Dust Bunny's (Dusty's) Medical Thread

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GrannyJu1
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Post   » Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:18 pm


Arrived here at 20 days old and 226 grams. Not aware of any medical problems so far. She has an appointment on the 18th to see the vet. I'm just anxious to announce her arrival, hahaha. As any parent is about announcing a new baby.

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lisam

Post   » Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:20 pm


Hey, I had a rabbit named Dust Bunny! Loved that boy.

Can't wait to see yours!

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Lynx
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Post   » Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:06 pm


I love that name too! I have a little plush rabbit whose name is "Dust Bunny".

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GrannyJu1
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Post   » Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:02 pm


I'm becoming very worried for Dusty. She won't eat anything but lettuce, hay and possibly some pellets. Not Parsley, Bell Pepper, Cucumber, etc. The only fresh veggie is lettuce. Even when I take her out away from Fuzz, she ignores ALL food.

Suggestions?


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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:16 pm


How is her weight doing?

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GrannyJu1
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Post   » Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:24 pm


She's up to 262 grams according to the vet's scales.

That said, the vet found she has a skin condition, probably fungal. She gave me some medication to put on the spots daily. She did the blue light test and doesn't think it's Ringworm, thank heavens. Then she did a skin scraping. That poor baby. I didn't realize that the vet was going to do one, and she did it out of the room. I could hear poor Dusty wheeking for what seemed an awful long time. I kept hoping it was a bird in another room, but when they brought her back to me, she was all bundled up in her blanket and the tech said "She's not a fan of that". Well duh. If I'd realized that they were going to do one of those, I'd have stopped them. Poor little girl. Naturally, they didn't find mites.

Because of the way I hold her (trying to keep her from jumping out of my hands) I hadn't noticed the spots on her. You can bet I'll be working on others ways so I can do a real exam from now on. By the time she's recovered, we should have a working agreement on what to do and not do. Dang, she's fast!

The medication is Gentizol Topical 15 gm

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:42 pm


It sounds like gentizol is an "antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal ointment." Looks like it should cover most issues!

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GrannyJu1
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Post   » Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:53 am


Dusty"s spots are healing well, except for the one on her nose, it's being stubborn and is either growing or is just larger than I thought. She was treated with Revolution in case of mites.

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GrannyJu1
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Post   » Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:42 am


Dusty is almost completely recovered from the fungal infection. I can still see some small spots on the back of her ears, and behind them, but everything else has hair almost completely covering it, and the hair is about the same length of the surrounding areas, too. There is one spot on her hiney that is still short. I continue to treat it, but only to "be safe". Also, the skin on her nose where the infection was worst is still dark, so I continue to treat that area also.

It's so good to see her in her normal, healthy state. I'd forgotten how pretty she is. She's still the fastest pig in the cage, but once I have her in my arms she settles down and even looks around as if to see what is going on around her. I'm crazy about her.

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Lynx
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Post   » Tue Feb 20, 2018 7:25 pm


So glad to hear she is recovering!

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daisymay
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Post   » Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:14 am


So glad to hear she is getting better! And so glad to see she is bringing you joy after a terrible time you had lately. Hoping the rest of the spots go away real soon. Cuddle from us, nasty vet!

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GrannyJu1
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Post   » Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:40 am


Dusty has finally received the all-clear from Dr. K. To prevent re-infection (housed with Fuzz who is still actively fighting the crud), I'm to continue the Miconazole lotion twice a week.

She's so cute. She keeps trying to "drive" the dust pan when I clean up their floor. She's not so cute when she tries to "drive" my fingers!

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:29 pm


This is good news too!

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GrannyJu1
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Post   » Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:42 am


Took Dusty to see Dr. K. yesterday. Dusty has been drinking a lot of water lately - A LOT of water! Naturally my first worries were thyroid or diabetes. Dr. K. told me that while neither is impossible, in such a young pig (8 months old) those weren't the first real suspects to look at; so she checked her for a bladder infection. I've seen a couple of *possible* blood spots, but I wasn't sure that they weren't tomato juice, so I just watched. However when Dusty spent almost the whole day at the water bottle and didn't soak the fleece, I knew something was up. I have been finding a lot urine soaked spots on the blankets, but was blaming them on Fuzz. When Dr. K took a urine sample, she found blood, bacteria, and something else of which I can't remember. It should come to me. After I'm through posting this, of course. It wasn't sludge or crystals.

Bladder infection: ABX Baytril 10mg/ml, given 0.27 ml by mouth twice a day for 14 days.

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GrannyJu1
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Post   » Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:06 am


Oh, and Dr. K. said to give her the probiotic 1 hour before medication. Is that right?

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Aug 31, 2018 1:17 pm


That should work.

Hope she heals up! You are so observant -- it makes a real difference!

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GrannyJu1
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Post   » Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:18 am


Dusty has been on Baytril for a little over 24 hours. Still drinking excessively sometimes. I'm not sure who it is, her or Fuzzbutt, but someone is producing very messy poops. Some of them are so moist they are shiny and not really formed, more like long soft "noodles". I've put Fuzz back on Bio-Sponge but if it's her, her poops are worse than when I started it a couple of days ago.

It's hard to tell who is producing these poops, but I need to figure it out so I can know if Dusty is proving intolerant to the Baytril. So far she's still eating fine (someone is completely cleaning all three bowls!), still drinking. Unlike Scatter who almost immediately quit both, but I didn't realize it until he could no longer stand up by himself. I won't let Dusty go that long! I guess I need to box off one end of the cage so I know who the culprit is.

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Lynx
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Post   » Sun Sep 02, 2018 11:52 am


I hope you get to the bottom of this!

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GrannyJu1
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Post   » Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:53 am


So, naturally, no one produced the runny poops last night. I'm very happy about that. I haven't checked for anything that smears. :o(

Don't know if I'm getting enough Bene-Bac down her, but she seems to be acting normal. Even a little less water drinking. I'm going to take that as a good sign.

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