The blood is bright red. Posey has lost a small amount of weight but not a worrying amount (~20-30g). She has been engaging in unusual behavior- it started after Hazel's passing so I assumed that it was grief, or a strange way to cope with the shift in the cage hierarchy, but with this new information perhaps it is a sign of pain. She's been sucking on tufts of hair on the other guinea pigs. It doesn't appear to be full on barbering, I don't think she's biting any hair off, but I'm not sure if I would describe it as grooming either. The other pigs just walk around with little cowlicks (piglicks?) all over their rumps and don't appeared bothered by it. Apart from this she appears normal. I don't notice her hunched and poofing, she appears to be eating and drinking as normal.
Fortunately, the vet is open tomorrow morning so hopefully they'll be able to have a look at her. UNfortunately... I am leaving town the day after for over a week. I sent the vet a panicked email already (found blood in the cage last night) and chatted with them today, so they are aware of the situation (only update is that now I know it's Posey). I've got someone coming over to feed/check on my pigs once a day while I'm gone, but I may ask them to take Posey home with them in the quarantine cage so they can keep an eye on her depending on how tomorrow's visit goes. I am hopeful that these will pan out- my biggest concern is that this is Hazel's horrible illness now manifesting in Posey, and the whole herd has it, and they're all going to die one by one while I'm gone. Anyway, I'm going to give the vet a call in the morning to see what they say- just wanted to start Posey's medical thread to at least keep track of my notes in the meantime.
- Supporter in 2019
I'm so sorry that you lost Hazel. Do let us know what the vet has to say.