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    Re: Scooter's medical thread

    Thank you for an update on Scooter. Such good news that he continues to improve. Wishing you all the best on finding a buddy who will be so lucky to become part of your family.

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    It is so nice to see good news on Scooter. Cautious optimism is always a good stance on all things medical. Nutter Butter and I hope to see continued news of improvement down the road.

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    Re: Scooter's medical thread

    So happy to hear that Scooter is on the mend! Not sure if you know this, or if it's too far a drive for you, but Toronto Animal Services frequently has guinea pigs and spays or neuters any that come through their doors. They currently have a VERY cute spayed girl. Their spayed females tend to go fast!


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    Re: Scooter's medical thread

    Quote Originally Posted by sallyvh View Post
    So happy to hear that Scooter is on the mend! Not sure if you know this, or if it's too far a drive for you, but Toronto Animal Services frequently has guinea pigs and spays or neuters any that come through their doors. They currently have a VERY cute spayed girl. Their spayed females tend to go fast!


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    Thank you for that, @sallyvh ! One more place I can keep looking. Fiona IS a cutie, I may email them in the morning about her. Scooter IS still on meds and we are very hopeful that this is the end of it, but also still scared to bring a new pig home and that one become infected as well. Whatever this bug is, it cost me Punkin and came close to taking Scooter as well.

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    Iím glad youír guinea pigs are doing great, but mine isnít. So I have a guinea pig that was dropped by my sister two weeks ago. And I immediately took him to the emergency pet vet. She did he was fine and had in inflamed left side of his head; so basically a head tilt. She gave him meds which I gave to him but have ran out. He seems fine and eats, poops and drinks fine. The only problem is his eye. I told the vet that I noticed that his left eye was a bit wonky. Like when I blow air in his right eye he closes it, but his left eye kinda shakes and sinks in? But the vet said it was normal from the fall. But now Iím looking at his eye and itís clouded and hazy. Iím afraid that heíll lose his eyesight. Where I live there arenít any exotic vets besides the one emergency pet hospital. And i donít know what to do. I love my piggie and I just need advice on what to do. Please if anyone knows anything let me know on what to do. Iím so scared and worried about him and today my heart broke when I saw his eye.


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    Quote Originally Posted by FluffyDragon View Post
    I’m glad you’r guinea pigs are doing great, but mine isn’t. So I have a guinea pig that was dropped by my sister two weeks ago. And I immediately took him to the emergency pet vet. She did he was fine and had in inflamed left side of his head; so basically a head tilt. She gave him meds which I gave to him but have ran out. He seems fine and eats, poops and drinks fine. The only problem is his eye. I told the vet that I noticed that his left eye was a bit wonky. Like when I blow air in his right eye he closes it, but his left eye kinda shakes and sinks in? But the vet said it was normal from the fall. But now I’m looking at his eye and it’s clouded and hazy. I’m afraid that he’ll lose his eyesight. Where I live there aren’t any exotic vets besides the one emergency pet hospital. And i don’t know what to do. I love my piggie and I just need advice on what to do. Please if anyone knows anything let me know on what to do. I’m so scared and worried about him and today my heart broke when I saw his eye.



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    It certainly sounds as though he needs to see the vet again. There may be more going on than the vet had seen, upon his initial visit.

    Whereabouts do you live? Not your exact address, just the general area. We MAY be able to help you find an exotic vet.

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    I live in Texas, in Corpus Christi.


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    Re: Scooter's medical thread

    Ok, I know we have a few members in your general area. I'm in Canada, so hopefully someone will see this.

    What I would suggest you do, however, is create your own Medical thread for your furball. It will show up on the main page, and the people who need to see it, will.

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    I googled for exotic vets in CC, and none of the clinics have anyone certified in exotics. However, one of the reviews of Dr. Tristan at Animal Hospital of Padre Island was very complimentary of the exotic care s/he gave. You might call and ask if s/he has experience with guinea pigs.

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    Re: Scooter's medical thread

    Update for Scooter:

    Wow. It's been 3 weeks since I've had an update. Shameful.

    Scooter is doing well. Tonight, he had his last dose of antibiotics. His weight has gone as high as 1220, but no higher and usually drops right back down.

    What I can say is this. Since the last week of October, at his weekly weigh in, he has not LOST any weight over a week long period. It has either gone up, or stayed the same. This Sunday, he was 1167. Compare that to 1083 November 3rd. He is slowly going up, but he IS going up. I am hoping beyond hope that he will gain more now that the antibiotics are finished.

    In the mornings when we get up, he has a syringe full of Critical Care, and then a generous pepper slice and a half inch thick cucumber slice. He now eats all of it. Once he's finished, he'll dive in the hay pile and munch for awhile. He's been hot and cold with his pellets: right now it's cold. He STILL won't drink water on his own. I am puzzled by this.


    So now it's wait and see. Wait to see if the antibiotics have been enough, and the infection stays gone. I have two bottles of azithromycin in case it isn't, which of course I had to keep handy with the holidays fast approaching.

    My fingers are crossed. We've all been through enough, Scooter especially.

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    It is wonderful to hear such good news. I am thrilled to hear that Scooter is doing much better.

    After I had my male neutered he refused to drink on his own for several days and went downhill. I diligently syringed water into him and Pedialyte, then I put in a different water bottle (actually an older one rather than new which is kind of funny) and he drank and drank and drank!

    It was quite by accident because it was the bottle used by the girls that I accidentally put in his cage instead. I was so excited that it became permanently his...and I may have taken numerous videos of the event which were sent to my less than impressed friends/family who did NOT share my enthusiasm of my guinea pig drinking from a water bottle. Another reason I love this forum 😉

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    Yay! Sounds like he's on the mend!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smileandnod View Post
    It is wonderful to hear such good news. I am thrilled to hear that Scooter is doing much better.

