Sorry for not replying to you MerryFriarTuck , we are going through a nightmare.
We are losing Misko, he is fading away.
I've never cried as much as today.
Sunday evening he had floor time, he was active, running around, asking for treats, eating hay.
He seemed great. During the last week we slowly started reducing his motility drugs and metacam.
He was still on 0.25ml Metacam twice daily and 0.1ml Cisapride twice daily.
Monday morning my wife gave him CC, and left him in the cage. He was eating hay when she left.
I woke up half hour later and found him in his hut facing the inside. I knew something was wrong right away.
His head was tilted to the right and he refused to eat anything.
His belly was stone hard and he had spasms.
His condition was deteriorating rapidly.
He had hard time passing poops and by the evening he was completely lethargic.
He was falling to the right side, couldn't use or move his front right leg.
We thought we will lose him overnight, but we kept fighting and forcing CC whole night and massaging his belly.
We got him back on all his meds, and today in the morning he started passing poops.
Currently he poops a lot and poops actually don't look too bad. Best since his surgery.
Problem is that he is completely lethargic, can't move at all, he is completely disoriented.
If we leave him lying on the belly, he just turns to his side.
His whole rear end is vibrating, he has spasms and breaths very hard. He is in lot of pain.
Today I took him to the vet to get fluids and to check him.
When she saw him she suspected a stroke, but said it passed over a month from the surgery so it shouldn't be that.
Than she suspected inner ear inflammation and did x-rays.
Images showed signs of otitis that could fit with infection of inner ear.
Interestingly his left side looks worse than his right, but he tilts towards right side.
She consulted with a specialist and they decided to treat with antibiotic Azithromycin, taking in account that antibiotic started all this to begin with.
This is the last shot to save him.
Misko has less than 5% life left in him.
I just can't believe this all happened in just 24 hours.
He is in lots of pain, completely lethargic and breaths hard and his whole body vibrates, especially rear end around his belly.
Our feeding CC is only thing keeping him alive.
Only positive thing is that he started pooping really a lot, and poops look good.
It is hard to feed CC because he has hard time chewing and swallowing, but we still manage.
We are heartbroken. He is suffering.
We don't know if/when it is the right time to say enough, and take his pain away
Any input is highly appreciated from more experienced guinea pig owners.
Could all this be caused by a sudden and severe bloat attack?
Can bloat cause the symptoms he is having ( unable to walk, move, falling to the side)?
I just don't understand, how this inner ear thing happened and how it is connected to his bloat problems...
From your experience, can a guinea pig recover from the condition Misko is in if we continue to fight and force CC?