Showing posts with label health. Show all posts
Showing posts with label health. Show all posts

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Raani's eye, a follow up post on eye injuries...

As you know, I posted about eyes a little while ago. It feels like I jinxed it, because just as I posted that, I picked up Raani and her eye was white blueish... Looked like she had something in her eye that damaged it, but as far as I know the blue white color meant it was healing. Of course that meant we had to see our vet and I had to make this follow up post... Since (unfortunately) Raani had so obligingly agreed to demonstrate eye injuries for us ...

Raani eye damage at the vet 
 So, we went to the vet with Raani. I found out about it Wednesday, but it did not look like anything was left in her eye and the vet was really busy. So we had an early morning appointment on Thursday, because we had a wedding in the afternoon where Erwin was best man and I was the person who makes everything go well that day (sort of like a wedding planner). Turned out there was still a bit of hay in her eye (poor girl!)! Our vet tried to get it out, but (of course) it was painful so she tried to sedate the eye with an eye drop. That didn't work and Raani would try to jump up (even though Erwin was pinning her to the table), so the vet obviously did not want to put a pincer near her eye to get the culprit out. So the vet suggested she would give her a bit of gas narcosis to get the thing out safely. So Raani had to stay there. We also took Binky along so he could get used to a trip to the vet, so Binky stayed with her as well. Poor Cookie hates being alone but 3 piggies in a cat carrier seemed a bit much, even if it was for only half an hour. We were optimistic when we went to the vet... 
The vet was also really busy and had a cat that was not doing well at all who needed her attention, so we were getting a bit anxious, because we could not say to the bride and groom that we would be there later... our roles were pretty essential.
Luckily all went well and we could pick up Raani and Binky in time for the wedding. 
This was stuck on top of Raani's eye. It was about 7,5 millimeter or 3/4 of a centimetre long.

This is how her eye looked after just a few days of applying the eye salve pictured below. Looks good, huh? I am always amazed at how well piggy eyes heal!

On the package it says it is an antibiotic eye salve with added vitamin A. We had to put a drop of it on her eye 2 to 3 times a day for at least 5 days.

I am glad Raani's eye is looking good again, and hope she or any of my other piggies will not be so willing to demonstrate an injury or ailment again when we write about another in our piggy A-Z.
Mikey, slave to the guinygirlz Raani and Cookie and boar Binky.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Piggy A-Z: E for Eyes

 I don't know about other guinea pig owners, but we had multiple piggies injuring their eyes, by for example running into a pile of hay with their eyes wide open... emerging with a bit of hay sticking out of the eye

Our Roos was one of the best at getting eye injuries, especially on days when the vets are closed, like new year's day. In the picture below she had scraped the surface of her eye. The vet was a bit afraid it might not heal, but after a week (or two) her eye was completely back to normal.
The vet had not seen eye damages like this before so he took this picture:

Luckily, most of the times it is not too hard for piggy eyes to heal. What our vets have always done is apply this coloured fluid onto the eye. They would then flush the eye clean with a bit of water, the yellow colour that remains on the eye shows where the eye is damaged. As you can see in the pigture Roos pretty much scraped the whole surface of her eye...
Depending on how deep/severe the damage is an eye cream containing vitamin A and with or without antibiotic properties is given. We then needed to apply drops of the cream on the eye, and it seems really miraculous, but so far the eyes have always healed real quickly.

Have your piggies ever damaged their eyes? Do your vets treat it the same way?
Slave Mikey

Friday, December 9, 2016

Agent Barbie has Bladder Sludge

Hello everyone,

Well it is a little while since we have had to post a medical update but we have recently discovered that Agent Barbie is suffering from bladder sludge, here is what happened.

A couple of weeks ago Mummy noticed that Barbie was limping when he ran thinking he may have just hurt his leg she gave him some anti-inflammatories for a few days and the limp went away.

Last Thursday when Mummy cleaned us out she noticed that the bedding was covered with patches of blood, straight away she thought it was a problem with Barbie's wee and she was right, she held him on a clean towel until he peed and the pee was slightly red. Mummy phoned our good vet but she only works Monday - Wednesday so instead she made an appointment at the local vet the next day to get an x-ray. When she checked Barbie on Friday his back legs and his tummy were covered in bloody urine so she cleaned him up to make him more comfortable(this is the first time he had been like that)when she checked him again before the vet visit he had cleaned himself up and looked much better.

