Sorry for the lack of updates. Sagan stopped peeing blood within 10 days of starting the antibiotic and it hasn't returned (knock on wood). He has been doing AWESOME! He has many more good days than bad, and his appetite is back consistently. The only downside is the diuretic causes him to not be able to gain weight so he is very thin.
I am writing to you guys today to ask for positive thoughts and prayers for Sagan. We have been delaying going to the vet for the updated xray because I'm afraid of what we may or may not see. We are going this afternoon. It has been 3 months and a day since we found out about his stones. We will update when we know more. Thanks.
I'm sad to say the xray shows what we were afraid of. Unfortunately the herbal powder hasn't shrunk the stones or prevented the formation of new stones. He still has his two stones, and they have grown in size. An additional small stone has passed from his kidney into his ureter and joined one of the old ones. He has one very small stone in each kidney as well. We are trying to stay positive because maybe the powder did prevent more stones from forming. Maybe if we hadn't used it, there would be many stones. It has been 3 months, and it could be a lot worse. His behavior is still great so we aren't changing anything other than the calcium in his diet. Please continue to keep him in your thoughts and prayers as we keep him on the right track. He is such a sweet and special boy, and we are so thankful for every day with him. The vet had a bunch of thank yous displayed on the wall across from the room we were in. I instantly noticed a picture of our Milo (had heart disease and passed in June '11). I felt like that was Milo's way of saying he is with Sagan, watching over him and everything is fine.
Skinnypigs- amazingly, Sagan does not exhibit any pain symptoms whatsoever. When he is not taking the diuretic, he does appear to be in some pain. I guess part of the reasoning for using the diuretic is it prevents sludge in the bladder, so Sagan isn't uncomfortable. He begs, plays, makes noises, loves, eats treats & regular food, etc. We are watching him closely as we know that pain could be a sign that things are not going well anymore.
Homeopathic anti-inflammatory *muscular pain
Arnica (herb) *pain
Tramadol *pain (alternative for Metacam, though mixed vet views on using this strong of a med)
Fuzzies Kingdom *force feedings without calcium carbonate http://www.fuzzieskingdom.com/herbs/remedies/syringe-feeding.html
Shilintong (herb) *preventing stones
Crystal Stone Formula (herb) *preventing stones, decreasing stone size
Cranberry capsules *prevent UTI
Oxbow supplements *vitamins, bladder wall
Diuretic (hydrochlorothiazide) *prevention of sludge, keep urination flowing
Sub Qs *prevention of sludge, keep urination flowing, keep hydrated
Lasix & heart medication *kidney failure
Potassium citrate * mixed research on this...
Limit vitamin D & calcium as much as possible
I found a reference to a paper on the role of bacteria in stone formation that I am currently trying to track down. I will post more if I find it.