Meet Gertrude (AKA Gertie), who is one of our nurse’s Guinea Pigs. Gertie was brought into us as her owner reported that she was squeaking when trying to urinate, which can be a sign of discomfort.
On examination it was found that she had a firm bladder and it was difficult to palpate externally so it was recommended to x-ray her to see if we are able to see what is going on. From the x-rays it was discovered that Gertie had stones in her Urethra which would explain the discomfort when urinating.
After getting advice from an exotic specialist, her owner decided to go ahead with surgery to remove the urethral stones. This involved placing a urinary catheter and flushing the stones out with copious amounts of saline solution. Due to her size this was a very difficult and delicate procedure but we were successful in removing 3 small stones and 1 large stone from her urethra.
She was monitored carefully after her procedure to make sure she was able to pass urine normally, which she was. She is now being cared for back at home with her other Guinea Pig friends Angelina and Mrs Fluffy. Unfortunately, urethral stones can reoccur in the future so let’s all keep our fingers crossed for Gertie that it doesn’t happen again!
Everyone say hello to this gorgeous boy, Moby. So far, 2019 has not been too kind to Moby and he has had to be referred to the Royal Veterinary College for a septic joint as well as having to be treated and have surgery for an eye ulcer! Thankfully he is now on the mend!
Through it all, Moby has been such a good boy and we all absolutely adore him here at Well House <3. He is a gentle giant in every form. Here are some pics of the handsome chap himself and Vet Nikki getting some great selfies! He's a pro in front of the camera!