I have a 1.5 year old piggy named Leo, and the only health issues he's ever had were ear mites and a URI a month back. After the passing of his cage mate, George, we've been babying him and basically giving him whatever he wanted. However, because of this, we're thinking we've been giving him too many vegetables (especially cucumber), because he's not as active as he usually is and his poops are looking a little smaller than normal and a bit smellier. I've noticed in the past, when we tried giving him vegetables for the first time, he had a bit of an upset stomach and had a hard time pooping. After a day of not giving him veg though, he was as right as rain.
The approximate amounts of veg we've been giving him these past few days was at least 4 slices of cucumber every day (I didn't realize how bad this was for his tummy, so we've stopped cucumber altogether until we can figure out what's wrong), 1/4 green bell pepper every other day, and one small chunk of carrot per day. He also has at least one green leaf lettuce leaf a day.
He is also peeing pretty frequently as well, not sure if it's because of the cucumber we've been giving him due to its high water content. He's also been a little more tired than usual as well, snuggling up in his hidey more.
Any thoughts would be appreciated!
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FYI, green leaf lettuce and bell pepper should be the staples of his vegetable diet, and he should get them every day.
Question, but can cucumbers cause bloat if given in large amounts?
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As bpatters suggested. I would start with just leaf lettuce and then gradually add another (small amount) of veggie over the next several days/week+ to see how it goes.
Again, the lethargy could be gas/bloat, but possibly also depression if he's lonely.
I'm going to keep encouraging him to eat through the night and see how he does, and I'll give him some belly rubs too for good measure.
Also, he was treated with Revolution for ear mites last month, but he's been itching his ears pretty frequently lately on top of this. I was only given one dose and that was it. Is it possible that mites could be causing him to be lethargic as well?
I have an appointment scheduled for him but it won't be until tomorrow afternoon. I was wondering what I should do in the meantime while we wait? He's still straining to go to the bathroom, so I'm not sure what I'm up against.
I also put some hydrogen peroxide on his urine, and it didn't bubble so I take it there's no blood in his urine, so I'm hoping and praying it isn't anything urinary and it's just a tummy upset.
I just massaged his tummy for about 20 minutes, and it looks like he's perked up a little. I'll continue on with that at the very least.
About two weeks ago we changed his pellets over to Oxbow, so I'm wondering if there's a correlation to his urine looking the way it does. He didn't have a stone a month ago, so I was also wondering if stones can occur in such a short period of time?
I have only had him for 2 months and can't be 100% sure what his behavior normally is. But he stands still and poops a whole bunch, almost like he's in a thousand yard stare. I've had a pig who did that before but there was nothing wrong with him at the time. He's still moving around normally and is very vocal, he will bother our new pig until the cows come home.
Is standing for minutes on end and pooping in one spot abnormal behavior? He isn't vocalizing at all when he does it, and I'm assuming if he was in pain he wouldn't hesitate to let us know.
My biggest worry is we have a new guy, Morty, and because he's so shy in front of us we put a blanket over his cage. Leo will go under the blanket during floor time and just sit there and stare at him. They're not in the same cage yet, but they're neighbors essentially. And he'll just sit there, almost frozen. I think he might just be enthralled that he has a buddy now, but I don't know if he looks uncomfortable or not. During these times he doesn't eliminate or pee. Is it common for Guinea pigs to stare like this?