After a little bit over 9 months since the symptoms started, several months of treatment and everything that we went through with her, I'm happy to tell you guys that even though the joints in her back legs are stiff because the bones fused together, she's able to run across the cage again. She started getting up and learning to balance again with her legs and became stronger and stronger over the past few months and now she walks/runs across the cage, stands up when she sees us bringing veggies and it's always alert and happy. We're still giving her .04ml of metacam a day but some days it looks like she doesn't even need it. She's also back to her normal weight and we can see she's develop a lot of muscle again. We can no longer see her bones and she doesn't cry when picked up. Thanks everyone for keeping us in your thoughts during this time and for all the advice!
We changed vets and she treated her and thanks to her she made a recovery. Now she's only getting that amount because it's only to make her comfortable in days where she's a little bit sore because of her arthritis. Vet explained to us that prolonged used of Metacam can cause, if I remember correctly, kidney damage (correct me if I'm wrong). Since she's so young (she just turned 2) and she doesn't seem uncomfortable most of the time vet believed this was a good plan and also told us to call her or take her in if it seemed like this dose wasn't enough or she was in pain.
Our main priority was always to make her as comfortable as possible and we put her quality of life over quantity. I really appreciate your input on this guys!
Forgot to mention that when Victoria started improving she was only at 600grams, she lost almost 200 grams during the months she was very very sick. So she based the dose on the current weight she was at that point I'm guessing!
I'm just glad that she's still with us and improving every day!!! We thought we'd lose our sweet potato!
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