• Discussions taking place within this forum are intended for the purpose of assisting you in discussing options with your vet. Any other use of advice given here is done so at your risk, is solely your responsibility and not that of this forum or its owner. Before posting it is your responsibility you abide by this Statement

Not Eating Until Blown On?

Status
Not open for further replies.

Robbiewilson

Junior Guinea Pig
Joined
Jul 23, 2014
Messages
28
Reaction score
5
Points
95
We have a very sick Eric :( the vet thinks he has a chest infection. He is weak hasn't really moved his back legs and seems to have a slight head tilt. he hasn't really eaten for a couple of days. The vet x rayed him and he was completely empty.
He's been in the vets for 3 days out of 4. We've taken him home tonight with the super powder mix if he doesn't eat any food. Now I know it could be our last night with him but then out of the blew Randomly I blew on his face when giving him a but of grass and it helps him eat it. Has anyone ever come across this?
 

Lilly

Forum Buddy
Joined
Feb 14, 2012
Messages
4,867
Reaction score
2,342
Points
970
Location
Brisbane QLD Australia
How strange! I've only ever heard of gently blowing in a piggy's face to try & stop them from biting. I wonder if somehow by blowing in his face you are clearing a nasal blockage?
 

Wiebke

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Mar 10, 2009
Messages
76,786
Reaction score
53,425
Points
3,466
Location
Coventry UK
Hi!I am keeping my fingers crossed for your poorly boy!

What meds is Eric on and how bad is his breathing? Has your vet checked for the possibility of an ear infection (re. head tilt)?

How much have you been hand feeding and watering him? If he is not getting enough food through his system, his body is going to close down. If a piggy is severely ill and off its food, feeding can be a struggle and you have to be tough to get it through the crisis.
https://www.theguineapigforum.co.uk/threads/complete-hand-feeding-guide.115359/
 

Robbiewilson

Junior Guinea Pig
Joined
Jul 23, 2014
Messages
28
Reaction score
5
Points
95
He has been put on oxygen, given baytril everyday, had 2 different pain killer injections, had liquid injected under his skin, and anti inflammatory injection.
I think he has a blocked nose that when blown on helps some way.
They think it could be nurological but his head tilt goes away after he eats a little bit
 

Guinea-pigGaga

Teenage Guinea Pig
Joined
Jun 30, 2009
Messages
804
Reaction score
151
Points
400
Location
Middlesex
Has Eric received a diuretic?!

I imagine that your veterinarian has been treating Eric for a 'Lower Respiratory Infection (Pneumonia)' - A diuretic is this situation is very much beneficial, if not critical!

Do you know which anti-inflammatory/ painkiller Eric has received?!

'Liquid injected under his skin' - Do you mean the veterinarian treated Eric for dehydration/ administered fluids?!

Is Eric eating by himself?!

I apologise for all the questions, but we cannot advise unless we know the situation!
 

Galaxy&nibbles

Adult Guinea Pig
Joined
Dec 11, 2014
Messages
3,226
Reaction score
3,538
Points
1,225
Location
Crawley
I'm so sorry you are going through this, sadly I lost my fuzzums a week ago to what my vet thought was either a chest infection or pneumonia. He was also administrated fluids for being dehydrated. I really hope and pray for you he starts to get better soon. You are in my thoughts! Xx
 

Robbiewilson

Junior Guinea Pig
Joined
Jul 23, 2014
Messages
28
Reaction score
5
Points
95
He was treated for dehydration yes.
He's not been eating by himself.
I don't know what a diuretic is so I don't know if he has or not. I have the slip with his meds but he has now unfortunately taken a turn for the worst. It's 2am almost and he's sat on me his little heart beating and almost having spasms like he is either trying to bring something up or pass it down. Been like it for about 30 minutes
 

Guinea-pigGaga

Teenage Guinea Pig
Joined
Jun 30, 2009
Messages
804
Reaction score
151
Points
400
Location
Middlesex
I'm so sorry to hear that Eric has taken a turn for the worse.

Of course, my advice would be to take Eric to the emergency vets.

However, it sounds as though Eric's organs are failing - In which case, there is nothing more that you can do for him, other than to comfort him.

If you are able to take Eric to the emergency vets, please consider having Eric euthanised - Eric could be 'having spasms" (Gasping?!) for some time otherwise.
 

Robbiewilson

Junior Guinea Pig
Joined
Jul 23, 2014
Messages
28
Reaction score
5
Points
95
Thank you everyone for your kind words and advice.

Unfortunately Eric just passed away in my hands. We know that he is no longer in any pain

We were told it was 30/70 today so didn't expect much just a shame as he actually ate today.
 

Guinea-pigGaga

Teenage Guinea Pig
Joined
Jun 30, 2009
Messages
804
Reaction score
151
Points
400
Location
Middlesex
You have my deepest sympathy, and sincere condolences!

Please find comfort in the knowledge that there was nothing more that you could have done for Eric, and that Eric died at home, in familiar hands - I'm sure that Eric greatly appreciated your efforts, and I'm sure that Eric knew that he was very much loved!
 

Pebble

Banned
Joined
Oct 12, 2009
Messages
3,030
Reaction score
1,487
Points
880
Location
Sussex
I'm sorry to hear this.
Sadly piggies can go downhill rapidly and there is nothing we can do to stop it - Clearly it was Eric's time to go to the Bridge.
Run free little man
x
 

Freela

Senior Guinea Pig
Joined
Aug 15, 2010
Messages
5,531
Reaction score
4,381
Points
1,350
Location
Canada
I'm so sorry for your loss! They can go downhill quickly in spite of all our best efforts. Linney made those 'choking' motions in her last hours too. I feel for you, I know firsthand it isn't easy, as Linney passed under similar circumstances last month. ((HUGS)) to you. RIP, little Eric!
 

VickiA

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Nov 1, 2013
Messages
26,502
Reaction score
37,596
Points
2,465
Location
Cheshire, England
It's heartbreaking when they go downhill so fast. Bug hugs to you. Popcorn free little one.
 

Galaxy&nibbles

Adult Guinea Pig
Joined
Dec 11, 2014
Messages
3,226
Reaction score
3,538
Points
1,225
Location
Crawley
I'm so so sorry for your loss. At least he spent his last hours being comforted by someone who clearly loves him dearly. Rest in peace little man x you are in my thoughts
 
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top