My name is XXXXX XXXXX X am a Vet tech with special interest in Small Animals and Exotics. I would like to ask a few questions.
Can you tell me what type of pellets you are feeding?
Do you free feed grass hays?
Do you feed any fresh veggies?
Is he passing a normal amount of pellets(stool)?
yes i just feed him the regular sunburst mixed type of pellets i buy from my local petco. i just feed him timothy hay. and the veggies he usually likes is romane lettuce, carrots, and strawberries. and yes i see pellets and urine in his cage every day! nothing unusual and they are not soft or anything. normal hard stools.
I would increase the hay which is very important for a Guinea pig, and as far as the Pellets make sure to use a good quality like Mazuri or Oxbow Cavy Cuisine which are better quality pellets. Guinea pigs need Vitamin C because they cannot manufacture it in their body, so it is an important supplement. The bloating may be from the fresh veggies you are feeding.This is a link for Fresh Veggies and good diets to help: http://www.guinealynx.info/diet.html
Now to help Rusty, we can try some gentle massage to help break up the gas in the intestinal tract. You can also give Pediatric Mylicon Drops 1ml which is about a 1/4 of a teaspoon, which will help with gas that can cause bloat. This can be given every 4 hours if needed. I would have Rusty checked out by a Guinea Pig Vet to see if there is an underlying cause. This is a link for Guinea Pig Vets: http://www.guinealynx.info/vetlist.html ----- http://www.aemv.org/ -------- Please let me know if you have further questions and I can continue with you. My goal is to be sure you get 100% Excellent Service. Joan
You are doing everything right and the Mylicon cannot hurt. Do not forget the probiotics to help the gut flora. Keep up the great work. Joan
The Pro biotic would be Bene Bac. You can get it at most Pet shops. It helps the gut flora, which allows the stomach to work well. This is what I am suggesting: http://www.petco.com/N_85_30_4294960715/Guinea-Pigs-Bene-Bac.aspx It is a Very good supplement that can be given on a regular basis, to help with the bloating and gas. It is not like simethicone, but adds beneficial bacteria cultures back into the gut. It is like humans taking Acidophilus. The Bene Bac is very healthy and carried at the larger Pet supplies. You can give the fresh veggies, but always in moderation Joan
If there is guggling you can still use te Mylicon as needed. The Bene Bac can be used with the Mylicon. I would use the Bene bac as directed on the package for Guinea Pigs. it cannot hurt and may help with the bloating and gurgling. We use Pro biotics with all animals and many humans. Joan
You are very welcome!