Excessive weight gain

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Kallie

Post   » Sat Feb 07, 2009 11:36 pm


Viper, I'll ask for sure. Yes, he also gets a 1/4 capsule of Acidophilus twice daily, 2 hours after each dose of AB.

Timmy is very spoiled, he's always received nightly body massages before bedtime. In fact all my animals do, including my cats. I took a pet massage therapy course a couple years back and have been using it ever since. I will try the heat though. I don't have a heating pad, so will use a fairly flat hot water rubber bag (sorry can't remember what they are actually called) instead.

All I can say is thankfully Timmy is awesome and when he's feeling good he will take his meds one syringe after another without any problem. Same with the hand feeding, if he's feeling good, he'll sit there and let you do what you need without complaining. On bad days, like us, he doesn't want things shoved in his face and will resist everything making the process ten times harder.

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Vipergurl88

Post   » Sat Feb 07, 2009 11:45 pm


Aww, Timmy is VERY spoiled! :) I love it when people are so devoted to their pets.

Hopefully the hot water bottle will help give him some relief. Sweet little guy deserves a break, as well-behaved and handsome as he is!

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Kallie

Post   » Sun Feb 08, 2009 12:05 am


Viper, Timmy thanks you for the nice compliments and support.

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Talishan
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Post   » Sun Feb 08, 2009 12:06 am


Kallie, your devotion to him and the work you're putting into his care are just awesome. Kudos to you.

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Lovemypig

Post   » Sun Feb 08, 2009 12:46 am


C'mon, Timmy. Feel better soon.

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Vipergurl88

Post   » Sun Feb 08, 2009 10:21 am


Aww Timmy! Feel better soon sweet boy! Tell mom to give you plenty of gentle hugs and kisses for me.

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Kallie

Post   » Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:15 am


Timmy is having such a great day today! He’s full of energy, eating lots of leafy hay and didn’t give me much of a hard time with his morning flushing. He doesn’t seem to be sleeping as much today either, which is great. He also managed to gain 4 grams on his own over night. If he keeps this up, he’ll be in great shape for his 3rd surgery on Thursday.

I wanted to thank everyone for their encouragement and support regarding Timmy’s health and care. It means a lot to me. Like Timmy, I have my good days and bad days. Bad days I tend to doubt myself in how I’m taking care of him, especially after I found out he’d need a 2nd and 3rd surgery, and possibly a 4th. I at times even doubt my decision to have the original surgery done knowing the risks and what he would have to go through to get fully healthy again. Reading your good thoughts help pull me out of that slump and makes facing the day easier. Deep down I know I made the right choice for what was best for Timmy, but it does get hard to remind myself of that sometimes when I see how he reacts to the flushing and when I see his neck everyday.

In September 2006 when we adopted Timmy as a part of our family, it was the best thing I ever did. He’s brought so much joy to all of us, including his fan club. I will do what ever it takes, no matter the cost to make him happy and healthy again. I can’t imagine not having him in my life. Timmy just has this very special place in my heart.

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Lovemypig

Post   » Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:48 am


The fact that he's obviously feeling better tells you that you made the right choice. It's hard with these little guys, as most of us know. Extra scritches (or whatever he can handle right now) for my sweet Timmy. Kallie, you are doing a fantastic job.

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Kallie

Post   » Sun Feb 08, 2009 4:30 pm


Thanks Lovemypig, I am really trying. Looking at his face, how can anyone not try?!

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Kallie

Post   » Mon Feb 09, 2009 8:30 am


Timmy ate a whole baby carrot this morning! First time since the beginning of January that he hasn't needed shredded carrots.

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Lovemypig

Post   » Mon Feb 09, 2009 8:48 am


What a milestone! That is great, great news Kallie. Timmy's still scheduled for surgery on Thursday, correct?

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Kallie

Post   » Mon Feb 09, 2009 9:10 am


I know, I'm so proud of him. It seems like such a silly thing to be excited about, but after seeing him struggle so long with his eating fresh food but especially crunchy food, I can't help but get excited for him.

Right, Thursday is his 3rd surgery. I think he'll be in good shape for it, he's gained quite a bit of weight and has a fair amount of energy this time going in, so it should help him with the recovery.

The infection smell hasn't been as strong the last 2 days and his large pocket doesn't seem quite as loose, so hopefully the surgery will be short this time around. We did the flushing this morning and there was no trying to escape and no screaming! Surely that has to be a good sign that things are improving.

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Kallie

Post   » Tue Feb 10, 2009 8:08 pm


Timmy is now pooping regularly on his own, and without the Reglan. They're still a bit small, but it looks like now that the pain is more under control, his system is finally starting to work on it's own. He's also eating green pepper slices now too!

Oh and he now weighs 1233 grams!

Talishan
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Post   » Tue Feb 10, 2009 9:19 pm


Wonderful news. Keep us posted!

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Lovemypig

Post   » Tue Feb 10, 2009 9:29 pm


Great news about Timmy.

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Kallie

Post   » Thu Feb 12, 2009 7:12 pm


Timmy is home from Dr Munn’s and here is the update... once again both good and bad news. Although thankfully more good news then bad this time.

Another lump on his neck was found that wasn't there last week. It’s approx the size of a pea. Dr Munn decided to leave it alone for now and hopes the AB's will take care of it. She didn’t want to risk removing it today and having more for Timmy to try and heal. If it grows by next week it will be removed immediately, so we'll have to keep a very
close eye on it. I’m not sure yet if I agree with this, but I have to trust her call on the lump and hope it’s the right decision for Timmy. It is defiantly a lump though and not just scar tissue like last time

He goes back Feb 21st for a follow-up visit, so no 4th surgery for now!

The good news is, his "dry socket" wasn't impacted with food this time and
is closing up nicely. All mouth stitches are now out. His teeth look
really good and more evenly worn which means he's starting to put more
pressure while chewing.

Also the big original pocket is significantly smaller then last week, and no
thick pus was found. She cleaned it out and scraped it until it bled...
weird I know, but it helps speed up the tissue mending process apparently.
All we'll need to do for it now is keep the outside of the hole clean.. no
more flushing!! If I notice any more smell or problems then I'll need to
start up the flushing again. He'll remain on Bactrim and the AB cream for at least 1 more month. The Tramadol, Metacam, Ovol and Cisipride for as long as needed, but at least 1 more week.

Overall I’m happy with today’s outcome, but I’m also heartbroken about the new lump.

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu Feb 12, 2009 10:19 pm


Very encouraging. I hope the antibiotics take care of the lump too.

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Lovemypig

Post   » Thu Feb 12, 2009 10:24 pm


Thanks for the update. I wish that new lump would go away on its own. Scritches to sweet Timmy.

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LainLockey

Post   » Fri Feb 13, 2009 2:57 am


I'm so glad that Timmy's third surgery went well today. It's unfortunate though that another lump was found but I know that he is receiving the best of care from Dr Munn.

He's a tough little guy and I'm sure he's well on his way to recovery! Spoil him extra rotten as I am sure you already are!! My thoughts are with you!!

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Vipergurl88

Post   » Fri Feb 13, 2009 10:47 am


That's overall great news about Timmy! Don't let the new lump discourage you, just keep an eye on it and hopefully it will go away on its own. hugs to you and kisses to little Timmy.

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