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Impaction Is this impaction

MrWhistles

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I'll include photos at the bottom. I saw and "unplugged" what appeared to be impaction last night on Whistles. And this morning I think I saw impaction. But I feel like it was ALOT for a normal impaction. I "unplugged" him last night at about 2:30am. And saw what appeared to be impaction this morning at about noon.

I was giving him his morning freshies.
He was already upstairs with a completely empty hay dish. That is not usual. Normally, he'd still have some hay leftover/I'd just have to add to it.
I prepared his freshies/put the bowl upstairs in it's usual spot. The corner right at the ramp entrance. This spot is opposite of where he was sitting.
He was very reluctant to move. He wanted his freshies, but he didn't wanna move. He eventually leaned so far forward that I saw he (what appeared to be) impaction.
So immediately I picked him up and tried to remove the outter part of the plug. Of which appears to be mushed together and is the size of a shelled peanut.
Apone cleaning him out I saw alot of green and still pulled out quite a bit of poo. I began to worry that he maybe having digestive issues. Recently I had noticed that the cilantro has started to go bad. I have begun to remove the brown and soggy pieces. But there may have been smaller piece that have snuck in under my eye. However, Whistles is quite picky about his veggie quality and will in fact grab the spoiled veggies and toss them.

Here are photos of what I pulled out this morning. Are their different degrees of impactions? I would imagine so since every pig eats in different amounts. How good is it for them to eat orange peels? Right now he has ate all of his leafs, his orange slice/has left his carrot pieces. He does not appeared to have even touched his carrots.
[GuineaPigCages.com] Is this impaction
this is the outer part that I managed to pull off.
[GuineaPigCages.com] Is this impaction
[GuineaPigCages.com] Is this impaction
 
Ouch! That looks painful. Do you have a vet you can call?
 
Yes, that looks like impaction. Did you read the link? Here:https://www.guinealynx.info/impaction.html

And quotes from that page:
If this condition develops, it's necessary to clear the impaction every day.

It's possible, in some boars that haven't been cleaned regularly to develop an anal plug - basically a solid mass of debris and grease which is stuck to the anal wall. This can be worked out using liberal amounts of mineral oil to release the edges of the plug without tearing the skin - this takes time and a lot of patience.
 
I did read that site. And totally forgot the 2nd quote you posted.
He may have this anal plug.
 
I go back and re-read the same info over and over in case I missed something. I find I have a hard time remembering fine details when I'm upset over a pets health. I must have researched bumblefoot for 3 days, and I still go back and read the info over again.

I also think that Whistles problem may have been due to small cage size. He got less exercise in the smaller cage. Now that he's in the new cage, and running up and down the ramp (is he running up and down yet?) the extra movement may help solve this problem as his muscles get toned. We can hope, right? Do leave the mineral oil in his sac for 20-30 min, then go back and clean it again. It really helps soften and loosen the debris. The article also says to coat the sac after it's clean; being lubricated helps keep it cleaner longer. I hope this situation improves for you both.
BTW-if you can pick up coconut oil, I highly recommend it. I split the container ($10) so that the boys have their own supply, and I started using my own container on my dry skin. It smells really good, and it really works well. It might help with the smell "down there" on Whistles; otherwise someone had suggested putting Vicks under your nose.
 
I go back and re-read the same info over and over in case I missed something. I find I have a hard time remembering fine details when I'm upset over a pets health. I must have researched bumblefoot for 3 days, and I still go back and read the info over again.

I also think that Whistles problem may have been due to small cage size. He got less exercise in the smaller cage. Now that he's in the new cage, and running up and down the ramp (is he running up and down yet?) the extra movement may help solve this problem as his muscles get toned. We can hope, right? Do leave the mineral oil in his sac for 20-30 min, then go back and clean it again. It really helps soften and loosen the debris. The article also says to coat the sac after it's clean; being lubricated helps keep it cleaner longer. I hope this situation improves for you both.
BTW-if you can pick up coconut oil, I highly recommend it. I split the container ($10) so that the boys have their own supply, and I started using my own container on my dry skin. It smells really good, and it really works well. It might help with the smell "down there" on Whistles; otherwise someone had suggested putting Vicks under your nose.

He has run up and down his ramp the last coupla days. But since last night, his movement had reduced greatly.
We haven't got any mineral or coconut oil in the house. And with my best friend's car at the mechanics, I have just about no way to get to a store right now.
Husband will be home around 5:30-ish. But I'm not sure how willing he would be to go to the store for only 1 or 2 items.
as far as smell, ya, I just bout lost my organs over the stench.

ETA: Would fish oil work?
 
I think it just has to be safe if he ingests it. Olive oil might be better, or veggie oil.
 
I think it just has to be safe if he ingests it. Olive oil might be better, or veggie oil.

like those commonly used for cooking or baking?
 
