Elsie's ugly teeth

GP Lover
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Post   » Fri Aug 10, 2007 11:35 am


Do you think I should use the Frontline spray on them as the vet suggested?

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Mum
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Post   » Fri Aug 10, 2007 11:39 am


No, I wouldn't use Frontline spray.
enalapril dose is .13cc twice/day every other day.
Why every other day?

I'd be sure she's getting 1mg twice daily. She sounds as if she needs it.

GP Lover
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Post   » Fri Aug 10, 2007 11:48 am


How do you know she needs more enalapril? The vet said to increase the Lasix if need be and that would be preferable to increasing the enalapril.

Right now her breathing seems normal which I find odd too.

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Post   » Fri Aug 10, 2007 12:57 pm


Because she's still very lethargic.

And - sorry - the 1mg dosing is for lotensin, not for Enalapril.

Dosing the enalapril every other day makes absolutely no sense to me - most ACE inhibitors are dosed twice a day.

As you've said you think her time is limited, it might surprise you to see the affect of heart meds (specifically the ACE inhibitor) properly dosed.

I would at least discuss this issue with your vet.

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Post   » Fri Aug 10, 2007 12:59 pm


Okay, well then are you suggesting I give it to her every day instead of every other day?

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Post   » Fri Aug 10, 2007 1:00 pm


Yes, I'm suggesting twice daily.

And get her switched to Lotensin if at all possible.

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Post   » Mon Aug 13, 2007 1:23 pm


We are finally chigger-free! O:) I think it was the LymDyp that did the trick along with a cool change in the weather on Thursday night!

Elsie wants to but can't eat due to her bottom teeth being a mess. I have a pic to post but my dsl modem at home is on the fritz so I'll post when I get back online.

I have to feed her critical care a few times day/night for now but she is breathing okay.

Her back legs seem very weak and she is wobbly when she walks. She has much trouble walking on Carefresh so I may set up a fleece bottom cage on my living room floor for her.

Annabelle sleeps right up against her and is always looking out for her Elsie! We are grateful for each day she is still with us.

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon Aug 13, 2007 1:47 pm


Glad to hear you finally got rid of the chiggers! I know they were driving you guys nuts. Hope she perks up.

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Mum
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Post   » Mon Aug 13, 2007 2:08 pm


Great news!

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JaneDoe

Post   » Mon Aug 13, 2007 7:25 pm


Yay!

GP Lover
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Post   » Tue Aug 14, 2007 5:33 pm


Okay, here is a pic of the ugly teeth situation:

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Post   » Sat Aug 18, 2007 3:19 pm


Elsie now has a huge swollen front paw. I have been waiting over 2hrs for a vet to call.

I started her on Bactrim last night. Is there anything over the counter I can use to soak her paw? I went to get Chlorhexidine but I need a prescription. That's what I was waiting for the vet to call for. Since they are now closed I doubt I can go pick some up from the office at this hour.

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rshevin

Post   » Sat Aug 18, 2007 3:20 pm


Epsom salts in warm water or betadine/iodine diluted to the color of weak tea.

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Post   » Sat Aug 18, 2007 3:22 pm


I have Betadine...thanks! I'm going to do that right now.

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rshevin

Post   » Sat Aug 18, 2007 3:25 pm


You shouldn't need a prescription for chlorhexaderm in the US. The brand name is Hibiclens and it's with the Betadine in the bandage section. Since you already have Betadine, I'd use that but just so you know.

GP Lover
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Post   » Sat Aug 18, 2007 3:37 pm


I'm confused then. Isn't the stuff called chlorhexadine and isn't it also used as a dental rinse? The pharmacist said I needed a prescription for it.

I suppose it's a moot point now however. I just went to check her paw and was able to express a lot of pus out of a tiny opening. I put a warm compress on it until there was just blood coming out and then soaked her paw in the diluted betadine.

Thanks for your help. I feel better now. I think she will be alright.

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Mum
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Post   » Sat Aug 18, 2007 3:43 pm


Oh dear, sounds like an infection.

Is it on the underside of her paw - bumblefoot?

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rshevin

Post   » Sat Aug 18, 2007 3:43 pm


Chlorhexadine is available in several different preparations, some of which require a prescription and some that do not. Your pharmacist seems to be not as familiar with OTC preps as he might should be. Agreed it's a moot point but next time you happen by, you should look for your own personal satisfaction.

Puss sounds dangerous. Can she get to the vet before Monday?

GP Lover
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Post   » Sat Aug 18, 2007 5:07 pm


Yes, it's on the underside of her paw.

I just spoke to the vet. She wants her on the antibiotic for 10 days. She said the Betadine would work just as well. I also put some antibiotic cream on the paw and she said that was fine too.

I also switched the girls bedding to fleece.

Old age for guinea pigs is tough.

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Post   » Sat Aug 18, 2007 5:42 pm


Not uncommon in heart pigs unfortunately.

If you keep up the foot soaks etc. it should heal ok.

Are the chiggers completely gone now?

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