I'm at a loss of what I should do now - we will go back for another scan. Just don't know what more we can do.
Not a good day my other pig, who I have updated his thread has also lost weight, more than Patrick and my boy Fred who doesn't have a thread has also lost 75 grams. I weighed them all more than once, my girls on the other hand are perfectly healthy and there normal weight. I always weigh them before veggies, first thing in the morning. I don't understand how all 3 of my boys can have such a huge weight loss in a fortnight. They are all booked in for the vets. If it wasn't for my girls weights being ok I would blame the scales.
He checked Patrick's teeth - said his right lower tooth had slightly overgrown nothing serious. He did say that may well not be the case for his weight loss and I have to agree, even last time when he needed his teeth done I think the main problem was his bladder pain. Teeth are fixed.
We spoke briefly about Patrick's bladder - I told him my thoughts about neutering him but he didn't think it would work and to be fair I don't really think it will either now. I have decided I won't be neutering him it was a silly idea in the first place.
Bearing in mind we're talking cats but apparently interstitial Cystitis is very common and can be cured nice to hear. What he said is when the common cat medicines fail for the1% that don't respond he would consider giving amitriptyline It's also known as Elavil and Endep. He does not know if it is safe to use on Guinea Pig's but in cats it clears up the 1% who don't respond to any other medicines. In humans it is an anti-depressant, I did find it is also used in human's to treat interstitial Cystitis. I have been unable to find if or not you can give it to a Guinea Pig.
I am going to talk to the other vet tomorrow, and ask about this method. i may also ask his thoughts on steroids for Patrick to bring down the inflammation.
We where back at the vet yesterday, he has been given a steroid injection, the vet is also looking into my other vet's suggestion. If it's safe we will give it a shot but I do think we're running out of things to try now without going down the invasive look, I doubt I'll do this.
I stopped his metacam on friday - as I knew steroids and metacam can't be given together.
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Patrick is squealing tonight, he had a shot of slow releasing steroids on Tuesday perhaps it's to early to assume it hasn't worked but he certainly seems to be in pain. I don't believe I can give him any pain killers either.
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I don't know if trying to acidify the urine will help make things less painful or not. It could conceivably make it worse, I would think, but I am not a doctor, nor vet, nor tech nor urologist.
On a steroid he cannot have any NSAID's (meloxicam, carprofen, ibuprofen, acetominaphen). He CAN have narcotics. See if your vet will give you a small amount (and I do mean very small, you won't be using much) of buprenorphine (Buprenex) to help him. This drug also has a mild muscle relaxant effect, and we have used it successfully (without doping the patient) on one stone pig and one who has a cloudy mass of ??? in his bladder.
You can also ask your vet about Tramadol (a narcotic) as well. We've used that also but the buprenorphine seems to do the job a little better.
Talishan thanks for clarifying I was fairly certain there was nothing I could give at this moment without asking the vet for more pain med's of a different type. For whatever reason I really thought steroids could sort his bladder out, I'm not losing faith yet maybe today?
Lynx - thanks for your support!
He's lively and happy as ever this morning after eating his food, oddly enough he seems worse in the evenings, he is still squeaking I think it maybe a bit better. I will get a video later, it seems more of a whimper.
hope Patrick is doing better. I wanted to inquire if the pedialyte seemed to have helped at all. I also have a piggie (Female, spayed) who suddenly came up with just very little blood in her urine, then passed sludge, has no bladder stones and now has more blood. Had her on Baytril, am switching to Bactrim as it seemed not to have cleared up. She's hurting a bit when peeing but not always and so far I have stayed away from metacam but have it here just in case...
Patrick was my tamest pig, he would jump onto my lap when I opened the cage he now cowards in the furthest away corner.