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Quick hello, and my "special" guinea pig story

MissMalfoy

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Hi there everyone! Brand new member and thought I'd give a bit of an introduction.

I'm a university student in Toronto and I have one guinea pig (a male Abyssinian named Rory). In the past I've had fancy mice. I also currently have a cat, though he doesn't go in the bedroom where I keep Rory (again, had a lot of practice with having mice for years).

My sister adopted Rory for me as a Christmas present (don't worry, we'd discussed it beforehand so I had time to prepare!). A month after bringing him home, he got really sick - couldn't walk or stand up or use his back legs AT ALL. I took him to the vet and discovered he had a form of bacterial meningitis and vitamin c deficiency. The vet and I went over how I care for and feed Rory and eventually she said that he was probably cared for incorrectly before I had him and it just took the month for the symptoms of it to show up (he was adopted from the humane society, by the way).

After two weeks of painkillers and added vitamic c, and a month of antibiotics, Rory was checked up on and the infection was gone! Unfortunately, because he was a baby (he was about three weeks old when he was adopted, so just under two months old when I noticed he was sick), the infection did affect his brain development. Both of the guinea pig specialists at our vet office looked at him and told me that it wouldn't affect his quality of life/life expectancy but he would always be a little bit "special" (he has bad balance - his hopping and running are almost perfect, but he tips over a bit when he walks). He's now at the proper size he should be for his age (approximately six months old).

I would never want to go through this again, it was so heartbreaking, but I think the extra careful way I was taking care of him during his illness really created a bond between us. Before that, he was just starting to be comfortable with me sticking my hand in the cage, and after the first vet appointment, he would let me cuddle him up in my arms.

Oh! And I just wanted to add: I know guinea pigs normally like to have a friend with them (just like mice!), but Rory was the only boy. He seems very happy though, and my entire family likes to come over and play with him (I live with my sister and she's always popping in to poke him and say hello). I also spend a lot of time in my bedroom doing homework, so I take many well-deserved piggy breaks. :)
 
Rory sounds awesome. I love stories like this and am really happy that he is doing so well. I am new here also, so I hope to see you around the forum!
 
I'm sorry your piggy got so sick, but nursing an animal back to health does create a special bond. Like a battle won together. Welcome to the forum, I hope you enjoy it here.
 
I'm so glad Rory is in good hands. I'd love to see a pigture if you have any to post. Welcome to the forum!
 
Hullo, welcome to the forum!
 
Thank you for the welcome everyone!

I'm so glad Rory is in good hands. I'd love to see a pigture if you have any to post. Welcome to the forum!

I have lots of pictures, but I'll just post one for now. :)

[GuineaPigCages.com] Quick hello, and my "special" guinea pig story
 
I'm so glad Rory is in good hands. I'd love to see a pigture if you have any to post. Welcome to the forum!
I second this. Thank you for taking such great care of him, and welcome to the forum!
Edit: Oh you added a pic as I was posting he is adorable!
 
Ditto! Very sweet looking piggy. Thanks for sharing the photo.
 
I second this. Thank you for taking such great care of him, and welcome to the forum!
Edit: Oh you added a pic as I was posting he is adorable!

It makes me sad that proper care might be so rare for guinea pigs that I'd be thanked for doing... not a lot, really. I think I actually have to take him to vet again. He might have mites (he's been scratching a lot but I haven't seen any of the other symptoms I've read about online - missing hair, cuts of any kind, etc, just scratching like crazy). I don't know, taking pets to the vet is just something you do when they're sick or hurt.
 
He is super cute! I have a special bond with my boy Lightning because of the illness he experienced when he was about two months old, those bonds are hard to break!!
 
It makes me sad that proper care might be so rare for guinea pigs that I'd be thanked for doing... not a lot, really. I think I actually have to take him to vet again. He might have mites (he's been scratching a lot but I haven't seen any of the other symptoms I've read about online - missing hair, cuts of any kind, etc, just scratching like crazy). I don't know, taking pets to the vet is just something you do when they're sick or hurt.
It is, but a lot of people just don't think about taking pets like guinea pigs to the vet, they are viewed as more of a disposable pet :(. Glad you agree and obviously you care a lot about him. You may be catching the mites early https://www.guinealynx.info/mites.html Just wanted to give you this site, we reference it a lot on this site for medical issues and what not, and a lot of things you can treat at home; they even teach how to figure out the dosages for a lot of meds etc..
 
Hmm. Just did a quick read-through of that page (I'm about to go to bed or I'd be more thorough). Is Ivermectin something I could buy from the vet or pharmacy without bringing Rory in for an appointment? I know from having mice with mites that treating for them without knowing for sure if they have them isn't harmful, and I'd assume the same would go for guinea pigs too.

If I could just buy the Ivermectin and treat Rory under the assumption that he does have mites, that would save a poor uni student $80, haha!
 
Hmm. Just did a quick read-through of that page (I'm about to go to bed or I'd be more thorough). Is Ivermectin something I could buy from the vet or pharmacy without bringing Rory in for an appointment? I know from having mice with mites that treating for them without knowing for sure if they have them isn't harmful, and I'd assume the same would go for guinea pigs too.

If I could just buy the Ivermectin and treat Rory under the assumption that he does have mites, that would save a poor uni student $80, haha!

You should be able to buy it but I'm not sure where... Here's a bump, hopefully someone with better info will reply :)
 
Welcome1 Your pig Rory is adorable!
Do you live anywhere near a feed store or a large animal store for livestock? Ivermection comes in a horse paste for worms. It can be diluted down to give to guinea pigs orally. It can be given up to every 4 weeks. There isnt enough in one tube of paste. It usually costs under 10.00 dollars.

There is on guinealynx.com a section on ivermection, wts. and dosage. Under Ivermectin, oral is the list for wt. dosage and the syringe you would need.
 
Rory is just too cute! I'm glad you were able to nurse him back to health!
 
Welcome1 Your pig Rory is adorable!
Do you live anywhere near a feed store or a large animal store for livestock? Ivermection comes in a horse paste for worms. It can be diluted down to give to guinea pigs orally. It can be given up to every 4 weeks. There isnt enough in one tube of paste. It usually costs under 10.00 dollars.

There is on guinealynx.com a section on ivermection, wts. and dosage. Under Ivermectin, oral is the list for wt. dosage and the syringe you would need.

I don't, I live right in the middle of a big city, however my dad's best friend is marrying someone who works with horses (she helps birth/deliver them and train them) so I can ask her about it.
 
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