|Rosie: A Rescued Guinea Pig|
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|Rosie was found by a couple during their walk in a rural area. They tried to get her but she ran away so the man went back later and caught her and brought her home. After two days she started to loose her hair so she was taken to the vet. The vet gave two options: put her down or treat her. They chose treating her so she was given an oral dose of Ivermectin and Chlorhexi to dilute and apply as a topical once a week. The couple could not keep her since they had two rat terrier mix dogs and they felt that they could do no more more her since the treatment they were proving was not resulting in her getting better. GPF took her in and found that she had other medical issues as well as hair loss. She appeared to have an URI and was severely underweight. It's quite possible that she was dumped where there was no access to water (a guinea pig will not eat if there is no water source). She was started on Bactrim/TMS. Metacam, Oxbow's Critical Care, liquid Vitamin C, and continued dosing with oral Ivermectin. It is not known at this time if she will make it; she will be evaluated by my vet in a week. She was named Rosie since she was found in Santa Rosa.|
UPDATE 5-24-08: Rosie went to the vet today and had a couple of x-rays taken. She does have pneumonia ... a "nasty" case per the vet; one lung is worse than the other. She was given fluids with Baytril and Vitamin B added and I was given fluids to take home in case she stops eating. She was switched over to Baytril twice a day to see if that will help since the Bactrim/TMS didn't seem to be helping that much. If the Baytril interferes with her eating then she'll be put back on Bactrim and may be given an injectable antibiotic also. She was not given oxygen like Max used to get when he showed up at (another) vet's. She is to continue with Critical Care and daily Vitamin C supplement (oral: liquid) and I'm to check with the vet in a couple of days. If she does okay then she will be rechecked in four weeks (the minimum that it will take to get the pneumonia resolved) or next Saturday if things aren't working out too well. No photos were taken today at the vet ... I left the camera home this time around. Lasix (for the fluid) was not an option with pneumonia and I'm to not apply any more aloe vera since she was ingesting a little of it and it can be toxic to them in large amounts (?).]
UPDATE 6-5-08: Rosie's hair is slowly growing in and should be fully grown in the next couple of weeks. She has gained 100 grams since she arrived here. She is still receiving her antibiotics and Critical Care daily. She still makes noises and surges back and forth when she breathes but she has perked up and is now no longer bony.
UPDATE 6-14-08: Rosie took a sudden turn for the worse and was having trouble breathing. She was taken to the vet where it was determined that it would be best to humanely euthanize her since she was having trouble getting any air/oxygen.
Close-up of back: mites?
Hip bone showing (top right of photo)
In quarantine: Marchioro cage with Carefresh bedding
Very friendly and sweet temperment
Kleenmama's bluegrass hay
Wiped nose and slight noisy/labored breathing: given oral liquid Vitamin C and TMS/Bactrim (antibiotic)
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