- Little Jo Wheek
Not sure if all of the literature and CE stuff is encouraging the abdominal neuters or what. I still think they are pretty uncommon, but I do believe it is the much safer route to go. Just a tad unnerved about the infection.
I find the massive infection odd too. This foster is very diligent about checking the incision site and changing the bedding twice daily. The vet did not give her antibiotics so she used 7 days of Baytril that she had on hand, then ran out. It was two days later that the swelling showed up.
This is a young, healthy boar born in our rescue. He should have been able to sail through this given the excellent care he was getting.
- Poop Obsessed
I hope this little guy gets better soon.
They told her she didn't need to flush around the shunts. I thought this was odd since I have always flushed them.
- Little Jo Wheek
Really weird that the vet refused butorphanol and Metacam together. Wonder which pain camp she's in and if she would do it for another animal... Maybe she just doesn't send torb home? Since tramadol came on the scene, that is much more convenient and less sedating.
I am, however, very pleased to hear this update. I was quite worried when you originally posted his story.
Of course, Simon has a terrible smell - the infection, I guess. But when I take the thermometer out of him, the smell is outrageous. And there's a gooey substance. Is that the right place for the smell to be coming out of? And is that gooey-clear substance right? I thought maybe it was whatever they were putting on the thermometer when they took his temp stuck in there, so I tried to clean him out a bit with a q-tip, but he seems very painful down there so I didn't really pursue it.
Is this smell just from pus from the abscess leaking into the anal sac?
- You can quote me
Big ditto to this (although otherwise it sounds like LBAH is doing absolutely everything else right as usual). In this case I would think you'd actually *want* the slightly stronger sedating effect of butorphanol.
In my experience it's shorter-acting, but more zonking. That is, pig sleeps, pig rests, pig is not in pain but wakes up ravenous (think munchies ;-). For the cases we've had where we needed just that, it was perfect.
Gooey-clear doesn't make me think pus. Could it simply be lymphatic fluid/plasma (Josephine, whatever the clear discharge you normally get is, please tell me the right word) that you almost always get, with an odor due to the infection present/necrotic tissue nearby/crudded up in there due to location (along with some of what Amy mentions)?
Dr. R is not in tomorrow and at the rate it is spreading we do not want to take our chances on finding another vet tomorrow who can do the surgery. I am really concerned about having a non-exotics vet do this but it seems we are out of choices.