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Potential bloat

Pat93

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Hi! I’m new to this forum and I thought I’d join and ask a question as I’ve been trying to get an answer everywhere!

I’ve got 2 guinea pigs they’re both roughly 4 years old. They’re indoor guinea pigs but about 3 weeks ago I’ve let them outside and I believe they’ve eaten too much grass because when I took them home they both had very big bellies. At first I thought they’ve over eaten and didn’t think much about it, but after a week of nothing happening I called the VET. They booked me an appointment for the following Saturday which was a week later. When I went to the appointment I was told they don’t specialise in Guinea pigs and I shouldn’t have been booked an appointment. I’ve called several different vets but all I get is as long as their bellies are soft they’re eating fine drinking fine and pooping just observe.

Now at first I thought it was a bloat with their bellies getting so big. However their bellies are very soft and squishy they’ve expanded on both sides it’s like they have little balls attaches to their sides. They don’t seem to be in pain they let me touch them and squeeze them and massage them and they’re not bothered. They’re only eating hay and some nuggets at the moment. I’ve been giving them gripe water since Monday and yesterday evening I’ve started giving them simeticone as well, but nothing seems to work.
Does anyone have any idea what this could be? Because I am worried sick about them, vets won’t really see them because they’re not emergency and they don’t specialise in Guinea pigs (the only thing a vet prescribed me was emeprid but that is also finished). They’re eating, drinking and pooping normal and have been for the past 3 weeks. I don’t really know what to do or even if I should be doing anything at all. Does anyone have any clue what this could be?
Thank you in advance for response and sorry for the long message 😊
 

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Hello - I’m not an expert but bloat you would know about - bellies are hard / piggies in pain and not eating etc and digestion stops and it is life threatening so you’d see the signs and symptoms - soft bellies / weeing and pooing is a good sign - are you weighing them regularly ? I would check the vet locator on this forum as it would tell you if there is one local to you. Someone with lots of experience will offer you advice soon - take care
 

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Hi and welcome

Unfortunately without any before and after pictures I cannot comment. I guess that only an x-ray may be able to give you the answer but as the bellies are soft and their appetite is not impacted, there is nothing serious to worry about in terms of bloat.

How much and what are you feeding in terms of veg and especially pellets? Have you taken your sows off any fresh food for a few days to see whether the gut microbiome would rebalance?
Are you weighing once weekly to have a comparison in terms of weight gain/no weight gain during that period? Have your vets checked for the presence of potential ovarian cysts? It may be that a mild bloat after their lawn trip has just alerted you to a developing underlying issue (ovarian cysts)?

Here is our recommended vets locator: Vet Locator

More information:
Digestive Disorders: Diarrhea - Bloat - GI Stasis (No Gut Movement) And Not Eating
Long Term Balanced General And Special Needs Guinea Pig Diets
Sows: Behaviour and female health problems (including ovarian cysts)
 

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I’ve stopped giving veg for few days but nothing changed so just been giving them little bit of pepper everyday as a treat. They are getting Timothy hay and Burgees dry pellets.

I am weighing them and the weight seems to be the same they’re not losing anything if anything one of them actually got fatter.

I didn’t really think it could be something as serious as they both got it at the same time so naturally just presumed it was bloat. The nearest vet from the list is about an hour away and because I don’t drive it’s very hard for me to get to a recommended vet.
Might try ring my vet tomorrow again and push for an ex ray. Thank you for all your responses
 

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Have a look at the vet locator and see which is near you. Hope you get answers soon.
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