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Worried Owner, Possible Dying Guinea Pig

Piggylover23

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This morning we discovered maggots in my guinea pigs anus and by the afternoon took him to the vet after realising what it was. The vet said we had cleaned well and there were no further signs of an infestation and have him 3 injections of painkillers and antibiotics I believe. Since coming home he had been rather drowsy but seems to be wheezing/ snoring slightly too. I really don't know what going on and I'm so worried and upset. Please help!
 
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It sounds like flystrike. If he is not acting normal then you'll need to go back to the vet so they can take further action.

How is he now? @Piggylover23
 

Piggiepawz

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If your that worried go back to the vet. Sadly I don't know what's going on.
 

Amy Barton

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It is really important you give him probiotics a few hours after having antibiotics as they upset the natural level of bacteria in the stomach. you can probably buy these from the vet or pets at home I believe but as gross as it sounds you can actually just a fresh poo from a healthy piggy disolved in a bit of water given to him through a syringe or a bit of lettuce. It's possible that the stress from the vet visit has caused him to show symptoms of an underlying illness or it could just be a reaction to some of the medication. I would definitely recommend you take him back to the vet asap and have them check his breathing to make sure the wheezing is not something more serious like a URI. It does sound like your piggy has flystrike though. To prevent this from happening in the future you can buy a flystrike spray from pets at home that kills the eggs/flys aswell as lice. However now that he has it he will need proper treatmeant from the vet. You vet should give you a course of antibiotics to prevent infection. Also make sure he is eating and drinking as a guinea pig that isn't needs to be syringe fed. You should get some critical care from your vet as it is a possibility he may stop eating at any point if he's feeling ill in which case you would need to be prepared to syringe feed every few hours until he was eating again. Good luck I hope he is feeling better soon!
 

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That does sound like fly strike. I would get him back to the vet as soon as you can. It is possible that he has developed a URI or that one was already brewing as I have been told that the flies are attracted to pigs with a health issue, even one that is not yet visible to us.
 

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Please start syringe feeding and watering; your piggy needs to your support now as it is in great discomfort.

With fly strike, it is always touch and go whether a piggy will make it, depending on far the maggots have developed and done damage to the body. If the suffering is too great, please consider euthanasia.
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