The Legend of Barry Jenkins

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Thu Jan 28, 2021 11:16 pm


Maybe a little bit of both. It's weird because he'll nibble on the carrots and pellets, which are the hardest things he gets. He's going to the vet as a walk in tomorrow since they don't have any appointments available for at least a week. I hate having to go that route because it could take all day to get seen and they tack on an additional charge of $75.

Bookfan
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Post   » Fri Jan 29, 2021 11:46 am


I wouldn't like that either, but I think a week is too long to wait.

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Fri Jan 29, 2021 2:08 pm


Got BJ to the vet this morning. They did an examination, including an x-ray and found little or no gut motility, some gas and a small amount of sludge in the lower end of his digestive tract, but no blockage. He's not in a lot of pain but he is experiencing some moderate discomfort. He's getting a motility medication and some pain med. I'll have to keep feeding him critical care until he starts eating on his own.

This is close to the same thing that happened to Mr Bubbles a few months ago. It came on a little more gradually for him than it did for BJ. He's recovering from sedation from the x-ray, so I'll be picking him up in about an hour. I'll have an exact list of meds and a more clear explanation of what they found. I'll post an update later, but it looks like an easy treatment and hopefully a fairly quick recovery.

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Fri Jan 29, 2021 4:44 pm


So they prescribed 5mg metoclopramide tablets for BJ. He gets a quarter of a tablet twice a day for gut motility and meloxidyl 1.5 mg/ml as needed for pain. They preloaded his dose into syringes for me. He just got his first dose of metoclopramide with his critical care. I'm not seeing any indication that he's in any pain. I'm watching him carefully and if he shows any signs of pain, I'll give him his meloxidyl.

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ItsaZoo
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Post   » Fri Jan 29, 2021 10:17 pm


It sounds like they did a thorough exam. Nice that they got the syringes ready for you. I hope this gets his digestion going.

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Jan 29, 2021 10:19 pm


I hope so too! So glad he has you to look out for him.

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daisymay
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Post   » Sat Jan 30, 2021 1:17 am


Hoping he feels better soon! Jill has little gut movement and gas and mushy poops. She is also on Metoclopramide tablets. But 10mg and only a tenth of a tablet. Hope you see improvement soon. Maybe a Probiotic will help too? Jill is on Pro8nature used to be Protexin. Good luck!

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Sat Jan 30, 2021 5:42 am


Thanks everyone. I'm definitely using the knowledge and experience I gained from Scruffy and what we went through together. Because of him, I know to keep plenty of critical care around and keep track of the expiration dates. I also keep probiotic powder and 1ml syringes on hand as well. It's like second nature when it comes to hand feeding guinea pigs. I know how to recognize when there's a potential problem and I know to start hand feeding critical care if they stop eating. I even read back through what I was posting during the ordeal from time to time to keep the information fresh.

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Lynx
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Post   » Sat Jan 30, 2021 9:16 am


What kind of probiotic powder are you giving? Does it have an expiration date?

Bookfan
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Post   » Sat Jan 30, 2021 12:56 pm


He's in good hands. Doesn't critical care have some probiotic in it?

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Lynx
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Post   » Sat Jan 30, 2021 1:36 pm


Ah, yes, I think you are right.

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Sat Jan 30, 2021 7:24 pm


I have the benebac powder. It does have a "best by" date. It's good until March of this year. I haven't been giving BJ extra probiotic yet because his droppings are pretty normal and they're consistent with his food intake. Since most of his intake is critical care via hand feeding, I didn't see the need at this time. I'm feeding him enough, apparently because he hasn't dropped any weight and he's passing a good amount of droppings. He's not drinking water on his own but he's getting plenty by hand. We're going to keep pressing on with the treatment plan.

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Sun Jan 31, 2021 11:25 pm


Not much change today. BJ did eat more lettuce last night, but none today. Continuing the critical care. He passed a lot of droppings at last night's feeding and two of them came out stuck together side by side. One regular sized and a small one stuck to it. He hunched his back a little bit, so it was clearly uncomfortable for him. This afternoon, he passed two that were not formed completely. He immediately ate both of them. I'm giving him about 7-10 mL of critical care every 4 hours.

