Thank you again,
I have to say that I am quite concerned about your lass.
Her breathing rate is within normal range but pale gums is a red flag of worry. This is because paling of the gums can be caused by low red blood levels (anaemia) as well as poor oxygen uptake. It can also be associated with circulation issues which could be related to internal bleeding or GI twists. Furthermore, that arching, her restlessness, and her shaking (a non-specific sign of feeling unwell), just have my alarm bells ringing that this is a painful wee gal. And that is all without even thinking about the gut stasis risks of her poor appetite.
In this case, I have to say that I am truly worried about her. There are a range of possible suspects, from those I mentioned to possible toxicity if she did eating something harmful in the garden to a blockage or gut distension from gas leading to GI pain. And on top of all of these serious worries, to have a cavy that is showing that she is unwell (since instinct drives them to hide illness, else be a target for predation) is a major concern of just how severe this is.
Therefore, with all these concerns and the severity of her signs here, I do feel that this is an emergency situation and that we don't want to delay having her seen. We need her vet to at least start her on cavy safe pain relief +/- antibiotics, pro-kinetics to keep the gut moving, and symptomatic care for which of the above they find on their exam. And hopefully if we can act quickly, we can address this and help her to recover.
Finally, just to note that some vet practices in our country have Sunday office hours. As well, I wanted to mention that most veterinary practices here do have contingency plans for emergency care for their patients even when they are not open. Therefore, it is worth ringing the practice. If they are open, you can get her seen today. If they aren't, then they will likely have a message to direct you on how to contact their out of hours service. And if you don't have a vet you can find one local to you, you can check the RCVS Register (HERE
) to find your local Vets Now (LINK
) who are open all nights/weekends. In any case, if you wanted to get her checked, we have options to do so without delay.
Please take care,