In the meantime, I am giving Metacam 1x a day (.1ml), restricting his movement, feeding him Vit C rich veg. He's eating, but mostly veg and a little hay. He is not drinking much, so I keep dipping his treats in water. His poops are normal so far. He is really subdued, not talking much (he normally talks constantly). Earlier today he seemed upset and stressed, but he seems more relaxed tonight. Is there anything else I can do to make him more comfortable before getting better vet care? Does he actually need the "cast," or is restricted movement adequate? Is he getting enough pain med? All advice welcome. I am so upset about this!!
My vet said her 4 year old daughter drank an entire 4 oz. bottle (omg expensive! lol) but didn't have to take her to the er since it's not toxic or harmful. I hope he recovers ok; well wishes for Satchmo!
- Catie Cavy
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Just incase you think he needs more meds, it should be fine to give up to .4 twice a day for his size (but wouldn't imagine he'd ever need that much). Glad he's doing better ^_^
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Any NSAID is a gastric irritant (to just about any animal, as far as I know, human included). Giving with a little food may help and can't hurt.
Glad to hear he's doing better.
After a miserable first 48 hours, Satchmo is definitely perking up. His most endearing quality may be the fact that he talks constantly. He was morose for two days, quiet for two more--and now he's talking again. His main challenge now seems to be the itching caused by the cast. After a consult with the exotics vet, my vet will change his cast on Friday. The challenge is now to keep him from running around too much and to keep him from chewing off the soft cast material. When he gets the twidgets from the itching, laying him on a warm rice bag helps a bunch. He has even managed to gain a few grams, now up to a whopping 590. I may even try him without Metacam pretty soon as his pain levels seem very improved.
After reading about fractures on this and other sites and discussing the situation with other cavy fans, I do wonder whether the cast is essential for healing. I think he could immobilize it pretty well himself if left to his own devices. I think doctors are using fewer casts on human fractures as well. But this is the conservative line, so I'm pretty sure the only harm will be the itching.
In case this helps inform others treating simple fractures, I will update occasionally. Thanks for the great support!
Today he got his cast changed. It's purple and larger than the last one so I was able to sign it. The extra padding is because he's trying to be more active and to keep him from chewing thru it. The swelling has gone down a lot, but the vet said no more popcorning allowed for the next 2-3 weeks. Metacam for the next five days, after which he probably won't need it. He's been sleeping a lot since the cast change, but then, he always naps most of the afternoon. The vet assistants said he blabbed the whole time they were working on him. I do believe he has added a few new groupies!
Satchmo had his third splint changed today. He has been doing pretty well, tapering off metacam. He hasn't chewed off any of his splints (although he picks at them). Today the assistant was worried his leg was at a funny angle, so the vet on duty did another X-ray to see if the fracture was healing properly. She showed me where he is laying down new bone, and she said he's about half way there. This confirms the exotic vet who consulted them to expect 3-4 weeks. He is on track!
The funny angle of his leg is the temporary result of splinting and disuse. Family members who have had broken bones warned me that he will probably need some kind of therapy because his knee has been splinted straight for so long. I'm a little freaked out about this, so if anyone has any therapy hints, I'd love to hear them.
Meanwhile, he gets tired of laying on the unaffected side, so I hold him in ways that take the weight off that hip/foot. He hasn't gained any weight (still 590 grams), but he hasn't lost any either. He is bearing up pretty well, all things considered.
Satchmo has chewed himself at the top of the splint so that he has a bald spot and small scab which he has picked off. I am swabbing with colloidal silver, and I have secured a gauze strip to cover the wound. It does not appear infected--not inflamed at all. However, he has also developed a little crust around the eyes. These also do not appear infected, so my thought is that he is producing extra milky fluid in response the the itching (??) He is eating quite well, and while I hold him, he doesn't chew/scratch.
I was wondering about topical creams/ointments. I saw Sulfadene marketed for dogs/cats. It has benzocaine and aspirin in it along with a bunch of essential oils. I also have coconut oil, zinc oxide ointment, and hydrocortisone cream. What do you all recommend?
- Little Jo Wheek
Also, if the pet is able to lick the bandage/ointment, you have to be EXTREMELY careful as to what kind of ointment you are using. Silver sulfadiazine cream is usually the safest for exotics as it is very safe to injest and won't cause GI upset/imbalance.