If you’re following my blog, you’ll notice that I don’t often write blog entries about what I did on a particular day. Today, I’ll make an exception.
Today I took my guinea pig to the vets. You can see an older picture of her to the left. Having her stomach x-rayed a few weeks ago, because she wouldn’t touch food1, the vets found that she had two rather large bladder stones, which were taken out today. There’s a picture of them after the jump.
Now when you look at them here, keep in mind that guinea pigs aren’t very large. Their bladder is only about three or four centimeters across, under normal circumstances. Having two stones in it, one of which (the left) is about 1.9 cm2 long, means there’s not very much room for regular bladder contents.
You can see by how the second stone has been polished into a hollowed out shape, there really can’t have been a lot of space for them to move around.
She’s doing well though, and at her slightly advanced age, that’s comforting to know.
Seeing that such stones don’t grow overnight, I can’t help but wonder for how long she’s had them — and if she’s been so skittish because she never felt quite alright with those things scraping against her insides.