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Nannub
11-17-15, 02:52 pm
My chubby girl Nami woke up yesterday with a squinting eye. I was having money problems but I managed to get money and make a vet appointment for tomorrow at 6. Anything I could do to help her until tomorrow? Help is appreciated.

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Kelsie
11-17-15, 04:18 pm
I'm not sure what you could do for the eye until your appointment. Maybe someone else will have some advice for you. I just wanted to tell you that my pig had a hay poke and the vet gave her some eye drops and within just 24 hours her eye looked so much better. By day two her eye was completely back to normal.

I hope your Nami will respond as quickly.

Nannub
11-17-15, 04:31 pm
I'm not sure what you could do for the eye until your appointment. Maybe someone else will have some advice for you. I just wanted to tell you that my pig had a hay poke and the vet gave her some eye drops and within just 24 hours her eye looked so much better. By day two her eye was completely back to normal.

I hope your Nami will respond as quickly.


thank you so much. I've been feeling so sad and worried. I'll definitely be switching from timothy to orchard grass after this situation

SquigglyPigs
11-17-15, 05:14 pm
Basically the only thing you can do is try to rinse it with saline. That may or may not help. One of my pigs severly poked her eye on something in her cage last summer and she actually had an indent in the eyeball from it. Her eye got cloudy white and red in color and it looked absolutely horrible. The vet gave us medicated eye drops and although it looked so terrible, it healed completely and she's totally fine now. Eye issues tend to look worse than they are. I'm sure your piggy will be fine :)

Nannub
11-17-15, 05:40 pm
Basically the only thing you can do is try to rinse it with saline. That may or may not help. One of my pigs severly poked her eye on something in her cage last summer and she actually had an indent in the eyeball from it. Her eye got cloudy white and red in color and it looked absolutely horrible. The vet gave us medicated eye drops and although it looked so terrible, it healed completely and she's totally fine now. Eye issues tend to look worse than they are. I'm sure your piggy will be fine :)

Thanks! I hope so too! I'll be worried until tomorrow after the vet. Hopefully it's nothing serious. I'll try to rinse it tonight and keep you update.

PudgePig
11-17-15, 09:53 pm
One of mine actually had a piece of hay stuck in her eye. I took her to the vet immediately (emergency appt.). He removed it and gave me an antibiotic ointment to place in her eye for a few days. She healed well, with no negative side effects. (It was Timothy hay.)
Hope all goes well tomorrow at the vet!

Nannub
11-17-15, 10:35 pm
One of mine actually had a piece of hay stuck in her eye. I took her to the vet immediately (emergency appt.). He removed it and gave me an antibiotic ointment to place in her eye for a few days. She healed well, with no negative side effects. (It was Timothy hay.)
Hope all goes well tomorrow at the vet!

I'm starting to dislike timothy hay. My pig seems to be okay at the moment but I'll see what the vet says tomorrow. I couldn't make an emergency appointment because sadly I work until 5.30 everyday and the vet wasn't working late. The cavy savy I like (she's my other pig's vet) is there tomorrow so yay! Question, how much would antibiotics cost me?

Nannub
11-17-15, 10:38 pm
Also, she's bonded to my other pig Victoria. Do I have to take them together so they don't separate and don't have dominance problems later? Maybe it's a dumb question but I'm wondering

Soecara
11-17-15, 10:55 pm
It depends, how long will the car ride be? How do they get along in a small space? How do they act when separated for lap time?

For one of my boar pairs I always take both when I go to the vet. They absolutely hate being separated, even for lap time and they get along really well in the carry cage as they cuddle up to each other for the whole care ride. The ride to my vet is either 10 minutes or an hour and a half, depending on which clinic my vet is at on the given day. One of my other boar pairs prefers their space so I always only take the one, there is no way they would tolerate being in the carrier together.

Nannub
11-17-15, 11:03 pm
It depends, how long will the car ride be? How do they get along in a small space? How do they act when separated for lap time?

