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Soft Poops On Baytril

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nicoleonaroll

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Hi my guinea pig Castiel has been on Baytril (0.15ml twice daily) and Loxicom (0.25ml daily) since monday for a uti, he hasn't been eating much, only nibbling hay and very little interest in any veggies. Before the medicine he was in a lot of pain when you touched his stomach, peeing blood and completely stopped eating his pellets and loosing weight.
He didn't poop all yesterday until later at night and he was doing lots which was a relieve! but tonight I've noticed his poops are really soft and he's crying when pooing again.

I'm not sure what to do since its saturday night and i can't contact the vets until Monday morning. He was fine this morning after the baytril but I'm scared to give him his second dose tonight incase thats making him worse but I don't wont to not give him it incase it isn't.

Anyone have any ideas on what i should do?
 

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How much veg are you giving, ? That is often the cause of tummy probs !
Are you using a pro biotic ?
 

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I have been giving him a few different kinds of veg but he's not had more than a nibble of anything, a little bite of baby gem lettuce leaf tonight and a few bites of spinach this morning. I've been giving him pro-c probiotic about 2 hours after his baytril by mixing it in water then syringing him some but its a real stuggle to get any down him now even though the first night he couldn't get enough!
 

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Perhaps cut out veg and use a pro biotic like Fibraplex , that is so easy to administer .

When the Fibraplex is m t , You could then use the empty syringe for syringe feeding the food.
I find them much better than ordenary syringes
 

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I've removed all veggies from his cage. He's had his 0.25ml of loxicom/metacam today but do you think it would be possible to give him anymore to help with the pain he's in when pooping just now? and should I give him his night dosage of baytril?
 

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Personaly l wouldent , l think metacam can upset the tummy,
 

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I'm not sure, on the bottle it says "drug: 0.2 bottle loxicom 1.5mg/ml oral 10ml"
 

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0.25ml once a day is a very low dose and, due to the speed of a piggy's metabolism, the effects won't last them all day. I've got a piggy at the moment, who when around 650g was prescribed 0.2ml twice a day, so although your vet hasn't prescribed it for your piggy, Castiel should be fine to have a second dose if you feel he needs it. :)
 

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Thank you! He's lying in his bed just now and not done any poops for a little bit but if I hear him wheeking again whilst doing the toilet I'll give him another dose. Also gave him his 2nd dose of baytril so hope I'm not doing more damage! If he was to have a reaction do you think it would have happened before now as its his 6th day taking it and he's not had soft poos or moaned when passing them until today?
 

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Baytril is notoriously harsh on their little guts and has a reputation for upsetting their stomachs. If he is not eating much for himself, you will need to syringe feed him. You can make up a paste by adding boiling water to his normal nuggets, just slightly more water than to cover them. Leave them for five minutes and then mash them. Allow to cool and then syringe feed. A 1ml syringe works best, with the tip cut off.
 
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