- And got the T-shirt
That can be a normal fluctuation if you're weighing at different times of the day. But you're really just wasting your time and effort doing that. The only way to get a reasonable idea of weight is to weigh at the same time of day, preferably early in the morning before breakfast, and track it over time. That's the time of day when you'll be weighing the most pig and the least food, and some unknown amount of pee and poop.
- Supporter in 2019
Be sure to take time for yourself to grieve, too.
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Patient Name: Hamlet
GuineaPig 3Yr 3Mo
Male Guinea pig 1.90 Lb
Radiology Report (4623369-15/Exotic Radiographs)
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HISTORY: Exotic Radiographs Only
Presented 17 April for soft stools and decreased appetite. wt 2.3 lbs Had course of albon. Stools are formed, appetite is
good, pet was eating hay during exam. owner had eliminated carrots, but added them back when pet was not gaining
weight. Weight today is 1.9, with BCS 2-3/9, eating, ingesta in mouth, discomfort on abdominal palpation. Given LRS 12
cc SQ, buprenorphine 0.3 mg/ml 0.14 ml po q 8-12 h, metoclopramide 0.25 mg po q 12 h. discontinue carrots, hand feed
oxbow critical care to supplement intake.
WHOLE BODY: A right lateral and ventrodorsal whole body views are available for interpretation (JPEG files).
FINDINGS: The bone quality and mineralization are adequate for this species, and no fractures are noted. No pulmonary
nodules or consolidation are noted, and the cardiac silhouette is considered within normal limits. The caudal margin of
the liver is not visualized due to generalized reduced coelomic detail. The stomach contains a moderate amount of
heterogeneous debris, presumed ingesta. No evidence of a GI tract obstructive pattern or radiopaque foreign material is
noted. The kidneys and urinary bladder are not visualized on either view.
CONCLUSIONS: Reduced abdominal serosal detail—rule out peritoneal effusion, reduced abdominal fat, or less likely
RECOMMENDATIONS: If not already performed, a complete blood count and plasma biochemistries are highly
recommended to evaluate this patient’s systemic organ function. If the bloodwork is normal, and the clinical signs persist,
an abdominal ultrasound is recommended. A fecal floatation could also be considered, but fecal parasites are rare in pet
guinea pigs in my experience. Similar to domestic dogs, oral metoclopramide is not likely to be effective in rabbits or
rodents and would need to be administered as a constant rate infusion. The pharmacokinetics of oral and parenteral
buprenorphine have recently been evaluated in guinea pigs—a dose of 0.2 mg/kg has to be administered IV every 7
hours or orally every 4 hours to maintain plasma concentrations that provide analgesia. Therefore, oral administration is
not logistically possible for most owners and is not a recommended in this species. If analgesia is still desired, I would
recommend meloxicam 0.5 – 1mg/kg PO BID, if no renal impairment. Continued fluid administration and oral syringe
feeding is also recommended.
Reference: Sadar, Miranda J., et al. "Pharmacokinetics of buprenorphine after intravenous and oral transmucosal
administration in guinea pigs (Cavia porcellus)." American journal of veterinary research 79.3 (2018): 260-266.
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