I have two 2 year and 4 month old girls. I got them at 7 months old, and frankly did a very bad job at socializing them.
Here's a picture:
The dark ones is Twee, an agouti berkshire, and the round bum is Ferkel, a rex agouti berkshire.
Twee is doing great, despite having at least 3 small tumors on her sides. Ferkel, on the other hand, I'm worried about.
Here's a pic of her:
Recently, I noticed she has become incredibly lethargic. She was always calmer than Twee, but now I can just lift her without her trying to kick or anything at all. I suspect a hind leg problem. She also isn't eating too well. She doesn't hold food in her hands, but eats out of my hand or off the ground. I suppose this helps her stay up with her legs being bad. She also doesn't drink water as often because it requires her to stand. I've tried holding her up to the nozzle, but she still only drinks very little.
Yet another horrible thing I've allowed, is for a while she would frequently fall from the hammock or second level, which is a 1' fall! I've made adjustments to the hammock, but occasionally, she will sleep on the second level, and slide off. This hasn't happened in a while either from my knowledge, as I think she's adapted to sleeping in front of the hammock so that if she slides off, she will land in the hammock. I tried to feel around for broken or dislocated bones, but there are none from what I can tell. I do think a fall could have severed her spine which is what's causing the leg issue.
Now, she's in the bottom of the cage. She appears to just be sitting, but I do find her sleeping. She never sleeps in the open on the bottom. She used to go into the box that is there, but now she doesn't have much hiding instincts. When I find her sitting like this, she sometimes has her hands perched on the rim of the litter box (pictured) otherwise, she doesn't sit up at all.
They are kept on aspen. And I must admit, I haven't been cleaning the cage weekly. Because of this, they both have mites, hairloss and lesions, and Ferkel gets a lot of bloody stuff in her eyes and nose as she always did, but she doesn't groom as much, making her look miserble.
Another thing, she is a bit overweight, which I'm sure doesn't help.
So what does everybody think? What can I do to comfort her. I have an one leveled guinea pig cage I was thinking of moving them into, but could that possibley create more stress? What can I do to accumulate her feeding and drinking needs? I don't know what can be done about the legs and back, coul this be repaired? Should I just have her euthanized?