I had scheduled an appointment for first thing tomorrow for an ear check with our regular vet, but in the meantime I'm starting to grow concerned that something else is going on. A couple of times this weekend, Otis squatted and whimpered a little -- not sure if he was urinating at the time. I'm not seeing any blood, and he's not doing it often.
I do know that he has lost sight in one eye (started out as osseous metaplasia). The reduced activity *could* be because he doesn't see as well as he used to, but the crying sound is worrying. When he rests, he's not lying down but sitting in a squatting position. Not hunched up, exactly, and his fur is not fluffed up. That doesn't seem like it would be related to the ear issue.
He's eating and defecating normally.
Could use some positive thoughts for the vet tomorrow. I'll be taking his buddy Toby with him for moral support.
Should I start him on some Bactrim tonight, do you think? His appt. is tomorrow morning at 8:15.
(How do these guys always seem to know when it's the holidays and your vet is getting ready to take some time off??)
Started him on Bactrim; I don't think I should wait.
Poor little guy. Bladder trouble on top of everything else.
Anyway, Otis has two things going on -- an infection under that polyp in his ear (and a second polyp that has formed underneath the first one), and a UTI. We didn't do an x-ray, but Dr. M didn't really see a lot of crystals and said she didn't really suspect a stone at this point. We're going to continue with the Bactrim and let her know on Friday if there isn't any improvement by then. His genitals are really swollen this morning. Poor little guy. :(
She did a gram stain on the pus from the ear, and said it was several different bacteria. We're treating that with Animax otic gel (and hopefully the ear will also benefit from the Bactrim). Animax sounds familiar, but I haven't had a chance yet to do a search for it here. ?
Dr. M said she wasn't sure if Otis would be a good candidate for polyp surgery or not. Since she's usually very confident about these things, I trust her judgment if she thinks we should just let it be for now. The key is keeping the area underneath the polyps clean. That was my fault; I was nervous about messing with it too much, and let it get dirty. She showed me how to get up under the polyp with a Q-tip (something tells me it's going to be a 2-person job).
Fingers crossed that the UTI clears up...there is no stone...and the polyp infection responds to the Animax.
That gunk in his ear was nasty. I feel terrible that I hadn't been doing a good enough job with it. :((
I have a newer bottle, but would like to use up my older stuff first. Just want to make sure it's still effective.
Gotta share this. The visit today was $70 for the ear culture, urine sample and ear medication. I was a little nervous about paying the bill right before the holidays, but when I told husband what the visit came to, he said, "That's okay. It's for Otis; he's family!" :)
Love that man.
He's eating veggies but not pellets, and mostly just sits in his bed. I'm going to start handfeeding if he hasn't perked up by tonight. I also started him on some Metacam.
Ear cleaning and ear meds tonight. Wish us both luck. He fights me tooth and nail w/ just the Bactrim; this isn't going to be easy.