4 year old female is squeaking when urinating

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:12 pm


Two entries for meloxicam:
Meloxicam 0.1-0.3 mg/kg PO, SC q24h is listed just for guinea pigs
Meloxicam = or less than 0.5 mg/kg PO, SC q24h for Chinchillas, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils

duskern

Post   » Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:39 am


Bookfan, Is there any way to find out from your vet how large a dose of diazepam should be used? I'm thinking that if it's not something that originally was made to give to guinea pigs, there might not be any standard information regarding this. I'm not sure though.

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:03 am


http://www.guinealynx.info/analgesics.html
BENZODIAZEPINES
**May be used for appetite stimulation, anti-anxiety, sedation, anti-seizure, muscle relaxation, etc. Not great pain control.

Diazepam (Valium)

0.5-3 mg/kg, IM, (1,3)

Bookfan
For the Love of Pigs

Post   » Sun Nov 18, 2018 2:32 pm


THe bottle says 2 MG/ML (strength of the solution?) to be given (dosage) .5ml 1-2 times per day. Grace weighs about 2.6 lb.

duskern

Post   » Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:03 am


So we finally implemented the plexi glass idea in the cage a couple of weeks ago. Had one made to fit the cage opening, drilled some holes and attached it with cobber wire. I'll rework it, using strips I think, as the wire is pointy, so you could cut yourself on it if your unlucky. See the picture below:

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I might also have to do a bit of sanding on the bottom edge of the glass, as it has a bit of a sharp edge. I'm worried that the girls might cut the bottom of their feet if they are standing up and resting their front paws on the edge of the glass, when begging for food. This sometimes happen when I bring them vegetables and open the cage door.

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We had Abigail to the vet yesterday to get a look at a small lump she had on the side. I had the vet do a follow up x-ray on her to check for stones, before committing to the experimental treatment discussed earlier, and there was nothing to see! I'm so happy as I was really worried that new stones had formed already. I'm also a bit perplexed regarding her squeaking. It still happens every now and then, sometimes I notice it once a day, sometimes like 3-5, other days there's nothing. She still seems happy, and like herself, eating and relaxed. It was the same years ago, if I remember correctly, when we first started to notice.

The vet removed the small lump, but it was such a small operation that she was pretty ok when she came home. Almost started to eat instantly. The most important thing is that she's ok :)

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:45 am


Sounds encouraging! I take it there was no sign of sludge and two xray views were taken?

duskern

Post   » Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:44 am


I'm not exactly sure how many x-rays they did, as my wife was in charge of dropping her off and picking her up afterwards. I will give them a call later today and ask them. Regarding the sludge, can the vet check for that? You mentioned two x-rays, should they be taken from different angles or something like that?

I took a picture of Abigails pee the other day as I heard her squeaking a bit and went to have a look. I have marked the pee with a red ring, but it's a bit hard to see at a quick glance.

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:04 am


Yes, two xrays are for two separate views to confirm stones/sludge. Sometimes a stone can hide or there can be an anomaly so two views are standard.

I can't tell much from your picture. To check for sludge, a medium or dark colored cotton cloth helps a lot. It is important to note that pee changes depending on what was recently eaten (or at least it seemed to - I used to see substantial piles of excreted calcium [not grit, powder] a while after eating romaine lettuce). So it could be relatively clear one time and could include lots of excreted calcium the next.

Sludge should also show up on an xray if present. I am guessing that for a guinea pig that had a problem with sludge, it would depend on how much there was and how efficient the guinea pig's body is at excreting it. Increasing fluids and vibration can help suspend sludge and encourage excretion.

So stones (more likely) and sludge are two conditions that could account for the squeaking. Could also be something else.

Check out Tracis' links to information about interstitial cystitis:
http://www.guinealynx.info/records/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=21

duskern

Post   » Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:03 am


Had a talk with the vet to clear some things up. They did take two x-rays to be sure, but none of them showed stones or sludge. They are not entirely sure what it is, but we haven't hear that much squeaking since the operation last Monday. Overall Abigail is doing really well, and is healing nicely. She seems really happy and is back to her old self again.

Regarding the plexi glass. Do you guys think that sanding the edges is necessary?

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Post   » Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:00 am


Regarding sanding the plexiglass, use your own judgement. If it is attached, you'd have to detach it. I have a file I use on almost everything (except metal) that very quickly rounds/breaks edges of wood pieces (and would work on this). So depending on if you're worried about it and what you have available to use, you can sand/file or not.

Glad to hear things are improving!

duskern

Post   » Mon Mar 25, 2019 7:16 am


So it has been a while since I last wrote here. Things are still ok with the girls. We have had a period with teeth problems with our girl Nellie. She wasn't eating as much as she used to and started to lose some weight. We suspect that it's because her teeth need to adjust after being broken and the fact that she is getting older (6.5 years). They are a bit too long at the moment, but she is doing fine.

We still hear some squeaking from Abigail some times, but she seems fine as well. I'm considering getting a control x-ray done at some point, but I'm not entirely sure if it's needed at the moment. What do you guys think?

pigwrangler

Post   » Mon Mar 25, 2019 10:55 pm


Get an xray to rule out bladder stones...just to be sure.

pigwrangler

Post   » Mon Mar 25, 2019 10:59 pm


Sorry...did not see that xrays were done.

duskern

Post   » Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:40 am


Not a problem. We did have some x-rays done not that long ago. I think it was the 10th of December. I'm trying to figure out if it would be a good idea to have x-rays done now, or if it's better to wait. Abigail have been squeaking on and off for several years, and have had a stone removed. I'm just trying to find out what's best for her.

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sef1268
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Post   » Thu Mar 28, 2019 12:23 am


It's up to you, but that's actually a fairly long time between x-rays if you're monitoring for stones, as they can form very quickly in some pigs. We had one male who, after his second surgery to remove a bladder stone, formed another large stone less than 30 days later. We were stunned.

duskern

Post   » Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:57 am


I was not aware of that. Like I wrote earlier, we did have an extra x-ray done some weeks after the operation. I try to monitor her as much as I can. How she's doing and eating, how often do we hear her squeaking. It varies, so it's not at all consistent, and that's one of the reasons that we haven't taken her to the vet yet for a second control x-ray yet. But as you wrote, it might be a good idea to get one done soon.

bpatters
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Post   » Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:25 am


Wasn't it Aldenm1 that had a pig that formed new stones less than week after stone surgery?

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