    After I had my male neutered he refused to drink on his own for several days and went downhill. I diligently syringed water into him and Pedialyte, then I put in a different water bottle (actually an older one rather than new which is kind of funny) and he drank and drank and drank!

    It was quite by accident because it was the bottle used by the girls that I accidentally put in his cage instead. I was so excited that it became permanently his...and I may have taken numerous videos of the event which were sent to my less than impressed friends/family who did NOT share my enthusiasm of my guinea pig drinking from a water bottle. Another reason I love this forum 😉
    I love it! I have a funny feeling the girls scent may have had something to do with it, however. I was worried about his water bottles, so I bought two brand new ones a month or so ago. No change. I even tried putting his old one back in a week or so ago just in case. Still nothing. I am just puzzled.

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    You might want to try a water bowl. Our tow refuse to do the bottle even though that's all they had in the store. We have a bottle in the cage but we just keep cleaning it and refilling it never touched. THe water bowls are filed quite often and cleaned even more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosspiggys View Post
    You might want to try a water bowl. Our tow refuse to do the bottle even though that's all they had in the store. We have a bottle in the cage but we just keep cleaning it and refilling it never touched. THe water bowls are filed quite often and cleaned even more.
    He's only been refusing the water bottle since he's been ill. He's drank from it his entire life. He's had a couple of life changes, between the illness and losing his brother. Rest assured, he IS getting plenty of water but this is the last hurdle (we hope) that he needs to clear.

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    Do you think it's possible he might go for a smaller size bottle? When we first got Robin Hood he was around 4 weeks, and he couldn't work the normal guinea pig sized water bottle without getting water all over his face and up his nose lol Poor baby! So we got him a hamster sized one. He doesn't have that issue now that he's big, but despite having normal size bottles, too, he still prefers the hamster size one.

    And I'm with @Smileandnod --- I love how this forum is full of people who love and gush over piggies as much you yourself do. Everyone is far from the only one! :D

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    Update for Scooter:

    Tuesday will be three weeks since Scooter has finished his antibiotics. He has shown slow signs of improvement, most notable attitude and weight gain. A couple of days ago he actually went above 1300. Briefly, but he was there. Been several months since that has happened, and his last 3 Sunday weigh ins have been at or above the 1200 gram mark.

    As some of you may have seen, I found the buddy for Scooter that he seems to so desperately have needed. And realized that his new buddy needed him just as badly. There have been significant changes in both pigs over the last 24 hours since meeting.

    Scooter has been eating his hay and pellets much, much more. He has been out playing, and he is vocalizing the way he used to once again. But the most notable change has been.........

    He all of a sudden will use the water bottles again. Just like that. It started yesterday in the introduction pen, and as I sit here and type I'm watching him on the camera eat pellets and drink from the bottle as if nothing was different.

    He was more depressed about losing Punkin than I understood. It has literally been like a switch has been flipped, and the old Scooter has come running back. I attributed a lot of the changes in his personality due to his illness. His relationship with Leo so far has been great, but of course not like what he had with Punkin. He and his brother were exceptionally close, and I was a lucky piggy parent to have been a part of it.

    There is a great, big bright white light at the end of the tunnel. It's getting brighter.

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    Re: Scooter's medical thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Guinea Pig Papa View Post
    Update for Scooter:

    Tuesday will be three weeks since Scooter has finished his antibiotics. He has shown slow signs of improvement, most notable attitude and weight gain. A couple of days ago he actually went above 1300. Briefly, but he was there. Been several months since that has happened, and his last 3 Sunday weigh ins have been at or above the 1200 gram mark.

    As some of you may have seen, I found the buddy for Scooter that he seems to so desperately have needed. And realized that his new buddy needed him just as badly. There have been significant changes in both pigs over the last 24 hours since meeting.

    Scooter has been eating his hay and pellets much, much more. He has been out playing, and he is vocalizing the way he used to once again. But the most notable change has been.........

    He all of a sudden will use the water bottles again. Just like that. It started yesterday in the introduction pen, and as I sit here and type I'm watching him on the camera eat pellets and drink from the bottle as if nothing was different.

    He was more depressed about losing Punkin than I understood. It has literally been like a switch has been flipped, and the old Scooter has come running back. I attributed a lot of the changes in his personality due to his illness. His relationship with Leo so far has been great, but of course not like what he had with Punkin. He and his brother were exceptionally close, and I was a lucky piggy parent to have been a part of it.

    There is a great, big bright white light at the end of the tunnel. It's getting brighter.
    So happy to hear! A Christmas miracle! So glad this long stressful journey is as good as over. Happy 2020!

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    The most wonderful update yet, indeed---- Scooter restored to himself, Leo with a new life better than he's ever known--- I hope that light only glows brighter and brighter into the new year, for all of you!

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    Re: Scooter's medical thread

    Looks like this is hopefully the final update for Scooter on this issue.



    Scooter's weight is hovering between 1200-1250. He is a very active, happy boy again. He has not had any supplementation with Critical Care or other meds whatsoever since being introduced to Leo. He is eating his entire pepper slice every morning, and begging constantly for treats. He drinks his water normally. He eats his pellets normally. And he is eating his hay normally again. Except for being lighter, he seems to be his normal self with one exception.

    He is a much more vocal pig than he used to be. Every time I walk through the door he is wheeking, and loudly. He's teaching Leo to do it. He runs around the cage and pen burbling happily to himself.

    On some level, perhaps maybe he understands what he went through and what he lost. Maybe it's just wishful thinking. What I do know, is that Leo has come out of his shell and is both a joy to be around and to have around. They are the best of buddies.


    And Scooter has a renewed soul.

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