I was really hoping to avoid the vet's office. Is it too much to ask for a hiatus of a year or two? It's too soon after losing Willow and I really didn't want to face the vet. I feared feeling like a bad pig mama after the delay in diagnosing Willow's stone and subsequent loss.
When I cleaned the cage last weekend, I noted more brown/red pee stains than usual. I have attributed the random stains to too much red Swiss chard. Other than that and the weight loss, no indication of illness. No crying when peeing. Absolutely no signs of pain. What's with these pigs with the really subtle symptoms?!? I know guinea pigs are good at hiding an illness, but this is getting ridiculous.
So we visited the vet today, just for peace of mind. Rob said Pinni and Bertie were all excited to get in the carrier: we're going to a pignic! Let me tell you, they were not so pleased when I met them at the vet.
I had half expected the vet to find nothing wrong. But alas, my unease was justified. Pinniped was diagnosed with bladder sludge. No stones, thank goodness. No blood in the sludge - so maybe the red stains were just chard? Bertie was checked as well, just to confirm it's all Pinniped. At least she got a clean bill of health.
I have suspected for a long time that Pinni was a sludgy pig. When Willow was first diagnosed with the stone, I put both her and Pinniped on shilintong. When I did that, the amount of white deposits decreased in Pinni's cage. I had stopped giving them shilintong over the summer when I was ill, and hadn't noticed a big increase in the deposits in the Newbie's cage. But now I wonder if the shilintong had more of a positive effect than i had realized? I guess I'll start giving it to her again.
So Pinniped is on antibiotics for a week to ensure there's no infection. I'm re-evaluating their diet of greens, again. And we go back for a check-up visit in two weeks. We need to get that Pinni back to her plump, pinch-able self.