For one of my boar pairs I always take both when I go to the vet. They absolutely hate being separated, even for lap time and they get along really well in the carry cage as they cuddle up to each other for the whole care ride. The ride to my vet is either 10 minutes or an hour and a half, depending on which clinic my vet is at on the given day. One of my other boar pairs prefers their space so I always only take the one, there is no way they would tolerate being in the carrier together.

Last few times I handled them separately the other one in the cage looked for the other pig and wheeked non stop. They sleep next to each other in small piggy beds.

Nannub
11-17-15, 11:04 pm
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Soecara

PudgePig
11-17-15, 11:11 pm
I'm starting to dislike timothy hay. My pig seems to be okay at the moment but I'll see what the vet says tomorrow. I couldn't make an emergency appointment because sadly I work until 5.30 everyday and the vet wasn't working late. The cavy savy I like (she's my other pig's vet) is there tomorrow so yay! Question, how much would antibiotics cost me?
That appointment cost $95 USD. I think the exam was $30, so the antibiotic ointment was probably $65.

Nannub
11-17-15, 11:15 pm
That appointment cost $95 USD. I think the exam was $30, so the antibiotic ointment was probably $65.

Oh my, so expensive. But they're worth every penny. Fur babies

Nannub
11-18-15, 08:30 pm
Hay poke? She's pregnant....

PudgePig
11-18-15, 09:29 pm
That was unexpected...
Is her eye okay?

scoottie
11-18-15, 09:44 pm
You cant say she's pregnant because its not a great picture to go on. Unless you took her to a vet and they told you she was pregnant.

Nannub
11-18-15, 09:52 pm
Her eye is okay. Vet said cleaning it with saline solution was a good call. Also, I got her a month ago. I didn't know she was pregnant? I'm not a guinea pig expert so I'm sorry if it sounds dumb.
Here's the xray they took. There's two babies. Hoping for the best. Please don't buy guinea pigs. I made the mistake before joining the forum and reading about pet stores. Now I'm in a messy situation.

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PudgePig
11-18-15, 09:57 pm
How old is she? and How far along does the vet think she is?

Nannub
11-18-15, 10:08 pm
How old is she? and How far along does the vet think she is?

I don't know for sure how old she is. But the vet said she seems to be really young. ~6mo and that she could have them in the next weeks. I'm freaking out.

PudgePig
11-18-15, 10:11 pm
From what I've seen on the forum, it's good that she's young. Less chance of complications. I'd be freaking out too.

Nannub
11-18-15, 10:12 pm
From what I've seen on the forum, it's good that she's young. Less chance of complications. I'd be freaking out too.

I know this is completely my fault because I bought her and didn't adopt. But I really need advice on this situation. I just hope nothing bad happens to her, she's bonded to my other guinea pig, Vi.

PudgePig
11-18-15, 10:20 pm
I know this is completely my fault because I bought her and didn't adopt. But I really need advice on this situation. I just hope nothing bad happens to her, she's bonded to my other guinea pig, Vi.
I would search this forum for information. I love this place. :)
I bought my Pixel and Pudge from a petstore. Pixel passed away shortly after we got her. :( She was sick when I got her and I was too inexperienced/not knowledgeable about guinea pigs. The important thing is that we learn from the past. Don't beat yourself up.

PudgePig
11-18-15, 10:23 pm
Here's info from GuineaLynx
http://www.guinealynx.info/reproduction.html

Nannub
11-18-15, 10:23 pm
I would search this forum for information. I love this place. :)
I bought my Pixel and Pudge from a petstore. Pixel passed away shortly after we got her. :( She was sick when I got her and I was too inexperienced/not knowledgeable about guinea pigs. The important thing is that we learn from the past. Don't beat yourself up.

Thank you, hopefully it'll all work out for the best and she'll have healthy babies.

scoottie
11-18-15, 10:28 pm
That is what I call a pregnant piggy will you keep them? Oh and your welcome on suggesting the saline solution I feel like every guinea pig first aid kit should have some in it for this exact reason.

A little about pregnancy gestation can be anywhere between 59-73 days depending on the litter with just two it will most likely be quicker.

