Eloise Medical Topic

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CuteGuineas

Post   » Sat Aug 03, 2019 10:09 pm


I think I am probably just being paranoid, but throwing the question out there anyway: Is coughing in a pig anything to be concerned about if it only happened a few times in one day and if she otherwise seems normal?

My little 1 year old pig was making a coughing noise not long after I fed them yesterday evening, and then later she that night she did it again. Just now as I was typing this, she did it twice again. Her eyes, nose, and mouth all look normal; and she appears to be breathing normally. She is also eating fine as usual.

My husband thinks we should take her to the vet to be checked just in case. So I got an appointment for her the day after tomorrow. Do you think it is possible that she might have a respiratory infection even though she seems ok otherwise? And what would have caused it? I have tried hard to keep their pen clean; I spot clean every day (usually 2-3 times per day lately). We also recently switched to fleece.

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Post   » Sat Aug 03, 2019 10:14 pm


My guess is that if it only happens after she eats, she's getting a little something stuck in her throat. If she were coughing because of a URI, it would happen throughout the day.

What exactly are you feeding her? And what size chunks do you cut her veggies in? (Hint: bigger is better.)

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CuteGuineas

Post   » Sat Aug 03, 2019 10:27 pm


Ok, that is somewhat reassuring. I am not usually home during the day, though, because that is when I work, so she could be doing it while I am gone. But I am usually home in the evening, and that is when I have heard her do it (though just a few episodes as noted above).

What do I feed her: Oxbow Timothy hay and pellets and an assortment of veggies, including bell peppers, spring mix, red and green leaf lettuce, and cilantro (which is a new one for them, but they love it). I also fed them a few mint leaves the other day. I don’t chop the veggies into tiny pieces or anything. Also, most days they get an Oxbow Vitamin C tab and a urinary support tab.

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Lynx
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Post   » Sat Aug 03, 2019 10:32 pm


Is this your first topic about this guinea pig? If so, let us know what your guinea pig's name is and this can be her medical topic.

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CuteGuineas

Post   » Sat Aug 03, 2019 10:41 pm


Yes, this is the first medical topic. Her name is Eloise. :)

I should also mention that their new fleece liner has a blanket pocket that they love to hide underneath. Maybe she is spending too much time under there and possibly breathing in hair or pee/poop? I do clean under there at least daily as I said, and change out the whole liner for a fresh one about every three days, but maybe that’s not enough. Or she could be fine and just eating her food too fast, but it is a little concerning that she has done it a few times now.

bpatters
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Post   » Sat Aug 03, 2019 10:45 pm


Absolutely the pocket can be a problem. Somewhere on here there's a thread about a pig with an ongoing respiratory illness that only finally cleared up when the pockets were blocked.

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CuteGuineas

Post   » Sat Aug 03, 2019 10:51 pm


Oh boy. Thanks, that’s good to know. We will have to make the pocket inaccessible. Too bad, because it’s their favorite thing, but it’s not worth having them get sick.

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ItsaZoo
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Post   » Sat Aug 03, 2019 11:26 pm


Instead of the pocket you can drape some light fabric or fleece in the corner. I use little binder clips and clip 3 corners of a fleece square in the corner of her cage. The free corner hangs down so it’s like a little hidey or tunnel. There’s plenty of air flow and she feels like she’s hiding.

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CuteGuineas

Post   » Sat Aug 03, 2019 11:27 pm


I will try that, thanks! 🙂

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Sef
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Post   » Sun Aug 04, 2019 8:17 am


I will also add...I had a guinea pig in the past who sometimes choked on cilantro. I don't now what it was about it that caused him to have trouble chewing/swallowing it. None of the others have ever had an issue with it.

