My Guinea Pig's Urinary Issue
Author: Sherlene T.
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Testimonial ID: 3483-OR
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 wee 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 didn't take our guinea pig to the vet to confirm the stones but we did consult the essential oils reference book.
We put Lemon essential oil on the guinea pig's tummy and there was never any more squeaking. The sad part is that we didn't dilute the essential 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 essential oils when combined, sometimes dissolve kidney stones and the associated discomfort. However, Lemon essential 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.
Additional keyword(s) assigned by the editor: liver, pets, stone, stone.
|Supporting Scientific Studies|
|1.||"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|
|2.||"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|
|3.||"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|
|4.||"[Tea tree (melaleuca alternifolia)] oil has been found effective in chronic cystitis."||Link|
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