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I suspect they've overlooked the fact he's still on them, but if he's tolerating them I'd keep them up just in case they are in fact helping, while still asking if they clinically need to be continued.
Any tips on putting ointment on his eye? He hated it! I can do drops because I don't have to touch his eye with the dropper, but man, the ointment does not go over well.
Thanks, Jennicat! This vet also mentioned the similarity to dogs she has treated.
I forgot to ask about this before, but she had mentioned possibly using some type of glue on the surface of his eye if the ulcer doesn't heal up? I wish I could remember what she said exactly. She said she's done it on dogs, cats, and rabbits but no guinea pigs so far. She mentioned that in dogs she's also put contact lenses on them because that aids healing somehow, but that she can't do it on smaller animals because they wouldn't fit.
I may have spoken too soon about progress. It looks pretty red and swollen/sticky-outey tonight. I don't know what to think at this point. If it was all just an injury causing this it shouldn't still be swollen enough to protrude, should it? I just don't know. The surface is looking better, though, I think. His eye makes me so sad to look at. :(
This is probably a stupid question, but is there a treatment for elongated roots? I don't know how likely it is that they are elongated, as his eating hasn't changed. The vet saw last time that his teeth are getting pointy and should be trimmed soon, but I'm not sure of the linkage between uneven wear and elongated roots. I'm assuming there is no treatment, but I want to check... I do hope that if that's the problem we still have some options.
My apologies if any of this is common knowledge. I'm doing many searches here and trying to put together information the best I can, but teeth issues continue to confuse me even after reviewing the main GL site and the forums. I'm trying to wrap my head around it so that I have some preliminary guesswork in the back of my mind while talking to the vets.
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Dental x-rays IMO if needed. He may need to be lightly sedated; dental uses a smaller area and a more tightly collimated beam (??? I think ???) and they can't move even the tiniest bit or it will be unclear. Good dental/skull rads will show elongated roots quite clearly. They should also (I think) show an abscess.
Treatment options for elongated roots include regular planing, lots of abrasive foods like corn husks, and/or a Chin-Sling. Uneven wear, points, the need for planing, and elongated roots have kind of a web relationship in my mind. A pig can have uneven wear, malocclusion, points and need a trim or two and *not* have elongated roots. Elongated roots are a disorder of the dental roots themselves. The other stuff is primarily mechanical (i.e., the grinding action of the teeth is or hasn't been correct for some reason).
I will call the opthamologist tomorrow and probably call my regular vet to update her as well. I guess on average Baxter's eye is somewhat better than it was (particularly on the surface), but it doesn't seem to be on a consistent path to healing at this point. It seems to look best mid-morning and worst in the evenings (after drops in both cases, so that's not it), unless I'm looking into it too much. I suppose it could be the meloxicam, since that's the only thing he only gets at one time of the day. Maybe it kicks in and helps reduce swelling so that it looks better by morning, and then by the evening when it has worn off and it's time for another dose it looks worse?
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Healing may not be consistent. But if you're worried, update both your regular vet and specialist, and ask all the questions you need to to feel comfortable.
I've had better luck with splitting Metacam in half and administering it in two doses. Not all will agree, but that's been my experience.
I tried splitting the dose like that in the past with Jeeves, and it helped him. I think I'm going to give it a try and see how that goes.