Unsure of what happened to my pig

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Post   » Wed Oct 07, 2020 12:39 pm

Here's a video from one of our members:

You check frequently, but only clean as needed. Depending on what kind of bedding you use, and how often your boar flips open his anal sac, you may have to check daily. If he's on fleece and doesn't do much scent marking, maybe once a week.

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Post   » Wed Oct 07, 2020 12:57 pm

Too late to edit my earlier post.

I forgot to post this: http://guinealynx.info/impaction.html


Post   » Wed Oct 07, 2020 3:18 pm

Daisymay, yeah, please i need 5kg!Its so not easy putting on weight like that.. cause actually i have set hours when i have to eat..if i like it or not..
Sometimes you haveto forcefed yourself, or at least i have to..

And no we cant just ask, cause we dont go there anymore.
As I wrote the best vet left..and there is a chaos and some young vets and the older is not available and he operates at afternoon and this and that
I dont honestly care how is there anymore.

We found this brilliant vet 2h away we will contact again if we will be in crisis.
We need to get somebody closer for routine check ups..i think i already know who will be.

All thing considered Irie is my last animal ever, but he reached a good age so..whatever he will live up to, i ll be okay with it.

Thanks bpatters..i will read it all..is that alright too? ITs a bit different than this on video you posted:

Altough when the vet cleaned Irie i held him and he did it in 5 sec and he didnt even mind..this vet didnt have asistence and pig didnt like it and it took so long..but she is just pushing the stuff out. So if you squeezed you cant hurt the pig?


Post   » Wed Oct 07, 2020 3:25 pm

And thanks again for replies..

He is on hay.. he has a bit of fleece sometimes, cause he likes rest on it but nothing lese..I cut his long hair so his hair doesnt get stuck..if piece of hay get stuck i gently remove it. We check every day.

Hope we will be able to clean this properly on our own.. cause as i said its a bit of inflated if thats the right expression, if it will be more i ll send Lynx photo so we can show you..for now its only little bit

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Post   » Wed Oct 07, 2020 3:33 pm

I wouldn't squeeze.

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Post   » Wed Oct 07, 2020 7:40 pm

Hi Lisa12. Yeah, I agree with bpatters about squeezing. I have done that, in very severe cases of impaction (I used to groom local guinea pigs as a sideline for a very brief time), but I feel like it's safer to soak the bottom to loosen up the impaction first, and then use a Q-tip with a little mineral oil to gently work it loose. There is a risk of tearing the anal sac lining if you're not careful. Definitely don't want to do that.

It's usually fairly easy to tell if a male is impacted. They just seem "heavier" down there. It has been a while since I had a male prone to impaction, but it does sometimes happen when they get a little older and especially if they become less active due to arthritis or other health issues. Increased exercise is supposedly a good way to prevent this problem, but some guys just seem more prone than others.

Agree, also, that it's a good idea to check the anal sac regularly but only clean it out if/when it becomes necessary. I read somewhere that cleaning the sac out too often can potentially stretch its thin tissue/lining and make it even harder to expel cecal poops because it loses its elasticity. I don't know if that's accurate. With the impaction-prone males that I've had over the years, I did notice that the impactions tended to become more and more frequent once I started cleaning the sac out. Whether it was due to the mechanics of me cleaning out the sac (and stretching the lining) OR just the nature of impaction itself, I can't say.

My advice would be to intervene only when it looks like the poops aren't coming out on their own, and then do so gently.

Good luck! Not a fun job, but you get used to it. ;)

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Post   » Thu Oct 08, 2020 12:24 am

Hi Lisa, I'm so sorry about losing your dog. I know how hard that can be, but you're right about having him in your heart forever. Some days are more difficult than others.

For help gaining weight, I used to get meal replacement bars and beverages for my mom when she wasn't feeling like eating. She would sip on a beverage while she was on the computer or watching TV, and the bars she would have with a cup of tea for a snack. Anything like that will add calories and nutrients without feeling like you have to sit down and eat even when you don't want to. Take care.


Post   » Thu Oct 08, 2020 10:35 am

Thanks so much ItsaZoo!!
He was our everything..we did everything together, we played football, hang out with friends, travell, do agility even surf few times.. he was always main *man*when we were having fun..all knew him..will Ringo come? Sure, can I come to? I replied..you know...:). I skipped school just to play with him cause border collies are usually so hyper active:) I said to my parents he is just the most important, but he was also boss of the family, so we got away with all kind of jokes..and I was only 14 when I got him...

And thanks for the food advice, too..I have many drinks suppliment(with vitamin C, vitamin D, magnesium)..and iron pills. I need protein bars also, yeah.. I hope your mum is alright, now!

