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    Unhappy Neutered today, Not moving or eating.

    Today my baby boy, Thumper, got neutered. I dropped him off at the vet at about 8 AM and they called at about 1 saying he was fine and I could pick him at 2:30. When I got there the vet said that he would be a bit sluggish because the pain injection he recieved was an opiat. I brought him home and put him in a small recovery cage bedded with clean towels. He is still sitting in the exact place I put him mearly twitching. He has fresh veggies, hay, pellets, and water right in front of his nose but he won't take any of it. Is it still a side effect of the pain injection or should I call the vet about this!? Please help me!

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    Re: Neutered today, Not moving or eating.

    He also has yet to poop or pee. It has only been about 2 hours but I'm still very concerned and nervous for him!

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    Re: Neutered today, Not moving or eating.

    I have no advice for you, I'm sorry, but I would call the vet and ask if this is to be expected or not.

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    Re: Neutered today, Not moving or eating.

    I think it would be best to call the vet and tell them how he's doing. They will know if it is normal or not. Hope Thumper feels better!

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    Re: Neutered today, Not moving or eating.

    I strongly encourage hand-feeding. Not eating or drinking for as little as sixteen hours can cause your guinea pig's system to shut down. Talk to your vet, too. Not eating this long after surgery isn't considered normal. If you have access to it, Oxbow Critical Care is a lifesaver for post-op pigs, literally, being a great appetite stimulator with probiotics and fiber to keep things moving. This anorexia could also mean he's having antibiotic intolerance if he is on any antibiotics at this time.

    GuineaLynx's post-op care page is a must-read.

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    Re: Neutered today, Not moving or eating.

    Wow, 3 hours after he came home he died. I will be calling the vet in the monring to ask what went wrong, but I can't help but to feel at fault here.

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    Re: Neutered today, Not moving or eating.

    I am so sorry for your loss! That is so sad. I have a date set for my little boy to be neutered as well, I would really appreciate hearing what your vet has to say so maybe I can bring it up with mine before he under goes surgery. Again I am so sorry!

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    Re: Neutered today, Not moving or eating.

    Quote Originally Posted by Guineapigslave View Post
    Wow, 3 hours after he came home he died. I will be calling the vet in the monring to ask what went wrong, but I can't help but to feel at fault here.
    I am sooooo sorry for your loss, made me feel really bad reading this. If there is anything I can do to comfort you, please let me know. (((HUGS))) I will be thinking of you tonight, wish I was there to make you feel better.

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    Re: Neutered today, Not moving or eating.

    Quote Originally Posted by Guineapigslave View Post
    Wow, 3 hours after he came home he died. I will be calling the vet in the monring to ask what went wrong, but I can't help but to feel at fault here.
    I'm so sorry for your loss. Normally vets will not send them home until they are at least eating. When Seb came home from his neuter he was munching on his hay the whole way home. I had fresh veggies that I stuck in the carrier that he ate instantly.

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    Re: Neutered today, Not moving or eating.

    I am so sorry for your loss. RIP little Thumper.

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    Re: Neutered today, Not moving or eating.

    Wow that is horrible. I feel so bad. :( I wish you could have prevented it...I'm sorry.

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    Re: Neutered today, Not moving or eating.

    I'm sorry.

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    Re: Neutered today, Not moving or eating.

    I'm so, so very sorry. My deepst condolences.

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    Re: Neutered today, Not moving or eating.

    I'm also sorry for your loss. Like Peggysu, my Doc was eating his hay when I picked him up and on the way home. They also had me drop off some veggies for him to have after surgery. If I remember correctly, he wanted the hay more than the veggies for a little while but was eating normally that night when his anesthesia was completely worn off.

    I'm not an expert, but is an opiate an appropriate pain med for a guinea pig?

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    Re: Neutered today, Not moving or eating.

    Oh dear! I am so sorry for your loss!

    I do not like the sound of that twitching. I know that GPs are special because their nervous system is highly active and they have sudden twitch-like reactions (including popcorning), but this still does seem like it must have been a reaction to medication. Please call the vet and ask, very neutrally, exactly what medications he was given. We need to learn what went wrong so that other piggies can be saved.

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