I thought he'd be eating more on his own by now, but he isn't. I'll keep feeding him by hand for as long as it takes. He's halfway through the gut motility medication now. I was encouraged that he ate his lettuce last night, but that was short lived. We'll press on and keep hoping for the best.

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daisymay
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Post   » Mon Feb 01, 2021 12:10 am


So glad he is holding his own. Maybe try him with grass or something he likes as I think at first he disliked lettuce. Hoping he improves soon and is back to normal. Sending healing vibes. They nothing if they don't give their slaves grey hairs and on their toes.

Bookfan
For the Love of Pigs

Post   » Mon Feb 01, 2021 11:56 am


If things are still moving, even if it's slowly, that's reassuring. I don't know if this makes a difference, but do you massage his belly?

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Mon Feb 01, 2021 4:27 pm


BJ doesn't like his belly messed with even under normal circumstances. I'm already upsetting him enough, so I'm not rubbing his belly. Every time I give him a syringe full of critical care, I lift him up with my hand under his belly, so there's that. His bowels are moving, as I can hear gurgling. He's also passing some mushy and smelly poop, most of which he's eating.

He's eating a few pellets and minimal amount of veggies; not enough to sustain himself. I still don't get why he's not eating hay. He gets his final dose of metoclopramide tonight. I'm hoping that he will start eating that very soon. Until then, critical care for as long as necessary.

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daisymay
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Post   » Mon Feb 01, 2021 10:54 pm


It was suggested to me but as I am in Summer it wouldn't work. If you use a clothes drier perhaps put BJ on top of that. He would get the warmth from it and the vibrations from that to help him with his tummy. Hoping he gets better soon.

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Tue Feb 02, 2021 6:19 am


Final dose of metoclopramide given. BJ's droppings are returning to normal. Still a little mushy, but more firm than they were yesterday. He's eating more pellets and drinking his water. Not eating hay like I want him to, but he's been picking at it here and there. Got him some wheat grass. I wound up going to Whole Foods and paying $6 for a small container of it. I don't mind the expense because he's more than worth it, but I was disappointed that he only ate a couple of blades of it. Scruffy and Mr Bubbles both ate it when they were sick, but BJ doesn't seem to be overly interested in it. It won't go to waste though.

I've noticed that BJ is quite a bit more perky when I feed him. He's curious about the syringes and bowls that I use. I use one for the critical care and the other has extra water to give him, for rinsing the critical care off the end of the syringe and for adding to the critical care if it gets too thick. I use the extra syringe for that. He also sniffs around and nibbles on them. Once, he even managed to nudge the bowl of water onto the floor!

Other things he does is give me guinea pig kisses. Now, I have gotten adept at getting the critical care into his mouth without making a mess on his face, but there's always that little bit on his chin. He doesn't mind sharing that with me when he's giving kisses, so I end up having to wash it out of my beard. I don't mind, though. He sniffs and nibbles on my shirt, hands, arms and and other part of me he can get to. I'm glad he's starting to turn the corner. I won't go as far as to say he's out of the woods, but today was encouraging. Mr Bubbles did his best eating once his last dose of metoclopramide syrup was administered. Let's hope BJ does the same.

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Lynx
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Post   » Tue Feb 02, 2021 9:33 am


Sounds encouraging!

And how smart of him to ensconce food stuffs in your beard!

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Tue Feb 02, 2021 9:04 pm


No appetite yet. Continuing to hand feed critical care. Still having mushy stools and he's eating them. It's been 18 hours since his final dose of metoclopramide, so I'm giving him some more time. I can hand feed him for as long as it takes. He's gotten to where he doesn't mind that. I rather enjoy the one on one time with him, although I'm not not a big fan of having to put that syringe in his mouth. I just think of the critical care in my beard as BJ's revenge for having to do this. On a side note; his weight is at 3.2 pounds.

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