- I GAVE, dammit!
If he has a stone, the a/b may not help much. Bactrim usually works against infection, as you know, but the stone itself may be causing more of the problem - or not.
Did the vet say the stone was small enough that it could possibly be passed?
I can always give him the other medicine tomorrow, or late tonight. I doubt I'll sleep much again. I am so lost with all this, as you know. The vets keep saying there's nothing other than baytril, they haven't heard of a pig not tolerating baytril, i have read better than this so many times, but it's SO hard when you have an "authority" in person telling it to you who wants to argue that they have all this education and experience and you don't.
- We miss our sweet Oreo
Perhaps you could encourage the vet to contact another vet? I know my guy was very willing to expand his knowledge base by calling fellow vets he knew or knew of. We got some insights from this. Also, maybe one of the vets could post on VIN? (Vet Info Network online). It's a terrific resource and might broaden their perspectives.
I don't know your circumstances but as difficult as it might be, you may need to take a road trip to find somebody in a neighboring area who is more cavy savvy. Good luck and try to get some sleep!!
- Let Sleeping Pigs Lie
"they haven't heard of a pig not tolerating baytril"
I experience this with the two vets that I use. They always rely on Baytril as their "first choice" antibiotic.
Although my local vet has trained in exotic care, she does not see many guinea pigs or other rodents as repeat patients. I wonder if the owners wait too long to bring their pets in, and then the animals are too weak to respond to treatment when they do receive it.
I also wonder if Baytril is considered to be "well tolerated" because owners do not recognize the signs of a/b intolerance, and therefore do not inform their vet.
Lisam, thank you. I think I will go upstairs and at least read in bed. Piggy will come with me thankfully. I'm SO glad I kept my petstore cage. I can't believe he ever lived in this full time, but for emergencies like this, it's a life safer. I can have him right by me at all times, monitoring intake and output.
Tracis, you make many, many good points. All of which I will re-read tomorrow to try and make a sane, logical, non-pig-freak-know-it-all case with my vet Thursday.
- Supporter in '10
I hope you and Piggy had an okay night.
I wouldn't hesitate to give Baytril to a pig the first time. If he'd never had it, I'd have no problem with him taking it. I just can't rationalize giving it to him a 2nd time. If I took a medicine that made me that sick, I wouldn't take it again. Why should I do it to my pet?
Piggy got his Bactrim this morning, along with a nice, wet piece of lettuce to wash it down since the label says "take with plenty of water." I'm going home at lunch to give more probiotic as I wasn't up early enough to have a 2 hour window. He may get even more lettuce as even though he's eating, pooping, and peeing, he doesn't seem to be drinking that much. I moved the water bottle to a more convenient location. He's also been getting a lot of fluid with his probiotic (I suspend it in baby apple sauce, vitamin C liquid, and cranberry juice) so he could just not be all that thirsty. He was a good boy and begged on the bars when I asked if he wanted a snack. There seems to be less bloody urine this morning, but he's also been in the hay box a lot.
Kishes to Amber. I hope she's feeling better soon.