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Sick Mystery hair loss near back legs during persistent UTI

lilpumpkamo

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Hello all,

I am stumped so I wanted to crowdsource some info from other guinea pig owners. This is mostly a TLDR I wrote a lot under the images on Imgur.

Here is her history:

Age: I have had Kaylor for 3.5 years, unsure of her age as I rescued her but let's guess about 5 years old now.

Previous illness/injury: Cloudy eye (cleared up)

First Issue (broken tooth) [July 2021-Present]((broken link removed)): In July her bottom tooth fell out and I took her to the vet who said it should grow back and everything looked good. The tooth did not grow back but she continued life as normal except I had to break her Oxbow Vitamin C tab in half for her.

Second Issue (UTI) [November 2021-Present]((broken link removed)): In mid November she started peeing deep red and squeaking when she would pee. I also saw some weight loss from low 1100s to high 900s (grams). She was treated after a vet visit diagnosed a UTI (no stones) and she improved. However, symptoms came back last week and are not going away with meds as they did before. Unrelated to Kaylor but including it to give the full picture, I had a guinea pig suddenly die on 12-9 (RIP LILY), she was totally normal the day before and I woke up to her "asleep" in the cage in the morning. I was shocked. While was no the image of health (She had persistent URIs as a result of a heart problem and weighed about 3 pounds), she had no symptoms of a URI or any other illness leading up to her death. Now Kaylor is decreasing in weight (her all time low of 944 was on 12-9 when Lily died), she has been fluctuating in the mid/high 900s. Her last all time low was 990 about a year ago when another guinea pig of mine died, but other than that she has always been above 1 kg ((broken link removed)). Today when she was outstretching her back legs I noticed the extent of the hair loss. Is this due to the meds? Is she pulling her hair out due to the pain? Maybe a result of too many Oxbow tablets? She has been picky about the Vitamin C (orange packaging) ones so I have been giving her the Multi-Vitamin (blue packaging) ones. She also won't eat the Urinary Support (yellow packaging) ones.

Am I doing something wrong? Is there something I could be over looking? She is eating/drinking as she normally does for the most part. Please help. Any advice/input/comments are appreciated. I cannot handle losing another pig so soon.

Kaylor During Better Days
 
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