I was messaging about our Guinea pig and hit the back button. Not moving much in cage. Moves a little outside of cage.

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Customer: Hi I was messaging about our Guinea pig and hit the back button
JA: Hi there. I'll do all I can to help. Can you tell me a little more about the guinea pig's situation? How long has this been a concern?
Customer: not moving much in cage. Moves a little outside of cage. Seems like heart is racing and instead of a loud squeak it’s a very soft faint noise now. Not eating much and you can tell she’s lost some weight
JA: A lack of appetite can seem worrying. The Expert will know how to help. Does the guinea pig seem to be in any pain?
Customer: she’s not moving much. The previous owner said that she has issues with her back so we have to hold her very carefully
JA: What's the guinea pig's name and age?
Customer: we kept the name they had for it. This one is brownie
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: Dont believe so
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Hi, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and I'm happy to help. Please stand by while I have a chance to type.

I am very sorry to hear that Brownie isn't eating well, has lost weight and it seems like her heart is racing. The cause for her symptoms could certainly be linked to a heart problem if her heart appears to be racing. This could absolutely result in loss of appetite and weight loss. I would strongly recommend that she go in for diagnostics and treatment for these symptoms, especially the appetite loss. As you likely know, guinea pigs cannot go very long without eating. If they have stopped eating well on their own, this needs to be addressed as a medical emergency. I would strongly recommend that we find your companion a vet that can see them and arrange a vet visit ASAP. Not eating well can be a sign of many conditions from parasites to bloat. I don't say this to scare you but to be entirely honest about the risk. Learn more here:

Bloat: http://www.guinealynx.info/emergency.html

At home, you can try giving Pediatric Gas-x/simethicone to help alleviate gas pains in the GI tract which may allow them to go right back to eating normally. If not, they need to see a vet. I suggest using 0.5mL of Pediatric (liquid) children’s gas-x (simethicone). This can be dosed orally every 4-8 hours. If they refuse to eat following the Gas-x, I would start syringe feeding pureed pellets or pureed human baby food every few hours. It's imperative that they continue to receive food. Try flavors like apple, banana and green bean. You can also use a high quality convalescent diet for exotics like Oxbow Critical Care (available online from vendors like Amazon and Chewy). Use this video for directions on syringe feeding if this is your first time doing so: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgxcVE5AyVA

Should things worsen before you can see your vet, I'd plan to see an ER vet. If in the USA, you can find ER vets open in your area here: https://www.petflight.com/vet_clinics Be sure to call before heading in to ensure that they can accommodate you and your companion.

Also, just in case finances might be a concern and limit your ability to obtain care for your companion at this time, please visit this link where I have comprised nearly 30 links to help with financial aid, financing and fundraising: https://www.dropbox.com/s/o3mxuiqvbt8drjk/JAFinancialAid.docx?dl=0

I do want to make sure that we will both be leaving this interaction feeling like we’ve addressed your concern effectively. Would you say that you are comfortable with the next steps we’ve established together? If not, please let me know how I can best assist you. Our chat does not end until you’re completely done asking questions on this topic.

I have put in a request to a vet. I will go buy some foods tomorrow to see if that helps as well. Thanks for the info and help.

You’re welcome. I will also check in with you in the next 12 hours or so to see how things are progressing and offer any additional support that might be needed. If you need more help before then don't hesitate to respond back. I'll be working periodically today and will get back to you as soon as I can :)

Hello again, JACustomer. This is a courtesy message. I’m just dropping in to see how things are going and to see if you have any questions that have developed. I’m just a message away if you need any additional support.

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