The vet basically said that she was experiencing acute respiratory distress and that she didn't think there was anything to do--Penpen had already been on baytril for several days for a healing abscess wound (which the vet said was healing great), the vet heard no issues with the heart and there was no fluid buildup in her lungs. Penpen had been given a clear bill of health just a few days ago after draining her abscess. She injected another antibiotic and lasix just in case there is an underlying infection or heart issue that is contributing to the respiratory issues, but she is not optimistic.
I basically am just wondering if I, or the vet, am missing any possibilities, and if there's anything else to do. The vet strongly suggested we not force feed her b/c of the stress on her breathing and the possibility of aspiration, though we are continuing to offer her favorite foods and water every 30mins or so. She hasn't eaten much, but will try to nibble some critical care every now and then. If there isn't anything to do, I guess I wonder what I can do to keep her comfortable and if she should get put down. I've been letting her lie next to her cage mate and they both seem to take comfort from it.
- And got the T-shirt
If this is a good exotic vet, and if you trust her, I'd suggest you follow her recommendations about what to do.
Does she fight you when you hand feed her, or does she willingly take the critical care? If she'll eat it without getting upset, I'd definitely keep feeding her until you make a decision about what to do.
I know it’s not looking good—I mostly wanted to make sure I wasn’t missing a possible cause or treatment that people knew of here— I had great success with my other little one when her heart started failing, and I didn’t know if there was another treatable cause for respiratory distress that wasn’t being addressed. I didn’t see my regular vet today, but she seemed knowledgeable. I have a follow up with my regular vet tomorrow morning just in case.
Thank you for your kind words.
So, so glad for this forum always telling us to act as quickly as possible. It saved Penpen's life yesterday. I know she's not out of the woods yet, but she's going in the right direction :)
I'll definitely update if anything changes, but for now things are looking way better :D