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My Guinea Pig's Urinary Issue


Author: Sherlene T.
Date: 04-20-2009
Views: 8,430
Word Count: 408
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 3483-OR
Brand Neutral: Yes
Scientific Studies: 4

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Four weeks ago it looked like our male guinea pig had kidney or bladder stones because he would squeak in obvious discomfort when trying to wee. His urine looked like small amounts of white liquid with chalky-type sediment.

We checked on the Internet and with guinea pig breeders and found that the symptoms could be signs of kidney / bladder stones, which would require immediate veterinarian intervention. Due to just having taken two other animals to the vet and trying to recover from the huge vet bills, we wanted to try a home remedy first to see if we might make the guinea pig comfortable. If of course, it didn’t work, we would take him to the vet immediately anyway. So, at that stage, we didn't take our guinea pig to the vet to confirm the stones but we did consult other guinea pig experts and then the essential oils reference book.

We put Lemon oil on the guinea pig's tummy and there was never any more squeaking. The sad part is that we didn't dilute the oil enough for him and it burnt his tummy a little bit. Because he didn't squeak about that discomfort, we didn't know about the burn until after it had scabbed over.

Anyway, we've learned two things: First, Frankincense and Lemon oils when combined, certainly decreased the pain associated with the urinary problem. Some other testimonials we read stated that these oils sometimes dissolve kidney stones and reduce the associated discomfort. We won’t know that as we didn’t get the ultrasound or x-ray so we are only able to say that it certainly appears that the Lemon oil seemed to have helped our guinea pig. Second, essential oils need to be diluted for topical use with guinea pigs.

I guess that means that we used our guinea pig as a guinea pig to test essential oils! It's been 4 weeks and the guinea pig's urine is now clear and he does not squeak with discomfort when he does his wees.

We can't prove the oils helped him to get over whatever problem he had, but it might be worth trying if your guinea pig is having discomfort due to kidney stones. If the oils or even the tummy massage helps ease his pain, it might be worth trying it before you take your piggy to the vet or even to help him feel comfortable on the journey to the vet.


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: urinary-tract-infection-(UTI) — "14 plant essential oils -- anise (Pimpinella anisum), bay leaves (Laurus nobilis), cinnamon bark (Cinnamomum verum), clove (Eugenia caryophyllata), fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), hop (Humulus lupulus), Istanbul oregano (Origanum vulgare subsp. hirtum), Izmir oregano (Origanum onites), mint (Mentha piperita), myrtus (Myrtus communis), orange peel (Citrus sinensis), sage (Salvia officinalis), thyme (Thymbra spicata), and Turkish oregano (Origanum minutiflorum) -- were related to inhibition of 10 bacteria (Listeria innocua, coagulase-negative staphylococci, Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtilis, Yersinia enterocolitica, Salmonella Enteritidis, Salmonella Typhimurium, Proteus mirabilis, Escherichia coli O157:H7, and Klebsiella oxytoca)."Link
2.Associated topics: urinary-tract-infection-(UTI) — "[Tea tree (melaleuca alternifolia)] oil has been found effective in chronic cystitis."Link
3.Associated topics: kidney-disease,kidney-stones — "Many plant extracts that protect against the development of oxidative stress manifest clear antilithiasic activity [preventing the formation of or relieving the symptoms of kidney stones].... Evidence obtained to date supports a contributory role of polyphenols [present in essential oils] in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, some cancer types, and osteoporosis.... The results show an improvement of the renal function in some treated groups with an increase of diuresis and creatinine excretion due to polyphenols pretreatment. Our results clearly validate the ability of polyphenols to protect against papillary calcification of kidney tissue, consequently preventing the development of papillary calculi [kidney stones].... The collective findings to date support a protective effect of polyphenols on kidney tissue. Thus, considering that injury of papillary tissue constitutes the first step in the development of COM papillary calculi, the antioxidant action of polyphenols may contribute significantly to their antilithiasic action."Link
4.Associated topics: urinary-tract-infection-(UTI) — "14 plant essential oils -- anise (Pimpinella anisum), bay leaves (Laurus nobilis), cinnamon bark (Cinnamomum verum), clove (Eugenia caryophyllata), fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), hop (Humulus lupulus), Istanbul oregano (Origanum vulgare subsp. hirtum), Izmir oregano (Origanum onites), [pepper]mint (Mentha piperita), myrtus (Myrtus communis), orange peel (Citrus sinensis), sage (Salvia officinalis), thyme (Thymbra spicata), and Turkish oregano (Origanum minutiflorum) -- were related to inhibition of 10 bacteria... four Gram-positive bacteria of Listeria innocua, coagulase-negative staphylococci, Staphylococcus aureus, and Bacillus subtilis, and six Gram-negative bacteria of Yersinia enterocolitica [causes Yersiniosis], Salmonella Enteritidis, Salmonella Typhimurium, Proteus mirabilis [causes UTIs], Escherichia coli O157:H7, and Klebsiella oxytoca.... [R]elative to anise essential oil, the essential oils of oreganos, cinnamon, and thyme had consistently high inhibitory effects.... [B]eta-bisabolene (Turkish and Istanbul oreganos), and terpinolene (thyme) were found to be the most inhibitory compounds regardless of the bacteria type tested."Link

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