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    Re: Colonel is squeaking when he pees

    Quote Originally Posted by barbaramudge View Post
    Yesterday was the first time we had no crying while peeing or pooping at all, no sitting puffed up or teeth chattering.
    That's great news! I'm happy that he's showing improvement. You go, Colonel!

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    Re: Colonel is squeaking when he pees

    Woohoo! Colonel is drinking! I'd say he drank about an ounce and 1/2 today all on his own! I'm thinking I won't torture him with syringing water tonight and see how he's doing tomorrow with his drinking.
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    Re: Colonel is squeaking when he pees

    I'm so happy for both you and Colonel that he seems to be recovering. I've been following your post and I have been keeping him in my thoughts and prayers. Keep up the good work little man!

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    Re: Colonel is squeaking when he pees

    That is great news!

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    Re: Colonel is squeaking when he pees

    Colonel has developed another stone. Confirmed on X-ray. Our choices are another surgery or make him comfortable until we can't. Both of those choices suck. I always said I wouldn't do another surgery. It's much harder to follow through. He's my sweet boy. He's only 3. He's healthy otherwise. Yet we only made it just over a year since the first one. I don't know what to do. We just got done trying to save Fudgie. My husband will let me do what I want but I can tell he's worried out racking up debt for guinea pigs. I don't think he would be upset if there was some guarantee that this would work and it would all be ok. But there's not. I'm so sad. I hate this.
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    Re: Colonel is squeaking when he pees

    I'm so sorry. Some pigs will just have stones no matter what, and it really does suck big time.

    It may or may not help you make up your mind if you know that the second surgeries are more risky than the first, with a greater likelihood of the stones recurring. But it's not certain that they will, so it's not a clear decision.

    I just recently read an article about a research project which inoculated mice against e. coli, a very common gut bacteria, to prevent stones. The results are promising, but no one's yet done any testing in guinea pigs. It sure would be nice if a vaccine could prevent all the pain and expense that the pigs and the owners go through.

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    Re: Colonel is squeaking when he pees

    Would you do it @bpatters, if it was your pig? The vet didn't mention the increase in risk or likelihood of reoccurrence. Though she may have assumed I already knew that.
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    Re: Colonel is squeaking when he pees

    I'm so sorry that you're in this position with Colonel.

    I have a stone pig and if she develops a stone that requires surgery, I don't think I would put her through it. I would opt to make her comfortable or humanely euthanize if/when necessary.

    Her circumstances are a bit different though, she's around 6 years old and has had 5 episodes of stones in the past 2 years. Her first stone was massive but she somehow passed it on her own the night before her surgery and her subsequent stones have been tiny and she has passed them with fluids and meds.

    I will say, whatever you decide to do is appropriate. He likely has a high chance of reoccurance and it can be a very pricey surgery. If you decide euthanasia is best for your situation, there is nothing wrong with it. Likewise if you decide to try another surgery with him. It's an incredibly difficult situation to be in.

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    Re: Colonel is squeaking when he pees

    I did have a pig like that, with a recurring stone after surgery. She also had a bladder infection, and we were trying to clear it up while trying to decide what to do. She passed away before I had to make a decision about the surgery.

    Like @sallyvh says, it's a terrible position to have to be in. I think you have to weigh his age, your finances, his general health, and whether there's anything else that could possibly be done to prevent another recurrence before making up your mind. You've given him excellent care, and either option you choose would be reasonable.

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    Re: Colonel is squeaking when he pees

    I'm so sorry, you've certainly had a rough time lately. You're in a tough situation but you love your piggies, I'm sure whatever you decide will be the best and right thing to do for Colonel.

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    Re: Colonel is squeaking when he pees

    No, oh no no no. Poor Colonel. Poor you. There was that piggie on Dr K's Exotic vet who was on his 3rd or 4th stone surgery. My thoughts are with you and Colonel!

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    Re: Colonel is squeaking when he pees

    :( I just don't know what do. I guess I'm going sit with it for a day or two. If I do the surgery it wouldn't happen till next Thursday anyway. I appreciate all your responses. I'll keep you posted. I'm going to post his X-ray pics when I get them. Just for informational purposes for others. Oh, I almost forgot. She got his penis to extrude way better than I have and cleaned this thick white stuff off it. She looked at it under the scope and said there was a couple different bacteria types in it. One of which (rods) she didn't like so she gave me baytril just to be on the safe side.
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    Re: Colonel is squeaking when he pees

    I'm so sorry to about Colonel. You've really had a hard time of it lately. It can wear you down, emotionally, physically and financially.

    I think most of us with a recurring medical issue have made the same promise to ourselves. If it happens again, I'll let him/her pass peacefully. You're right, it's a different decision when you're actually faced with another reoccurrence. In the end, only you can make that choice. I thought I had resolved to let her pass and then moved heaven and earth and my credit card to save my girl. She recovered but it very easily could have gone the other way.

    From what I've seen of your posts on this forum, you are informed and rational. You also have a big heart. I'm sure you'll make the best choice for you and Colonel.

    Sending good wishes your way.

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    I'm so sorry. That is such a difficult situation to be in. I'll be thinking about both you and Colonel.

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    Re: Colonel is squeaking when he pees

    I've decided to do the surgery. I'll call tomorrow to schedule for next Thursday. I talk to his surgeon and I feel comfortable doing one more. This really is it though. Hopefully this will buy us at least another year. I'll keep you posted. I just love him to much not to try again.
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    Praying for a fast recovery! Hope your piggy is okay! Keep us updated!

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    Re: Colonel is squeaking when he pees

    Good luck with him!

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    Wishing you and the Colonel good luck and a safe and speedy recovery. Pooper and Sly send wheeks of encouragement!

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    Re: Colonel is squeaking when he pees

    OMGosh, I'm so sorry you're going through this. I'll be praying for Colonel and for you that everything goes smoothly and he heals and recovers fast.

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