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These photos are from the first day my mother got him, 3/14/11.
Brownie - his back
Brownie - his tummy
I tried to take more photos on 3/22/11. Brownie was not too cooperative, wiggling too
Brownie - his back
Brownie - the ringworm on his left ear and above his left eye
Brownie - running away from the paparazzi
These photos are from 4/20/11 when I was taking photos of Pigtopia, his new home.
Brownie - in the main downstairs area
Brownie - a pig's eye view of Brownie
Brownie in Pigtopia on
Brownie on 4/23/11.
I took these photos on 5/12/11 of Brownie on the recliner, the night before Brownie's neuter
Brownie on 6/4/11. His eyes look red but they are brown and just reflecting in the flash. Abby's eyes though are red.
Abby and Brownie - on 6/6/11
Abby and Brownie - on
Brownie on 6/14/11.
Abby and Brownie - on 6/24/11
Brownie on 9/24/11.
Brownie hiding in the back at the bottom as Avery comes down the ramp for the first time on 11/24/11.
Here are some photos of all three piggies on 11/26/11.
Abby, Brownie, and Avery - left to right
Brownie and Avery - left and right
Abby, Brownie, and Avery - top to bottom
Abby, Avery, and Brownie - left to right
Here are all of the guinea pigs on 1/7/12:
Avery (back), Abby (left), and Brownie (right)
Avery (back), Abby (left), and Brownie (right)
Abby (left), and Brownie (right)
Guinea pig sliding board video - my guinea pigs sliding down the ramp from their second floor to their first floor some time in February, 2012. They come down in the order of Avery/Lammie, Brownie, and Abby.
Abby (left), Avery (bottom), and Brownie (right) - on 2/28/12
Brownie on 7/28/13.
Brownie (hiding in the back) and Abby (front) on 8/2/14.
My last guinea pigs Fritz and Kylie died on 3/11/06 and 11/13/04 respectively. One day, I wanted to have more guinea pigs since I missed them. I planned to renovate Sweetie's coroplast cage (she died 11/21/10) and get a few guinea pigs after my rabbits had passed on. Instead, when I came home on 3/14/11, my mother had a male guinea pig that she named Brownie. Brownie is a standard English short hair guinea pig. He is all brown on the back with a good amount of white on his tummy. I estimate his age at 10 weeks. My cat, Tinkerbelle immediately began to keep vigil with him, sometimes sticking her feet in the top. He was scared at first but soon realized that she could not reach him. Only one thing is more important to a guinea pig than fear of predators and that is eating! Like all before him, he loves to eat.
He is in Fritz and Kylie's house for now but I plan to make them (have to get him a buddy as guinea pigs are not happy alone) a palace in the basement as soon as the plants in there can go outside. The coroplast cage is 56" x 27" which is 10.5 square feet. I am going to make a second level with half that surface area for a total of 15.75 square feet. In comparison, the cage he is in now, which is big by most people's standards, is 5.45 square feet.
We took Brownie to the vet the next day, 3/15/11. I figured he had ear mites as he was scratching his ears, probably had guinea pig mites and/or lice, a small wound above his left eye from perhaps a bite, and also had a sneeze (upper respiratory infection). The vet said he in fact does not have parasites which is great. He has a slight cold but is getting over it. The wound above his eye and also some in his ears and back may be ringworm or a bacterial infection. The vet did a fungal culture which will take 10 days to get the results to find out if it is ringworm. In the mean time, since the wounds were bothering him, Brownie was put on 0.3 mL of Bactrim sulfatrim suspension twice a day for 10 days. Otherwise, the vet says he is very healthy! He was 1.1 pounds. The vet thinks he is three months old, a bit older than I thought/hoped.
The internet makes it seem like neutering is super risky and that only a few select vets do it (despite most rescues requiring it) but our vet said he has done over 50 of them now. I was surprised when I asked how many had had complications, and he said none! So, the plan is to do nothing until the culture comes back, and Brownie is healthy. The vet says he neuters at four months. Once the plants are out of the cage in the basement, I will make a pigtopia and introduce a couple of little sows to it. Once they are to the vet, healthy, and settled in, and Brownie is healthy and recovered (he will remain potentially fertile for a few weeks after surgery so it is a three week wait), then we can start to introduce them together. Brownie will thusly have to spend a few months alone but the rest of his life hopefully with his own little harem. That is the plan anyway.
I gave Brownie his first bath on 3/16/11. He was a little angel. My first nickname for him is Pigbert. My mother calls him BFF for Brownie Frisky Furry. I noticed on 3/21/11 that he has a new little sore on his nose in addition to the one by his eye and on the backs of both ears. This leads me to believe that it is ringworm. I sure hope that Tinkerbelle (cat) does not pick it up. She sits on top of the cage sticking her feet in for hours a day. Barney (cat) also visits Brownie. If people catch the ringworm, it will be a big problem but not one that I started.
Brownie's sores continued to not improve, and he got a few new ones. My mother called the vet on 3/24/11 to find out how the test was going. They said that fungus was growing but that they could not verify the species until the fungus spawned. They will not give him any medicine even though it is highly unlikely that it is not ringworm. That night, I moved his cage to the bathroom and cleaned and disinfected around where he had been. I had to throw away the great wooden guinea pig/rabbit houses in both cages because they cannot be disinfected. Brownie is lonely but it has to be that way until he is cured which may take a month once they hopefully finally get him some medicine! In the meantime, his joy comes from food. The first thing he grabs in the morning is the carrot which he pulls in to his plastic house (which I will also discard a few weeks in to his treatment). So, we wait.
