Garibaldi is Sick: The Diagnosis


Gari under anesthesia at the vet hospital

Owner’s blog:

This is just going to be a quick update because I am too physically and emotionally drained to do a real blog post.

Please read my original post, Garibaldi is Sick, to get the background for this post.

Gari went to see Dr. Hoppes at Texas A&M University Veterinary School yesterday. A whole team of vets and students worked on him. They did xrays of his teeth. The molars on his lower right side are all messed up. One had a very sharp point that has clearly been cutting the poor little ‘bura’s tongue for some time. There is also some infection in the roots of those molars. Basically, he has the same thing Maple WoMER did. Luckily, because it is his lower jaw, he won’t end up losing an eye.

The vets were able to file down the worst offenders of the points on his teeth but he will need to see a veterinary dentist to get any real work done. As it turns out, the reason capys have such tiny tongues is because that’s all there is room for in their tiny mouths. There’s no room for human fingers or instruments. So, if he needs any major work, it will have to be done from the outside, through the side of his face.

Gari is in a lot of pain right now but we just managed to get some pain medication down him about two hours ago. He finally ate a few bites of endive, one of his favorite foods. We’ve also given him some critical care. Tomorrow, he really needs to start eating.

Gari is also going to be on antibiotics until we get in to see the dentist in about two weeks. Maybe that will clear up the infection. If not, he’ll need to have the offending teeth removed.

So that’s where we are. I’ll post more in a couple of days when I’m not so depressed.

45 comments to Garibaldi is Sick: The Diagnosis

  • Malkah

    I am so sorry and I’ll keep Gari and you in my thoughts.

  • rosenatti

    Oh no! I was afraid of this. Poor ‘bara!

  • francine

    I have had you and Gari on my mind since yesterday. I hope he feels better soon.

  • Tammy

    Melly, I am thinking of you and hoping Gari gets better soon and also gets some relief from his pain… Give him a kiss from his friends in WI and we will be saying a prayer for him….Please take care of yourself as well because Gari needs his mommy:)

  • Laurie Coppola

    I’m so sorry you have to go through this with another of your babies, and Gari has to go through it at all. I know animals don’t completely understand why these things happen to them. So many hugs!

  • Jo

    I’ve never prayed for a capybara. That’s changing tonight.

    Much love to both you and Gari.

  • carole

    Oh! It ‘s terrible! I send you a lot of kisses and a lot of courage! I really hope everything’s gonna be ok, and that he won’t be into so much pain! I think deeply about you both! And wish you the very best! Kisses from France.

  • Jamie

    What can we do to help?

  • Rebekah

    Try to smile in gratitude that doctors and dentists know how to help our special pets. It could be so much worse. Your love helps him to fight.

  • Chantal Banks

    Melanie, Gary and family; I am so sorry this is happening. I made a prayer and asked God to send an angel to be by Gari’s side and to carry him through this rough time. Things will get better; believe. Gari needs you happy and he also needs your support. I am sending you some wonderful and postive vibes. Believe there is no other outcome but a postive one, and it will happen. Gari will come home. I love you. Hugs to you Melanie and a great big hug to Gari too. xx

  • Debbie Hobbs

    So sorry. We have some bad news also. Will let you know when your up to it. I will pray for Gari

  • Ryan Blajda

    Im so sorry. I really hope he gets better. you guys are in my thoughts. <3

  • Tina

    Sending Gari healing energy and lighting a healing candle for him. Get well Gari…we love you.

  • Ruwan

    Hope all goes well for a speedy recovery! I hope to hear he’s doing fine soon and is back to his old ways, including his very special happy dance!

  • At least you’re versed enough to recognize when things aren’t right with Gari. I didn’t know they couldn’t do extractions through the mouth unlike Guinea pigs. it will be ok everything is just certainly crazy right now and we’re pressured under holidays coming up too. Oh wow…thinking…could he really clear a large bag of CC every four days

  • Valentina

    Feel better sweet little Gari! We love you <3

  • Laurie Coppola

    Glad you got some Metacam for him. I hope it gives him enough relief for him to eat more <3

  • The Reeder's

    We are all pulling for you Gary!! It’s always sad when a Capy’s sick.

  • Margaret

    Best wishes for a quick recovery from my piggies and I.

