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You pay attention, treat to the best of your ability, and ask thoughtful, intelligent, well-researched questions. That's why your vet says he hasn't seen that many pigs with disorders. The others didn't get the care they needed.
MK, best to you and your group, too. I'm sorry to hear about your dog.
Today at the vet: they sent the urine out for culture and switched us from Bactrim to Cipro. She felt that if there were some sort of bug, the Bactrim wasn't catching it due to the bleeding after the fact. Results in on Monday. They also took an x-ray. No stones, but she saw something funny. It's hard to tell, but there's something going on with either the bladder or uterus. Once we get the results back from the culture, I think that's going to confirm our next step.
I have a feeling it's not the bladder. It's too coincidental to have a bladder infection AND this mammary tumor at the same time. I have a feeling we might need to go ahead with the spay. She said we might, but she hopes we don't. Now we wait.
My vet isn't in today. I'll call tomorrow, but in the mean time: do I take her off it? If so, switch back to Bactrim or just leave her off anything for now.
I can't go through this again. If nothing else, she needs to start eating more on her own. Handfeeding is so hard.
I wonder a lot of the time too why I have such a line of bad luck, but then there will be a stretch where everyone is doing great. It is a little different here since my guinea pig population changes on a weekly basis, but I definitely feel your pain!!
My Flynn when he wasn't feeling well would always face the wall too. He would always eat better for me when I held him. So I would hold him and his food dish or veggies or a pile of hay whatever it took, and he would munch, with less gusto, but would at least eat.
I also add orchard grass hay when my pigs are not eating much since it is sweeter supposedly and softer and oftentimes more appealing than plain ol' timothy.
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Don't know if any of these are close or not
No poops this morning and she wasn't eating her hay (which is orchard grass already by the way) so we're handfeeding. The act of handfeeding in itself isn't fun, but it's just so hard to do schedule wise. I can't bring the pigs to work and I can't just take off indefinitely until she starts up again.
I've been down this path before with PC, so I'm fearing the worst. We'll know Monday if the surgery on Tuesday is going to be a simple tumor removal or a full on spay. Which, if it is a spay, I am not thrilled about.
I'll look for those alfalfa nibbles. I know when I had a baby pig, all the adults seemed to eat the Oxbow baby food and not the adult food. Maybe it tastes better.
I'm going to talk to her more on Monday, but I'm confused. When 'Ferd had blood in her urine, it was diagnosed as a UTI. We gave her Bactrim, the blood was gone, and that was it. Why is it NOT the same case this time? I wonder what would happen if we waited a week, and checked the pee again. If the blood was gone, does that mean it *was* just a UTI? I'd hate to spay unnecessarily. She's not a fan of spaying either, so it's not like she's pushing it just for the sake of pushing it like I know some do.
I wonder if she thinks this is reproductive because 1) she got worse after I put her on Bactrim instead of better, or 2) it's related to the mammary tumor which would = reproductive.
No poops or food eaten when I went home for lunch. Looking for the alfalfa tonight after work.
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"Why is it NOT the same case this time? I wonder what would happen if we waited a week, and checked the pee again. If the blood was gone, does that mean it *was* just a UTI? I'd hate to spay unnecessarily. She's not a fan of spaying either, so it's not like she's pushing it just for the sake of pushing it like I know some do.
I wonder if she thinks this is reproductive because 1) she got worse after I put her on Bactrim instead of better, or 2) it's related to the mammary tumor which would = reproductive."
I think your assessment is exactly correct. Ask her on Monday about continuing Bactrim for at least a week and then retesting her urine. Shoot, just read her your post and see what she says. I won't be surprised if she says "that's exactly what I'm thinking."
STILL no poops this morning and still not eating hay or food. After the handfeeding there were some very lame looking poops. So I know she's not blocked so I can continue to feed.
The pet store didn't have any alfalfa last night. I'm going to another one now to see what they have.
There have been a small handful of poops today. All not-great looking, but bad poops (small, some dry, some wet) are better than no poops at this point. Continuing feedings. Her cavy performance bowl went from 215g to 212g so she's doing something there. She's also eating lettuce. She's not caring for her regular food/hay and picking at her 'treat' veggies - carrot, peppers, etc.
I really don't know where to go from here. I'm not sure the vet does either. What went wrong? She had some eye goop and now it's gotten out of control. Just like PC - she had some soft poops and ended up passing away. What else is left for me to do!?