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Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet with 10 years of clinical experience.
I'm sorry to hear this and understand your concern for Caramel.
Has Caramel got any movement or sensation in her back legs?
Is she lethargic, off her food or losing weight?
I'm sorry to hear this, she does sound very unwell.
If she cannot move the legs or get about by herself, and she has not improved with time and medicine (presumably steroids) it may be she will not get better.
There are several possible causes for her signs including spinal cord compression due to a tumour, a broken back, an infection of the central nervous system etc.
Unfortunately, we are limited when it comes to guinea pigs and diagnostic tests. We could consider an x-ray of the spine and limbs but this would not guarantee an answer.
It is also worth considering seeing an exotics specialist, but this may not change the outcome.
I understand, it is a difficult situation.
If we did want to pursue things further, the next step would likely be an x-ray.
If you feel this is not for you and you don't want to put her through anything more, that is understandable.
If she is not responding to treatment, we need to carefully assess her quality of life. While she may not be showing signs of pain, it must be distressing for her to live in this way. If not moving as she should, she will be prone to skin abrasions, ulcers and infections.
Unfortunately, without being able to examine her and without her having had any tests run (such as an x-ray), there is no way of answering those questions.
From your description, it does sound likely her spinal cord is affected and her chances of recovery are low if she has no movement or sensation in her back legs and if she has not improved at all.
Not at all and I am so very sorry this is happened.