Sakura - Medical Thread

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Lynx
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Post   » Sun Mar 14, 2010 9:50 pm


Ditto Talishan. Some pigs have been on bactrim for some time. Hope it clears up quickly!

Talishan
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Post   » Sun Mar 14, 2010 10:46 pm


Big girl! Dose is right (actually, an eyelash low but not enough to worry about IMO).

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Sat Mar 20, 2010 3:22 am


Sakura is still feeling well, and eating her usual share.

The UTI seems to be clearing, thanks to the Bactrim.

I still find some faint spots, like these, but not as often:

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Lynx
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Post   » Sat Mar 20, 2010 8:21 am


Too bad urine doesn't come with little flags describing exactly what is in it "just porphyrins" - "a faint amount of blood". Hope she clears completely.

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Sun Mar 28, 2010 3:22 am


Sakura had her follow-up visit today, with Dr. Johnson this time.

The UTI seems to have cleared.

She has had loose stools on-and-off since February, though.

Dr. Johnson ran a fecal float test, and said there may be signs of something parasitic or baterial overgrowth. He prescribed .065 cc of Metronidazole, 50mg/ml every 12 hours for 7 days. (Sakura weighs 1350g.)

Her white fur has become stained, and I've been blaming the loose poop. Dr. Johnson said that it looked more like urine stains, and said that she is incontinent. He doesn't know if she was having incontinence from her infection or if she had incontinence that caused her infection.

A nurse gently shaved around her bottom, so that area will (hopefully) stay drier. Her Aby fur is so fluffy on top that her shaved area can't be seen until she stands up.

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She finished her course of Bactrim. Should I ask if she can continue taking it, in case it helps with the incontinence problem (if it is related to the UTI)? Can she take Bactrim at the same time as Metronidazole?

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Bytxlaura
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Post   » Sun Mar 28, 2010 11:42 am


Definitely ask for a longer course of Bactrim if she is incontinent. My handicapped piggie was on both when she had diarhhea. The Metro course was only 10 days whereas the Bactrim was 21 days until she got over the UTI.

Such a brave little girl!

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Lynx
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Post   » Sun Mar 28, 2010 12:47 pm


I would go for a longer course of Bactrim too. I hope she is feeling okay. Come on, Sakura!

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sammianne

Post   » Sun Mar 28, 2010 3:14 pm


Thinking good thoughts for Sakura!

Off topic, but that carrier looks really cool. Where did you get it?

Bookfan
For the Love of Pigs

Post   » Sun Mar 28, 2010 3:51 pm


Sakura is such a pretty girl. Hope she gets better soon.

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sef1268

Post   » Sun Mar 28, 2010 4:50 pm


Brave AND beautiful. :))) I hope she feels better soon (ditto what the others said about Bactrim).

Agree -- very cool carrier. Which one is it?

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LainLockey

Post   » Sun Mar 28, 2010 5:57 pm


She's such a good and brave girl! Sending good thoughts and happy juju her way!

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Sun Mar 28, 2010 6:39 pm


Thanks for the well wishes!

Sakura seems to be feeling all right. She is eating and drinking. She is annoyed at me because I keep trying to check her bottom.

I gave her some Bactrim this morning.

The carrier is an Avior Pet Carrier. It is very nice and roomy inside. The top opens from either end, or can be removed completely. It can be secured inside the car with a seatbelt. It is much easier to get a reluctant guinea pig out of this carrier than the traditional cat carrier I used previously. I found mine on Ebay.

Talishan
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Post   » Sun Mar 28, 2010 8:50 pm


"Can she take Bactrim at the same time as Metronidazole?"

Yes.

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Sun Apr 04, 2010 4:07 am


Sakura finished the course of Metronidazole, and her poop looks much better now.

Today I picked up a refill of Bactrim, to be given for 14 more days.

She is still getting 50mg of Vitamin C in the morning.

Her incontinence is slowly improving, and I really hope that I haven't jinxed things by typing that. It has been quite a rollercoaster ride -- Sakura would have one good day, and the next day or two would be a complete setback.

She has had two good days in a row, so I'm cheering cautiously.

I've been swapping out the wet/dirty cage pads as often as I can, but parts of her beautiful white fur have become quite stained. I tried to gently remove the stains from her fur by bathing her, but it doesn't seem to wash out easily. Bathing in general scares her, and I don't want to overwhelm her when she's not healthy.

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Lynx
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Post   » Sun Apr 04, 2010 1:14 pm


Glad to hear you are making some headway. I hope the incontinence and poops stay improved.

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Sun Apr 11, 2010 3:30 am


Except for last Wednesday, Sakura has had a good week.

She actually wheeked for treats, which she hasn't done since February. (Of course, I promptly brought treats to Miss Sakura.)

I am cautiously cheering again: Her bottom has been dry each time I've checked these past few days.

She has 7 more days of Bactrim (she's been taking it since March 14th).

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sef1268

Post   » Sun Apr 11, 2010 10:21 am


That's great news! :)

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Lynx
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Post   » Sun Apr 11, 2010 11:03 am


Yay! Keep it up, Sakura!

Bookfan
For the Love of Pigs

Post   » Sun Apr 11, 2010 2:42 pm


Good going, Sakura!

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BeanieBaby11

Post   » Sun Apr 11, 2010 8:50 pm


Sakura is such a good, brave girl! I'm pretty sure dirty bum is different from wet bum as far as incontinence goes, but I could be wrong.

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