This is just speculation on my part since I'm not that familiar with their anatomy, but I think the colon and bladder are so close together that passing poos past an inflammed bladder might cause more pain than just passing urine.
Chippy loses weight everytime she has one of these episodes. A day or so on Metacam and her weight goes right back up.
I'll let those more comfortable with the conversions address this, though. I'm pretty stoopid when it comes to anything involving a decimal point.
Well, I'm confused now. You mention the suspension at 1.5mg/ml. On the label of Metacam that the vet gave me, it shows the concentration as 10ml.
Zachary weighs 1.3 kg. Do I multiply that times the .2 mg/kg that is shows on the dosage chart for Metacam here? That would be .26.
Where does the concentration figure into it?
Ugh; I feel so stupid.
The label just says "Metacam 10ML Quantity 0.5 Give .8cc orally once daily for pain and inflammation."
Is there a concentration of Metacam that would make .8cc the right dose for a pig that weighs 1.3kg?
If I take Zachary's weight of 1.3kg and multiply times the recommendation on GL of .2mg/kg, I get .26. If I divide that by the assumed concentration of 1.5mg/ml, I get .17cc.
I also found a veterinary website that says Metacam is generally dosed at a rate of .1mg per lb. of body weight. Even if I bump Zachary's weight up to and even 3 lbs, that STILL only gives me a dosage of .3 -- and I assume that is based on dog weight.
I really, really need someone to help me with this, because if Metacam only comes in the 1.5mg/ml concentration and this vet has prescribed it at .8cc for a 1.3 kg pig, then it means I need to find myself a new vet - pronto!
I've searched this board and multiple veterinary sites, and the only concentration on the oral suspension I can find is the 1.5mg/ml. The injectible comes in different concentrations, but I just can't find anything else for the oral. And I know this is the oral stuff, because it is honey-flavored (according to the vet).
If I'm interpreting everything correctly, then it sure looks like she has seriously over-dosed it. She didn't give me the original bottle...the Metacam is in a small plastic vial with supposedly a week's worth in it.
I'm really troubled by this.
I suspect the suspension is the same all over. Stick to the safer dose and hash it out later.
If she's already received a larger dose and is doing OK, I wouldn't worry too much. Just don't do any more doses at that level.
The bad thing is, this is a new exotics vet who recently took the place of our very excellent exotics vet (it's his clinic, but he's terminally ill and can no longer practice). I was hoping she would be reliable, as there aren't many in this area who are experienced with cavies. We're not off to a good start.
Anyway, thanks again for all the advice and help on this.
Anyways, still trying to get her avatar on her, but when she is having a flare up and is wheeking when passing urine and blood tinged urine I treat her with SMZ or baytril and her symptoms clear up. Since she does have multiple tumors (and could pass for a boy with someone who didn't know GP anatomy), we chalk it up to the tumors causing irritation. She is not passing glucose in her urine (normal ph on GP's is high at 8.5-9 FYI) and also in my experience a dip stick that is positive for WBCs (leukocytes) is NOT accurate! We find this especially if the bottle of strips has been open for a while regardless of expiration date. Unfortunately, you piggie must have something causing the blood cells in the urine and we may never know, but using the low dose (sorry Metacam as I said, I am not familiar with and I do not have access to VIN, just VSPN) based on your info is the way to go. Yes, reglan does tend to stimulate appetite, along with SQ fluids with like 0.1cc of b vitamin given SQ also. But we only use that in severe ill GP's. Unfortunately in rural Vermont, our patients don't always have as attentive owners, and that goes for dogs/cats too :(
All this may be a renal issue, but sometimes, urine and bloodwork will not show this until real compromised. I have found also with my senior girl, the change from the Oxbow cavy to the performance meant for pups has helped keep her weight on her-gradual transition. She has been able to handle this well along with one tab of the Vit c from Oxbow. I read somewhere also to bump ill cavies up to an extra 1/2-1 tab of the vit c tabs when ill. Sorry don't remember where. Ok, sorry for the late catch up, but good luck!
Sure enough, the vet tech called me back just a few minutes ago, and told me that the instructions on the vial were wrong -- the dose should have been .08 -- not .8. OMG.
Guess this was one incident where my OCD actually paid off.
Anyone know of any good exotics vets around the Evansville, IN area?