- We miss our sweet Oreo
I was feeling unsure about using the set, but followed what you said Amy. We're only doing 20cc's, so I got my syringe filled up from the bag, warmed the syringe, went and got Bassy, attached the butterfly, and then took a deep breath before jabbing him. After two false starts (he immediately wriggled out of the towel), I got it. He made one little cry and then that was it! No fussing, no wheeking. He did move around a little on the table -- is that okay? They don't have to remain perfectly still, right?
Do you continue to hold onto the butterfly tabs, Amy, or just let it hang naturally? I just let it stay in on its own, and could then use my "spare" hand to rub his ears. Maybe a small treat would help keep his mind off it-?
Seemed like it didn't take any time at all to get the 20cc's in and the butterfly catheter out, and we were done.
Definitely need to order some more today. I spoke briefly with Dr. M when I picked up the supplies, and she felt that fluid therapy would be a good idea for him -- subq's once or twice a week.
Here's hoping practice makes perfect. :\
- We miss our sweet Oreo
- Little Jo Wheek
By the way, at what point do you guys think I can put Bassy and his buddy Oliver back together? They are currently separated with a divider to restrict movement somewhat, and to monitor output (Sebastian's side of the cage is lined with white towels that I'm changing twice a day; no fleece). Surgery was on Thursday.
Also, I've been giving Bass Metacam but he doesn't really seem to need it. Should I discontinue, or is it a good idea to keep him on it for a few more days to prevent inflammation? He's also on Bactrim.
What do some of you do for bedding under hideys? As of yesterday, I went back to fleece for his side of the cage (was just using white towels that I was swapping out twice a day), but I feel like maybe I should continue to use a small towel or cloth pee-pad where he sleeps, and continue changing it out. Thoughts?
Maybe I'll finally break down and get it when I get paid on Friday.
This evening I gave Sebastian a subcue, using the wonderful little 25g butterflies another member was kind enough to send me. He had his surgery last Thursday to remove his stone and flush out his bladder, and was given a subcue that day, plus Friday and Saturday.
He has been, and is still on, on Bactrim...had doses on Metacam for several days post-op, but no longer on it as he hasn't shown any signs of discomfort. He is scheduled to have his stitches out next week.
Dr. M had said a once-a-week subcues might be the way to go as a preventive measure against future stones, so I gave him one this evening with the intent of doing this every Thursday. During the subcue, he peed and I noticed blood in it. I'm totally discouraged. Why is he suddenly peeing blood?
He is eating, gaining weight, not crying at all, very spunky and active. I had him on just plain towels for a couple of days following the surgery, just to monitor for blood. Nothing after the first day. Then switched back to fleece and towels. I noticed this evening that the pad under his hidey did seem wet (although I've been changing it out twice a day). Could it be a UTI from laying in the same spot so much, now that he's separated from his cagemate?
I just don't even know what to do at this point. Husband is pissed; I'm upset; we're broke; I was hoping to take a vacation next week because I'm so burned out at work, but frankly I'm burned out here, too. Just feeling really discouraged at this point. :(
I'm going to talk to Dr. M tomorrow about maybe switching to Baytril instead. He has tolerated it well in the past. Has anyone else had a pig develop a UTI after bladder surgery?