Sick Piggie

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  1. RMehta

    RMehta PetForums Newbie

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    I'm going to try and include as much info as possible in this. I have an adult male guinea pig, Theo, who will be three this August. He had blood in his urine about 3ish weeks ago and I took him straight to the vet. The vet diagnosed him with a penis infection and prescribed hibiscrub (diluted) and baytril twice a day and metacam once a day to take down inflammation. He was then seen a week later and I was told to continue giving him hibiscrub once a day, baytril twice a day and no more metacam.

    He went back again a week later and they saw that there was still a white discharge on the area so stopped the baytril and told me to continue with the hibiscrub and put isathal cream on the infected area. The vet told me on the day when he next sees Theo, not to do anything so he can see how the treatment was working. I'd been doing this for a week and this Wednesday I went back to the vet and there was still a bit of discharge. Theo is also a nervous wee-er and kind of soaked tissue, a puppy pad and the vet table! The vet looked at a couple of their younger males and saw that they had no discharge and said that Theo might have a urine infection (due to the constant weeing) or still have a penis infection he's not too sure on what it could be. He instructed to keep applying the cream twice a day, hibiscrub twice a day and now baytril twice a day. I've also been changing his bedding daily so he's not sitting in his own urine (where as before I was changing it every 3 days). The vet said he might need to take samples from Theo and we have another appointment in 2 weeks but honestly the poor might is traumatised from going there and he hates the treatment! I guess what I'm asking here is; for an adult male is it normal to have discharge? (not sperm rods or boar glue) it's a white thick discharge and sometimes it's more than before sometimes less. I ask because the males the vet looked at were not adults. Sorry that this is so long!
     
  2. Sled dog hotel

    Sled dog hotel PetForums VIP

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    I'm no expert on guinea pigs but my daughter has had several and I know from her that guinea pigs can get bladder stones that can be quite common and that will tend to cause blood in the urine and infections. They can apparently get diabetes too which can lead to excessive drinking and urination and urinary tract infections. It may be wise to take him back and even get a second opinion.
     
  3. Rudydog

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    I agree a second opinion is needed, most vets know very little about treating guinea pigs in my experience. I had many boars in my time and no it is not normal for them to have a discharge as you describe. I wonder if this might be a fungal issue.. i would also be very careful with giving batryl for so long as it is very harsh on the gut and can cause further issues. The gps guy flora is very sensitive and batryl can cause loss of aperitite. Septrine is much more gentle but so far as I know is not licenced for Guinea pigs so not many vets will prescribe it. I recommend you post on https://www.theguineapigforum.co.uk
    There are many very knowledgeable people on there who will advise and /or point you to a piggy savvy vet in your area. May also be worth dropping Chrissie at gorgeousguineas.com a quick note too, she is fab and very knowledgable and always happy to help. Good luck!
     
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    RMehta PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you so much both you and Sled Dog Hotel! We have a specialist vet who I'll take him to see I wasn't able to take him to her as she's not open on Sundays. Hopefully she'll be able to diagnose him, she's quite good and prescribed Septrine for one of my brother's bunnies when she was ill. I suggested the bladder stones to the current vet and he dismissed it but I think it's worth checking into. I was thinking it could be diabetes but also a change in weather that's causing excessive drinking and weeing. I'll take a look at the other forum and try and get in contact with Chrissie hopefully it can shed some light on what's going on with Theo! I'm worried about him having Baytril so often too as I've heard it can cause diarrhoea :(

    Thank you once again :D I'll leave an update once I know more if anyone's interested!
     
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    Rudydog PetForums Member

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    Glad you have a savvy vet on hand! Yes do let us know how you get on please, we like updates :) hope Theo get a diagnostic and recovers quickly!
     
  6. RMehta

    RMehta PetForums Newbie

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    Trust me! she's a godsend :) I definitely will thanks once again and I'll send Theo your best:D