Results 1 to 16 of 16

Thread: Sebastion/Chopper health smalleye & dry skin

  1. #1
    Cavy Slave
    Joined
    Sep 09, 2016
    Posts
    51
    Thanks
    0
    Thanks
    2 Rec'd/2 Posts
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Quoted
    1 Post(s)

    Sebastion/Chopper health smalleye & dry skin

    I added my fourth and for the moment final piggy(skinny pig) to the family last week. His name was previously Sebastian but might be changed to chopper I'm undecided
    He's in quarantine on the other end of the house and now that he's starting to warm up to me and not hide all the time I've noticed one eye get's a build up of what appears to be grooming fluid.
    I can see when looking at him from above that the wet eye appears to be slightly smaller then the other. His teeth look good and I haven't noticed any digestive issues but I have read that small eye can be a result of lethal breedings? He was claimed by his previous owner to be six months.

    He also appears to have dry skin around the face and on a patch on his rear.

    He will be going to the vet in the next week or so but I figured it can't hurt to see if anyone has experienced either problem here or have advice?
    The vet we're going to is an exotics vet but I dont yet know how cavy savvy she is
    unfortunately when I went to take a picture of his eye (his right) he most have rubbed it out recently

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_1149.jpg 
Views:	70 
Size:	129.9 KB 
ID:	80882dry skinClick image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_1151.jpg 
Views:	61 
Size:	141.6 KB 
ID:	80883
    the smaller eyeClick image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_1143.jpg 
Views:	54 
Size:	144.6 KB 
ID:	80884

  2. #2
    Administrator bpatters's Avatar
    Joined
    Sep 23, 2009
    Location
    Houston
    Posts
    28,844
    Thanks
    179
    Thanks
    7,283 Rec'd/5,802 Posts
    Mentioned
    2036 Post(s)
    Quoted
    3849 Post(s)

    Re: Sebastion/Chopper health smalleye & dry skin

    With the eye, it's possible that the tear duct is blocked. You can wipe his eye with a warm clean cloth, and then very very VERY gently massage under his eye, very close to his nose. Do this a couple of times a day for a couple of days, and see if that helps things.

    I'd try some cold pressed virgin coconut oil on the patch on his rear. It might be fungal, but it might not. The coconut oil won't hurt it, and may help. If it doesn't help, or if it gets worse, you can treat with something else. I'd also use the coconut oil on the dry skin on his face. Skinnies are prone to dry skin, and the oil should help it.

  3. #3
    Cavy Slave
    Joined
    Sep 09, 2016
    Posts
    51
    Thanks
    0
    Thanks
    2 Rec'd/2 Posts
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Quoted
    1 Post(s)

    Re: Sebastion/Chopper health smalleye & dry skin

    Thanks! I didn't think of the tear duct. will try rubbing it and oiling his patchy spots.

  4. #4
    Administrator bpatters's Avatar
    Joined
    Sep 23, 2009
    Location
    Houston
    Posts
    28,844
    Thanks
    179
    Thanks
    7,283 Rec'd/5,802 Posts
    Mentioned
    2036 Post(s)
    Quoted
    3849 Post(s)

    Re: Sebastion/Chopper health smalleye & dry skin

    Just be gentle.

  5. #5
    Cavy Slave
    Joined
    Jun 18, 2014
    Location
    Massachusetts, USA
    Posts
    949
    Thanks
    54
    Thanks
    201 Rec'd/188 Posts
    Mentioned
    43 Post(s)
    Quoted
    129 Post(s)

    Re: Sebastion/Chopper health smalleye & dry skin

    By the way, lethal guinea pigs are always all white, and I've never seen a lethal skinny pig (I'm not sure whether it's even possible). Good luck!


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  6. #6
    Cavy Slave
    Joined
    Sep 09, 2016
    Posts
    51
    Thanks
    0
    Thanks
    2 Rec'd/2 Posts
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Quoted
    1 Post(s)

    Re: Sebastion/Chopper health smalleye & dry skin

    coconut oil was very helpful for the skin & I think it's definitely a blocked tear duct. It was doing better with the suggested massage but suddenly got worse yesterday very full of gunk and swollen.
    He has a perexisting vet appointment but isn't until the 28th so I'm seeing if they can squeeze him in anytime sooner ( the exotics vet is only there 2 times a week so her schedule fills quickly)

    I flushed it was some tear replacer eye drops and while gently clearing what washed out a blockage must have come loose because his eye just flooded with creamy colored fluid. It was quite startling but once I cleared it out he was clearly more comfortable and the swelling started going down while he sat in my lap having his brave boy veggies.
    I'm keeping a close watch on it but I hope the vet can see him sooner :c!
    Any idea what kind of treatment to expect? I imagine if the blockage caused any infection they might give him an antibiotic? Or just more eyedrops?

  7. #7
    Cavy Slave miniver's Avatar
    Joined
    Aug 12, 2014
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    595
    Thanks
    24
    Thanks
    156 Rec'd/122 Posts
    Mentioned
    34 Post(s)
    Quoted
    84 Post(s)

    Re: Sebastion/Chopper health smalleye & dry skin

    Quote Originally Posted by SharkStars View Post
    ...he sat in my lap having his brave boy veggies.
    Ha, ha, that's so sweet. My two sows get good girl veggies after any medicine.