They finally confirmed the ringworm on 3/28/11, and we got the medication on 3/29/11. He gets 0.25 mL of 50 mg/mL (5%) griseofulvin once a day for three weeks. Then, he will be re- tested.
Brownie finished his medication on 4/19/11 after which I put him in Pigtopia which took me six hours to make! He loves it!
Brownie went to the vet on 4/21/11. The vet said there was no point in re-testing him since he had no sores from ringworm left. He has been shaking his head a lot so the vet checked his ear gunk under the microscope and saw nothing. Nonetheless, he gave him a dose of Revolution at my mother's request just in case. He gets another in two weeks. His weight was up to 1.55 pounds.
Pigbert is a lucky boy! I had off 4/27/11. When I walked in the room around 11 am, there was Tinkerbelle sitting right in the middle of Pigtopia with Pigbert a few inches behind. I took her out right away. Piggie was not even scared. It turns out that the lid above the single-level nest area collaped just enough for her to slip in there. I reinforced and rebuilt that area so that it should not happen again.
Brownie was neutered on 5/13/11 without incidence. Or rather, without incidence that day. A few days later, his left wound opened a little bit and bled but it stopped so I let that slide. That happened again a few days later, and I let it slide. Then, on 5/20/11, on his evening check, his penis was prolapsed. It was out and would not go in. I called the vet. The receptionist said he was out for the day but he instructed that I should use K-Y jelly to get it to go back in or go to the emergency vet since it would dry out and become infected. I went to the grocery store. When I got back, my mother had called and asked to speak to the vet who it turns out was there. She berated him because he said there would be no complications. He agreed that an emergency vet would not have a clue what to do. He offered a free re-check exam two days later. My mother and I were able to get his penis to go back in by covering it with the K-Y jelly and gently pushing on it. The next morning, it was still normal but, that night, it was out again. We got it back in again. I will take him to see the vet tomorrow to see if he has any ideas. He said to my mother that he had never heard of that problem with neuters but I found many cases where males had the prolapses exactly a week after the neuter, and it tends to recur. So much for no complications. Otherwise, he is very happy and very active. I think he has been pleasuring himself on the mattress pad, hence his prolapses. The neuter must somehow affect the muscles and increase their sex drive which seems counter intuitive. I hope he does not spend all day jumping the two girls once he meets them.
The vet saw Brownie at 11:20 am on 5/21/11. He said his privates look fine. They were where they belonged at the time. He said his healing was okay and that he had never heard of this problem as a result of neutering. I pressed him for an answer as to when I should worry. I told him I would contact him again if the prolapsing continues after another week. He said he did not expect it to happen again (of course, he did not expect the two times that it did). As of 5/23/11, he is right; it has not happened again. Ok, he was wrong. It happened again on the evening check on 5/25/11 and again 5/26/11.
Brownie's first girl friend, little Abby, arrived home on 5/27/11 but is being quarantined first. Daisy did not arrive at the same time. It would have been better for the girls to be together.
Brownie and Abby were put together full time on 6/3/11. You can read more about it on Abby's Page. They are getting along well.
Brownie is a sweet boy. Unlike Abby, he has not tried to bite.
We got a third guinea pig on 11/19/11. Avery is a texel and will soon join Brownie and Abby. Brownie and Abby are aloof buddies. They never bother each other but also never sleep or lay next to each other. We shall see how Avery shakes things up. Go to Avery's page to read about how they did together.
Update 10/11/13: Brownie is doing great! I never call him Brownie; he is Pigbert!
Around June of 2014, I noticed small lumps up and down Brownie's tummy. With so many things going on, and my thinking it was not something that was treatable, I did not get him to the vet until 8/28/14. The vet noticed that each lump corresponded to a lymph node. If he had an acute lymphoma, he would have already died but he shows no sign of illness. On the chance that he has a treatable internal bacterial infection, he told me to give Brownie liquid Baytril for 10 days to see if the lumps shrink or not. I will report back.
Well, the medicine ran out on 9/3/14 after only six days, the vet had said he gave me extra! Anyway, no change so it is probably not worth doing it longer.
I took all the pigs to the vet on 6/23/16 for check ups. Brownie was at 2.6 pounds. I thought I could still feel the enlarged lymph nodes but the vet declared them normal! Brownie drinks and pees a lot for a few years now but the vet would not really comment on that except to agree with me that if he had kidney failure, he would be dead by now. The helper said maybe his kidneys were good because he drank so much.
Brownie went with Abby and Lammie to the vet on 6/22/17 for a check up. He was down to 1149 grams. One of the lumps on his tummy, between his breasts, the vet says is a tumor. His enlarged lymph nodes seem to be gone but the vet says this one lump is hard and not lymph-related. He says there is no point to aspirating it or determining what it is because Brownie is now too old to operate on him without risking his life from just the anesthesia. He is 6.5 years old and considered very old for a guinea pig. Otherwise, his health seems pretty good, and his spunk is greater than that of the other pigs.
Go to Pigtopia for photos and information on Brownie's home.
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