Thankfully Jake came through the operation but I'm so worried about his digestive system. I was given Maxolon, but the dose seems very small. I was instructed to put 1ml of Maxolon into 4ml's of water and give Jake 0.1ml twice daily. Is this enough?. I did ask for Metaclopramide (aka Reglan) but was given Maxolon, is this similar?
Jake is producing poop, but they are small and very dry even though he's having enough fluids. He's also depressed which I did expect after such a big operation but he seems to be getting worse. I'm giving him regular syringes of critical care. He is producing urine, but not a vast amount.
You can figure the dose out using the motility pages, his weight, and the concentration of the drug in water.
Jake isn't doing very well at all.
Does he have pain management? That is crucial following surgery.
Also, can you make sure he stays warm? A heating pad set on low and under half the space you have him in will help. (Make sure he can get off it if he wants to.)
When they are in a lot of pain, they can get shocky and lose the ability to maintain their body temp.
I also wouldn't handfeed him if he is cold. They cannot digest at that point.
Keep him out of pain as much as possible, keep him warm and hydrated, quiet, and we'll think good thoughts for you.
I'm still trying to get food and water into him. Since he was given the fluid this morning, his poops are no longer dry and are more moist. I've been giving him infacal, when he arrived home he passed some wind, so maybe that at least is helping.
My vet said I can give him the Maxolon every 6 hours instead of twice daily.
Jake is on Metacam, I wonder if its having a sedating effect on him.
Thank you for the advice, I'm trying to keep him as warm as possible and I really hope Jake pulls through.
I strongly recommend keeping after him with a great deal of fluid and pedialyte too along with his criti care. Sub-q's are very important in helping a baby with stasis as well as oral liquids to aid them in digesting the food you put in them.
I've been giving Jake gentle massages, he is producing poops and urine so his tum hasn't gone into full stasis, but he's still very weak and quiet.
Jake was given Sub-q's yesterday. I am worried if he is suffering. After a talk with my vet this morning who did Jakes operation, he said he wants to give Jake more time and I do trust his judgement on this, but its so hard wondering if its the right decision for Jake.
His breathing is quiet and not laboured.
I asked my vet if the stone would have done any internal damage but he said the main damage it would have done if it was to go down the urethra and it didn't.
This is the actual stone next to an English 5p coin
and Jakes x-ray.
[link to larger pic: http://www.guinealynx.info/photos/Piggielove-2.jpg -- Lynx]
Poor Jake has been through such alot and I really hope he starts recovering.
Thank you again for your help.
For those that haven't seen Jake, here is my lovely big boy.
Thank you everyone for your help and I'll make sure I send you the photo's Lynx.