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Sunken sides on sow with history of bladder stones

Gigi and Quinn

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Mavis hasn’t been herself the last two days and has lost around 50g in weight. My neighbours are doing very noisy building work so I moved the pigs to the room furthest from the noise but she’s still not quite normal so I’m syringe feeding and she’s had some pain relief. When I was feeding her I noticed her sides - where cysts can occur in front of her hind legs - are strangely flat, I’ve never seen anything like it, vet doesn’t know what it is. The last time she had bladder stones her sides went in a little but not like this. I don‘t believe it’s malnutrition as her weight is normal, a little down from reduced appetite the past couple days, but her spine isn’t jutting or anything like that. Besides the weird sides she is able to eat normally, is drinking and weeing/pooing as normal and they look good. I’m shocked and confused but I do think she is uncomfortable.

Anyone able to identify what‘s going on?
 

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Mavis‘s urine is clear and no straining or pain noises/signs. Can only really see tucked sides when I gently stroked the area. Her two cage mates are not effected. She eats hay but spends more time fussing over it than normal and gets fluffed up when resting which equals pain to me. Got the heating on and other pigs aren’t fluffed so don’t believe its the change in weather.
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Hi!

I am very sorry, but we can only speculate as wildly as you are. :(

As long as the weight is comparatively stable and she is OK in herself, then I would not worry. If the slow weight loss is continuing, then there is obviously some going on. Right now, all you can do is hang in there and monitor.
 

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Hi!

I am very sorry, but we can only speculate as wildly as you are. :(

As long as the weight is comparatively stable and she is OK in herself, then I would not worry. If the slow weight loss is continuing, then there is obviously some going on. Right now, all you can do is hang in there and monitor.
Thank you, I will. It is so strange.
 

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Mavis has be stable the past few weeks, but still not her normal shape and has lost some weight in the last week (30g). I noticed some urine on her hair around her bottom, so I think it’s possible a bladder stone could be in her tract but not stopping her from urinating. I’ve booked her in with the vet and I’ll probably ask for a scan which is always scary with the risk of anaesthetic but we need to know what’s going on.

Thought I’d update this post in case anyone comes across it with a similar issue or if anyone has any thoughts or ideas as to what the cause could be.
 

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Mavis has be stable the past few weeks, but still not her normal shape and has lost some weight in the last week (30g). I noticed some urine on her hair around her bottom, so I think it’s possible a bladder stone could be in her tract but not stopping her from urinating. I’ve booked her in with the vet and I’ll probably ask for a scan which is always scary with the risk of anaesthetic but we need to know what’s going on.

Thought I’d update this post in case anyone comes across it with a similar issue or if anyone has any thoughts or ideas as to what the cause could be.
All the best!

PS: 30g is just about the difference between a full and an empty stomach, so not very worrying but it is worth having her checked, especially if it is a gradual downhill trend. Because the weight of a guinea pig does swing around 30-40g over the course of a day, we are talking about weight loss only after 50g.
 

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All the best!

PS: 30g is just about the difference between a full and an empty stomach, so not very worrying but it is worth having her checked, especially if it is a gradual downhill trend. Because the weight of a guinea pig does swing around 30-40g over the course of a day, we are talking about weight loss only after 50g.
Thanks. Her weight drops a little every so often but doesn’t increase, as you noticed, nothing dramatic but suspicious. That and her history of bladder stones makes me worry!
 
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