Monday, February 20, 2012

881. Blood in the guinea pig's urine again. Why?

"UTI" the owner said the previous vet had diagnosed UTI when her guinea pig had passed blood in the urine.

No urine test was taken by the first vet. She wanted another opinion from me.
"UTI is common," I said. "I need to ward it and do a urine collection to check the urine."

How to collect urine from a guinea pig? I remembered my sheep metabolic studies lectures in Animal Nutrition in the 3rd year. That was 4 decades ago. Improvise. I looked for a clean pan, not the usual pee pan. I found two. See images.

Will update later.
Tentative diagnosis is traumatic injury as the guinea pig still has good appetite and has not passed blood in the urine on 2nd day of hospitalisation after being treated with medication.

Image from link from toapayoh vets as seems to have some problems in layout when images are posted directly to it.

1 comment:

  1. Hi! One of my guinea pig went through the same thing. The first vet didn't do any urinalysis, just an xray to check for stones and then he gave us antibiotics, he told us he had a wound in his butt. Piggy is peeing blood again, I'm planning to see a new vet and this time with a urine sample. I just want to ask how will the vet treat bladder/kidney injury? I'm really worried.