- Let Sleeping Pigs Lie
I'm still looking for more stone surgery photos, but also found these excellent spay incision photos:
Henry's spay suture photo #1
Henry's spay suture (healing) photo #2
Henry's incision, healed photo #3
Thank you, Somechick!
Salana's Suzi's spay sutures #1
Suzi's spay sutures #2
Suzi's spay sutures - a compilation
Bass ate all of his veggies this evening, and had his second feeding of CC just now. His poops look perfect (fingers crossed that they stay that way). It's so wonderful NOT to hear him cry when he pees and poops. He is spending quite a bit of time resting in his pigloo, which I guess is normal, but isn't lethargic.
Next order of business is to find out how in the heck to prevent this from happening again.
- Let Sleeping Pigs Lie
My sutures, as you saw, were more like fishing line, and not really visible and not easily pick-at-able. But I don't see anything bad about these. Just make sure he doesn't want to remove them himself :). Incision looks clean and smooth.
Bassy's like Sanford! He'll eat right off the spoon! Makes life easier for you I'm sure. What a cutie!
If I were you I would also incorporate Becky's suggestion of maybe twice weekly subcues to help flush his system after he's recovered. I know you don't want to go through this again.
p.s. I'm guessing I can add these pics to this thread?
Dr. M wanted me to give him fluids today and tomorrow for sure. I need to try Mum's subque methods, because my approach doesn't work very well. He has quickly figured out that the piggie burrito means getting jabbed, so it's a battle to keep him still long enough to get the needle in and the fluids administered.
Lynx -- yes, that's fine w/ me.
I called my vet's office to ask about butterfly sets. They have ONE left, and it's a 23-gauge with 3/4" needle. Yipee. I'm going to try that tomorrow and see if it's any easier.
I had asked this somewhere before, but am still not sure -- if a bag of Ringer's has been opened BUT a new needle and a new syringe are used every time (I use two needles each time; one to jab into the bag, and the other to go into Bass), can the same bag of solution be kept and used for quite some time? I think someone said there is a risk of contamination when used after a few weeks, but what if new supplies are always used with it?
I would think this doesn't hold true if you use a Butterfly set with it, though. ?
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I've been running the filled syringe under hot water, to avoid the warming and cooling of the entire bag of solution.
Amy, you use a butterfly with a syringe? I never thought of doing that way. I was thinking the butterfly had to be attached directly to the bag, and then you have the whole issue of warming the entire bag. What size syringe do you usually use? 35ml? And you use 23-gauge, right? The ones I found online say "5/8" needle, but the one the vet has is supposedly 3/4". How in the heck do you get a 5/8" needle inserted?