Sakura - Medical Thread

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camende
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Post   » Wed Oct 26, 2011 6:42 pm


Yeah! She looks alot better and her hair is growing back nicely!

I'm glad the pellet bowl is empty and her weight is up!

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Thu Oct 27, 2011 3:17 pm


The pellet bowl was completely empty this morning. :)

Her water consumption from the water bottle is increasing, but slowly.

Weight:
10/26 pm: 1220 g
10/27 am: 1223 g

Pictures from today were taken with my "super macro zoom" camera. There is a odd spot near the incision that caught my eye.

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I do not have any experience with stitches and healing incisions; Sakura is the first one in my family that has had any surgery that required stitches.

It feels "pebbly", like the rest of the scab. It doesn't have an odor, nor does it feel warm to the touch.

Is this spot part of the normal scab healing process? Or should be I concerned about it?

Just watch it?

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mkkayla
Supporter in '14

Post   » Thu Oct 27, 2011 3:31 pm


I would just watch it. I think it looks fine.

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Thu Oct 27, 2011 3:33 pm


Thank you! I will definitely keep an eye on it.

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camende
Supporter 08-09 & 11-13

Post   » Thu Oct 27, 2011 11:52 pm


It looks fine to me. But, Norbie is also my first piggie to have surgery so I certainly understand the worrying of every little thing!

I can't wait for Norbie's hair to grow back like Sakura's is!

slavetofuzzy
4 the Good of all Pigs

Post   » Fri Oct 28, 2011 9:38 am


I think it looks fine as well.

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Fri Oct 28, 2011 3:33 pm


Weight:

10/26 am: 1207 g
10/26 pm: 1220 g
10/27 am: 1223 g
10/27 pm: 1213 g
10/28 am: 1210 g

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She barely touched her water bottle the past 24 hours, and isn't very interested in wet veggies. It seems that all she wants to eat is hay and pellets, which are definitely healthy, but since she has had sludge in the past, she needs water too.

I syringe-fed some water this morning.

The "odd spot" looked the same today.

Josephine
Little Jo Wheek

Post   » Fri Oct 28, 2011 3:48 pm


Great pictures!!!

The incision looks beautiful. Nice and quiet. At this point, you can actually soak the scabs off. Might look a tad worse if the scabs are pretty adhered to the skin, but it actually will help healing if you get some of that scabby part off after it is a couple of weeks old.

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Fri Oct 28, 2011 3:54 pm


Thanks!

It does look gruesome.

Could I apply a warm washcloth to the incision to soak the scabs off?

Josephine
Little Jo Wheek

Post   » Fri Oct 28, 2011 4:16 pm


Yes, that is probably the best method!

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Sat Oct 29, 2011 3:42 pm


Weight:

10/26 pm: 1220 g
10/27 am: 1223 g (last weight gain)
10/27 pm: 1213 g
10/28 am: 1210 g
10/28 pm: 1193 g
10/29 am: 1176 g

Even though Sakura has recently finished up with her course of antibiotics (enrofloxacin), she now has soft, messy poop. I still want to blame the antibiotic; can I?

She still isn't drinking very much on her own, so I've been supplementing with syringe-fed water.

Her weight is dropping, and I'll start the Critical Care this afternoon. She IS eating hay, but not enough to maintain her weight.

She is quite unhappy with me today. She had a bit of dried messy poop stuck on her incision, to the point where the scab came off during the soaking. Although it did not bleed, it was obviously painful -- there was some of her newly grown fur stuck in the mess. :(

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camende
Supporter 08-09 & 11-13

Post   » Sat Oct 29, 2011 4:16 pm


Poor Sakura!

I would think the soft poop is from the antibiotic. Did you try some probiotics?

She's still not drinking water? Maybe that is part of the weight loss? Is she still eating pellets?

How frustrating are the weight fluctuations? I was all set to start Critical Care but Norbie was up 20g from last night. I've been giving "treats" every could of hours. At this rate, all my piggies will gain along with Norbie. LOL.

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Lynx
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Post   » Sat Oct 29, 2011 4:47 pm


Lookin' good!

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Sat Oct 29, 2011 5:26 pm


She just ate two small leaves of lettuce for me (extra wet, of course), some pellets, and now is munching hay.

This morning she wasn't interested in any veggies, except for red bell pepper, which she only gets in small amounts.

Using the after-surgery-weight of 1241g, Sakura is down a total of 65 grams since the evening of the 14th.

It is frustrating, but we will get past this!

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worldangel

Post   » Sat Oct 29, 2011 11:36 pm


When Coral was on antibiotics (Baytril), she had soft and squishy poops up to nearly a week after she finished the course. Eventually, it cleared off as I continued to feed her probiotics (Acidophilus powder mixed into Critical Care or at times, I will just mix with water and syringe her with that). I also took away the veggies from her diet until her poop became hard and normal-looking again. She missed the veggie of course, but she did well on just pellets (I reduced this as well) and hay. Yes, lots and lots of Orchard Grass hay. Whenever, I noticed a drastic drop in her weight, I would syringe her with Critical Care. Slowly, she gained back her weight and is now maintaining it.

Hope Sakura get well soon!

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Sun Oct 30, 2011 12:20 am


Sakura maintained her weight today - yay!

There are little piles of hay all over the cage again. She seems to enjoy wandering around to each pile, tasting, eating a bit, and then taking a little nap.

Her poop looks slightly better this evening.

C Cole-Chakotay

Post   » Sun Oct 30, 2011 5:36 am


Great! I'm so glad Sakura is on the mend!

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camende
Supporter 08-09 & 11-13

Post   » Sun Oct 30, 2011 7:01 pm


Yeah! I hope Sakura is doing well today too!

How is her weight?

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Topaz

Post   » Sun Oct 30, 2011 11:14 pm


Go, Sakura! SO happy she's on the mend.

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Mon Oct 31, 2011 12:12 am


Sakura had a very good day. :)

Her appetite seems more like normal, and her poop has improved quite a bit.

Best news -- she drank more than 3 ounces from her water bottle! Yay!

Weight:

10/28 am: 1210 g
10/28 pm: 1193 g
10/29 am: 1176 g
10/29 pm: 1178 g
10/30 am: 1176 g
10/30 pm: 1185 g

Sakura's incision this morning:

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When I weighed her this evening, her scab came off unexpectedly. So, I took another picture:

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The incision looks pinkish/red, but she didn't make a sound when the scab came off on the towel. She doesn't flinch or move when I touch it.

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