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Specialist Strange? Long term problem?

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It’s the strangest thing, he eats loads in the evening but goes back to not eating much throughout the day?
 

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Update: Odin is eating! 😁😁😁 I still have the syringe feed on stand by, but this evening he’s eaten so much. He’s now eating his hay again, and fibre nuggets and veggies :)

I have also paid for a phone consultation with a specialist tomorrow just for a second opinion and some peace of mind that I’m on the right track with him
That is great news! I sincerely hope that you have turned a corner with him now!

Please don't use home DIY treatments on spec like oral gel; they can do more harm than good.
 

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I’m waiting for a call from a specialist today. As he’s definitely dropping food from his mouth when eating. He’s desperate to eat but can’t chew properly. My current vet is adamant there’s nothing wrong with his mouth. So I’m waiting for a second opinion
 

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I’m waiting for a call from a specialist today. As he’s definitely dropping food from his mouth when eating. He’s desperate to eat but can’t chew properly. My current vet is adamant there’s nothing wrong with his mouth. So I’m waiting for a second opinion
Fingers crossed!
 

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Fingers crossed!
He has been back to the vet tonight. They did a thorough dental check, but can’t see anything. He would have to be sedated to go any further but he’s not well enough for that at the moment. The vet said the fact he is being funny with syringe feed means it’s most likely not his teeth (as he doesn’t have to chew that). The vet palpated his bladder and said there’s huge improvement and it was empty so he must be comfortable passing urine now.

it’s so awful to see him go up and down. Last night he was eating away at everything, and happily took another syringe feed. Today, back to square 1 and he’s not wanting to eat again. Having to force him to have the syringe food 😢😢😢 I don’t understand how he can be so much better yesterday then back to this today? He’s continuing to lose weight. I wonder if there’s any particular foods can tempt a guinea pig?

the vet said to just keep syringe feeding and just keep leaving him lots of veggies and lots of hay. He has another appointment after the weekend
 

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Just seen this thread poor little Odin's having a rough time ☹. I'm afraid I don't know whether the medicine could affect his appetite though. I hope you get to the bottom of this and Odin perks up soon 💕
 

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Maybe the drugs he is on, like the cerenia could affect his appetite?
Drugs can affect the appetite. Please be aware that any decent vet will always weigh up the potential benefits against any side effects when prescribing, especially when they use unlicensed medication (as the licensed ones are very, very limited).
If the loss of appetite is caused by the medication then the appetite should return to the degree that the effect is wearing off after the end of a course and the gut microbiome recovers. But of course it can also have other causes. Since guinea pigs can't tell us, all we can do is guess.
Hang on in there!
 

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He gets a 9ml dose of cerenia in one go AM. And he’s on 10ml a day of metacam (5ml AM and PM), plus 0.08ml cisapride. I worry that the cerenia dose is huge
 

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He’s eaten a lot more today. Not as much as he needs to but more than normal. He’s a lot brighter in himself and his coat has gone really shiny again.
But he’s still losing weight and showing discomfort. So I’m going to keep syringe feeding the critical care too until we see the vet again on Tuesday.
He’s very interested in food now and nibbling everything, just not eating enough.
 

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:(. I don’t understand how he can really pick up one day and be fine and eating, then go back to not eating for a day, and then eat the next day? Today we are back to not eating and not himself even though he was fine again yesterday. Anyone any ideas? :(
 

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Sending you support. It really is strange, I hope someone comes along soon with some ideas for you.
 

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We are eating much much more today. Much more active and eating as much as the other piggies. But now I’m worried we have bumble foot (small, red sore on his foot) as a result of sitting in urine when he was in hospital. So back to vet tomorrow
 

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Nice to hear he's eating more 👍
Fingers crossed it's not bumblefoot poor Odin doesn't need more illnesses! Let us know how it goes tomorrow
 

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Nice to hear he's eating more 👍
Fingers crossed it's not bumblefoot poor Odin doesn't need more illnesses! Let us know how it goes tomorrow
Thank you so much. I’m hoping he’s just scalded it when sitting in urine in hospital. I spoke to the vet today and I’ve been soaking his feet in Epsom salt every couple of hours, wiping with antibacterial wipes, adding antibacterial powder and sudocrem afterwards as she advised. I’m also changing his mats and fleece more often that ever so that it’s always dry.
he’s so happy tonight though, and eating everything :)
Thanks so much for your comment!
 

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We have been back to the vet this afternoon as Odin has stopped eating again :( Finally a vet who agrees with me that something dental is going on (with his funny chewing and excess saliva production). I’ve been saying this for weeks. He has to go under sedation tomorrow so they can get right inside his mouth as there is nothing obvious when he just looks inside. I’m so worried about him going under again while he’s still so weak 😔😔 but the vet said even though he’s weak it’s a small risk, and that we have to do something or he will keep deteriorating,


He checked his foot, he said it’s not bumble foot, just pressure sore from when he was ill. He said the sore isn’t deep and I’ve managed it well and because it’s scabbed over not to worry. He said because it has scabbed just keep washing it and add Vaseline and it should be fine

he said to bring him in with his brother for moral support tomorrow and because you shouldn’t separate two males for too long. This vet seems more experienced and more guinea pig savvy

I’m just so worried about him and worried for tomorrow 😔
 
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