Recently my vet reached out saying they have a male (neutered) guinea pig who was left at their clinic who’s looking for a home. He was brought to the clinic to have an emergency bladder stone removal surgery. He’s about to turn 9 months old soon, so young to already have a stone.
I would really love to give him a home but of course I’m concerned about him already having had a stone.
Has anyone ever had success after a stone removal surgery with not having another stone return for some time? I know if I adopt him he’ll probably have problems again down the line I just hope it wouldn’t be immediately and that I wouldn’t be setting myself up for heartbreak.
I would be giving him a low calcium diet as I already do that for my bladder sludge prone piggy.
Does anyone know if administering subcutaneous fluids can help prevent bladder stones? I give those to my sludge pig and she's had good results.
Thanks for any advice that's given.
Hard to know what contributed to the formation of stones for him. If you knew more about his previous diet, activity levels, and genetic issues (you'd need to have a "family stone history"), you would be better able to decide.
As you have noted, they can return. But you also might be able to mitigate the problem.
Sorry I have no answers. Discussing this with your vet (at that clinic) might help you decide.
- I dissent.
That said, it would be great if you could give the little guy a good home. Would your vet be willing to work with you on cost if he does end up needing future stone removal surgeries?