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Sick I think my piggie has had a stroke! What do I do?!

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I think he has either had a stroke or is very sick. I just don’t know how to help him. I don’t want him to suffer.

My piggie is about 5 years old and I had noticed some changes in his behavior last week-ish. He is usually very timid and doesn’t like to be touched but he has been letting me touch and pet him without anything complaining. I noticed earlier today that he had suddenly lost a ton of weight. I can’t take him to the vet because there aren’t any in our area that deal with Guinea pigs unfortunately. I noticed he was laying in a corner, he usually comes running for food so I knew immediately something was wrong. He seemed unresponsive so I tried to pet him and luckily he tried to lift his head up. He can’t use his entire right side and one of his eyes is unresponsive, he just flops over if you try to help him stand up. His right side isn’t paralyzed though, as he tried to run and was kicking his leg, trying to run towards the food when I fed the other pigs. He really seemed like he was dying, he was huffing and had no control over his bladder. We made sure he was comfortable. He started pooping excessively about 1 hour ago for about 15 minutes (not constantly but pooping ALOT). The poops are a little stringy (which I know is very bad) very large, slimey, and a brown with a slightly green hue. He was pretty much unresponsive until about 30 minutes ago, as he suddenly started trying to run. Hes doing it more and more as time goes by. He has also started making weird noises every couple of minutes too. I know Guinea pigs can recover from strokes, and I hope he does. I feel terrible because I can’t take him to a vet and I just don’t want him to suffer. I know it’s the middle of the night but I need all the help I can get and I appreciate it. Is there anything I can do to help him recover? I’m sorry this is very long, I’m just very stressed right now.
 
I wrote this about 5 minutes ago and now he seems to be dry heaving? He is opening his mouth wider and gaging it seems. I don’t know why he doing this but I am worried he is struggling to breathe.
 
I'm very sorry but it really sounds like he is passing away. Sometimes it is not quick. The dry heaving, wide open mouth gaging sounds like what is called agonal breathing which happens during the final stages of dying.
 
If he hasn't passed yet, please call any vet and ask if they are able to see him. I agree the description reminds me of agonal breathing (something I have dealt with irl). I don't know for sure, but I imagine any vet should be able to put him to sleep. At this point that may be what's needed.
 
Hi guys, thank you for the replies. Unfortunately he passed away about 20 minutes after the post. He lived a great life
 
Hi guys, thank you for the replies. Unfortunately he passed away about 20 minutes after the post. He lived a great life
I'm so sorry. Even the littlest pets can leave big holes in our hearts. I hope you're doing ok.
 
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