Barbie was very good at the vet and just sat there while she poked and prodded him and then agreed to an x-ray. The x-ray showed what the vet thought was a small stone and a line of white which she wasn't sure about, as the local vet is not a guinea pig specialist mummy got some more Metacam from them for Barbie and made an appointment with out specialist vet for Wednesday.

On Wednesday our good vet explained the x-ray to Mummy she said there was no sign of stones in the bladder or anywhere else in the urinary system, however he did have a large amount of sludge which looked to be lying on the bladder base, if Barbie had been a girl she would have suggested flushing it out with a catheter however he is a boy and so that wasn't an option as we have more complicated plumbing. She also tested his urine and it showed the highest level of blood as well as elevated protein levels so she suggested the following treatment program to see if Barbie can pass the sludge himself:

0.5ml Septrin antibiotic twice a day for 4 weeks
1ml Fibreplex probiotic 3 x a day for 4 weeks
0.3ml Metacam anti-inflammatory once a day for 4 weeks
Syringe additional fluids to encourage peeing

She also gave Mummy some urine testing dipsticks and a guide to what the colours mean so that mummy can test how treatment is progressing.

When he got home Barbie passed 2 gritty blood clots which was a good thing as it meant at least some of the sludge had been removed from his bladder, we are not sure what helped these clots to pass if it was the vet massaging his bladder of the vibration of the car on the journey.

Mummy decided to keep a chart of what is happening with Barbie so she can monitor his progress and so far he is doing well as you can see below:

7th Dec Weight 952g blood at highest level, protein high
8th Dec Weight 960g no blood, protein normal
9th Dec Weight 989g

Mummy is weighing everyday but only testing the urine every other day, so far there has been no more visible blood on the bedding and Barbie is his happy little self.

Barbie was especially pleased as the vet said he was "very pretty"

The vet also confirmed that there was no sign of joint problems on the x-ray and that the limping was probably due to discomfort with the bladder.

For those of you who are interested here are Barbie's x-rays, the line of white just to the left of the back leg bones is the bladder sludge.

If any of you have experiences with this problem or any treatment suggestions that have worked for you let us know.

We will of course keep you updated with his progress.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

abscesses v. sebaceous cysts

Hello everyone, Otto Piggyfriend here.

First of all a warning. Mieke has added a photo of her late piggy, Toby, to this post. Poor little piggy had a nasty abscess and you can see him after it had been lanced. It looks nasty but it might be useful to see how it looks.

You'll remember recently reading the post about Agent F1 aka Jim's sebaceous cyst. It was on August 3rd. Well, at the very same time I had one too. Mine was on my back and Slave might not have noticed it under all my long hair ( in this pigture I have had a haircut but I usually look like a mop ) but the cyst appeared right in the middle of my parting. Like Jim, I had it attended to by an expert - in my case our Rodentologist.

Slave didn't take any photos of this as she forgot to take her camera along but if you look back at Jim's post, you'll see what it looked like. Our Rodentologist shaved off my coat around the cyst, made an incision in it and then squeezed out all the nasty looking contents. He says that piggy skin is like leather! Our Slave can do this herself but what she cannot do is remove the gland underneath. Without this, there is a chance that the cyst will come back. She watched very carefully as he cleaned the area up and then picked out the gland with a pair of tweezers. I was busy watching the squirrels racing up and down the tree outside our Rodentologist's home so I missed it all and never squealed once. After he had removed the gland, he packed the hole where the cyst had been with Dermisol cream ( this is antiseptic ) and I was given lots of parsley to eat, after which we came home. Slave kept an eye on it but it healed up very quickly and now there is nothing to be seen.

These cysts can appear in different places. Our Petunia once had one underneath near her leg.