  8. #8
    Cavy Slave
    Joined
    Sep 09, 2016
    Posts
    51
    Thanks
    0
    Thanks
    2 Rec'd/2 Posts
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Quoted
    1 Post(s)

    Re: Sebastion/Chopper health smalleye & dry skin

    He deserved them,it's so funny how he goes from a crying and me thinking i must be traumatizing him to to instantly happy once there's food to be had.

    He did have a little gunk in his eye this morning but it wiped away easily and the swelling is pretty much gone.
    He sneezed a little bit of eyedrop out his nose so I'm taking this as a good sign that there's at least some movement in the tear duct.
    There is still a little whitish bit line the size of a pin head near the corner of his eye that won't flush out not sure is it's a blockage or what :c

  9. #9
    Administrator bpatters's Avatar
    Joined
    Sep 23, 2009
    Location
    Houston
    Posts
    28,844
    Thanks
    179
    Thanks
    7,283 Rec'd/5,802 Posts
    Mentioned
    2036 Post(s)
    Quoted
    3849 Post(s)

    Re: Sebastion/Chopper health smalleye & dry skin

    That's not normal gunk, and I'd get him to a vet much sooner than the 28th.

    The one thing that small animal vets can usually successfully treat in guinea pigs is eyes. They're much the same across species, and as long as the vet doesn't try to give some dangerous antibiotic, it can work well. Is there another vet you can see? What you've described is an infection in the eye, and that can result in loss of the eyeball, or it can even penetrate to the brain.

  10. #10
    Cavy Slave
    Joined
    Sep 09, 2016
    Posts
    51
    Thanks
    0
    Thanks
    2 Rec'd/2 Posts
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Quoted
    1 Post(s)

    Re: Sebastion/Chopper health smalleye & dry skin

    The vets office got back to me today and they squeezed him in tomorrow at 5! Then I'll probably keep his 28th check up with the other boys to follow up with whatever they do for him

  11. #11
    Cavy Slave
    Joined
    Sep 09, 2016
    Posts
    51
    Thanks
    0
    Thanks
    2 Rec'd/2 Posts
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Quoted
    1 Post(s)

    Re: Sebastion/Chopper health smalleye & dry skin

    Since he is under a year old I should avoid baytril is that correct? Anything else I should be on the look out for. This is my first time at this vet and my first Guinea visit. The visit for the 28th was originally going to be just a wellness check for all the pigs and my bird so we could check out the vet

  12. #12
    Administrator bpatters's Avatar
    Joined
    Sep 23, 2009
    Location
    Houston
    Posts
    28,844
    Thanks
    179
    Thanks
    7,283 Rec'd/5,802 Posts
    Mentioned
    2036 Post(s)
    Quoted
    3849 Post(s)

    Re: Sebastion/Chopper health smalleye & dry skin

    No, the Baytril limit isn't absolute. You'd want to avoid it if at all possible for a two-month old, but not be worried for a 10 month old. The nearer he is to adult size, the less it is likely to affect him.

    And if it's a serious infection that requires Baytril, you give it to him anyway, no matter how young. Better a small live pig than a dead one.

  13. #13
    Cavy Slave
    Joined
    Sep 09, 2016
    Posts
    51
    Thanks
    0
    Thanks
    2 Rec'd/2 Posts
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Quoted
    1 Post(s)

    Re: Sebastion/Chopper health smalleye & dry skin

    I see! Thank you. I'll update after his visit tomorrow.

  14. #14
    Cavy Slave
    Joined
    Sep 09, 2016
    Posts
    51
    Thanks
    0
    Thanks
    2 Rec'd/2 Posts
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Quoted
    1 Post(s)

    Re: Sebastion/Chopper health smalleye & dry skin

    Sebastian was not very brave at the vet and cried a little when he got an injection but I think they visit went well.
    Because I just got him recently I don't know the conditions he was kept in previously/what kind of food he ate she gave him a vitamin C injection. I don't know if it was necessary but didn't think it could do any harm?
    She said his eye didn't look to bad it's basically cleared up since the puss drained out when I was cleaning it, just a little goopy at the corner today.
    She gave me a medicated eyedrop to give him twice a day for 7-10 days to hopefully clear it up and we'll investigate further if it doesn't seem to help.
    I still have the regular checkup appointment for the whole herd on the 28th so as long as it doesn't get worse then she'll take a follow up look at him then.

  15. #15
    Cavy Slave lisa325's Avatar
    Joined
    Apr 21, 2016
    Location
    Lake Como, NJ
    Posts
    751
    Thanks
    178
    Thanks
    152 Rec'd/134 Posts
    Mentioned
    22 Post(s)
    Quoted
    88 Post(s)

    Re: Sebastion/Chopper health smalleye & dry skin

    :) Glad you were able to get him to the vet. Wishing him a speedy recovery <3

  16. #16
    Cavy Slave
    Joined
    Sep 09, 2016
    Posts
    51
    Thanks
    0
    Thanks
    2 Rec'd/2 Posts
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Quoted
    1 Post(s)

    Re: Sebastion/Chopper health smalleye & dry skin

    Just a quick update that the antibiotic eye drops cleared up his eye in a just a few days and his "small eye" looks just about the same size as the other one now so there much have been deep swelling even before it starting getting icky.
    he's going for a follow up visit with all his brothers on monday (4 pigs and 1 bird wish me luck with the wrangling!) So here's hoping he gets the all clear.

User Tag List

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •