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Our pig has a urinary stone but we called over the phone so it’s not 100%. He does seem to have symptoms. We can’t afford it and all we could think about was putting him down. Any suggestions? We are devastated
I sent you a PM about some stuff that helped us. I also really recommend a low calcium diet and filtered water. Be careful not to feed a ton of veggies, and change your pellets to a low-calcium brand if needed.
It sounds like you didn't have xrays, which is the only way to confirm stones. I would have that done if you can afford it.
I was afraid I'd have to euthanize my bladder stone pig, but it is not the end just yet if they have stones!
If you truly can't afford an x-ray, check around you for guinea pig rescues that might be able to take him and get him the medical care he needs.
And please don't get another pet if you can't afford care for it. Medical care is just as much a part of responsible pet ownership as food, water and shelter. These little critters depend on you for everything, and it's not fair to them to keep them and let them suffer because you can't afford their care.
It's not an inconvenience. But bladder stones need to be definitively diagnosed, and removed if they're too large to pass on their own. Left untreated, they can fall into the urethra and completely block the flow of urine, which is a painful, expensive emergency. Far better to get him in for x-rays and a diagnosis than to let it ride.