Does lack of motility cause dehydration?
Managed to get 10cc's of Ringers into him. Hopefully that will help a little.
Honestly, nothing I put Henry on at this point is reliving the painful pee situation. She's been on the Shilintong for a few days too and nothing.
I know what you mean about being scared to make the wrong choice. I feel that way about Henry. If I knew then what I know now... I always end up blaming myself when things go wrong, but I really do try my best. As do you. Whatever decision you make, it'll be for the good of Bassy. It's hard to see that if it doesn't turn out well though, I hear ya.
Hating myself for going to a twice daily dose on the Torb. At least he had nice, big healthy poops before. Now this is just one more thing the poor guy has to deal with. :(
So for me, I'd do it. But if there's an actual reason not to, then definitely don't listen to me.
Also you have an appointment this week right? So your vet will know something too.
Vet also gave me Diarsanyl, an oral paste for dogs and cats that she found worked very well on rabbits. It's a nutritional supplement as an aid in coating the intestinal mucosa. Can't OD them on it and Dervish seemed to like it. Vet felt it would help in poop forming. She got it twice a day.
Dervish pulled thru - the med regimen seemed to turn her around immediately. I think the Diarsynal did a lot towards getting her poops back. Might work for Henry and Sebastian
She was so bad off the vet prescribed prayers and I don't think she's religious.
Dervish is also a heart pig but only on Fortekor, not on any NSAIDs. Now we just have to get her weight up so she can go for her final planing for elongated roots.
- Little Jo Wheek
- Little Jo Wheek
Diarsanyl is made by a company with a Canadian division, so it might be more accessible for Canadians than the Biosponge. Diarsanyl is readily available in the US and other countries as well.
Platinum Performance is a US company and I don't think right now it is as widely distributed, although I'm sure they would ship anywhere.
- Little Jo Wheek
I suspect the Biosponge may be helpful for repopulating the GI flora or at least restabilizing it. If it is expired, I'm sure it's still good--but maybe dried out a bit. It is only clay and water.
Josephine, I was wrong -- the Bio-Sponge doesn't expire until November (I must have been thinking of the Ivermectin I have on hand). And it won't constipate him, right? I'm not altogether sure I understand how this stuff works.
Went ahead and gave him .2cc's for starters. Should I just wait and see if there is any improvement by morning, or would you suggest repeating the dose right before bedtime? He has made 1 poop in the past half hour, and it's almost 1/2 usual size. His appetite is still good.
Can I give Bene-bac, too (which I gave him yesterday), or is that over-kill?
Will be giving him his evening feeding of CC shortly.
ETA: Once the Bio-Sponge has been opened, what is the shelf life?
We went in late this afternoon for another xray, and the bladder stone had gotten even bigger and there is now a massive amount of sludge/crystals showing up in the xray -- most likely what's causing the bulk of the pain. Vet felt that pain meds just aren't going to cut it. She said she couldn't make any guarantee that another stone wouldn't show up again in a couple of months if we opted for surgery, but...husband and I both feel that the crying and hunching just can't go on.
Dr. M. said Bassy's age was slightly against him, but that he has been maintaining his weight, has no trouble eating (we were shocked to discover tonight that the lost lower incisor is growing back! 3 months after it was lost!), and seems to be otherwise strong and relatively healthy for all of his issues. She felt that his chances were good.
I'm dropping Bassy off on the way to work. Surgery will be at 10:00 a.m.
I do have a question -- in reading the information about surgeries, there seems to be a wide range with regard to fasting. Can anyone tell me that their vet has recommended on that? Ours said he could have a light meal in the a.m. (they usually get fed around 6:30 a.m.).
Ugh. It's going to be a rough day tomorrow. Positive thoughts and crossed-fingers appreciated.