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CuteGuineas

Post   » Sun Aug 04, 2019 10:25 am


I am trying to decide if we should cancel the vet appointment tomorrow. My feeling is that we keep an eye on her but maybe hold off for now?

bpatters
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Post   » Sun Aug 04, 2019 10:38 am


I'd watch for a day or so and see how she's doing, but if your gut feeling tells you there's something wrong, then you should keep the appointment.

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Lynx
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Post   » Sun Aug 04, 2019 2:14 pm


I changed the title of your topic so you can add more about her health.

Big ditto on the issue with the pockets. The poster in question had a guinea pig with serious respiratory issues that would not resolve. The pockets were the source of the problem.

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Sef
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Post   » Sun Aug 04, 2019 4:40 pm


In case you haven't already read:
http://www.guinealynx.info/uri.html

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CuteGuineas

Post   » Mon Aug 05, 2019 6:05 pm


Update: I made the pocket inaccessible to the pigs and clipped an old hand-towel to a corner as a poster above suggested. (They also have a two-entrance wooden hidey in the pen right now as well.) I did read the link above about URIs - thanks! Happily, she has none of those symptoms except coughing (very occasionally). I am not always right nearby when it happens, so I am not certain whether she coughs when when she is eating. I will hear her cough, then will come around the corner so that I can watch her, but then she doesn't do it again, so I don't know the reason why she does it.

She seems otherwise quite healthy with a good appetite as always, so we have canceled the vet appointment for now but are keeping an eye out for any changes and to see whether the cough continues.

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Sef
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Post   » Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:33 pm


Sounds like a reasonable plan.

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:04 pm


It could be she is just eating too fast. If I remember right, one of my guinea pigs ate green peppers too fast.

Keeping them out of the bedding pockets is still a good idea!

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CuteGuineas

Post   » Thu Nov 21, 2019 1:13 am


I am worried about a stain I found on the pigs’ fleece today; it almost looks like dried blood. (I have two pigs, Sugar and Eloise, and I don’t know which one the stain would be coming from.) Both seem to be acting normal as far as I can tell. I didn’t see any signs of blood on their fur, though it’s hard to get a good look at their little bums.

I would like to post a picture of it but do not see a way to attach a photo from my phone

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CuteGuineas

Post   » Thu Nov 21, 2019 1:46 am


Well, now the stain seems to have disappeared. If I hadn't taken a picture of it, I would think I was crazy. I am going to bed now.

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CuteGuineas

Post   » Tue Feb 18, 2020 7:52 pm


Help! 😢 My little pig Eloise has some sort of a respiratory infection and is eating almost nothing, and I am worried she is not going to make it.

It all happened very fast. My husband (who works nights/evenings and is home during the day) texted me yesterday afternoon to say that Eloise was acting lethargic and staying in her hidey box and didn't come out for veggies -- which is totally unlike her; she usually starts wheeking and comes running as soon as she hears the fridge door open. (She had appeared fine was eating early that morning.)

He took her to the vet that same afternoon. The vet said her breathing sounded gruffy and prescribed an antibiotic (orbifloxacin) to be given every 12 hours. She has now had the antibiotic 3x and I am still not seeing any improvement. She stays in her box; you can see her sides moving when she breathes; and she barely eats. I put hay right up next to the box so she could eat it without moving, but she has hardly touched it. I saw her eating a couple of strands earlier this evening, but that's it. Yesterday, she ate a tiny bit of kale when I put it next to her, but today she won't eat any of the veggies that I put next to her. Her water bottle is close by, but I have not seen her drink.

We got some Critical Care from the vet to feed her, but it is a total failure. We have both tried to feed her with a syringe (and also tried first just in a dish to see if she would sample it on her own, which she didn't) but she squirms and pulls her head away, or hides her head, etc., etc., and almost nothing got in her, and it probably stresses her out. Yes, I know there is a link here on how to feed a pig with a syringe, and we have read and tried but are not succeeding.

Anything else we can do besides keep trying? It's so maddeningly frustrating that we can't get her to eat, and she was seemingly so healthy just a couple of days ago.

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