Baxter's med thread

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zazzified

Post   » Tue May 04, 2010 10:24 pm


I love my vet so, so, so much. It's 10:20 PM here and I missed her call because I was getting ready to head to bed, but she just left me a voicemail saying she can squeeze him in this Thursday to do a trim if I can do that and she's holding the spot for me to confirm with her tomorrow morning.

Talishan
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Post   » Tue May 04, 2010 10:30 pm


How has he tolerated Baytril in the past?

I'm gonna respectfully disagree with Lynx on the AB. Baytril will generally do a better job on oral abscesses (if that's what it is, hopefully not) in my experience. HOWEVER ... if there's any question of how well Baxter can tolerate it, go with Bactrim (in the absence of immediate veterinary instruction).

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zazzified

Post   » Tue May 04, 2010 10:45 pm


He has tolerated it well in the past. Some loss of appetite, but within normal weight fluctuations.

I can't feel any bumps or lumps, so I'm hoping it's not an abscess... but of course I wouldn't necessarily feel it. If it is one, is the normal procedure to aggressively treat with antibiotics and lance if possible to avoid having to do extensive surgery? That's the impression I'm getting on here. And if there seems to be an on and off odor, does this indicate an advanced infection/abscess formation?

How realistic is it that ABs will knock it out?

Talishan
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Post   » Tue May 04, 2010 10:50 pm


In my experience *only* ...

1. "is the normal procedure to aggressively treat with antibiotics and lance if possible to avoid having to do extensive surgery?"

Yes. Lance, flush, clean more than once if they can't work a drain from the outside. This is what happened to our Littletan.

2. "And if there seems to be an on and off odor, does this indicate an advanced infection/abscess formation?"

Not sure. Kallie has become our de facto expert. I'm sure she'll be thrilled to hear that ;-), but she might have good insight on this. I never noticed a strong bad odor with LT.

3. "How realistic is it that ABs will knock it out?"

In my experience -- mumble. ABs can certainly *contain* it (what happened to LT). They may knock it out. They may not be able to do so completely.

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zazzified

Post   » Tue May 04, 2010 10:52 pm


Thanks. If ABs contain it but don't eliminate it, will I just find that out after stopping ABs and then have to consider extensive surgery?

Talishan
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Post   » Tue May 04, 2010 10:54 pm


" ... will I just find that out after stopping ABs ... "

Basically, yes, but ...

" ... then have to consider extensive surgery?"

... don't assume that before you get there. There may be other options your vet can offer you for Baxter that I have no idea of.

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zazzified

Post   » Tue May 04, 2010 11:00 pm


I certainly hope so. Thanks (again!) for your help. My poor pigs, I think I'm a bad luck pig parent or something.

Talishan
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Post   » Tue May 04, 2010 11:01 pm


You're not (unless we all are). They're an admittedly hard species to treat medically and care for (medically) well.

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zazzified

Post   » Tue May 04, 2010 11:02 pm


Yeah, this year it just seems like one thing after the next after the next after the next after the next... I think my friends are starting to suspect munchausen by proxy.

Talishan
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Post   » Tue May 04, 2010 11:04 pm


Nah, you're not allowed. PooksiedAnimals has it before you (see Willow's thread). ;-)

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zazzified

Post   » Tue May 04, 2010 11:14 pm


Ha, I actually just read that thread!

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Lynx
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Post   » Tue May 04, 2010 11:30 pm


[p.s. I'd be happy to have you take Talishan's advice over mine!]

Talishan
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Post   » Wed May 05, 2010 12:31 am


Yours is still the safer course without a vet's input, though, for others who might read this thread.

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zazzified

Post   » Wed May 05, 2010 9:54 am


I just confirmed his appointment with the front desk, so he'll thankfully be getting checked out and have his trim tomorrow morning. Phew.

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zazzified

Post   » Thu May 06, 2010 12:55 pm


I am so, so relieved. The vet just called and he had no ulcers or abscesses or signs of infection, just quite elongated back molars. He is still in the early stages of waking back up but I can pick him up in an hour or so.

This is gross, but I think the slight odor I was noticing before was food he wasn't completely chewing and getting down :\ I read some threads on here where people talked about a VERY strong odor and this was nothing like that.

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu May 06, 2010 3:01 pm


I wonder if sometimes gently flushing his mouth might help - encouraging more water drinking.

Glad to hear there is no sign of infection.

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zazzified

Post   » Thu May 06, 2010 3:05 pm


Yeah, I started trying that this morning. Seemed to help some.

He's home now and WIPED OUT. Little guinea pig zombie. I hope that he brightens up soon. He doesn't look sick, he just looks pooped. I'm going to try offering some lettuce but I don't think he's going to go for it yet.

Talishan
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Post   » Thu May 06, 2010 9:30 pm


Just so you don't think you can get away without having anything to worry about ... has he ever exhibited any sign of being a potential heart pig?

Very seriously now, I'm glad to hear he came through well and there's nothing more major wrong than what was. They might have had to keep him under for quite a while to get the planing right. He could also possibly have a heart compromise IMO.

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zazzified

Post   » Fri May 07, 2010 8:22 am


I can't believe I'm really saying this and it hasn't really properly sunk in at all, but Baxter passed away last night after I took him into the emergency center for respiratory distress. They had him on oxygen and he looked so much better when I went to tell him goodnight while they kept him on oxygen throughout the night until the exotics department could look at him this morning. About an hour later, they called to tell me he had a seizure and passed away. I am just devastated and in total shock. I can tell Jeeves and I both still somehow expect to pick him up today at the vet. It's unreal.

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Amy0204
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Post   » Fri May 07, 2010 9:42 am


I am so terribly sorry. Take some comfort in knowing that you did everything possible for him.

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