I should have just gone to Brook-falls, as it would have avoided a lot of frustration and headache. I really want to get this over with, as it is stressing me out.
So far JoeJoe's weight has been stable, and I have been putting coconut oil on her nipples along with checking them; they appear to be longer and sometimes swollen.
She managed to hump my hand, while I was sweeping up her cage. I just wasn't quick enough! All these fits of trying to hump and rumble-strutting must be exhausting for her.
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Listen to the options the Brook Falls vet gives you. It sounds like a good practice.
Taking the ovaries only, as I understand it, can be done with a flank approach surgery. It is somewhat less invasive and a little easier on the pig as far as recovery goes. It will not, however, prevent possible uterine problems down the road, only ovarian problems.
They might also suggest hormone injections. Hear them out, and be sure to get all questions you have about the different options answered to your satisfaction.
My girlfriend has been so wonderful and supportive. She isn't into Guinea Pigs (she has a dog), but she does show interest, and has been a great listening ear when I get stressed.
She told me that the day of the surgery, she is going to take me out for breakfast or lunch because she doesn't want me stressing all by myself at home. I am so thankful that I have you all, and her to lean on.
So I agreed, and made an appointment for next week Tuesday. I am also changing my available days, and hours that I can work during the week so that I have three days off to nurse JoeJoe back to health. I am hoping I can get her in for the spay on a Monday as I only work 4 hours that day, then have my three days off.
I figured she should be ok, because I will give her pain medication before I leave; plus I am sure she still will have the effects of the anesthetic and any pain medication that day.
Speaking of JoeJoe, yesterday is the first time she rumble-strutted without me being near her cage. She also had fits of throwing her cozy sack around the cage, and eventually she managed to throw it out of her cage.
She also was knocking her hay rack around, so much so that I decided it was best to take it out as I was afraid she would hurt herself. So her hay pile is on her cage floor, and will likely stay that way until her surgical incisions are well healed.
She is also getting more aggressive, and vocalizing her displeasure at me; lots of loud wheeking, teeth chattering, and whining. Her tolerance for probing her belly has changed to one verbal warning, then either teeth or urine spray will be deployed.
I could imagine how she feels during one of these spells, and then how tired she feels after. I keep reassuring her that relief is near.
However the vet is still suspicious of a small ovarian cyst given her behavior and increased irritability. So she is scheduled for a complete spay on Tuesday the 23rd of this month.
Dr Follet and I both agree that this would be the route to go, and I am more than confident in her doing the spay. She promised me that the number one goal to keep her comfy after surgery is pain control, and making sure she is kept warm. She said I will only release her to your care when she is eating.
She said she will send me home with pain medication to be given every 6 hours, but if she has breakthrough pain, she is more than willing to give her either another pain medication, or increase the dose/frequency; all I have to do is call the office!
She also does not want to have me give ABT as she feels it will only mess things up more, so unless there is a sign of infection, she will not send me home with ABT.
I did not mention any motility medication but will ask and or push for having some on hand just in case.
Dr Follet spent a lot of time with me, going over options, examining JoeJoe, and going over what to expect during and after surgery.
I am to drop her off at 7:30 in the morning; she does want JoeJoe to fast. So she said you can give her a little hay and her ration of pellets but would like her to fast for at least an hour.
She said that the reasoning behind this is because it might be harder for JoeJoe to breathe due to having food in her tummy as it would put pressure on her diaphram. She also said that they will not attempt to intubate (put a tube down her throat to establish an airway) because it may cause damage to her throat or windpipe as it is so small (unless it is an emergency). They will use a mask to administer the anesthetic and will closely monitor her during and after surgery.
She believes that JoeJoe will do well given her early symptoms and overall health. She did rumble-strut for the vet tech, and showed her displeasure with the vet and staff for such an indignant exam.
If I have any advice regarding post op care from my vet that isn't mentioned on the post op page, I certainly will let you know. She is very familiar with GL and when I mentioned this site, she smiled and said that GL is the most factual and informative site on the internet :)
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Have them send you home with a narcotic (usually buprenorphine) if at all possible. You won't need much, but if she does experience breakthrough pain, having it on hand and being able to give it right away helps enormously. Ditto on the motility agent -- get it if at all possible.
A 1-hour fast is perfectly reasonable. This is a very good vet. Tell her GL approves of her too and wishes there were more like her. ;-)
Otherwise she is eating and drinking normally with no weight loss. Right now she has her head in a fresh pile of hay, happily muttering to herself between mouth fulls of hay.
This week I am gathering up supplies that I may need. So far on my list is unflavored pedialyte, more syringes for force feeding, and preparation H cream to put a small amount on her incision if she is biting at incision. Plus I will get some baby food (sweet potato, or another flavor) or canned pumpkin with nothing added just to help make the CC go down easier.
I also am going to pick up some white 100% cotton towels that are soft, as the ones that I have are old, and getting a little rough feeling. I figured I could use the old towels either on the bottom or in between two of the newer ones, so that she is always on the soft towels; I would think the softness of the towels would keep her comfortable, and they would be less likely to irritate her incision.
I will get more CC from the vet, but all the other stuff I can get from Walmart (which I happen to work for).
Is there anything else I should add to my list? I want to be prepared ahead of time, so I am not adding more stress on a already stressful time scrambling for items.
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Start feeding her Critical Care now. Give her a blob once a day for a few days, and see if she'll eat it. Also feed it to her a few times using syringes. That way, you're not introducing something to her at a time when she's not at her best, and you may have more luck hand-feeding her.
I give all my pigs a blob of CC every so often. I have one who loves the stuff, and will take the end of the syringe in her mouth when she's ready for more. The other two are new to me, and now that I'm finished with two weeks of intensive hand-feeding of Patty, I'm going to teach the other two to eat from a sryinge.