For the love of Pete! Ozzy's med thread

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slavetofuzzy
4 the Good of all Pigs

Post   » Fri Apr 04, 2008 4:01 pm


We are in day 3 of his Actigall tracis. Maybe that's got him messed up? We'll see how this does.

And Momo, I want so badly to believe Ozzy will recover from this and will feel better one day. But the truth of the matter is I am only trying to make his last days as comfortable as I can. He will tell me when he's ready for me to stop and just leave him be. Then I will make the dreaded journey to the vet's office. But as long as he's still chattering those teeth and munching on his hay I will continue the syringing of ump-teen types of meds and foods!

cutemomomi
Obey My Authority

Post   » Fri Apr 04, 2008 4:04 pm


Yes we will, as long as he is fighting, we will be here cheering him (and YOU) on!
I was told not to worry about McMac's daily metacam doses and the possible renal failure that long-term dosing might bring on, somehow in Naka's mind, he isn't really convinced there is a long term for him.
But our old man has surprised him time after time...

I guess this is the painful part of having them in our lives, to watch them slip right past our fingers...

slavetofuzzy
4 the Good of all Pigs

Post   » Fri Apr 04, 2008 4:07 pm


Do you still give McMac daily metacam? I am having a hard time gently convincing my vet to give Oz more than .05 daily! I started giving him .15 twice a day with some leftover stuff and he was fine. When I went to ask for a refill, she gave me .05 daily. And it won't last long if I give him more than what she dosed.

cutemomomi
Obey My Authority

Post   » Fri Apr 04, 2008 4:22 pm


I still do.
We started at 0.15cc twice daily back in early January after a set of X-rays showing signs of arthritis in his back legs. Then as the weather warmed up and he recovered completely from his abscess, we cut it down to 0.10cc.

When we went back for his follow up, I was told to keep him on a "maintenance dose" of 0.10cc once a day unless I see him in obvious pain.

So now we range from 0.10 - 0.15 a day, depending very much on how he looks and feels.

*STF, we did got through 2 weeks of obvious dryer poops when he first started on metacam, but Dr. Naka told us to keep watch and it should pass on its own as he get used to it. And he did. :)

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Fri Apr 04, 2008 4:30 pm


Sending good thoughts for Ozzy!

From what Pinta has stated, Actigall doesn't have side effects.

guinea pig with stones and serious side effects! (Shaun) (linked to Pinta's comments)

Rupert (was prescribed Actigall for gall bladder)

Chester's thread, which was linked before, seems to have the most information about Actigall.

slavetofuzzy
4 the Good of all Pigs

Post   » Sat Apr 05, 2008 9:31 am


It may be more the Baytril he's been on for so long giving him the soft blobby poops. I remember that when he was recovering from surgery in December he would steal Mr. Piggy's poops. I should probably begin a poop soup for him using Mr. Piggy's.

Does anyone have a "recipe" or do I just dissolve one or two poops with water?

slavetofuzzy
4 the Good of all Pigs

Post   » Sat Apr 05, 2008 9:53 am


I am also wondering if anyone can let me know how soon they noticed an improvement with Actigall? I do not see any difference. His pee is still bright red and he is still hunched over most of the time. Sleeps a lot.

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Lynx
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Post   » Sat Apr 05, 2008 10:34 am


Yes, crush and dissolve one, then syringe it. Might help (can't hurt). Special poops work best.

Review diet too. Ditto on Baytril possibly being the cause (depends on strength).

gl/probiotics.html

slavetofuzzy
4 the Good of all Pigs

Post   » Sat Apr 05, 2008 10:48 am


I've read the links that tracis has provided on Actigall. But no one mentions details about what happens AFTER they began using it, other than a few saying the stone seems to have dissolved.

What I'd like to know is: how long before improvements in urination were noticed (color mostly).

Ozzy has been on Actigall for 4 days now, going on 5 and I see no improvement in the red color.

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Lynx
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Post   » Sat Apr 05, 2008 11:05 am


You could write anyone who has used it, too (prod them).

slavetofuzzy
4 the Good of all Pigs

Post   » Sat Apr 05, 2008 12:33 pm


True that! Sometimes, I swear, my brain does not run on all cylinders. Probably due to not enough coffee yet. Thank you for the "duh" moment Lynx! ;)

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Lynx
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Post   » Sat Apr 05, 2008 2:18 pm


It's a surer way of getting some feedback concerning their experiences.

I wish you luck.

slavetofuzzy
4 the Good of all Pigs

Post   » Thu Apr 10, 2008 4:50 pm


Ozzy has a 9:00 appt tomorrow (Friday). He's slowly declining. With all the fluids I'm shoving in him, he's not really urinating. And his poos are still very very small or non-existent, or really soft and clumpy. He just lays in his cuddle cup all day. I'm afraid it's time to let him go. I'll see if the dr has any more words of wisdom but I really don't see a quality of life for him anymore. Poor little guy.

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mkkayla
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Post   » Thu Apr 10, 2008 5:05 pm


I am so sorry. I have a 9 am appt tomorrow, too, for Bonnie. I'll be thinking of you and Ozzy. So sad.

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Mum
I GAVE, dammit!

Post   » Thu Apr 10, 2008 5:54 pm


I'm so sorry. I do hope little Ozzy rallies.

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu Apr 10, 2008 5:57 pm


We are still all hoping for the best.

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Cindy in MI
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Post   » Thu Apr 10, 2008 6:04 pm


I am so sorry that Ozzy isn't going in the direction you hope for.

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cavyslave8
I GAVE, dammit!

Post   » Thu Apr 10, 2008 6:47 pm


I'm so sorry. Maybe the doctor will have some words of wisdom tomorrow. I'll be thinking of you and Ozzy.

Talishan
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Post   » Thu Apr 10, 2008 6:50 pm


James and I will be thinking of him and of you. MK, our very best to Bonnie and you as well.

cutemomomi
Obey My Authority

Post   » Thu Apr 10, 2008 10:17 pm


STF, a painful lump reading your post.
You and little Ozzy will be on our minds tomorrow, wishing you strength and courage to face what ever that lies ahead for him...
*hugs*

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