Thursday, July 10, 2014

1405. A guinea pig has pus in his left nostril

Jul 10, 2014

The guinea pig was not eating for a few days and was not active.
"Your guinea pig has thick yellow pus in his nose," I showed the lady owner. "He would be having a Upper Respiratory Tract Infection. So, he does not want to eat as he is not feeling well."

I hospitalized him for 3 days and gave him injections of Baytril and dextrose saline SC for 3 days.  On the 2nd day, his left nasal discharge changed to blackish in colour. Then today, on the 3rd day, the discharge was light yellow and he was more active.

He had been syringe fed Fiberplex and electrolytes for the last 2 days and he passed out some stools. He needs nursing at home and be given antibiotics and food 3 X/day in small amounts.

Dirty ears, infected eyelids, long toe nails and smegma in prepuce means that he had never been groomed. Sometimes rabbits get such respiratory infections too. Maybe the cage hygiene or the food quality is poor.

It is hard to say what is the cause of the infection. The pellets and hay look great.  One of my friends went to Yangon and stayed in a 5-star hotel. All 8 Singaporeans got vomiting and diarrhea eating good food of lamb, fish, chicken and vegetables. So, it is much the hygiene even in 5-star hotels.  

"I better get the other guinea pig groomed," the lady had the impression that no groomers in Singapore groom guinea pigs. I introduced Agnes of Pet Gantry to her.


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