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Rolo is still ill :-(

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So he is on his 3rd course of antibiotics. He had two courses of baytril and now on septrin as baytril didn't seem to work. I only have 2 doses left now of septrin and his nose is snottier than ever! 20180920_160114.jpg
So confused as to why the antibiotics aren't working? Do you think it could just be allergies instead? I have switched to fleece bedding but that hasn't helped...
 

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No he hasn't. I'm thinking of taking him back to vets at the beginning of next week so will ask them about that then. Already tried 2 types now :( x
 

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It would be a good idea to mention it. A culture will reveal which antibiotic is best to treat his particular infection. It may be that it comes back negative which means you start looking at allergies
 

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I had the same with my late piggie Zebedee, he had repeat courses of Baytril and Septrin over a period of 3 months, but didn't get better. In the end we were seeing a different vet, an exotic specialist, about our other pig, and she suggested Zithromax. It's not licensed for guinea pigs but is generally safe for them, if your vet agrees to prescribe it they may ask you to sign a disclaimer form.
Zebedee probably had scarred lungs due to poor treatment before I adopted him, and he ended up having at least 6 URIs over the course of 2+ years, which were all treated with 10-14 days of Zithromax. For him, unlike Baytril it also didn't suppress his appetite.
 

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I had the same with my late piggie Zebedee, he had repeat courses of Baytril and Septrin over a period of 3 months, but didn't get better. In the end we were seeing a different vet, an exotic specialist, about our other pig, and she suggested Zithromax. It's not licensed for guinea pigs but is generally safe for them, if your vet agrees to prescribe it they may ask you to sign a disclaimer form.
Zebedee probably had scarred lungs due to poor treatment before I adopted him, and he ended up having at least 6 URIs over the course of 2+ years, which were all treated with 10-14 days of Zithromax. For him, unlike Baytril it also didn't suppress his appetite.
Ooo thank you! I'll ask my vet about it.
I'm just now realising that I had put fresh hay out this morning and then when I came back later his nose was snotty so wondering if it is just dust allergies.
Willing to try any thing now though. Just want my baby to be healthy :(
 

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So he is on his 3rd course of antibiotics. He had two courses of baytril and now on septrin as baytril didn't seem to work. I only have 2 doses left now of septrin and his nose is snottier than ever! View attachment 95449
So confused as to why the antibiotics aren't working? Do you think it could just be allergies instead? I have switched to fleece bedding but that hasn't helped...
Hi! Please talk to your vet re culturing the snot and testing for suitable guinea pig safe antibiotics. Guinea pigs can get rhinitis, which is often just one-sided.
Speak to them about allergies. Have you checked for hay and house dust, pollen; air conditioning and radiators; air fresheners, scent stick, perfumed human care products etc.

Try and see whether a bowl of steaming water next to the cage is helping to ease he breathing. It is not a cure, though.
 

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Hi! Please talk to your vet re culturing the snot and testing for suitable guinea pig safe antibiotics. Guinea pigs can get rhinitis, which is often just one-sided.
Speak to them about allergies. Have you checked for hay and house dust, pollen; air conditioning and radiators; air fresheners, scent stick, perfumed human care products etc.

Try and see whether a bowl of steaming water next to the cage is helping to ease he breathing. It is not a cure, though.
Thank you for all the advice! Will be getting in contact with my vet asap.
I like to think my house isn't dusty as I clean lots but it probably is:hmm: perfume etc could be a problem as they are in the room next to mine and I always have all the doors open. I often open the window in their room during the day. Is that bad?
Thanks :)
 

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Thank you for all the advice! Will be getting in contact with my vet asap.
I like to think my house isn't dusty as I clean lots but it probably is:hmm: perfume etc could be a problem as they are in the room next to mine and I always have all the doors open. I often open the window in their room during the day. Is that bad?
Thanks :)
It doesn't sound bad. Have you checked the hay angle? Hay dust and pollen allergy are the biggest triggers. Dust extracted hay is not necessarily dust extracted hay; there are big differences between brands. Other members may be able to help you if you open a thread in the food section. I am no expert in this area as I get my hay locally and have never had a hay related problem with my piggies apart from the very odd sneeze since they have been on it for over 5 years now.
 

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It doesn't sound bad. Have you checked the hay angle? Hay dust and pollen allergy are the biggest triggers. Dust extracted hay is not necessarily dust extracted hay; there are big differences between brands. Other members may be able to help you if you open a thread in the food section. I am no expert in this area as I get my hay locally and have never had a hay related problem with my piggies apart from the very odd sneeze since they have been on it for over 5 years now.
Okay thank you I will do that now!
 
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