"I took leave from my gardening job to bring my guinea pig to you for a check-up! I pray he is not in serious bad health,"
"The guinea pig does not cry for attention many times a day," I palpated the 17-month-old male. Whisky shivered and moved away when I palpated the back half of his abdomen. This is where his bladder was located. I X-rayed his abdomen.
"Whisky was crying for help, actually," I told Mr Ho. "The pain was intense and that was why he sought you out for help!
"Whisky has a urinary tract infection as evident by the presence of reddish-brown urine seen when he was warded overnight. X-rays show a bladder stone."
"I was too busy at work," Mr Ho shook his head. "Hence I delayed for 7 days. Can he be operated to get the stone removed?"
Feed him antibiotics, painkillers and Critical Care by hand. Also around 500 ml of water a day 6 times a day. Whisky will be reviewed 7 days later."
However on the 8th day, Whisky could not walk. He could not pee too. He had not been eating by himself for the past 8 days. Mr Ho had to hand feed him.
X-ray showed the stone had lodged inside the urethra, obstructing any flow of urine. Hence he could not pee. I palpated his bladder which was a hard golf ball in size.
Whisky would soon die of a ruptured bladder or kidney failure due to overflow of urine.
An emergency surgery was needed but the anaesthetic risk was so much higher.
However, Whisky passed away the next day. Mr Ho was very sad. Whisky was cremated. He kept the ashes in the urn.
Stones are usually formed as a result of feeding an unbalanced high calcium and protein diet. Obesity, drinking less water or withholding urine for long periods of time before peeing may be contributing factors.
End of Part 1.
Another video will discuss: HOW TO PREVENT URINARY STONE FORMING IN YOUR GUINEA PIG? Part 2. Prevention.
July 2016. Urethral obstruction