Rodent Guinea Pig
Guinea Pig

Guinea Pig, my male rodent american guinea pig, has difficulty walking or standing up, fainting, and it tilts the head

I have a 4 year old guinea pig
His head is tilting towards one side
moving very less
beat rate rapid
Visible weightloss
Went to a vet he prescribed me Petcam suspension (Meloxicam 1.5 mg dose .2 ml for 4 days)
He is not recovering well looking lethargic and fatigued but trying to eat food whenever given
WHAT SHOULD I DO?

locomotor
over 4 years ago
Information about Guinea Pig
  • Species: Rodent
  • Breed: American Guinea Pig
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: 4 years
  • Symptoms: Tilts their head, Difficulty walking or getting up, Disorientation, Fainting, and Muscle weakness
Extra information

He is looking for food(just as normal) and eating apple concentrate throug dropper

but his body and head posture still worries me(looks very abnormal tilted continuously on left side)πŸ˜”πŸ˜”

And would you please let me know is it ok to give him multivitamin supplement (not vegetarian)

Thanks for your kind help😊😊

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Guinea Pig, my male rodent american guinea pig, has difficulty walking or standing up, fainting, and it tilts the head Guinea Pig, my male rodent american guinea pig, has difficulty walking or standing up, fainting, and it tilts the head
3 vets have answered
Veterinarian Elena Laguno
Elena Laguno
+1
Most valuable answer

I think that the dosage of the meloxicam is very high, because you told 2mL for 4 days (0.5ml/day). For example, if the weight of your guinea pig is 0.5kg, it migth be 0.05ml/day and 0.2ml for 4 days.

Also, I think that your guinea pig might be medicated with vitamin B for treat the movements of the head.

There are specific vitamins complex for guinea pig what have vitamin b and other more vitamins for helping the guinea pigs when they are in lethargic status.

I wish the best for your guinea pig,

Kind regards,

over 4 years ago
Veterinarian Elena Laguno
Elena Laguno
+1

I don't think that your guinea pig has a ear infection because the vet had detected the problem when the vet was doing the exploration. It might be a tumour, the origin of the problems. But I can't confirm that without results of tests. I hope it can be a deficit of vitamin B,

Kind regards,

over 4 years ago
Veterinarian Elena Laguno
Elena Laguno

I think that the best option will be if you can go to visit the exotic vet and the vet will make a good examination to your guinea pig.Then, the vet will check the ears and the rest of it body.The vet will give to your guinea pig the proper treatment.

Kind regards

over 4 years ago