Comment on Grieving the loss of a guinea pig by Leona.
I lost my baby boy on Monday afternoon. He had been feeling unwell since Thursday. I took him to the vets on Friday, as he completely stopped eating and drinking. It was a suspected UTI with possiblity of a bladder stone. We took him home and syringe fed him with water and powdered food the vet gave us, as well as antibiotics. Things went downhill during the early hours of Sunday morning, where he was shaking in pain. We took him to the emergency vet, who was less than helpful, claiming we should “lower our expectations on what a vet can do for a guinea pig, since they mainly know about cats and dogs”. She gave him a painkiller and sent us on our way to find an exotic vet during opening hours. We found a much better vet who gave my boy a scan. She found no bladder stones but thought he may have gastrointestinal bloat. She prescribed more medicine and painkillers. My baby did so well over the course of the weekend and was so strong until the end, still showing his personality throughout it all. On Monday, I think he must have been having a siezure. We rushed him to the vets once more, but he sadly died in the waiting room. I’m struggling with how much pain he was in when he passed, and wish I could have taken it away from him. He was a fighter until the end and died just before his 3rd birthday. I will never forget him and his cheeky personality and will mourn and love him forever. But deep down, I know he’ll always be with me. Miss you forever, Otis 💖