tl;dr version: Arnold was diagnosed with partial paralysis of the rectum. Looking for other people's experience.
My one piggy, Arnold, is around 3½ years old. About a month and a half ago, he started having issues with diarrhea. At the same time, his buddy had a nasty round of abscess and an infected tooth, so he would be away at the vet for days, while Arnold was home alone. So at first, we (vet and I) thought it was just stress, and I did the usual removing veggies and feeding good hay. It kinda got better, it went from gobs of poop to just being very soft, but normal-shaped poop.
Since then he's on and off had issues with diarrhea. I didn't change their diets. They get small amount of veggies (a carrot to share, or maybe a slice of cucumber daily. Grass when it's in season), Burgess and loads of hay.
A week and a half ago, it got bad again with Arnold's stomach, and he had several days in a row of goopy poopy, so I took him to the vet. She said it can take a long time to get over stress, and suggested feeding him Fibreplex. I did that for a couple of days and didn't see an improvement. We'd gone on Tuesday, and agreed to return a week after if it wasn't better, but thursday evening he wasn't eating and I had to feed him Critical Care, so I went again friday morning.
Vet couldn't figure out what was wrong, but he was not himself at all, just sat curled up on himself with fur poofed out. We thought maybe we should say good bye to him, so he wouldn't suffer more, so I made an appointment for later the day (my bf wanted to be there, too). I took him home to give him a nice end with his friend and lots of veggies. Then he started eating and kinda woke up a bit, so I called the vet and asked for an x-ray.
She didn't find anything, but examined him more and found he was kinda clogged up. She took out a lot of poop that was stuck in his butt, and he started to eat after that.
Hence, she diagnosed it's a partial paralysis of the rectum. She says it can't be cured. To treat it, I need to sort of turn his butt inside out and remove the poop that gets stuck.
I've never heard of this before, and I tried in my local (Danish) guinea pig forums, where no one could tell me their experience, because they had none.
Have any of you tried something similar? How did it go?
- Supporter in 2019
When a guinea pig becomes impacted, it's not unusual for them to lose their appetite or show signs of pain.
The diarrhea/loose stools is more concerning. If that continues, I'd ask the vet to take a sample of his poops for testing. See also:
This is all still quite new to me. I haven't observed him eat any of his poop, so should I give him vitamin B-complex? Is there any specific kind made for guinea pigs or do I just go to a vet store and ask for vitamin B? Which kind of oil works best to rub on him? So far I tried olive oil, since that's the only thing I have, but I'll buy whatever is best, of course.
Vitamin B1(Thiamin hydrochloride)150 mcg, Vitamin B2(Riboflavin) 400 mcg, Vitamin B6 175 mcg, Vitamin B12 4 mcg, Vitamin C(ascorbic acid) 150mcg, Vitamin D3(Cholecalciferol) 10IU, Pantothensyre 1500 mcg, Niacinamid 2000 mcg, Folic acid 40 mcg, Biotin 0,25 mcg
Is that what I'd need?
- Supporter in 2019
I feel like it's getting a bit more back to normal now that I'm checking him mornings and evenings. Last night and this morning there was nothing down there, and no extraordinarily soft poops in the cage, so I think there's some improvement. I'm just not sure when it's normal impacted and when it's something else as well.