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sick pig update

Last month I talked about billy dee being sick, and then I didn't post an update because nothing conclusive ever really came out of that. I think (but I'm not certain) that the cortisone changed him from sounding like death to just sounding really sick. But honestly it's hard to tell.

I'd posted for advice aon guinea lynx and people there said he's got a heart condition, and we should try him on ACE inhibitors. They said it's a common missed thing and they even have a big write-up that you can take in to a vet: http://www.guinealynx.info/heart.html

The problem is that I really bad trying to self-diagnose an animal online when he's already seen a medical professional. I could call our vet again, and hope he's got another option up his sleeve. I could try another vet... one that's on the guinea lynx site. But I'd want our old vet to send the x-rays over.

I guess I was hoping our vet and the internet would just magically agree without consulting one another, or our vet would do something amazing to make Billy healthier. Since Billy has scar tissue on his lungs, I'm not even convinced he has a heart issue. I just know he's not really better right now.

Also I'm a bad pig owner, because you're supposed to always be weighing your pigs to monitor their health and we haven't done that. Billy feels skinny. I see him eating all the time but when I pick him up I feel things... hips, shoulder bones, spine. When I pick up jabba I feel A LOT OF FAT, when I pick up pinky or the brain I feel a reasonable amount of rodent substance. So those three seem healthy and normal. I'm not sure how to fatten up a guinea pig, their diet consists of hay and veggies, it's not like you can switch them to big macs.


oh, sorry I can't post about guinea pigs without a pigture. Here's Billy, pausing between two fluffy butts to ask, "What's wrong with me?"


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Dec. 3rd, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
avacados. When I had an underweight pig, I was told to see if she liked avacados. healthy and fattning!
Dec. 3rd, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
man avacados is a great idea!

i think he big concern is if he feels like he is losing weight. otherwise he might have always been a runty guy.
Dec. 3rd, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
My ex-housemate used to feed his guinea pig rabbit food pellets, which is hideously energy-dense and it blobbed around the place like a blubbery little sausage. But if your piggie needs to be fatter, and subject to doing research and finding out whether it would actually be a very wrong thing to feed a piggie, it might be the thing.
Dec. 3rd, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC)
I think it's perfectly ok to research other options for him. After all, many people get second opinions on medical advice. Why is it not ok to do the same for our pets?

At the very least if you really want to give your vet the benefit of the doubt, you could call your vet and say on a guinea pig community you frequent, another person said their pig had similar symptoms to billy and it turned out to be a heart condition, and that ACE inhibitors helped. Note that he hasn't seemed to improve to you with the cortisone. Do they think that could help him at all, or would it just be a waste of money because the scarring indicates it won't help? You don't have to say you were actively looking for other options, and this shows the vet you still value their opinion. Maybe it will turn out the vet already thought of this and ruled it out based on other things.
Dec. 4th, 2009 01:52 am (UTC)
I...it's gunna drive me crazy, what comic is that cat from?!
Dec. 4th, 2009 05:25 am (UTC)
Hehe it's not from a comic! It's the Microsoft cat, Links, who used to be one of the office assistants in Word. You know, like the paperclip! I made that icon what seems like hundreds of years ago back when I had Windows ... ME *hides face in shame* and didn't know not to use .jpg for icons. And now I can't find him to get a better quality image :(
Dec. 4th, 2009 11:29 pm (UTC)
Ah, I knew I knew that cat!
Dec. 4th, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
haha... "pigture" I feel better already.
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