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urockstar
12-21-08, 01:05 pm
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Freya does have a rather large belly. How do I know if she has bloat or is just a big pig? I've read posts on here with people saying pigs can get up to 4 pounds. Well, where do those large pigs carry their weight? What symptoms should I look for if she has bloat? It's a little scary because you would think the girl was pregnant, but she most definitely is not.

Paula
12-21-08, 01:27 pm
She just looks like a chunky pig to me. Many of my guys (and girls) that are heavier carry their weight in their bellies, and they are fine.

Bloat is more of a condition that happens after eating something, I believe, and they will have pain (from gas) and in some cases may stop eating. So as long as your piggy is acting normally and seems to feel ok, I'd guess she's just a bigger pig and not suffering from bloat or stasis or anything like that.

One of my girls is so fat, I actually thought she might be pregnant till I had her for about 2 months and realized she'd have had her babies by then if she were.

Ly&Pigs
12-21-08, 02:45 pm
Bloat is characterized by a swollen/distended stomach that will sound hollow when you tap on it. The pig can also clearly be showing signs of being in pain.

urockstar
12-21-08, 04:53 pm
She eats normally and doesn't seem to be in distress, so I guess she's just a chunky pig. She was an only baby, so as someone else said on here at one point, maybe she's just bigger because of that. Her stomach is quite large though. I'll have to take her for a checkup at some point soon after the holidays and make sure.

Mhera
12-30-08, 04:54 pm
My Spanky seems to be getting fatter around her stomach, she used to be smaller but over a couple days she's gotten fat. She sits hunched up in the cage and wheeks when I pick her up or touch her back too close to her stomach. She also hasn't eaten much today, and has moved her sitting place to the litter box. Could this be bloat?

wigglesgiggles1
12-30-08, 06:19 pm
I think it can varry.When I adopted my two pigs(from different litters) my smaller pig was one of three.My bigger pig was one of four, so i guess it just matters the size of the mother and father.My biggest is at least 3 1/2 lbs and the smaller is about 2 lbs. If they eat healthy I guess it is normal.

pigsmakemesmile
12-30-08, 06:37 pm
Urockstar
Just love your pigs...they are really really cute. They look fine to me. I have 5 boys and all but 2 have really fattened up around their bellies. Ben my white lil' abby is the shape of a pare. Popcorn is more shaped like yours.

pigsmakemesmile
12-30-08, 06:42 pm
MHERA,
If my piggy fattened up that quickly and wheeks when you touch her and is hunched over in her cage...I'd be taking her to the vet PRONTO! Even if it turns out she's fine, why even take the chance. Piggies, in my view, are fragile and. I lost one of my boys this summer from an abscess. I would be concerned with bloat.

salana
12-31-08, 03:14 pm
I agree, Mhera. You should take her to the vet. She isn't feeling good.

Wheek Weak
12-31-08, 03:40 pm
She needs to see a guinea pig knowledgable vet ASAP.

Do you weigh your pigs weekly? How quickly has she gained? Does she rumblestrut more? Does she bite at her sides? Does she have any hair loss on either side of her belly? Does she eat less than she used to? Is she less active?

Those are all symptoms of ovarian cysts. Make sure your vet is familiar (and experienced) with ovarian cysts in guinea pigs.

In the first picture, her belly looks like our Ruby's did when she had cysts. She had to have them removed surgically.

urockstar
02-05-09, 02:20 pm
She needs to see a guinea pig knowledgable vet ASAP.

Do you weigh your pigs weekly? How quickly has she gained? Does she rumblestrut more? Does she bite at her sides? Does she have any hair loss on either side of her belly? Does she eat less than she used to? Is she less active?

Those are all symptoms of ovarian cysts. Make sure your vet is familiar (and experienced) with ovarian cysts in guinea pigs.

In the first picture, her belly looks like our Ruby's did when she had cysts. She had to have them removed surgically.

She has a little indentation on her back from possibly picking at her hair. She's had that for some time. It's not enough that I would call it hair loss, but I suppose it just might be. I haven't had a chance to take her to the vet yet, she still has the big size and still eats normally. I'm still unsure if she's just a big girl or might have a problem, but she never seems to be in any pain.

I don't really know where there is a vet nearby me that really knows enough about pigs. Last year when I took Marley and Freya to an emergency vet because I was worried something was wrong with Marley (nothing ended up being wrong, figures) there were a bunch of different vets there but the one we got wasn't an exotic pets specialist. And got slammed with a $200 bill. I can't afford a super expensive vet. There is one nearby me that is much more affordable, and I believe knowledgeable of pigs, but I don't know really just HOW knowledgeable. It's not like I can sit there and quiz him. So not sure if he should be the one to bring my pigs to if they end up having a serious problem.

I'm in Bergen County, NJ - Does anyone here have any suggestions?

guineapigluver1
02-06-09, 01:18 pm
You don't need to quiz-just screen. Questions to ask vets are:
-How many cavies do you see and treat each month?
-What is the extent of your medical training regarding cavies?
-Who would you recommend for an after hours emergency?
-What antibiotic do you prefer to use on adult guinea pigs with a URI (upper respiratory infection)? (Baytril, Doxycycline, and Chloramphenicol are good choices. If they list any penicillin based drugs, hang up the phone)
-Can Baytril be used on young pigs? ("We know the answer is that it is not recommended, there are safer alternatives for young pigs.")
-What types of foods do you recommend feeding a guinea pig?
-Can you do an anesthetized dental exam? (Needs to say yes)
-What would you prescribe for mites (ivermectin or selamectin, NOT Frontline or sulfur baths)
-Does your clinic have hand-feeding formula such as Oxbow’s Critical Care and could you teach me to hand feed if my pig or rabbit was critically ill? (Needs to say yes)


For the Critical Care question, it would be really nice if they have it, but you can get it online if they don't carry it.