My Guinea pig has severe constipation and bladder prolapse since one month ago. She hardly eats and is in a lot of pain. The vet has given her a few enemas, but this is temporary relief. He now suggests a purse string (a suture to the opening to prevent the prolapse). Please help. I would like some advice urgently. Thanks. Alina
My cat is constantly constipated and it's me with the prolapsed bladder. LOL. Anyhow, the vet gave me something to give the cat called Lactulose Syrup. Every morning I put a few drops on her food and it helps her pass stool without pain. By the way, I went to the pharmacy and found out I can buy Lactulose from them for pennies compared to the vet.
As for the prolapse, I can identify with the pain however my gynecologist has mentioned nothing about a "purse string". I was told if it got worse they could stitch the prolapse back in place by placing it in a basket. However, I am not related in any way to Guinea Pigs...so docs might do something different. Hope the advice and the humor have helped. Flitter
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Two years ago I rescued 2 male guinea pigs from the middle of the street. They have been doing very well up until recently. One of the males has developed a major constipation problem. When he has a bowel movement it is a solid mass about 1 inch in diameter. I know it bothers him greatly as he squeals quietly. Is there anything I can do for him, diet, etc.? Please help as I hate to see him suffer.
Jaci from Hingham, MA
Another thing that is really good to keep a Guinea Pig's system healthy is a little bit of plain yogurt (not vanilla or any other kind of flavor). This is something you can do every day if you want. Make sure they always have plenty of clean water. Another thing you can give as a treat, is a piece of bread (maybe 1/2 slice), either dry, or soaked in a little milk. (01/05/2007)
In the morning, I feed my piggy a good handful of a "Spring Mix," a brand of different organically grown romaine lettuces (absolutely no iceberg), which I buy at a health food store or supermarket. At supper, I take a bowl and cut some more "Spring Mix" and some organically grown dandelion greens that I also buy at a health food store. I sprinkle a 25 gram tablet of vitamin C (bought from Oxbow), which I have crushed up, on the bowl of greens. I then sprinkle a couple of tablespoons of bottled water on top of the greens. Thereafter, his poops come out perfectly shaped and just slightly moist. His fur is also soft and silky. (11/23/2008)