For the love of Pete! Ozzy's med thread

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slavetofuzzy
4 the Good of all Pigs

Post   » Wed Mar 26, 2008 10:56 am


Oh boy! Y'all made me smile.

I just got back from Dr. A. There is good news and bad news.

The eye was just some gunk build up. She removed it easily with a q-tip soaked in sterile solution (like contact lens rewetting drops). Eye looks perfect now.

Bad news is Ozzy has a HUGE stone in his bladder. His surgery was in December to remove the first one. This one is bigger. Not only can I not put him through surgery after surgery at his age, I can't afford it either.

If he was a 3 or 4 year old pig I would find a way to pay for it. But he's, at best guess, 6 or 7 years old. I have had him for almost 4 (in August it will be 4) years. He was no young pup when I got him.

I am going to make him as comfortable as I can for the rest of his days. This includes continuing the round of AB's only we've upped it to Baytril instead of SMZ. I am also going to begin doing sub-q's (yikes-this scares me).

And I will just keep an overly close eye on his comfort level. When I feel the time has come we will have him PTS.

I already told the lady at the vet's office she could have a lock of his hair when the time comes. She calls him her boyfriend. She was so excited to see him today, she was at the door to greet him!

I have a copy of the xrays she took today. Will post them soon-need to make coffee now.

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Mum
I GAVE, dammit!

Post   » Wed Mar 26, 2008 11:01 am


Oh crap!

Poor little guy.

So he had no symptoms of the new stone? Was it just caught on a routine xray?

Pinta posted a thread on Actigall used for dissolving stones. I wonder if this might be a good time to try it?

http://www.guinealynx.info/forums/viewtopic.php?p=1237793&highlight=actigall#1237793

slavetofuzzy
4 the Good of all Pigs

Post   » Wed Mar 26, 2008 11:14 am


No, he had developed a nasty UTI last Friday. I took urine samples in, but not Ozzy. We started him on SMZ. Since I was bringing Russell back for a recheck today I asked if I could bring Ozzy as well, for the eye issue.

While we were there she wanted to check his urine again, since I said it still seemed pinkish after this many days on AB's, and then one thing led to another.

I will read Pinta's post now too. Thanks for that link.

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crazycheryl

Post   » Wed Mar 26, 2008 12:54 pm


I'm sorry to hear this, stf. Good luck to you and little Ozzy-man.

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Bugs Mom

Post   » Wed Mar 26, 2008 12:55 pm


I'm sorry for the news StF. Hugs to you and Ozzy.

slavetofuzzy
4 the Good of all Pigs

Post   » Wed Mar 26, 2008 1:05 pm


Does anyone have experience with the Minivue program? My vet gave me Ozzy's xrays on a CD and this is the program. I can not figure out how to transfer the pics to my hard drive or get them to photobucket.

I'm going to keep playing around while I wait for responses.

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cavyslave8
I GAVE, dammit!

Post   » Wed Mar 26, 2008 1:06 pm


I'm thinking of you and Ozzy. I'm so sorry about his stone.

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Wed Mar 26, 2008 2:16 pm


I'm so sorry that Ozzy has another stone.

It is good news that your vet was able to clean his eye easily.

When you view the x-ray picture from the CD, are you able to right-click on it and choose "Save Picture As" ?

slavetofuzzy
4 the Good of all Pigs

Post   » Wed Mar 26, 2008 2:42 pm


No tracis, that was the first thing I tried. And it's saved with some weird extension so I can't even open it in any of my photo editing software.

I compressed the whole CD and sent the file to Lynx. Maybe she can figure it out.

Brandilynn
Who's your Branni?

Post   » Wed Mar 26, 2008 2:48 pm


Boooo. Booo!

slavetofuzzy
4 the Good of all Pigs

Post   » Wed Mar 26, 2008 2:57 pm


Lynx is a miracle worker! Here are the pictures of Oz man's insides.
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Now if she could just manage to get rid of this bugger for him, I would send her my undying gratitude and shower her with chocolates from now until the end of time!

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Mum
I GAVE, dammit!

Post   » Wed Mar 26, 2008 5:11 pm


Oh dear - that's a big old stone.

Remember you can give him a very large dose of Metacam with, apparently, no ill effects - if necessary.

Brandilynn
Who's your Branni?

Post   » Wed Mar 26, 2008 5:25 pm


Oh, buddy. [expletive deleted] stones. I hate them.

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Lynx
RESIST

Post   » Wed Mar 26, 2008 5:34 pm


Those are indeed exceptionally clear xrays.

I only wish they were clear of stones! I understand not wanting to put him through multiple surgeries. I wish you both the best in the comming weeks.

slavetofuzzy
4 the Good of all Pigs

Post   » Wed Mar 26, 2008 6:50 pm


Thank you all. I have some Metacam on hand left over from his surgery. I should call Dr. A and see what dose she would recommend. Or maybe it's on the dose calculator. I'll check that out.

I also have seen Dr. A give the sub q fluids and she gave me pretty good instructions. I will go read up on them in the files here too. One more thing I would rather not be prolific at, but a necessary evil of being a responsible pet owner!

GP Estates
Supporter in '08

Post   » Wed Mar 26, 2008 6:56 pm


So sorry to hear of Ozzy's stone StF. Good thoughts to you and Ozzy.

This stone business is just so frustrating!

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momof911kids
I GAVE, dammit!

Post   » Wed Mar 26, 2008 8:27 pm


Sending many hugs to you & Ozzy.

cutemomomi
Obey My Authority

Post   » Wed Mar 26, 2008 8:38 pm


I am so sorry for missing the thread and about littl Ozzy.
That is a hunka stone, wishing you and Ozzy the best and many pain-free vibes.

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Thu Mar 27, 2008 1:41 am


I hope Ozzy is having a comfortable night.

I'm sure you have read the wonderful subcue page in the Care Guide, and Josephine's Fluid Therapy reference thread. I also like these threads for hints and tips:

Subcue questions

Subcues for Dummies

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Bethie
Still supporting in 2014

Post   » Thu Mar 27, 2008 5:07 am


Oh poor Ozzy! A pox on stones. I hope he stays comfy for a long time yet. He's such a beautiful boy.

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