And thanks bpatters for oppinion and Sef, for very very helpful description..I think I understood now,..we wont squeeze it. i need to get this oil and my sister for asistance.. He is popping normally..so, not too often..we re both happy with that, haha.. :)!

Happy to have you all for help.. And I lied a little bit..of course I would like for Irie to be 7 or 8, but.. we can only do best and hope for best.


Post   » Thu Oct 08, 2020 10:49 am

Oh and for birthday present we choose to buy Oxbow Timothy hay, orchard grass and oats hay and wooden tunel:
https://www.uniq4pet.eu/si/seno/31-oxbow-oxbow-orchard-grass ... eza-1_130_kg
Hope Irie will like it..


Post   » Mon Oct 12, 2020 3:34 pm

I have abit of freaked out if anyone will understand what I mean.
As I said Irie s analsack its bit outer, visible, inflated,swollen or how do you say on the right side as on left. I dont like it at all.
We checked urine test itsokay..he s eating normal..i ll weight him tomorrow cause our scale run out of battery.

What scared me.. is that he has like little ball(lump), whatever, about 1/4 of the entire thing..I immidiatly checked if its on the left side too but only very little. Can you feel testicle from the outside maybe? Orwhat should that be?
I really hope its not tumor or something..I never notice it before..

I really am notthat experienced with guinnea pigs and this things.. so I dont push, squeeze or whatever to not hurt him..I always checked it very gentely.We re avoiding vets as much as we can. We ve only been 3 times(including surgery)this year, so..but if I wont be sure with this thing I ll bring him to checkhim..(with new vet probably).

Does anybody haveslightest idea what should that be that I noticed?
I really had tough day and cant takeanymore stress so I better wrote it for you if anybody have time..wish you goodday


Post   » Mon Oct 12, 2020 3:35 pm

You cant see this *lump*cause its inside..I only felt it..

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Post   » Mon Oct 12, 2020 3:41 pm

It needs to be seen by a vet. It could be a small pocket of infection, or a swollen gland, or something more ominous.


Post   » Mon Oct 12, 2020 4:00 pm

Thanks for an oppinion! Urine resultsare normal, tough. his weight is very good..
I ll check it again tomorrow when I get myself together.. with my sister..we ll see the vet if necessary, of course.

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Post   » Mon Oct 12, 2020 5:03 pm

Without being able to see if, I don't know. Could it be an impaction? If you aren't comfortable doing a thorough check of his anal sac, I would have it looked at by your vet just to rule out anything serious and/or have the sac cleaned out if that's the problem.


Post   » Tue Oct 13, 2020 1:45 am

I dont think is impaction..
Its like on the bottom of left and right side so I kind of(sorry i feel blonde-am- for notknowing this)tought maybe its testicles...
Its little wierd its more on the right.
He will see vet in one lesscold day next week..if we dont figureout what is it..
We dont have (regular)vet anymore so its a bit complicated. Urine okay, popping okay still, very active so I guess its not an emergency.

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Post   » Tue Oct 13, 2020 1:46 am

Would it show up in a photo?


Post   » Tue Oct 13, 2020 9:55 am

I think on the photo it would look normal..we can take a photo of his anal sack and this things..and I can maybe mark where it is, if it would be any help to found out if thats normal

My sister said(we work now and this stuff she ll check tomorrow morning cause she is at home.. I hope its part of normal structure of adult *wild*boar.
He s making sounds when i check it so he doesnt like it..but he doesnt like to be checked out, anyway, so...:).

Maybe from this photo https://www.guinealynx.info/images/impaction-2.jpg from left in your view (right pigs side)is this beside finger on the left side testicle or no?), cause its like right on the bottom of this...Excuse me for my no knowledge of guinea pig anatomy or how it is called

After all even if he goes for quick check with vet sort of with some experience in exotics, vet should know if thats normal or not..i guess. He s behaving normal, and eveything..


Post   » Tue Oct 13, 2020 10:11 am

Anyway, I check it (last time) and my sister will tomorrow..
I think he has this *lump* on both sides just that his enitreright side is slightly swollen...so..
I hope i am right and it does not seem(despite i dont know what is this on the inside) that is nothing dangerous.

We will update when we get some new informations.. so you wont have 100 posts to read about it... I was thinking of bring him to vet for this one day, anyway..luckily other things seem okay with him.


Post   » Wed Oct 14, 2020 6:15 am

I was asking you this..that you can clearly see on this photo, if anybody is in doubt like I were ...I didnt know cause pigs doesnt have it as cats and dogs:)



Post   » Wed Oct 14, 2020 6:16 am

Second(rigth)photo on the link..

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