An abscess is a much more serious matter. This contains a lot of nasty pus, which is toxic, smells horrible and needs careful removal. Rather than just a small lump, which gets bigger slowly, an abscess can come up overnight and can be huge. They are often around the neck area and, because of their position can cause a piggy trouble when trying to eat. Our Rodentologist lances them when they are ready, being very careful of the contents and usually keeps the piggy patient in the hospital until they are better as, although the pus has been removed, more keeps being produced and it fills up again. Constant draining is needed. Some vets will remove the encapsulated abscess under anaesthetic but our Rodentologist does not want to subject a piggy to anaesthesia unless absolutely necessary as it is so dangerous for us. Sometimes a drain is inserted to keep the hole open so more pus can come out or else the abscess can be lanced again as often as is necessary. It can take a long time for an abscess to clear up completely and sometimes there can be a second one behind the first and maybe a third in a chain.

We may need a lot of syringe feeding during this time until we can eat by ourselves again.

Sometimes piggies can get tooth root abscesses and these are very dangerous and hard to treat.

Toby (one of Mieke's late piggies) had an abscess in his cheek,
it might have been in this tooth root, it was very close at least.

Our Rodentologist does not give antibiotics as an abscess is separate from the rest of the body. The word comes from the Latin meaning that it is walled off.

If any of our readers have had experiences regarding cysts or abscesses, they might like to post about it. It is useful to share information and various treatments.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Agent F1 and his Sebaceous Cyst

A few months ago Mummy and Daddy noticed a lump on Agent F1's hip it was small and roundish and felt just like my Sebaceous Cyst so like my cyst they decided to leave it alone.

While my cyst has stayed the same size for years Agent F1's decided to grow and keep growing until he had a big large lump.

While the humans were confident it was a large cyst they decided to take F1 to the vets just to make sure.

The vet shaved F1's hair and then put a needle into the lump suddenly all this horrible thick white stuff started oozing out, the vet got as much as they could out and sent F1 home again.

Over the next few days Daddy kept emptying the cyst and flushing it out with water F1 was very good and put up with all of this without biting anyone we were amazed.

After a few days Daddy managed to get all the yucky stuff out F1's skin returned to its normal flat self and his hair began to regrow.

It has now been a few weeks and while his hair has not fully grown back his skin has healed and he is looking a lot better.

Below I have included photos of my cyst (the black one) and F1's before and after picture.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Heaviest Pig Revealed

Here is the order lightest first;

1)Ghost (grey 1256g)
2)Agent F1 (Red Head 1279g)
3)Iron Hamster (blonde 1290g)

So did you guess it right?

Some more pigtures to enjoy

A quick reminder about why regular weighing is important (as well as fun)

Weight loss can often be the first sign that a piggy is ill so knowing what is normal for you is important for your human, remember humans don't just weigh, weigh and record so you can monitor your pigs.

Ever since I (Ghost) had bloat my weight has been all over the place sometimes I can lose weight for 2 or 3 weeks before putting it all back on again the next week

Iron Hamster is pretty stable he normally varies by a maximum of 10g up or down a week

Agent F1 is still growing (although we hope he will stop soon) and so his weight is still up a little bit each week

Everypig is different so learn what is normal for each piggy

Saturday, February 9, 2013

How to feed baby guinea pigs

In our last friday video you could see baby guinea pigs being fed. We've copied the comment from the Piggyfriends' caretaker (who is very wise and knowledgeable) because it deserves a wider audience. 

"I've hand reared guinea babes, born to mothers who came here pregnant and in such poor condition that they did not have milk for their little ones. Baby guineas cannot co-ordinate suckling and breathing so using a syringe is potentially fatal as they can inhale the milk into their lungs. An eye dropper gives you a little more control but as babes are capable of picking up food from day one, I have soaked some wholemeal bread with their milk and they have taken it from a flat dish. I used evaporated milk diluted 1 part to 3 with water.

You can also use a tiny spoon, angled towards the piggies' mouth, being prepared to move it up if too much is near the mouth. This is OK for one piggy, maybe a runt, but for a litter, I like the bread and milk approach as they can all get stuck in together. Mum can join in too to help with bonding process."

Guinea Pig and her newborn babies

We also tracked down more information:
- Guinea Lynx: the medical reference site for guinea pigs. Note that they don't recommend milk for baby pigs.
- Peter Gurney (guinea pig lover extraordinaire) provides excellent advise in his online book 'the A to Z of Guinea Pigs' under the R from Runts. He also adresses the milk controversy.

As always, we are not vets and if you are worried please consult with a cavy-savy vet.

P.s. Thank you Penny ;-)

Tuesday, July 10, 2012