Chloramphenicol succinate injectable is recommended in one of my books(Harkness) for Bordetella. Another book has Chloramphenicol(30-50mg/kg q12 PO) Trimethoprim/sulfa(30-50mg/kg q12 PO) and Enrofloxacin (5-10mg/kg q12 PO or IM) plus fluid therapy, oxygen force feeding an C supplementation for Bordetella.
Until you know what it was I would have Gavin treated preventatively for Bordetella. If he´s fine, the drugs won´t hurt him. If he´s coming down with something they may save him.
I don´t mean to scare you I just think you should take precautions until you can get a diagnosiis of what was wrong with Sweetheart especially since the rabbit is fairly new and they are known to sometimes carry Bordetella (I had forgotten about the rabbit). But dogs and cats can carry it too. Kennel Cough is Bordetella.
I´m so very sorry for your loss. You did everything you could and I don´t think Chloramphenicol is to blame, since I´ve had excellent results with it in the past. And you DID catch it early. On the other hand, sugar water??? What the hell?? This vet needs to be slapped.
We are in the middle of moving to a new house right now so I don´t want to get a new piggie until we are settled. I can´t wait!!
She believes that he had salmonella, good sanitation in the environment should prevent future problems. So not only did she ignore my suggestion that it was a URI heading towards pneumonia, but she also managed to suggest that my pig was living in filthy conditions leading to his ultimate demise. Nice. Maybe I´m missing something, I just briefly skimmed the sections on Salmonella in my Merck veterinary manual, but I don´t see any mention of severe pneumonia like symptoms.
Kennel cough is rampant in Prince George right now, the SPCA was shut down for a week due to an outbreak at their facilities. Everyone is urged to get their dogs vaccinated for Kennel cough right now. Bordetella could be a distinct possibility. I´m thinking of putting Gavin on the Chloropalm myself, ignoring this vet, and making an appointment next week with my regular vet. This never would have happened had our regular vet not been sick. I can´t believe the kind of care we have received.
Our vet freezes tissue samples so they can be sent out at a later date if needs be.
Salmonella sounds wrong and she has no business giving that as a dignosis without the labwork to back her up.
Get the bun checked for Bordetella.
I´m sorry you got no useful help to determine exactly what caused your gp´s death. You have to be so frustrated. I surely hope whatever was wrong is not passed to your other pets.
I think the vet is seizing on the diarrhea.
Bordetella has a sudden onset and can vary from no symptoms to anorexia, inappetence, eye and nasal discharge, breathing difficulties and death.
Incubation is 5 to 7 days. The acute or epizootic form of infection has a sudden onset and lasts 2 to 3 days.
The Bordetella cases I´ve run across on the net are extremely fast moving.
The Bun should be checked for Pasteurella too.
Also with our sudden URI deaths autopsy has revealed heart problems etc.
The best thing to do is a thorough autopsy for a definitive diagnosis.
Sweetheart had all the possible symptoms you mentioned for Bordetella. I´m confused as to why the vet was focusing on the diarrhea, it was mild and nearly gone by the time she saw him. When we were calling around looking for a viable emergency vet last night Sweetheart was audibly gasping for breath, his lungs were crackly and he was slightly shocky. I can´t believe that the vets weren´t overly concerned, and seemed to pass it off as a foregone conclusion that he would die. The second vet we called was willing to come in, only because I asked her if she could subcue some fluids and give him oxygen. I´m pretty sure I shouldn´t have to suggest basic procedure to a vet.
I would be inclined to dose Gavin now. Hopefully Josephine will drop in.
- Little Jo Wheek