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URI/Upper Respiratory Infection Weight loss?

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So we're on day 2 of Smush's antibiotic. We were at the vet yesterday morning and she weighed in at 862g. Today after work I weighed her and she's 859g but she seems to be doing much better--she's zooming around the cage and popcorning as I'm typing. Should I be concerned?
 
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I believe guinea pig weight can fluctuate throughout the day. It is recommended to weight at the same time everyday or every week. Usually best to weight in the morning or before veggies.
 

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No. Three grams is about the weight of one pee or poop.
 

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Ok good to know still a bit panicked over her being sick
 

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Although, it wouldn't hurt to get a probiotic in her while she's on antibiotics. They can put a pig off their food, which is never good. Sorry if you've mentioned this already in another thread :)
 

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She's still eating like crazy she ate a 1/2 cup of veggies, pellets, lots of hay that's why I was worried that she lost 4 grams
 

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Which antibiotic is she on? The one that caused the most trouble with Ferb's appetite was Baytril. Weight fluctuations are normal, if she starts to lose daily then you should let the vet know. I use benebac for piggies on antibiotics, it really seems to help.
 

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Which antibiotic is she on? The one that caused the most trouble with Ferb's appetite was Baytril. Weight fluctuations are normal, if she starts to lose daily then you should let the vet know. I use benebac for piggies on antibiotics, it really seems to help.

I forget what the us name is for it. It's Sulfatrim in Canada
 

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Sulfatrim is Bactrim. Also called Trimeth Sulfa.
 

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So in addition to the antibiotic the vet gave me liquid vitamin c (apple flavour) which is 50mg/ml and told me to give her 1 ml for 7 days then decrease it to 0.5ml till it's finished but she absolutely hates it and her oxbow bit c tabs are 50mg each. Other then my paying 29.30$ for the liquid stuff and wanting her to take it solely cause of that is there any benefit to the liquid? I feel like I'm torturing her putting it in her mouth
 

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Vitamin C is vitamin C. I'd feed her whatever she'll take.
 

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Ok I just thought maybe the liquid got absorbed easier or something but she makes a face like when you give a baby a lemon absolutely adorable but she's angry at me after lol
 

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Does she eat veggies, you could try masking it with veggies to try to get your money's worth?
 

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She's lost more weight again too but she's still eating constantly and she takes it out of a syringe (the vit c) but she's not happy about it
 

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If I feed Ferb and Penny cilantro before and after their medication they take it a lot easier. I suspect the cilantro taste is strong enough to help mask the liquid antibiotics. The antibiotics are fruit flavored but I sniffed the Baytril and it smells like bitter medicine with fake apple.
 

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