Facing Wall

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winniepig

Post   » Tue Sep 03, 2019 9:56 pm


I've noticed my 2 year old boar has started sleeping/ hanging out facing the wall rather than facing outwards. He has not had any significant weight changes, is eating regularly, still socializes with his brother, and seems entirely normal otherwise. Since their 2nd birthday in August, they have both stated allowing me to pet them more frequently (and purring when I do!), but other than that there have been no noticable behavior changes.

Not sure if facing into his corner it's enough to warrant a vet visit, or if maybe I should just keep an eye on him?


They live in a 3×5 cage with towels/fleece for bedding and eat dandelion greens as their main vegetable.

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Lynx
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Post   » Tue Sep 03, 2019 10:00 pm


If that is the only change and he is normal otherwise, I would just keep an eye on him.

Weighing daily any time you worry that something might be going on, is a good move for right now.

Erinspigs

Post   » Wed Sep 04, 2019 1:13 am


He's not just eating vegetables is he? I imagine he gets plenty of hay, right? If he's just eating vegetables he could have some gas/bloat type tummy pain.

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Sef
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Post   » Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:29 am


Facing the wall is often a sign of pain. If memory serves, dandelion greens are fairly high in calcium (I'd need to double-check). Are you noticing any signs of sludge on the fleece? When he poops/pees, is he vocalizing or hunching? How do his poops look? I assume no signs of blood in his urine? And as Erinspigs asked, any sign of stomach distention or does he look "fluffed up" at times?

Do read:
http://www.guinealynx.info/diet.html

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pigjes
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Post   » Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:50 am


Dandelions have 10% calcium indeed, which is high.

winniepig

Post   » Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:02 am


Yes he is getting hay and pellets as well.
No puffing up, shaking, or any signs of pain while urinating. Feces are normal in shape, size, and frequency. No sludge on bedding.

I had similar concerns about the calcium, but have had two separate exotic pet vets (both who own guinea pigs themselves) tell me dandelions are the best food for my pigs.

Thanks everyone for the input! He doesnt seem to be facing the wall so much if at all anymore. I am starting to think some of the girls' poops had been kicked into that corner from their cage and he was just sniffing them! Though I am not certain.

Always appreciate the feedback :)

winniepig

Post   » Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:05 am


To add: pigs were originally on a diet of parsley and romaine and both vets suggested I switch them from that diet onto strictly dandelions. I got the second opinion because I thought that was odd as well. But they were going off of xrays and ultrasounds and thought that would be best for my piggos

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mmeadow
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Post   » Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:24 am


Two separate vets thought the only vegetables in their diet should be dandelions? That's very odd.

Good for you watching their behavior closely. Hanging out facing a wall more than occasionally is indeed a red flag and something to investigate.

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Lynx
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Post   » Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:30 am


Looks like a red flag to me too!

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Sef
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Post   » Sat Sep 07, 2019 2:21 pm


Again, do read the Diet link I posted earlier. Guinea pigs should have a good variety of lower calcium vegetables in their diet. I can't even imagine a vet, let alone two, suggesting dandelion greens to be fed exclusively.

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Sef
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Post   » Sat Oct 12, 2019 10:23 am


I'm going to assume maybe your question regarding Metoclopramide was related to this guinea pig, so I'm posting my response on this thread (as Lynx suggested, please always add to an existing pig's medical thread vs. starting a new one).
Instructions say "Give 0.6ml by mouth twice daily. Metoclopramide 2mg/ml" then it says "Metoclopramide 10mg"
It sounds like 2mg/ml is the strength of the suspension you were given, in which case that dose seem like a high dose. To be sure, use the calculator that Lynx provided, or you can calculate it yourself. That drug has a dosage range of roughly 0.5-1mg/kg--meaning that for every kilogram of weight, the guinea pig should get anywhere between .5 and 1mg of the drug.

You will need your guinea pig's weight in order to calculate it. As an example:

.5 (based on lowest dose of Metoclopramide) x guinea pig's weight in kg = ______. Take that number and divide by the strength of the liquid suspension, which is apparently 2 (mg/ml). That resulting number is your dose in cc's.

winniepig

Post   » Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:37 am


@sef1268 I missed this response. Sorry, I did not realize to stick to one thread. I will do that in the future.

My Metoclopramide post was about Ellie, who passed away. I am currently wondering whether it was due to an overdose in the medication.

This wall facing post is about Ralph. Knock on wood, he is doing fine :)

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Lynx
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Post   » Sun Oct 27, 2019 12:08 pm


I am getting confused about your questions too.

I just closed a random question which is best linked to a medical topic about that guinea pig. I encourage you to use an existing topic on that guinea pig or start a new one mentioning the name of the guinea pig you are asking about in the title of that topic.

One topic per guinea pig.

Almost all questions are linked to the medical issue of a particular guinea pig and the medical forum is designed to answer questions about ill guinea pigs instead of random medical questions (sorry!). It just helps us answer your questions better.

winniepig

Post   » Sun Oct 27, 2019 12:18 pm


Ok. Sorry to have confused everyone. I reposted on Winnies UTI post

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