Urgent Question About My Ill Guinea Pig
My little one, Panda (8 weeks old) is suffering from what was called pneumonia by a non-exotic vet, though I am sure it is actually an upper respiratory infection.
He was first given the antibiotic Baytril which gave him diarrhea and severe loss of appetite shortly after the first dose, so just yesterday we had the vet switch antibiotics for him.
The new antibiotic is a smaller dose to be given every 12 hours, instead of once a day.
His appetite has immediately started returning (yay!!!!)
The problem now is that there haven't been any droppings in his cage at all since he began the new antibiotic.
However, I have most definitely seen him engage in coprophagy (the eating of a certain kind of dropping which gives him essential vitamins) very often.
My question is: Is it possible that because he has been so ill he is eating all his droppings, not just the vitamin-rich ones?
I am aware of the dangers of bloat and impaction and to that end, he has a vet appointment at 8:30 this morning.
I am asking my question because I am hoping that the lack of droppings in his cage doesn't necessarily have to mean that he's coming down with bloat or he has an impaction. My poor little Panda has been through too much already!
Thank you kindly for any answer anyone can provide!!
Last edited by SquareWheels30; 05-29-2010 at 04:18 AM.