Of course, I always wish there was some more weight on him in case he ever gets sick. He wouldn't have survived what Piggy went through with stones.
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That's my biggest worry, too. I don't want them unhealthily heavy; we've had two with chronic UTI's because there wasn't enough room for their bladders with all the fat (!). They stayed scrunched.
One is much healthier now, but I worry about her loss of reserve if she ever gets seriously ill.
Smudgie has a, something, on his side. A cyst I guess. It's just caudal to his hip bone on his right.
It's about the size of a pencil eraser.
I guess we need to go to the vet? It doesn't look open and doesn't appear painful. I checked him as best I could and didn't see any more. It's hard with his long, crazy fur.
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Sending empathy on caring for seniors, big-time. Even if the care is not terribly expensive, it can be very time- (and attention-, and worry-) consuming.
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If you do decide to try to squish it yourself, two things: one, Smudgie will holler loud enough to wake the neighbors (and be fine ten seconds later); and two, put something on it afterward. Silvadene is ideal for this if you have any.
I don't know that I can express it myself. I just don't have enough hands. I can't restrain him and still have 2 hands on the cyst. No one in my family would be willing to help.
"Silver sulfadiazine is available only with your doctor's prescription"
Cosequin is brand name for a supplement. It just happens to be marketed to vets. Advantage and Frontline are "restricted to professional sale" but Revolution is absolutely prescription only. That's why people have to buy it from Australia. Basically when you buy those things at pet stores and online it is black market. They are bought on a mass veterinary license and resold or repackaged from a foreign country. Whether that bothers you or not is a personal decision.
I don't mean to be difficult about not buying something that's available, but it makes me very nervous. Quality control is lame at best on these products and getting them black market worries me I guess. I am a worry wart.
I poked him a little and the cyst is painful. I hope it isn't an abscess of some kind. He's never taken an antibiotic since I've had him. I'm trying to bolster his weight with pellet mush and pumpkin every night just in case.
Smudgie's diagnosis is likely a benign tumor of some kind. The vet was unable to express anything and FNA brought nothing but some blood. I'm supposed to watch carefully. His weight is up 40 grams from his checkup in December though! Yay Smudgie! However this does mean I need to check my scale and maybe buy a new one. He was 910 or so here and 950 at the vet. Big difference on a little dude.
I showed the vet his eye (where the iris is turning white), and he was amazed. He'd never seen that before (he's pretty young). Broke out the text book to get the right diagnostic name since it had slipped my mind. Guess I taught the vet something.
I noticed he didn't like having his ears touched from the beginning. He also has some spots that look like poor regrowth and scaring from ear bites in addition to this polyp that may aggrivate this. My vet at the time in Virginia blew me off and said he didn't see anything. My new vet in Alabama noticed it right away but we both agreed not to do anything since Smudgie is at least 5 years old now and always appears somewhat frail (even though he's not really, he just never regained weight after he was starved poor dear).
I'm always interested in any feedback you may have on his ear and hope it can help Sef too.. Do note that he has some roaning in this ear so his skin looks especially strange (at least, this is my best guess, he has roaning elsewhere). I am, of course, not holding him in a vice grip. I'm pulling back the skin behind and below his ear to get a good view without him shaking his head.