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Pink wee - something to be concerned about?

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I've noticed that one of mine has started doing pink wees. During floortime, they have a box to go into lined with newspaper. They use this as their litter tray and it is here that I noticed that for the second day running one of them did a wee that had a slight pink tinge to it. I'm guessing this is blood. Is this like a guineapig "time of the month" or should I be concerned and take her to the vet? I'm going to make an appointment unless someone on here can assure me it is not something to worry about.

Any ideas?
 

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I've heard that blood in the pee is definitely a sign of sickness, I would take her to the vet ASAP.
 

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Usually UTI or stones or cysts. Definitely get to the vet. Treatment is needed.
 

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I thought so. I will do this in the morning. Thanks!
 

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Update: I took her to the vet's today and she had a feel of her and said she couldn't notice anything obviously wrong. She said she it is difficult to tell at this stage what is wrong and that she's reluctant to proscribe antibiotics right now. She said to give her 20ml extra of water per day using a syringe. This could help by flushing her system out. She said if she is still making pink wee after the weekend to call and she'll proscribe antiobiotics.

I'll probably spread the 20ml of water over the day with 3 or 4 sessions. I think 20ml in one go might be too much for a piggy.
 

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Uh, she didn't do a simple test for blood in the urine? The little plastic stick they use (like checking for chlorine levels in a pool or hottub)?

I would have her on a course of antibiotics right away to clear up/rule out a possible UTI (assuming blood) IF you didn't want to also take x-rays to look for stones and wanted to wait to rule out a UTI first in order to save money.

I'm wondering about the vet. You can't feel a UTI and you can't feel most stones.
 

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When my pig had a UTI, they did all kinds of tests. Is your vet a specialist?
 

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CavySpirit said:
Uh, she didn't do a simple test for blood in the urine? The little plastic stick they use (like checking for chlorine levels in a pool or hottub)?

I would have her on a course of antibiotics right away to clear up/rule out a possible UTI (assuming blood) IF you didn't want to also take x-rays to look for stones and wanted to wait to rule out a UTI first in order to save money.

I'm wondering about the vet. You can't feel a UTI and you can't feel most stones.
Oh dear. I don't know what to do. Go and find another vet and get charged again without knowing whether their diagnosis and advice is any good? How do I know?

To your knowledge, is there anything else other than blood that it could be?

Also, if they proscribe an antibiotic, is there a specific name I should look out for? Which antibiotic would a vet usually subscribe for a suspected UTI?
 

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sofiemuffins said:
When my pig had a UTI, they did all kinds of tests. Is your vet a specialist?
I don't know. They seemed happy to deal with guineapigs when I asked. Is there somewhere I can get a list of vets who specialise in guineapigs? I live in Bristol, England.
 

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For more info, go to Guinealynx.com if you haven't already. It's a very, very helpful sight.
 

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Thanks DocDoLittle I'll have a read through that site. I've been giving her the water as the vet instructed and there was no pink wee last night, just slightly milky, which I believe is fairly normal. For the time being, I think I'll continue doing this and see how she goes.
 

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MilesWaterson , unless you fed your piggy some veggie that was red, she shouldn't be peeing pink. Please take her back to the vet, or take her to another vet. Make sure you tell them what you suspect, UTI, Stones, or cysts.
 

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cinn&sprinslave said:
MilesWaterson , unless you fed your piggy some veggie that was red, she shouldn't be peeing pink. Please take her back to the vet, or take her to another vet. Make sure you tell them what you suspect, UTI, Stones, or cysts.
I've given her the extra water as the vet advised and now she is making normal wee. Could it be possible that this has flushed out her system? There hasn't been *any* pink wee since Thursday. Since then she has been doing normal wee and she has been as alert and active as ever. What the vet advised appears to have worked. However, given this, do you still think I should take her to another vet even though she now appears to be alright? Even though the pink wee has stopped, do you think it is likely that there is still an underlying problem?
 
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Queen B said:
goodluck I hope your guniea pig gets better.
Thanks Queen B. She seems alright at present, but I'll be keeping a close eye on her and weighing her every day.
 
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