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Please Help! Guinea pig starving

Honey-Claw

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I am the proud mama of seven piggies. We get our hay through chewy.com and order the 50 lb box of oxbow hay. Last order was horrible, hay was dried out, very stiff and hard, had no scent and the pets didn’t seem to like it. I had nothing else I could give them at that time and I thought all of them were eating it (until I could get the new box to come in!) but one of my piggies, Chestnut, has not been eating it, he hasn’t eaten his pellets either. I can’t afford to take him to the vet right now for personal reasons but I worry about him. I am giving him critical care Oxbow vet blend to help boost his system, I’m giving him a lot. I’ve been trying to give him the fresh new hay but he doesn’t seem to eat much. I can feel his ribs and spine and visibly see his skull. I feel so horrible that even in just two days he got like this. What can I do to help him survive? I don’t want him to die.
 

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I also forgot to add that he hasn’t pooped in over four hours last I checked. I’m feeding him now. These symptoms started over a day ago and he’s not dead yet so I hope there’s a chance he can get though this
 

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I'm sorry your piggie is unwell.an anorexic cavy needs to see a vet as an emergency.please ring around and see if a vet will arrange a payment plan,or maybe friends or family can help with funds,is there a vet/animal charity that can help.keep syringe feeding your piggie,and weight daily.I'm sorry I'm unable to help futher,but a vet is the best option.
 

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Your piggy needs a vet urgently. There is clearly something medically wrong with him for him to not be eating and being so skinny - only a vet is going to be able to diagnose and offer treatment. Syringe feeding him will keep his system going and replace the hay he isn’t eating for himself, but it won’t cure a medical problem.

You will need to switch from the lifelong weekly weighing to weighing him daily. This is the only way to know you are getting enough syringe feeding into him.

Can somebody lend you the money for a vet? I’m sorry you are having personal issues, but he really needs to be seen by a vet urgently

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I am so sorry for the poor little baby chestnut. I see you are having some personal issues but I would really suggest you take him to the vet. These kind of symptoms are severe and needs immediate attention. Sending prayers to your baby. Take care.
 

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I am so sorry for the poor little baby chestnut. I see you are having some personal issues but I would really suggest you take him to the vet. These kind of symptoms are severe and needs immediate attention. Sending prayers to your baby. Take care.
 

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I couldn’t take him to vet and my family couldn’t either for personal reasons. He was on critical care for a while, I was giving him a lot of doses, giving him veg and extra pellets with Alfa Alfa. He seemed to be getting better. He was gaining weight, pooping more, and seemed more energetic. He just passed away, and I couldn’t be more crushed then I am right now about it. He was on the Oxbow Brand. Is there any chance that oxbow is a bad brand and could’ve killed him?
 

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I couldn’t take him to vet and my family couldn’t either for personal reasons. He was on critical care for a while, I was giving him a lot of doses, giving him veg and extra pellets with Alfa Alfa. He seemed to be getting better. He was gaining weight, pooping more, and seemed more energetic. He just passed away, and I couldn’t be more crushed then I am right now about it. He was on the Oxbow Brand. Is there any chance that oxbow is a bad brand and could’ve killed him?
I’m sorry for your loss.
It absolutely isn’t the brand of recovery food you used - Oxbow is a good brand of recovery food and one of the most popular choices to use
Sadly it would have been the illness which he died from.
 
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