Anyway...is it honestly customary to take their temps using a regular rectal thermometer? I mean crikey...I dunno ´bout her, but my every sphincter cinched when I saw that! Oh, and she cried. I was a sweaty mess by the time it was over. My poor little baby girl.
Any tips on giving the meds would be greatly appreciated.
Please do not put off giving the bactrim. I don´t have any problem with it affecting my pigs -- they really need the meds now, and on a regular basis. The bleeding should clear up in a day or two at most.
Someone more experienced with vet visits will have to answer how temperature is usually taken...
This human medical site says bactrim can be taken with or without food. Taking with food may prevent stomache upset.
Yogurt should never be given at the same time as tetracyclines (doxycycline is in this drug family) The calcium(I think)molecules bind with the tetracycline molecules rendering the tetracycline ineffective. That´s more or less what I remember from my vet tech´s explanation. Might have screwed up some of the details but suffice it to say I just made a mental note "yogurt and tetracycline at the same time not good".
It is just as easy to get in the practise of waiting for 1 to 2 hours after giving antibiotics before giving probiotics.
The best probiotic is a poop from a healthy pig.
Should I go ahead and give the yogurt as a precaution even though some have done so without? Obviously, I just don´t want this bladder problem to snowball into a critical situation.
Edited for typos.
** Nature has a better way! Poop from a healthy guinea pig is the best probiotic ever! I take one
"pellet" and mix it with water and feed it by syringe. It sounds nasty but it has saved more pigs
than I can count. Any time I have a pig with any sort of intestinal upset I do this. It is known as
"re-seeding the gut flora". There are other names for it too. The beauty of it is that the poop has a
special chemical in it that keeps it from being digested in the stomach so it makes it down to the
colon, where the problem occurs. - Sharlene Scheffer (sp?) RVT