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    Bianka Bella medical concerns thread

    Weight loss.... concern?
    When I got her at 3 weeks a week ago she weighed 318 gm. A week later, 293 gm. She eats fine, drinks through her water faster than Bella Rose, loves the veggies she gets. She's chatty and does zoomies and sometimes popcorn in the evenings. I know for adults we don't want to see weight loss. But for a baby now a month old, is this problematic? I plan on weekly weighings.

    I have placed her pellet bowl in her house. If I make a move out here, she bolts. Some hay by her house and in too..

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    Re: Bianka Bella medical concerns thread

    Were both weighings done on the same scale? At the same time of day? If so, I'd double check the second one and make sure it's accurate before I worried about anything. If not, I'd do daily or every other day weighings for a while and see what's going on. She definitely shouldn't be losing weight.

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    Re: Bianka Bella medical concerns thread

    Quote Originally Posted by bpatters View Post
    Were both weighings done on the same scale? At the same time of day? If so, I'd double check the second one and make sure it's accurate before I worried about anything. If not, I'd do daily or every other day weighings for a while and see what's going on. She definitely shouldn't be losing weight.
    Yes, same scale. In am.

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    Re: Bianka Bella medical concerns thread

    I made a new gp physical appt with Bella Rose exotic vet. Aug 20. If it keeps going down then will take for an additional fee emergency work in before. Tech asked vet if concerning. I saw on gynea lynx up to an ounce loss is ok but that's for adults. Just weird that she is far from sickly and is completely normal in action. Hopefully it is just her settling in from being weened from mom.

    Vet said to weigh her same time daily. If see declines then call and will be worked in. They are closed on Sundays so hopefully if something is up it won't be on a Sunday!

    Weighed her again, 290 gm. No more weighing today.....

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    Re: Bianka Bella medical concerns thread

    There's no point in weighing her multiple times per day. The weights will vary according to what she's eaten/drunk/pooped/peed, and you won't know how much of it is pig. The only way to get a relatively accurate weight is to do it at the same time of day, preferably in the morning before breakfast, and track it over time.

    My guess is that the initial weight was either wrong, or that she'd eaten before she was weighed.

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    Re: Bianka Bella medical concerns thread

    I personally wouldn't be worried. I've had little ones lose small amounts of weight when coming home before.

    A few days of not eating that well because they are nervous/adjusting to a new diet and home, plus actually having an appropriate sized cage to run and move in all can attribute to a dip. That in combination with fluctuations from food/fluids could easily explain the loss you are seeing.

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    Re: Bianka Bella medical concerns thread

    Quote Originally Posted by sallyvh View Post
    I personally wouldn't be worried. I've had little ones lose small amounts of weight when coming home before.

    A few days of not eating that well because they are nervous/adjusting to a new diet and home, plus actually having an appropriate sized cage to run and move in all can attribute to a dip. That in combination with fluctuations from food/fluids could easily explain the loss you are seeing.
    She does zoomies more than once a day. Definitely exercising this past week. She's a happy baby for sure.

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    Re: Bianka Bella medical concerns thread

    Even weighing same time every day doesn't guarantee either her stomach and or bowels, bladder, are empty or full.
    Today is 295 gm.

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