Violet's medical thread

Post Reply
User avatar
Zaphy

Post   » Thu Jan 12, 2017 8:48 pm


Yes, please do add them! Thanks.

User avatar
Lynx
RESIST

Post   » Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:54 pm


Thanks!

User avatar
Zaphy

Post   » Thu Jan 19, 2017 12:06 pm


IT'S NOT A TUMOR! :D :D :D

I brought Violet in this morning for the ultrasound. The student who did the initial physical exam was able to palpate the mass, and they took her back for the u/s. Some time between the physical exam and u/s it apparently burst! They were unable to see it at all- even shaved her all the way around her little tummy and back. So hooray! Vet recommends a spay within the next couple months, which is nice financially. As long as no other disasters also happen.

bpatters
And got the T-shirt

Post   » Thu Jan 19, 2017 12:32 pm


Good news!

User avatar
Lynx
RESIST

Post   » Thu Jan 19, 2017 5:19 pm


That is good news!

User avatar
Zaphy

Post   » Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:21 am


The spay is tomorrow. I hate worrying about all the risks associated with surgery.

User avatar
Lynx
RESIST

Post   » Mon Mar 06, 2017 12:31 pm


I imagine you are ready. I hope all goes well!

gl/postop.html

User avatar
Zaphy

Post   » Mon Mar 06, 2017 5:57 pm


The spay did not happen today. They began anesthesia and everything, but when they put her on her back for the operation she began to have difficulty breathing. They attempted to intubate her but were unsuccessful, so aborted the operation.

Earlier this afternoon I brought her home, she was still a bit woozy but doing ok. When I took her out of her carrier she had some trouble again with the breathing- it became a bit labored and she started trying to cough, and I just didn't trust it so I rushed her right back to the vet. By the time we got there her breathing had gone back to normal, but I was so spooked that I just had them admit her, and she will stay overnight there where she can be monitored. I think I am just too spooked now, and I think I would stress her out more than the hospital environment at this point.

They've given her a mild sedative and anti-inflammatory to calm her down in case she's stressed and to hopefully help with the irritation from the intubation, which is what they believe the breathing issues are right now.

No clue what caused the breathing difficulties under anesthesia. I think their leading theory right now is possibly the weight of her cecum etc was too much for her when she was turned on her back? She's had two surgeries before about one year ago, so I can't imagine that it was the anesthesia itself... I know there are a lot of unknowns with that stuff though. I wonder if there is some sort of underlying cause that we might be able to treat. Maybe she's harboring a mild respiratory infection that wasn't bad enough that she was showing symptoms till she was weakened by anesthetic?? I dunno if that's even possible.

So right now the tentative plan is to let Violet recover, and try again in a few weeks. If it still doesn't go well then we'll probably look into the hormone injections.

I'm just happy she's alive (knock on wood).

User avatar
Lynx
RESIST

Post   » Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:42 pm


Poor girl. Sorry there were complications! I hope she is ready to try again in a few weeks.

User avatar
mmeadow
Supporter 2004-2017

Post   » Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:46 am


How frightening!

User avatar
Zaphy

Post   » Tue Mar 07, 2017 1:00 pm


Brought her home this morning, and she is doing much better. She's still obviously got some irritation in her throat that's making her raspy, but she was VERY spooked at the vet's when I got her, and as soon as she was put back in her cage she snapped back to normal. Sounds like she was having a bit of trouble eating over the evening and night- they had to syringe feed her once, and it sounds like the rest of the time she didn't eat that much- but she's attacking her hay pretty ravenously now.

Her breathing has gotten slightly more labored and I can hear that raspiness again, so I've given her some leftover Meloxicam that I had on hand from a previous pig's surgery to hopefully calm the irritation a bit. The vet suggested that part of the reason she wasn't eating well yesterday was because of the pain in her throat, so we'll see if that helps. I'll be keeping an eye on her.

User avatar
Catie Cavy
Supporter 2011-2017

Post   » Tue Mar 07, 2017 8:55 pm


I wonder if she has a heart condition? My Fluffy had similar problems with anesthesia and was subsequently diagnosed with a heart condition. She is doing well on benazapril.

User avatar
Zaphy

Post   » Wed Mar 08, 2017 2:21 am


You know, the thought that she might have heart problems did cross my mind. She certainly has displayed none of the symptoms, but I know that's not always a good indicator of complete health. It may be worth looking into.

Her weight is down (1170g -> 1120g -> 1080g) and she hasn't been leaving many poops in her cage, though I've seen her ducking under to grab a few here and there. I gave her a few ccs of Critical Care just in case, but as she's been nibbling on her hay this evening I'm not too concerned right now. I'm guessing this is just the fallout from not having eaten much last night. I'll check in with her again in the morning.