That is impaction! My boy gets that too. I feel terrible for him when it happens. My vet advised taking a new look at his deit and see if something is suddenly causing it. It can come and go as well so even if it doesn't happen again in the next few days, make sure you keep an eye on him and make sure he is always pooping. You definetly want to invest in some mineral oil. Although, like someone else said, coconut oil is great too and really does make an awesome moisturizer for you! I am not sure that olive oil or fish oil would be a good idea so I would be cautious with those. If he won't eat or this continues on, make sure you see your vet! I'm glad to see you took care of your boy, though!
 
And quotes from that page:[/QUOTE]

Hey Petlovr. This impaction thing...is it mostly a boar thing or are sows prone to this?
 
Sows can get it as well. But it is most common in boars
Whistles has never had impaction. I may try to get husband to go to Win Dixie with me and I'll try replacing the romaine with red or green leaf. He hasn't had romaine in a while. I had stopped using it before and don't remember why.
This may have been the very reason why....although I REALLY don't remember him having this issue.
 
like those commonly used for cooking or baking?
Yes. It's better than nothing. If he doesn't eat enough to keep his gut moving, you'll be needing that emergency vet fund.

Maybe you can entice hubby with getting some ice cream (or his favorite treat) while you're at the store, LOL.
 
i adopted a 5 year old boy with "chronic" impaction issues. i had to help him poo twice a day - about an hour or so after fresh veggies. he is soooo good and never seems to mind. in fact i think he's relieved afterwards. i simple hold him, with his back facing me in a semi-sitting position, and gentle squeeze the poo out like i'm squeezing toothpaste down the tube (well, sort of - but MUCH MORE GENTLY!!) anyway, the last week or so, hes been chasing one of the other guys around the cage - mounting, etc; someone must have slipped him some viagra while i wasn't looking. and since then i haven't found any poo to squeeze out when i pick him up to check. i think he extra exercise must help. good luck - don't panic - it just ends up being something else to add to your "grooming" routine!
 
i adopted a 5 year old boy with "chronic" impaction issues. i had to help him poo twice a day - about an hour or so after fresh veggies. he is soooo good and never seems to mind. in fact i think he's relieved afterwards. i simple hold him, with his back facing me in a semi-sitting position, and gentle squeeze the poo out like i'm squeezing toothpaste down the tube (well, sort of - but MUCH MORE GENTLY!!) anyway, the last week or so, hes been chasing one of the other guys around the cage - mounting, etc; someone must have slipped him some viagra while i wasn't looking. and since then i haven't found any poo to squeeze out when i pick him up to check. i think he extra exercise must help. good luck - don't panic - it just ends up being something else to add to your "grooming" routine!

LOL
That made me giggle.
You'd think he'd get the impaction while he was in his tiny cage rather than while he is in his mansion.


We actually went to Win Dixie. Hubs was talking to me/rushing me at the sametime that I TOTALLY forgot about the mineral or coconut oil**pulls out hair**
Well I grabbed the green leaf lettuce. I hope he improves a bit. He did quite a bit of wheeking today when I was washing the lettuce. He probly smelled it ;)
 
We actually went to Win Dixie. Hubs was talking to me/rushing me at the sametime that I TOTALLY forgot about the mineral or coconut oil**pulls out hair**

That's a man for ya. JK! Olive oil or vegie oil should be fine for now. I wouldn't use fish oil; I don't think they should ingest that, and why add more smell?

BTW, thanks for the thread. You know I had to check my boys out and clean them up/out. Eww. Apparently Bob is feeling better since his bumblefoot cleared up, since I found boar glue on Tom's back end 2 days in a row. Blech!
 
That's a man for ya. JK! Olive oil or vegie oil should be fine for now. I wouldn't use fish oil; I don't think they should ingest that, and why add more smell?

BTW, thanks for the thread. You know I had to check my boys out and clean them up/out. Eww. Apparently Bob is feeling better since his bumblefoot cleared up, since I found boar glue on Tom's back end 2 days in a row. Blech!

I know right! He claimed he was super tired. But if he really was he'd be napping. Nope, his bum is on the puter playing SWTOR :p

Bleck. I wish boy piggies didn't live like pigs xD
 
My guys thrash and whistle when I clean them. Then they look horrified, and Bob will teeth chatter when he's back in his cage. Silly boys. I keep telling them if they would clean themselves, I wouldn't have to do it! LOL
 
My guys thrash and whistle when I clean them. Then they look horrified, and Bob will teeth chatter when he's back in his cage. Silly boys. I keep telling them if they would clean themselves, I wouldn't have to do it! LOL

LOL
the 1st time Whistles was an angel. But the 2nd time, he was like "oh not uh!! not gonna happen!!! You've got dad for this!!" xD
 
Company of another guinea pig and exercise is the key to preventing and minimizing impaction.

I really don't see how a female can get this type of impaction, since they don't have an anal pouch like a male does.
 
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Company of another guinea pig and exercise is the key to preventing and minimizing impaction.

I really don't see haw a female can get this type of impaction, since the don't have an anal pouch like a male does.

im not sure either (tho ive never had a sow)
I read somewhere(dont remember where) that the sows CAN get impaction but it is a very low chance. Would having a litter? stretch them out to were they could develop a pouch?
 
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