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Angeladeedah

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Can anyone recommend the best probiotic to use on my boar?

He has had constant diarrohea ever since he was neutered in September. I've tried giving him diocalm/buscopan and it helps it a little but then it comes back again. I hadn't taken him to the vet as I thought it would sort itself but it clearly isn't - and to be honest, I'm not 100% convinced the vet knows much about guinea pigs. Toby has totally been himself too, full of energy and eatting loads. He also has gained weight so I'm not concerned too much about that health side, it's such stopping the runs.

My next try was going to be probiotics and if that failed, then I would need to hunt down a specialist in guinea pigs. If anyone knows a good one in the Edinburgh/Lothian area please let me know.

Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Hi I use Fibreplex which you can buy from Vet UK.
Is it just soft poos or runny diarrhea? Make sure he's getting plenty of water so he doesn't get dehidrated. If it's runny stuff then I think that's a trip to the vets as it can be serious.
I hope he gets better soon. The fibreplex should start working in a couple of days.
 

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i have only used avipro plus and my boy yummed it up when he wasnt eating, he loved it
 

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Hi I use Fibreplex which you can buy from Vet UK.
Is it just soft poos or runny diarrhea? Make sure he's getting plenty of water so he doesn't get dehidrated. If it's runny stuff then I think that's a trip to the vets as it can be serious.
I hope he gets better soon. The fibreplex should start working in a couple of days.
It goes between soft poos and diarrhea. Other than that there is absolutely nothing wrong with him, but then I know guinea pigs learn to hide illnesses. Certainly nothing wrong with his appetite that's for sure.

His water bottle is constantly full of water so he always has access to water to rehydrate.
 

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There's a Mr Lawrie who has a vet practice in the Falkirk area - maybe not too far for you ? - I've not used him myself but have heard good things about him for both guinea pigs and tortoises - he could be worth a try.
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There's a Mr Lawrie who has a vet practice in the Falkirk area - maybe not too far for you ? - I've not used him myself but have heard good things about him for both guinea pigs and tortoises - he could be worth a try.
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I took my boys there last week for a routine check up. I don't know who it was I saw, he was irish and young. I am not sure how cavy savvy he was. He seemed ok but then I wasn't there because of any problem. I am from Edinburgh originally, it's about 45 mins from Falkirk.
 

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I use Vetark Pro-C from pets at home but the best thing i have given to a pig with diarrhoea/soft poops is poop soup.

It sounds disgusting but it is one of the best things to restore the gut flora.

A little bit of background-
The pig who had diarrhoea (started after too many spring greens) was taken off all veggies, put on hay & probiotic for almost a week but her poops were still like thick gravy & not in any way formed & so i took her to the vets thinking there must be some sort of infection. Throughout this time she was as bright as a button.
My vet didn't want to give her chemicals not knowing what he was treating & because she was well in herself suggested i give her poop soup, along with the probiotic (still no veg) & after 3-4 days her poops were fully formed. I re-introduced veg with no problems but carried on with the poop soup for a further 2 days. Had her poops not returned to normal after a week i was to get a sample & this would've been sent to the lab for analysis.

Poop soup is made by crushing the pellets of a healthy guinea pig into a little water (to a soup like consistency), this is then syringed (approx 3ml) twice a day to the pig with diarrhoea. The pellets must come from a healthy pig & it doesn't matter wether it be boar or sow :)
 

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Poop soups are meant to be effective, make sure the poop is fresh from the healthy piggy
 

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I use Vetark Pro-C from pets at home but the best thing i have given to a pig with diarrhoea/soft poops is poop soup.

It sounds disgusting but it is one of the best things to restore the gut flora.

A little bit of background-
The pig who had diarrhoea (started after too many spring greens) was taken off all veggies, put on hay & probiotic for almost a week but her poops were still like thick gravy & not in any way formed & so i took her to the vets thinking there must be some sort of infection. Throughout this time she was as bright as a button.
My vet didn't want to give her chemicals not knowing what he was treating & because she was well in herself suggested i give her poop soup, along with the probiotic (still no veg) & after 3-4 days her poops were fully formed. I re-introduced veg with no problems but carried on with the poop soup for a further 2 days. Had her poops not returned to normal after a week i was to get a sample & this would've been sent to the lab for analysis.

Poop soup is made by crushing the pellets of a healthy guinea pig into a little water (to a soup like consistency), this is then syringed (approx 3ml) twice a day to the pig with diarrhoea. The pellets must come from a healthy pig & it doesn't matter wether it be boar or sow :)
Ewwwww - but hey, I'll give it a try. Thank you very much. :))

I have 2 healthy guinea pigs as well as the sick boy (and he's in his own cage) so it's not a problem to get healthy poos.

Like your piggy, he is totally well in himself, if he wasn't, I'd have rushed him into the vets ages ago - but he's his normal cheeky self but it's just his poos will not harden.

Thank you much for this, I will give it a go and hopefully it works for him.
 

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I also use the Vet-Ark Pro-C, you can give it to healthy pigs too as a supplement in their water, it's very good stuff. :)
 

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I've got him the Vet-Ark Pro C this morning so that is now in his water.

Tomorrow, if no improvement, then I'll be making the poo soup! :)
 

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Our boy chewed his toes off (long story) and was on septrin and met cam for weeks, when he was poorly he'd eat the other's poos. I asked the vet about it, he said it was nothing to worry about as although he'd lost weight his poos were healthy. I think he was effectively self prescribing poo soup! He's very intelligent! He's now very fit and healthy so hoorah for eating poos.
 

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Well, we are one poop soup down! Will let you know how I get on! Not a pleasant experience, but as long as it helps him that's all that matters.
 

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The poo soup definitely seems to be helping - he's only had one lot of it so far but there's already a difference in his poos. Who'd have thought it! Fingers crossed this is him getting better. :)
 

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The poo soup definitely seems to be helping - he's only had one lot of it so far but there's already a difference in his poos. Who'd have thought it! Fingers crossed this is him getting better. :)
I'm so glad it seems to be working, i hope he continues to improve. It worked like magic with my pig :)
 

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I'm so glad it seems to be working, i hope he continues to improve. It worked like magic with my pig :)
He's definitely improving - and that's only after 2 poop soups, as unfortunately, I've only been able to give him it once a day. Will keep it going though for another few days until he's 100% back to normal.

Thank you very much for letting me know about this Niki. :)
 

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He's definitely improving - and that's only after 2 poop soups, as unfortunately, I've only been able to give him it once a day. Will keep it going though for another few days until he's 100% back to normal.

Thank you very much for letting me know about this Niki. :)
You're welcome :)
 

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Glad it's doing its job Angela, you can't get any more natural than poop soup!

Catherine (hot fox ) - I had a piggie who chewed his toes off too. I have never come across someone else whose pig chewed his own toes. Charlie certainly put me through one hell of an ordeal, went on for three months, seems so long ago now (end of 2006 ) but I remember details so clearly. Maybe at some point I will put that experience down on the forum so it is on record and useful as a reference, you could add your pigs experiences too.
 
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Well the poop soup worked.......but the soft poos have returned this week and poop soup is no longer working, so it's off to the vets we go this week.

I've now tried removing vegetables, probiotics and poop soup - they help clear it up for a bit but then it returns so there's obviously a deeper problem, he maybe needs some anti-biotics. :(
 
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