Should I treat all the pigs for e. coli? How does one GET e. coli anyway? Why do I always get the weird diseases, coccidia and now this.
But that aside, if anyone has any info about the homeopathic stuff, that'd be great.
My Kyla was diagnosed with cystitis about a year and a half ago at the age of 1 1/2. She turns 3 next month on 11-24. She's been on a long term maintenance dose of Septra for a little over a year. She gets it three days per week, twice per day, gets .7 cc's as her weight is 1134.
We started with .4 cc's but that wasn't enough to stop the pain and gradually upped the dose and .7 seems to work. (Knocks on wood) and she has been virtually pain free for the past several months.
Parsley and too much romaine seem to be the triggers for her so I feed very little romaine and no parsley at all to my pigs now. I feed them primarily green and red leaf every day, with some occasional escarole 1-2 times weekly and give them a little bell pepper, tomatoe or cucumber garnish, and cilantro - they also get watermelon or cantaloupe a few times per week, occasional small piece of orange. They get get tiny amounts of other veggies too of course.
One of these days I'm going to get motivated and start following Becky's diet religiously, but for now this seems to be working.
But my question, which I've been asking all along and I don't know if we have an actual answer or not: I have not changed Henry's diet since the day she came to live with me, so why would she get cystitis after a year if nothing has changed? Is it just like any other disease? I'm cancer free my whole life, nothing has changed, but then I get cancer?
I don't feed romaine or parsley anymore. I think my diet is pretty good according to the calcium:ph chart. It's nearly identical to yours. Although Henry loves dill so I do give her that once in awhile, as it is pretty high up there.
Yes, we are preventing a UTI. Kyla has very thick urine and her bladder walls are very, very thick according to Curt Nakamura at Adobe Animal Hospital.
So how can an antibiotic make her have no pain? it's great she's in no pain though. I don't know the general concensus on Peter Gurney, but here's a link mentioning Bactrim. It also mentions barley water, which, yeah, I don't know about that. I'm not sure I'm able to make that sort of thing. It also talks about stones and wet bums. Henry does have a dirty bum, so that makes sense. But so far we have seen no stones, and we've had many x-rays and 3 ultrasounds. http://www.oginet.com/pgurney/cystitis.htm
I really hope you can find some solutions for Henry - it's absolutely heartbreaking what you have been though with her.
- I GAVE, dammit!
I lost a piggie back in September who had developed an abscess that was filled with E.coli. The culture sensitivity that we had done showed that E.coli was suspectible to a wide range of antibiotics so our vet had us use Baytril for 2 weeks then we switched to Bactrim. Sadly Portia also developed a secondary infection of staph in the form of an internal abscess and we lost her. Hopefully you'll have an easier time with Henry. *fingers crossed*
As far as diet. We've had Zachary since he was a baby, and he was always fed romaine and other things that had a not-so-great Ca:P ratio. Never had a problem until he was about 2 1/2. Why did it take 2 1/2 years for the bleeding to start? I've never understood it. And now, ANY change in diet makes him have sludge or bleed.
Wishing Henry luck on her new stuff. I will try to search GL today and see if I can remember which member here is experienced with homeopathic therapy.
I will obviously do anything within my power to get her pain free, but I have to stop at some point. I can't put her through surgery over and over, I can't keep giving her drugs that she's intolerant too. Basically I don't want to make things worse in an effort to make thing better. She's already been through a ton.
I wonder if there *is* a stone? But wouldn't we have caught that? Wouldn't it be HUGE by now? Unless it's hiding somewhere an x-ray and ultrasound can't see?
I'm not dealing with a moron vet here either. She's good so it's not like there's an obvious stone she's missing or she's taking lousy x-rays. Everything points to stone or obstruction, yet... nothing. The only thing we know is that she's got a thick bladder.
momof911 - dear lord, that's dreadful. That is not what I want.
- My home, ruled by pigs!
I can tell you that I spent $2500 over the course of 2yrs to get Angel relief. It was the shilintong that did it so at least I did her relief at the end. Angel even had exploratory surgery which i wouldn't recommend. All it did was confirm there was no tumor and she had interstitial cystitis and inflammation in her entire uro-genital tract.
I hope that you can find something that works for poor Henry.
I tried homeopathic stuff too but it was tincture of corn silk and something else I can't remember..it did nothing.
After searching for E. Coli on GL I've found all sorts of sad news. One post mentioned a 90% mortality rate in boars, another was momof911's thread, and so on and so on.
This says something about cranberries and E. Coli in the bladder, but I can't tell if this sentence is saying that this is a good thing or bad thing. "Inhibits adherence" seems negative to me.
I guess I'll try the homeopathic stuff and see what it does. Worst case it does nothing. I can't find any info online saying it has side effects so, it's worth a shot. At this point, if feeding her Taco Bell made the pain go away I would. I'm desperate.
- Supporter in '09
Your trails and tribulations with Henry are breaking my heart. Poor little girl!
I don't have experience with guinea pigs and cystitis, but, do have some experience with this in dealing with my elderly mother. She developed constant pressure in her bladder and frequent urination. After many months of antibiotics, lots of tests from an expensive urination, nothing had changed. The doctors could not find any cause -- no stones, no signs of infections, etc. Finally, I started my mom on cranberry. She drinks 1/3 cup of unsweetened cranberry juice daily (diluted with water, and sweetened with stevia). She also takes one capsule of capsulated dried cranberry with each meal. Mom mom had suffered with cystitis for over a year, but this cranberry stuff eliminated her symptoms within a week. She's been on the cranberry protocol for several years now. Once, we stopped the cranberry, and her cystitis started coming back.
So, you might want to try cranberry for your piggie. Either buy the unsweetened pure juice (make sure it isn't mixed with other juices), dilute it, and syringe feed. Or, maybe try buying the frozen whole cranberries and feeding a few each day.
Sending a prayer for Henry...