I called our vet this morning; she is on-call today. We're on for 11:30 this morning to bring him in...I want another xray done, to see if the bladder stone is maybe moving into his urethera. He is extremely uncomfortable, listless this morning. Not interested in anything except a few bits of lettuce. :(
I feel sick. I'm afraid of what she's going to say when she sees him.
Looking at the x-ray, Dr. Mehringer said that he seems to be passing small bits of stones out the urethra -- you can see it on the image. But she doesn't think he can pass any of the stones in either of the ureters because of their size. So......we're just left with trying to manage the pain as much as possible, and push fluids. She wants me to bump up the subcues to twice daily; 15cc's 2x for a total of 30.
He is still urinating normally. Blood sample wasn't enough to determine kidney function, and she said today that she really wouldn't put him through it again. It's pretty much moot at this point.
I know I asked about Metacam dosing, and it has been discussed a lot here. But I'd still appreciate more input on what the maximum high-end dose has been used in cases like this where the prognosis is so poor. I feel like the Tramadol (and the Torb that we tried previously) really wreck havoc on Zachary's gut. He doesn't need that discomfort on top of everything else.
Husband and I are both feeling like we just had a big kick in the gut. Of all our pigs, Zachary has just been such an incredible friend and companion to us both for the nearly 4 years that we have had him. We got him when he was a baby...there was something special about him right from the beginning. This is just such a huge blow.
- We miss our sweet Oreo
I checked our metacam dosages. Oreo was prescribed .2 cc once daily; Bilbo, slightly larger, was prescribed .24 cc, post operative for his radical mastectomy. Both were 1.5 mg/ml oral suspension. I don't know if this was the maximum, but in both cases, it was sufficient to get them feeling a lot better.
We're praying for you. We know the heartbreak of watching a beloved piggy deal with extreme illness.
God. Everything is just so damned futile, now.
Amy, thanks. I was thinking of going as high as .2cc's on the Metacam myself. Vet said she wouldn't exceed .1cc, but really...what can it hurt at this point.
- You can quote me
For this relatively short period, no damage seemed to be done, with the caveat that when he did pass, we did not have a necropsy done. It sure did seem to help him feel better.
Tonight he's still fairly enthusastic about veggies, but not hay. I hope to heck my Oxbow shipment gets here tomorrow. Maybe that'll interest him more than the Kaytee.
I think I'll give him another .2cc's before bedtime (of Metacam). I already gave him his subcue. I don't want to start second-guessing myself, but...I now wish I had stuck with daily subcues instead of going every other day for the past few days. It's just that he was drinking a lot on his own, and I was just so worried that his "bad" kidney might be over-taxed. If I had only known that he was making more stones at this rate...
Can't stop crying this evening. It's just so damned unfair.