Scruffles medical thread

Post Reply
User avatar
Lynx
RESIST

Post   » Wed Apr 14, 2010 11:55 pm


Your analysis sounds possible. and yes, sounds like pain. Would you like your pics added to the thread?

User avatar
Brainerror

Post   » Thu Apr 15, 2010 7:58 am


Yes please lynx. Our vet is very busy today, but she's calling us later in the afternoon. She's determined to help Scruffles today.

We're lucky.

User avatar
Brainerror

Post   » Thu Apr 15, 2010 8:01 am


Talishan - she was on 3 drops already, so I gave her another 3 in the evening as she seemed in pain.

this morning she was shivering again until I gave her the 3 drops.

User avatar
Lynx
RESIST

Post   » Thu Apr 15, 2010 9:43 am


Thanks, I added your pics.

Glad the pain medication helped.

User avatar
Brainerror

Post   » Fri Apr 16, 2010 6:38 am


As you know we went to the vet yesterday to do an x-ray on Scruffles. My vet has been an absolute star taking time out after hours to do the x-ray as she was very concerned for our fat little girl. Also, she did the x-ray without anesthetics ^^

When she came back she had a big grin on her face. Scruffles doesn't have stones!!!
WOOHOO!!
There was no sludge in her bladder either, so she reckons the bleeding was caused by the severe UTI. constant inflammation making the skin raw & easily ruptured.
She did say there might be a small chance she did pass another stone, but atm there's no evidence of that.

Scruffles diarrhea disappeared overnight as well, so it was probably caused by her straining to pee, therefore forcing her poop out too soon.

She'll be on metronidazol & baytril for 2 weeks. Our vet didn't want to do a urine culture yet as that acquires putting Scruffles under so she can get a sterile sample direct from the bladder *cringe*

Image

Scruffles this morning, already seeming to feel a bit better :D

User avatar
Lynx
RESIST

Post   » Fri Apr 16, 2010 2:05 pm


Good luck, Scruffles!

Talishan
You can quote me

Post   » Fri Apr 16, 2010 9:29 pm


What a gorgeous picture. :-)

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Fri Apr 16, 2010 10:14 pm


Sending good thoughts for Scruffles! She is very pretty. :)

I hope she has a speedy recovery.

User avatar
Brainerror

Post   » Mon Apr 19, 2010 6:56 am


thanks guys! So far so good :) She seems much happier in herself.

User avatar
Brainerror

Post   » Sat Apr 24, 2010 4:31 am


Well, her blood spots have almost disappeared now. Weird thing is, her character has done a complete turn around.
She used to be really sweet, then 6 months ago she became a bully & now she's a bloody coward!

In fact, she behaves like Pippin used to. Screaming when someone comes near (although Squee has taken a liking to biting her for no reason), very submissive & cowardly.

I'm not sure what to do. I'm thinking about putting a divider in until Squee has gone through puberty so that Scruffles can recover in peace.

User avatar
Lynx
RESIST

Post   » Sat Apr 24, 2010 9:15 am


Could be caused by pain or hormones. If the blood spots are reproductive, more likely hormones.

Talishan
You can quote me

Post   » Sat Apr 24, 2010 9:51 pm


" ... then 6 months ago she became a bully & now she's a bloody coward!"

Ditto Lynx on both counts. Do you have access to a vet with ultrasound equipment?

It's an expensive diagnostic (I'm sure you'll be delighted to hear that), but it is the best way of determining if ovarian cysts are present.

User avatar
Brainerror

Post   » Sun Apr 25, 2010 7:26 am


Hmmm she was checked for cysts on her x-rays every time (she's had 5 so far I believe), would it really be something they can miss that many times? or is it really on visible through ultra sound?

I agree that there must be a cause for her behaviour changes & if you reckon it's hormone related then, well, I have to look into that.

User avatar
Lynx
RESIST

Post   » Sun Apr 25, 2010 10:37 am


It can be hormonal and she can not have prominent cysts.

Talishan
You can quote me

Post   » Sun Apr 25, 2010 8:28 pm


Ditto Lynx.

" ... would it really be something they can miss that many times? or is it really on visible through ultra sound?"

It's only clearly visible on ultrasound. They can sometimes be seen (or actually, more like inferred) on x-ray but that's not at all a reliable diagnostic for cysts.

User avatar
Lynx
RESIST

Post   » Sun Apr 25, 2010 9:08 pm


If it is hormonal, a spay should take care of it. It would also prevent reproductive problems as she ages.

User avatar
Brainerror

Post   » Mon Apr 26, 2010 6:14 am


Sigh.. well I guess that brings my bills over £1000 since january. What a great year, 2010. ugh.

So we'll take her in again. Have to anyway as she started peeing blood again..

When Pippin had cysts they did a hysterectomy, so I'm guessing that would be the ultimate procedure to keep in mind.

Fingers crossed it's not cysts!

Also, her front incisors have gone funny. I swear there's something not quite right. I'll see if I can get a good photo of 'm. the bottom ones seem slanted to the right and have been chipping in places :(

User avatar
Brainerror

Post   » Sun May 02, 2010 1:54 pm


Well she has stopped having bloody urine at long frikking last. We will still see the vet next week to check on her ovaries, but she has perked up somewhat.

She has however stopped eating bellpepper/capsicum, which she used to enjoy.

Is change in taste a sign of hormonal imbalance too? She still eats everything else.

Talishan
You can quote me

Post   » Sun May 02, 2010 11:12 pm


Not usually to my understanding ... but it is in humans, so perhaps.

I tend to think it may, however, have more to do with possible dental problems. I'm sure you're just thrilled to hear that. But. Given slanted front incisors, have the vet take a look at her teeth and weigh her pretty regularly in the meantime.

User avatar
Brainerror

Post   » Mon May 03, 2010 7:13 am


She's on her lowest weight at 1,007kg at the moment. I'm also worried it might be a dental problem as her bite is very weak.

Normally she shreds lettuce out of my hand, but now she bites and lets it slip from between her incisors :/

She also craves bread! not sure what this could indicate, but whenever we eat anything bready near her she goes mental & will actually climb to the person who's eating bread to get it. really bizarre. I know bread isn't good for them though.

Post Reply
444 posts