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GP2 has to go to the vet - so worried

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everygalaxy Mon 15-Jun-15 08:27:31

One of our beautiful pigs has suddenly gone of his food yesterday - we got an indoor hutch and bought him in. Tried to tempt him with his favourite foods and he perked up last night.
Saw him at 6 this morning and he gone off his legs and not eating or drinking he looks really sad sad DH is phoning the vet as soon as they open but I'm fearing the worst. Just looking for hand holding - trying not to cry on the train!

millimat Mon 15-Jun-15 12:25:17

sad sorry to hear that. Prepare for the worst then anything better is good news?

tadpole39 Mon 15-Jun-15 17:17:31

How is the pig galaxy?

everygalaxy Mon 15-Jun-15 17:34:51

He had to go to the big vets not the one he is used to and they don't know what is wrong. He is staying in overnight for fluids and pain meds and they are going to ring us in the morning. Big fat GP1 has hardly noticed he has gone! Fingers crossed he picks up overnight he is my little boy sad

70isaLimitNotaTarget Mon 15-Jun-15 18:18:06

<<hand holding>>

they can go downhill so quickly , that's one of the troubles with guineas.
Hope you get good news from the vet, I'd imagine they'll push fluids,painkillers, liquid foods and possibly antibiotics into him.

Crossing paws , they seem so vunerable and (dare I say) pathetic when they're ill sad

fortifiedwithtea Mon 15-Jun-15 20:37:37

<hand holding>

Poor piggy and poor yousad keeping everything crossed for you that he pulls through.

everygalaxy Mon 15-Jun-15 21:19:30

Thank you everyone they are syringe feeding him every two hours and getting the gp specialist in tomorrow to have a look and tell us what the think is best. If the time has come DH will go in with him he loves him so much. GP1 is being very stoic though he seems a bit lonely he has had lots of cuddles tonight.

everygalaxy Tue 16-Jun-15 17:25:08

Good news piggy might be coming home tomorrow but he will have to be a house pig for a while and be strengthened up. He had a tummy problem, sore teeth and bladder stones poor boy! Vet said his diet and lifestyle were fine so can't explain how he went downhill so fast plus other pig is fine. He has to go back soon for bladder stone removal but came through today well smile

70isaLimitNotaTarget Wed 17-Jun-15 10:19:49

Good Luck galaxypig
You'll be glad to welcome him home smile

It just goes to show how these little creatures can hide their illnesses, not like dogs who give you "The Look".
Piggies like to hide their ailments and keep you guessing.

Will you be moving his cagemate indoors too, for moral support?

everygalaxy Wed 17-Jun-15 14:48:21

Hurrah he is coming home tonight - I was sure I would never see him again, such a relief. The vet bill is astronomical and the bloody washing machine broke yesterday - one of those weeks! But still so happy to have him home.

The indoor house (or isolation ward as DH calls it grin ) is a bit too small for two - plus GP1 is a bit of a bully, so we will re-introduce them gradually. GP1 misses him but is not too bad - he has had extra grass time and cuddles.

everygalaxy Wed 17-Jun-15 14:54:44

My lovely boy a few weeks ago - need to build him back up. Thanks for the support everyone in RL people didn't get how I could be so attached to a pig!

70isaLimitNotaTarget Wed 17-Jun-15 16:29:14

He's a gorgeous piggie, lots of spoiling in the offing for him.

Ask your vet about diet though, he might need to cut down on calcium rich foods. (I'm sure there's a really good list - maybe GuineaLynx) that has all the levels of calcium in common foods .
Green veg (especially the dark ones like spinach, kale, watercress, herbs) are high.
We give ours filtered water because we live in very hard water. Don't know why I bother because they never drink it.

IKWYM about the RL "oh it's only a guinea" looks. Our GP2 died when Andy Murray won Wimbledon. The next day at work, everyone was enthusing, I was silently screeching "My guinea-pig died" while outwardly going "Oh, yes, brilliant, it was a huge achievement"

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