Because of Scooter's frail state, the number of stones, and problems posed by the possibility of removing multiple stones in the urethra as well as the bladder, I suggested that DaCourt seek other opinions before the surgery.
My fears are that the vet will get in there and either miss or not be able to get at some of the stones (which has happened) or that the volume of stones is an indication of a serious underlying problem and that recurrence is inevitable. Either way, lots of heartbreak for DaCourt and her daughter.
I hope someone can give her a more optimistic range of possibilities.
(DaCourt, you don't have to refer to me as someone in OCCH--they know who that is).
- I GAVE, dammit!
This is not where her bladder should be, so nobody wants to operate.
She seems to be comfortable, but I think the outcome isn't going to be a good one.
Sometimes all you can do is wait and see. I'm sorry you're going through this.
Candy also has a bunch (20-30) of tiny, perfectly round stones
I think if they were removed, you would find that they are NOT perfectly rounded stones but instead a cluster of small, irregularly shaped stones with rough, pitted surfaces. Like mini-regular stones. There isn't enough detail in the xray to say they're perfectly rounded.
I wish I could lay my hands on a pic of a typical stone. I should track one down and put it on the stones page.
Well, Scooter was doing well...he was eating a little on his own but I still continued to hand feed. I did not weigh him before his 6:30 am but last night he was actually above 800 grams. Just weighed him again and he was down to his lowest, 722 grams.
He seems so cold. I don't know if he is shivering, or if it's me trembling. Hr won't go near the hot water bottle I have in the cage.
I am picking up his xrays tonight si I will put them up later.
Mum, those stones and their location look very strange indeed but not exactly like Eddie's. When we x-rayed Eddie (24 hours before he crashed from kidney failure), he had a couple large stones in the bladder, and a string of perfectly round appearing stones stacked one on top of each other, like billiard balls, leading down through the urethra in a straight line. Neither the vet nor I had seen such strange looking stones before. But I didn't post the x rays, I just posted pics of his kidneys after necropsy. Dr. R. probably still has the x rays.
His thread starts here http://www.guinealynx.info/forums/viewtopic.php?p=542997#542997
DaCourt, he probably needs more than Metacam for the pain if you are to get his weight up for surgery. Dr. R could prescribe some Torb for you if you call.