  • Xandria

    Get better soon Gari you are my hero

  • Ann M. Bednarek

    My Dear Gari, I am glad that your taking the meds to help your pain. I hope and pray that the infection heals up completely so that you do not need to have your teeth removed. Sending lot’s of love, hugs and kisses to you and Mel. Ann Bednarek

  • Liz from Michigan

    A prayer for both of you goes out this evening.

  • Lisa

    Gari im sending you so many hugs and kisses to get better!!! take your critical care and your metacam like a good bara so Melly can stress less about you!

    what happens if you have to get a tooth pulled?? since rodent toofs continually grow will it grow back? im confused.

    either way i just want you to get better soon! stop stressing Melly out!


  • Stephanie Labbate

    To Gari and your humans…you have so much support from around the world. When I feel down; it helps to snuggle with and talk to a guinea pig. They are such good therapists — your Winston can help w/ this… Me and Mocha are reading your post together tonight. We both send you human and piggy kisses

  • Angie Wallace

    Dang, not what I wanted to hear. Poor little baby. Sending you all love tonight!

  • Chanda Bellick

    Melly I’m sure this is just as hard on you as it is Gari. I will be praying for both of you. Make sure you get plenty of rest when you can so you don’t get sick yourself. Your cute little patient needs you.

  • Lisa Nason

    I really hope that all works out well for Gari! I hope he gets better and the pain meds will allow him to get the nourishment he needs. And I’m thinking about you and what you’re going through. I know first hand how horrible it is when a dear furry family member gets sick. My thoughts are with you and Gari. I sincerely hope everything goes well and he heals quickly.

  • Jennah

    Most dear Gari ‘bara:

    I’m very sorry to hear about your illness but am glad you are under the best of care for ROUS’s in need. You and your humans are receiving so much love and many prayers and kind thoughts from around the world.

    Wishing that you get well soon, xoxo.

  • Danielle

    Thinking and sending positive thoughts to you and your family. Your animals are blessed to have such a caring owner. I’ll be donating to the rous foundation soon. Hoping for better news in a couple weeks! Stay strong! Much love from your stalkers in Hawaii. =)

  • Mel

    Keeping Gari in my thoughts! Poor baby!

  • poor Gari, we’re thinking of you and hoping that your teeth get sorted really quickly.

  • I am so sorry you are all going through this again. It must be so much harder with a big chap like Gari. I hope the Metacam will make him feel better, and he can be persuaded to eat. Thinking of you, and sending you all love and big hugs. xx

  • Punkin

    I am crossing my little paws for you and sending you good thoughts. This mini capy is one of your biggest fans.

  • Mischievous Capybara

    Poor sweet gentle Gari. You don’t deserve any of this. We worry so much about you and desperately hope the antibiotics will clear up the infection. 2 weeks seems such a long time to wait. We adore you.

  • Doll Parts

    All my thoughts and prayers are with the adorable guy. ūüôĀ

  • Sorry you’re going through this.

    Critical Care – how much do you give him per feeding? It must be a ton!

  • Caroline and Charlotte

    Dear Gari, we’re so sorry to hear you’re in pain and send you all our love and hugs. Maybe praying for capys isn’t quite correct but we will do it anyway! Be brave and help Melly keep her spirits up.
    love from Caroline and Charlotte

  • Kim

    Much love to you, Garibear! We will all be hoping the antibiotics do their thing and fix you all up without any further problems. At least those sharp teeth won’t cut you anymore. Melly, take care of our sweet boy and yourself. We love you both and will be thinking about you. Eat eat eat, Gari!

  • Oh no, this is so upsetting. And that photo of Gari is pitiful. I hate the thought that he is in so much pain he can’t eat. I hope the meds start working very soon & he gets to feeling better. You both are in my prayers.
    And thank you, despite all your stress & exhaustion for being thoughtful enough to update us. You knew how worried we are. Please get some rest yourself, too.

  • Betty Mc

    Dear Melly,

    I’m sorrry to hear what’s going on with sweet Gari. Prayers for his infection to heal! Love you guys…

  • Milana

    Thinking of you guys. Gari’s a tough little dude; he can pull through this!

  • Christie

    Poor Garibara! Love and capy kisses to you… get well! <3

  • Alena Loiselle

    Get well, get strong, Gari. thinking of you.

  • Lelani

    I hope you get well soon Gari! Hopefully you’ll be back to your old self in no time!
    wheeks and kisses from the piigs!

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