Guess we go back for x-rays/ultrasound, bloods, skin scrape........... arg.
Nibbler is doing better and she has definitely improved mobility wise, but she is still chewing fur and now there's a bald patch on her flank.. I still think she needs an ovariectomy/hysterectomy..
watch this spot.
I basically want an x-ray or ultrasound first though. Or see my regular vet (we had the girl trained by her) as she'll prolly say yes to a spay.
I may opt for an ovariectomy for Pudding once she's full grown, just to prevent this crap from happening. They all go cystic in the end :/
Long story short she send us home with 0.2ml metacam x2 daily for mild arthritis. Nibbler was 625g at this point. 2 months later she wasn't getting better but did regain some weight at 780g.
She had chewed off more fur and even skin so we had to go back and get her referred to one of my vet colleagues at the zoo who does internal referrals at my vet practice. He did skin scrapes which came bk neg. and a CT scan.
CT scan showed quite bad arthritis in her front legs and her shoulders, so she was diagnosed with serious poly-arthritis. She probably got this condition early on, but had remained undetected and it is probably caused by malnourishment early in life/weak genetics (as she was a backyard rescue through the RSPCA and inbred/pregnant at 2 months).
We are trialling her on tramadol atm, but there are quite a few painkilling options available if it doesn't work. Once pain is dealt with properly we can look into glucosamine and other joint aiding supplements.
Fingers crossed she's soon pain free! We were warned she won't be old..