Last week, Toby had further investigation done at a different vet as although he was eating he was spending a lot of time not acting like his usual self. He had a nasal flush, swabs, X-rays and blood work done. Since his sedation he has been off his food, and developed bloat despite coming round and eating with gusto when he was woken back up.
I have been syringing feeding him since he is still nibbling although yesterday he seemed very poorly. He was given an injection of randitine, cerenia and has Emeprid. He has perked up again and is nibbling again. He is on metacam, Emeprid, randitine and co-trimoxazole as well as probiotics daily which he started yesterday. Vegetables have been removed at present due to the bloat although it's the only thing he would eat with gusto if given the option, as he's still mooching for them.
His weight has dropped last week he was Thursday 848g he is currently 770g. I am Nebulising him with F10, his discharge is still clear and only affecting one nostril he does sneeze and sound congested in his nose, almost like it's blocked, I also have a massage pad which we use daily, things are moving as he is passing stool far be it smaller stool than normal but this is reflecting his decrease in appetite.
His blood results showed he is anemic and he had low blood cells both red and white, although the vet did say this could be due to them attacking the infection and once he's over this infection we may consider bloods again to make sure that there is not something more sinister isn't going on. The swab didn't reveal any particular bacteria but the vet believed there was enough evidence of an infection to start treating again with antibiotics.
At present he is being syringe fed critical care but I do really need to get weight on him and to stay on him so if anyone could recommend some much loved high calorie foods, I'd like to know about them.
I am currently aiming for 3-4 syringe feeds per day maximum I can get him to take is 20ml's per sitting although when I believed he was eating I didn't syringe feed him as much and I do see him nibbling so be is eating a little just not nearly enough.
I wish I had suggestions for putting back the weight. It is a slow process.
He's quite wheezy, seems to be his nasal passage rather than his chest. He definitely has mucus from his nostril but it's clear mostly, sometimes cloudy, he does sneeze mucus which makes me think it's an infection rather than allergy.
No mold in the house.
He's still nibbling this evening, and I was pleasantly surprised to find him not located in his house he'd ventured out to his water bottle. He's held his weight at 770grams today, would just like him to gain some, he's so tiny.
He was 775grams this morning, so although tiny it is a gain. He does seem to be eating more on his own.
I decreased his feeding yesterday as he was eating more and putting up a huge struggle. I'm glad to see he's continuing to eat a lot more and has gained again this morning. He's now 780 grams.
Hopefully he'll continue this upward gain!
Good news is Toby is maintaining himself and off his gut stimulants.
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Last Sunday, I found Toby lying with his head curled round and eyes flickering to the left this is also the side of the nasal discharge, he couldn't stand and was limp when I picked him up. I immediately called the emergency vets and took him in. By the time we got to the emergency vets, Toby was standing and eating as normal no evidence of the previous episode, and no head tilt. I wished I would have took a video but obviously my priorities where elsewhere. He got Metacam which he is still on now, as they checked his previous X-ray and found a little bit of swelling in his ear canal.
I was away for the week, and my other half has been watching him. He advised of Toby's new behaviour. Toby used to run around like a maniac when you wanted to catch him and the only way to get him was to lure with vegetables. This last week, you could catch him easily from anywhere in the cage no objections are made. My thought process is he's blind and I'm thinking this is linked to Sundays episode. Has anyone experienced anything like this before?
He is still maintaining his weight and first up for vegetables.
Just thought I'd give a little update, Toby still has a nasal discharge we have never managed to get to the bottom of it. Recently he began losing weight again. He dropped to his lowest weight 719grams.
He had a dental today, and has bounced back amazingly. I have some pictures to share.
He's eating like a trooper since returning home.
I know the pictures are awesome(feel free to permanently add them), the vet took them before and after. He was concerned initially that he had a slight over lap but because it was so slight we did not treat them. I took him in for his follow up on Wednesday the vet advised his initial concern was now potentially causing him issues. Those pictures show just how much of an issue they where causing, you can tell they are definitely going over his tongue. It's amazing that he thinks to document such issues and share them so that you get a clear picture of what is going on. I'm so impressed with little Toby already he is munching away, I'm really hoping he is now going to start putting weight on now.
We had full body X-ray's done, dental, urine analysis and blood work. Nothing obvious showed so we are now inclined to treat him as a heart pig. He's started Heart medicine and diurectics.
Strange thing is now he's absolutely crazy for food, he's even way more active this is just after a day of medicine mainly diurectics Is this normal?
He was struggling to walk a little bit I presume this is due to the swelling (just a little off balance) , he did fall over this morning which was heart breaking but a lot better this evening. It's like I've had my pig swapped, after he was not interested in anything this morning.
Lynx - Could my thread name be updated to include heart issue now. I would love other people's experiences of this.
He's currently on Frusol and Benazepril (Lotensin), we only started them today.
This is a picture this morning, you can see the swelling underneath him.