (20 morning and 20 evening). Its time consuming but well worth it.
 
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