Thank you.. Yea it has been way too long now. On a bright note, the steroids is helping a lot. He is much happier, poop improved drastically and he is starting to gain some weight (from 770g to now 812g in 3 days, before illness many months ago he was 950g). This morning I even found him under a blanket that he rearranged into a tunnel to sleep in. That is something that he would never have the energy to do even few days ago so I am excited to see what each new day will bring from now on
The pododermatitis is halted and basically fully treated with many epsom salt paw soaks for both of them. It also helped that Zyrtecs stool is better so they are not having poop-paws anymore :)
He is currently on Brit guinea pig pellets (alfalfa based unfortunately, but whatever works!) and for the first time he is slowly improving for over a week, instead of the normal 2 days of being ok followed by a decline. He is not getting any veggies as for now :( and therefore getting vitamin supplement.
He is on 1mg Encorton (prednisolone) that will be tapered down from tomorrow.
The one reason why I think this improvement is more stable than the short term ones before is that he is slowly but steadily gaining weight and he also trying to claim back the dominance over his buddy that he had before getting sick.
In parenthesis I listed given reference values that has same unit as value preceding parenthesis.
- WBC 11*10^9/L (7-14)
- RBC 6.97 *10^12/L (3.2-8)
- Hb 17.5 g/dL (10-17.2)
- MCHC 30.7 g/L (28-39)
- MCV 82.6fL (60-100)
- MCH 25.3pg (22-28)
- Hematocrit 52.5% (32-50)
- PLT 352*10^9/L (260-740)
- ALT 25.4 U/L (10-59)
- AST 26.1 U/L (26-68)
- Glucose 72.3 mg/dl (60-125)
- Creatinine 0.5mg/dl (0.5-2.2)
- Urea 20mg/dl (9-32)
Zyrtec died during surgery for suspected lymphoma. His heart stopped as the vet was stitching him up and resuscitation failed.
The vet thinks it was hereditary lymphoma and it probably progressed slowly during his whole life. In the end he had serious problems with gas and diarrhoea which in hindsight was due to small bowel obstruction.
In november 2019 all lab tests were normal and we were still treating his bowel problems as idiopathic. This monday a vet felt a palpable mass in the abdomen (not easily palpable for untrained hands) and he was admitted to the clinic and taken for ultrasound which showed 8cm affected lymph node with bowel, liver and spleen involvement. The surgery lasted several hours but it was too extensive for poor Zyrtec.
You have our sympathy.