Nannub
11-18-15, 10:43 pm
That is what I call a pregnant piggy will you keep them? Oh and your welcome on suggesting the saline solution I feel like every guinea pig first aid kit should have some in it for this exact reason.

A little about pregnancy gestation can be anywhere between 59-73 days depending on the litter with just two it will most likely be quicker.

I'll try my best to keep the babies, hopefully if they're two girls. If there's a boy I'll try to find a good home for the future boy. I have so much to think about right now. I'm still really sad about it.

scoottie
11-18-15, 10:46 pm
If you have any questions about them when they are born don't hesitate to ask I was a licensed guinea pig breeder but moved on once I hit college. Just know there are a lot of things that can happen so have a vet on stand by just in case something goes wrong. I was a breeder but due to my own personal beliefs I no longer do it.

Nannub
11-18-15, 10:50 pm
If you have any questions about them when they are born don't hesitate to ask I was a licensed guinea pig breeder but moved on once I hit college. Just know there are a lot of things that can happen so have a vet on stand by just in case something goes wrong. I was a breeder but due to my own personal beliefs I no longer do it.

Thanks a lot. Will try to do the best for my little fur baby.

scoottie
11-18-15, 10:54 pm
Its not a problem. Since she is pregnant you may want to offer her alfalfa hay along with her timothy or orchard if you switch to that to make sure she is getting the right calcium for her and her babies and continue to feed it while she is nursing.

Nannub
11-18-15, 10:54 pm
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I had to clean her eye so I thought I'd take a picture of her too. This is Nami. Pregnant Nami.

scoottie
11-18-15, 10:55 pm
Yup you can see the hourglass shape its one of the signs she is pregnant

Soecara
11-18-15, 10:58 pm
As the bones of the pups have shown up on x-ray it is safe to assume she is at the very minimum 6 weeks along, larger litters have shorter gestations then smaller litters. For now you should start baby proofing your cage, the sooner the better as you don't really know when she is due. Also remember any male pups need to be separated from the girls at 3 weeks of age.

ETA: Also to meet her calcium needs you could feed her a few sprigs of parsley or another high calcium vegetable. If you hand fed it to her that would help with bonding and it would ensure that your other guinea pig isn't getting excess calcium that she doesn't need.

Nannub
11-18-15, 11:06 pm
As the bones of the pups have shown up on x-ray it is safe to assume she is at the very minimum 6 weeks along, larger litters have shorter gestations then smaller litters. For now you should start baby proofing your cage, the sooner the better as you don't really know when she is due. Also remember any male pups need to be separated from the girls at 3 weeks of age.

ETA: Also to meet her calcium needs you could feed her a few sprigs of parsley or another high calcium vegetable. If you hand fed it to her that would help with bonding and it would ensure that your other guinea pig isn't getting excess calcium that she doesn't need.

Thank you. I have some parsley that I feed every now and then to both my pigs since my other piggy is under 6 months.

Nannub
11-19-15, 10:42 am
A little UPDATE: I woke up today and fed the piggies and I could see the babies moving inside Nami's belly. She seems to want to lay down more often. But still eating and drinking water.

scoottie
11-19-15, 10:43 am
That is completely normal

SquigglyPigs
11-19-15, 10:52 am
It's crazy that you went in to get her eye checked and it ended up that she's pregnant! You probably already thought of this, but double check that both of your piggies are female in case the petstore missexed them. You wouldn't want a back-to-back pregnancy!
Good luck with the pregnancy and post some pictures of the babies when she delivers :)

Nannub
11-19-15, 10:54 am
It's crazy that you went in to get her eye checked and it ended up that she's pregnant! You probably already thought of this, but double check that both of your piggies are female in case the petstore missexed them. You wouldn't want a back-to-back pregnancy!
Good luck with the pregnancy and post some pictures of the babies when she delivers :)

the day before taking her to the vet I was checking and cleaning her eye and I thought i felt some movement on the side... I thought i was crazy. Sadly I wasn't hahah