Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: Ate a piece of synthetic rope?

  1. #1
    Cavy Slave
    Joined
    Mar 19, 2013
    Location
    Tacoma, WA
    Posts
    22
    Thanks
    9
    Thanks
    1 Rec'd/1 Post
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Quoted
    2 Post(s)

    Ate a piece of synthetic rope?

    I just bought this hanging tunnel thing for my guinea pigs - not to hang for them, but it has little hanging clips for ferrets or whatnot. It looks something like this
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Bird-Medium-Hanging-Hut-Happy-Hut-font-b-Tent-b-font-Plush-Parrot-Toy-Bunk-Bed.jpg 
Views:	259 
Size:	35.9 KB 
ID:	50838
    And I woke up this morning to find one of the hanging strings had been chewed off. That's about two inches of thin (about a centimeter thin) synthetic black rope. I can't afford a vet, and worse, I don't know which of my two piggies did it! I heard dandelions have laxative qualities so I fed them both a bunch of dandelions, and they're eating and pooping okay and are acting normally. Is there anything I can do?

  2. #2
    Cavy Slave
    Joined
    Mar 23, 2013
    Location
    Midwest
    Posts
    1,022
    Thanks
    3
    Thanks
    277 Rec'd/180 Posts
    Mentioned
    80 Post(s)
    Quoted
    187 Post(s)

    Re: Ate a piece of synthetic rope?

    It should just pass out naturally, unless it balls up and blocks something off. How much did they eat? If it's just been chewed through they probably didn't get any in their stomach. It they ate small pieces then it should pass, but if they ate a huge chunk of it that could get blocked up.

    You need to start saving for a vet visit in the future. It's not "if" it's "when" will your pigs get sick. You should also take them to the vet once a year for a wellness exam so your cavy savvy vet can get to know your guinea pigs. My yearly exams run about $125 for three pigs with tax. Then surgeries and such cost more. My girl with a tumor cost me $1,100 in March.

  3. #3
    Administrator bpatters's Avatar
    Joined
    Sep 23, 2009
    Location
    Houston
    Posts
    28,452
    Thanks
    170
    Thanks
    7,204 Rec'd/5,737 Posts
    Mentioned
    2024 Post(s)
    Quoted
    3768 Post(s)

    Re: Ate a piece of synthetic rope?

    Nothing except keep strings away from them. And fyi, it's dandelion root that is a laxative, not the leaves. I hope those leaves hadn't been treated with anything.

    They'll likely be ok, but just keep on watching the poop production, and make sure they're eating.

  4. #4
    Cavy Slave
    Joined
    Mar 19, 2013
    Location
    Tacoma, WA
    Posts
    22
    Thanks
    9
    Thanks
    1 Rec'd/1 Post
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Quoted
    2 Post(s)

    Re: Ate a piece of synthetic rope?

    It's about two inches long of the string, I'm assuming he (whichever one) ate the whole thing like a piece of hay. The dandelions haven't been treated with anything, should I try to feed them a bit of the roots? Just to get the thing to move along? And how long do you think until it'd pass? I don't know the piggy metabolism rate. I'm also checking their butts such as one might do for impaction, just to see if anything needs to be helped out or whatnot.

  5. #5
    Moderator foggycreekcavy's Avatar
    Joined
    Oct 04, 2009
    Location
    Auburn, WA
    Posts
    6,154
    Thanks
    176
    Thanks
    1,243 Rec'd/995 Posts
    Mentioned
    393 Post(s)
    Quoted
    772 Post(s)

    Re: Ate a piece of synthetic rope?

    I'll have to check, because I thought dandelion leaves were a diuretic, not laxative.

    They are most likely fine. It probably wouldn't impact them in the guinea pig sense, but a blockage could always be possible. If they were blocked they would stop eating.

    I don't feel that guinea pigs need a wellness exam. Best save your money for an emergency.

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
  •