I have another question. How can I tell the difference between an abscess and a sebaceous cyst? I remembered that our senior boar Winston had the same type of thing, except his was on his back. It was about the size of a marble, skin-colored, didn't seem to bother him so our former vet said just to leave it alone. Then one day it disappeared (assume it ruptured on its own) and didn't come back.
I could be totally wrong, but I just don't think this thing looks like an abscess. Is there a way to tell for sure? Because of its location and Bassy's dark hair and skin, taking a picture probably won't work.
Then just a few minutes ago, I was giving Sebastian his last dose of Baytril that the vet suggested he stay on for 7 days after she drained his lump (still there), and found that he was peeing blood too. He has never peed blood in the nearly 4 years that we've had him.
The only other thing I can think of, is that I was forced to use Yesterday's News the other night for new bedding in their hayboxes, after running out of CareFresh. It is lightly scented. Could it cause bladder irritation?
Does this crap EVER end with these guys?? I'm just so sick and tired of the constant worry, the recurring problems, and the mounting vet bills that I'm just about ready to throw up my hands in defeat.
Gave Zachary a dose of Metacam; I can't give it to Sebastian, since he's still on Prednisone.
I'm also not happy to learn that Sebastian has dropped 2 ounces in the past two weeks, after having maintained his (lower) weight for a couple of months now.
Seriously, it's reaching the point where we're at the vet nearly every damn week.
Sebastian has had dental xrays 3 times so far for issues with his teeth after his auto-immune/stroke issue, but not the bladder specifically. Our vet asked to do a full-frontal xray to double-check for the possibility of cancer, since one of her colleagues thought he saw something suspicious. The xray included chest, lungs, heart and I'm pretty sure the bladder was visible. Nothing remarkable showed up (we were looking for lesions, but I remember thinking that everything looked clear). I'm going to call the vet again and ask specifically about the bladder, though. Certainly I think a urinalysis is in order. My first thought was UTI, but he has been on Baytril for 7 days...wouldn't that have knocked it out?
- Let Sleeping Pigs Lie
Last November, my Ginny developed a UTI while taking Baytril for a URI. My vet put her on Bactrim, and that took care of it.
I've always felt that it had something to do with her weakened immune system.
I'm sending you some good thoughts.
I need to find an old thread I started about Prednisone. Does anyone know if the bleeding could be Pred-related? I remember one of our members said she gave Tagamet for bleeding when her Prednisone-pig bled. That's for gut, though, right? Not bladder?
Calling my vet this morning to see what she thinks about the Bactrim.
Thanks for the well-wishes. :)
Corticosteroids may lower your resistance to infections.
Wondering if that's what's going on here.
Something else I'm noticing with Sebastian's urine. It has an usual, almost fishy odor. Does anyone know what would cause that?
Hoping my vet is in today. She's usually only in on Wed-Fri.
Dr. M was in this morning, and told me to start him on Bactrim and monitor for 3 days. She said that the frontal xray that we did last week did not include the bladder, so if I want to look for stones, that will mean yet another rad. Not sure I want to do that if this clears up on Bactim. He just had xrays last Monday to look at something that another vet was afraid could be a cancerous growth; two weeks prior to that, he had more xrays for his teeth after he lost that bottom incisor, and they had to be redone after the images didn't turn out; a month prior to that, he had xrays to rule out abscess or root elongation when he stopped eating. How much radiation exposure is safe for these little guys?
On a more positive note, I checked the white towel under his hidey a few minutes ago, and I found quite a bit of urine but no blood. Fingers crossed this is "just" a UTI.
In reading the symptoms for both UTI and kidney stones, I don't see anything that mentions this. Does this sound like the start of renal failure? We had a senior boar who was in the early stages of renal failure when we adopted him, but I can't remember if he urinated very frequently or heavily.
Hoping we can get him in to see the vet first thing tomorrow. I just don't like the looks of this.