Oh, and I gave her another dose of Meloxicam, she was wheezy again. I didn't like the sound of how raspy she was, it didn't seem less than yesterday... but it's not constant at least. The vet said it would probably last another day, so we'll see if it gets better tomorrow.

Had to do full reintroductions with her cage mate today, as well. I was hoping it was soon enough that I wouldn't have to, but Adelaide was having none of Violet this morning. Pulled out some hair and left Violet with a small abrasion on her side :( They seem to be getting along well now that they had some time to get used to each other outside the cage though.

User avatar
Zaphy

Post   » Wed Mar 08, 2017 6:17 pm


Hmm. Something seems off about Violet since last night and I haven't been able to put my finger on it- she hasn't lost more weight, her raspiness hasn't gotten worse (still not sure if it's better though), and while she hasn't been eating and drinking as much as I'd like her to, I've been supplementing her with CC and she's been pooping and peeing. She just doesn't seem like herself.

I think it's because her sister seems to be bullying her. I switched out the normal hideys with some makeshift towel tents, so that Violet's never trapped in one and that's stopped Adelaide (the bully) from jumping on her, and no blood has been drawn (apart from a small abrasion when Violet's hair was pulled), but Violet's behavior in the cage is quite different from outside right now. She's quiet and a bit jumpy, and not very enthusiastic about her food- she'll nibble here and there, but not very much. She pretty much stays in one corner... body language doesn't indicate pain or discomfort (not fully relaxed, but laying down on her side, no hunching or poofing), but she refuses to move out of it. When I set her down on the other side of the cage she'll bolt for that spot and stay there.

What's more confusing is that apart from a few scuffles last night before I switched hideys (and after full reintroductions), Adelaide seems to have stopped really bullying Violet. I wouldn't call them the most bosom friends or anything, but as far as I can tell she's been leaving Violet pretty much alone.

When I gave Violet some hay outside of the cage, she was pretty enthusiastic about it. She walked and rooted around, groomed herself, sniffed my face, normal guinea pig things. Just not inside the cage.

I have no idea if I should be concerned or not? Anyone have any additional advice on stopping bullying, if that is what's going on?

User avatar
Lynx
RESIST

Post   » Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:22 pm


Have you thought of adding some fleece forests (walls of fringed fleece that span a section of cage that they can walk through) to break things up visually?

User avatar
Zaphy

Post   » Thu Mar 09, 2017 1:41 am


I have not- I'll give that a try and see if it helps.

User avatar
Zaphy

Post   » Thu Mar 09, 2017 11:19 pm


It didn't make a difference... I finally separated them tonight. Maybe it was too much to ask for Violet to be reintroduced after that kind of trauma. I guess I'll see if Violet comes out of her shell, then try again... however long that takes.

I really didn't want to separate them, as neither of them had ever been able to get along with any other pigs.

User avatar
Lynx
RESIST

Post   » Fri Mar 10, 2017 8:55 am


I hope they will get along at some later date!

User avatar
Zaphy

Post   » Sat Mar 11, 2017 6:11 am


Just a couple things I wanted to note for myself. Violet hasn't been drinking on her own yet. I note that this is similar to her abscess removal surgery, she didn't drink on her own for several days afterwards- however, she was dealing with a surgical wound then, and not now. I wonder if this is just her response to the anesthetic?

She's not quite eating enough as she should be- weight is still 1080g, down from her normal weight of 1170g. I've been supplementing her diet with watery Critical Care (and sometimes just water by syringe, wetting down her lettuce, etc) where appropriate. Not much, probably 1/2 T dry mix per day, watered down quite a bit. Furthermore, she seems more tired than normal... she still gets up to eat, and spins around and jumps up for treats, just seems like she's sleeping more than usual. She does not appear to be in pain. Her raspiness is less, but still present sometimes.

Though her appetite and energy seem to be down, the poops that she is producing look good, if a little dry. Good solid oval shapes, normal odor.

I called the vet today to voice these concerns and she advised to keep an eye on it, which I agree with for now... as long as we don't have any terrible things happen over the weekend. She also suggested that I could try another dose of Meloxicam to see if that perks her up back to normal, just to eliminate pain as a cause of this unusual behavior.

User avatar
Lynx
RESIST

Post   » Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:19 am


I was going to suggest trying pain medication - glad to see your vet already did.

I think your supplementation of water, wetting down greens, and adding some watery Critical Care is perfect for increasing fluids for her.

Post Reply
151 posts