We originally did the U/S in search of enlarged adrenals, but there was no evidence of such.
What do you think the chances are that she has a Ca deficiency due to her special diet? I wonder if I could safely supplement Ca Lactate without causing more problems with her kidneys and bladder?
I have no idea about the calcium lactate.
He does think it might have to do with the sarcoma in her bladder. It's possible that it could have metastasized (sp). He looked back at the U/S report and found that Dr. Reed suggested to be on the lookout for bladder cancer.
So, he drew some blood for a panel. I insisted on her getting light Iso because I didn't want her stressed out. The results should be back tomorrow.
He also wants to give her a trial of Pred (14 days), both because of the possibility of the cancer spreading, and also because she has been a little wobbly on her feet and after examining he suspects arthritis. Just what she needs, another problem.
It is interesting the number of theories that are going around to explain the hair loss. Pinta thinks Cushings, Dr. R thinks Cancer, and I think either deficiency or her kidneys are failing. Possibly a combination. When you have a pig with so many illnesses it's difficult to tell which is affecting her the most.
I'll post the results of the blood panel. Meanwhile, she has been on Meloxicam and her last dose was this morning. Do I need to wait a certain amount of time before starting the Pred?
The prednisone had no effect, and Meg was still losing hair and looking more arthritic each day. So I decided to do what I would have done if a pig looking like this landed in the shelter and I didn't know her history. I supplemented with C on a suspicion of Scurvy. And her hair started growing back immediately. Suddenly there were poops all over the cage instead of in one little corner because she was moving around more. She looks less miserable.
The vet and I had discussed C deficiency and dismissed it because her diet really IS high enough in C for the average guinea pig. The 2 greens she gets are escarole and romaine, and she also gets strawberries, tomatoes, oranges, bell peppers, cantaloupe, and sometimes a little nectarine, brussel sprout, corn silk, or grass. Red bell pepper is her favorite and she gets a big slice of it every day.
But I guess what we didn't consider is that what she was getting before was a MUCH higher dosage of C--because the pigs here get about 3-4 cups per day each of dark, leafy greens that are the highest in C. They don't get anything low in C, and the only non-greens they get are bell pepper and occasionally oranges.
I really don't have any other explanation. After reading back, it appears that pseudoscurvy isn't well documented. And I suppose this is just empirical evidence. But there is no way that the amount of C she was getting in her special stone diet was less than 50 mg daily.
It's a bit unfortunate because supplementing with C isn't going to help her bladder problems.
She is lettting me know that her back hurts. She's on Meloxicam for arthritis.
I was thinking maybe her tummy hurts from meds. She takes Meloxi, Polycitra, Oxbow's apple C, and now some Bactrim because she developed some sludge--which could either be more stones or from a UTI, since she was sitting for quite some time.
Does anyone have experience with Meloxi creating stomach problems? I don't know if the not eating is from pain or a tummyache. Would Bactrim be likely to hurt her stomach? She has been on it before.
For severe arthritis, does anyone use Torb?
Yes, Bactrim can have an adverse reaction, even if she's taken it before.
We started this discussion on another thread, but I still don't have answers, but my vet wouldn't Rx meloxicam in suspension long term because of GI problems, supposedly from the suspension material (info from Dr. Murray, BTW). I have no idea if this is Meg's case, so maybe others with long-term experience can answer.
For the arthritis pain, do you have access to an animal physiotherapist? I saw one who showed me how to do traction on Chippy's back. I've done it twice and it seems to help.
Sludge is notorious for settling and tearing up their bladder. If you have a vibrator, use it on her bladder once or twice a day to help it from settling.
I certainly hope you get some answers for her.
Becky, when you say Meloxicam in suspension, do you mean liquid Meloxi? Will it make any difference if I used a compounded Mobic other than the Metacam?
I can use a massager on her stomach, but I have a feeling she's got stones in there and then I have to decide if it's too much to put her through another surgery.
I'll do some looking for a physiotherapist, but I think it is probably beyond my budget. She likes massages. If I pet her on her back she first starts whining but then when I start massaging it lightly she closes her eyes and grits her teeth. She would bite me if she didn't like it.
CP, do you think I could add C to the SQ? Because I don't want to give her more than one injection per day as it frightens and hurts her.
I'll stop the Bactrim for now. Let me know about the Mobic if anyone knows. It's a generic of Meloxicam compounded in fruity stuff.