Baxter's med thread

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zazzified

Post   » Thu Jan 21, 2010 9:01 pm


Forgot that I have another question. I assume it's too soon to see major improvement, as he's only had three rounds of drops so far (not even 24 hours worth). They want to see him in a week to recheck and make sure he's responding to meds. Would three days or so be a reasonable time frame to expect improvement? I do notice that directly following his drops, it looks less painful.

Talishan
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Post   » Thu Jan 21, 2010 9:25 pm


1. Pointy is one kind of molar problem, so that's a legitimate diagnosis ... if it's right. Have your good teeth vet confirm, but "points" on the molars can indicate uneven wear. It's a type of overgrowth.

2. Eye injuries take a very very long time to heal. They can actually sometimes look worse before they look better. You should see a change in a day or two ... now whether that change looks better or worse, depends on his particular injury.

Less painful is the most important part.

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zazzified

Post   » Thu Jan 21, 2010 9:31 pm


Thanks, I'll definitely have his teeth checked in a week when he gets his eye looked at again. Since he's not currently experiencing trouble eating, I don't think it's in his best interest to put him through trimming while we're trying to get his eye under control.

I'm glad you mentioned that it could look worse first, so that I'll be prepared in case that happens. Thankfully for right now it does just generally look less painful and like I said, not weepy.

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu Jan 21, 2010 11:58 pm


Read over all the teeth pages. Pointy teeth parts injure the side of the mouth or the tongue. If that's not the case, it may be the normal configuration.

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The malocclusion page gives good tips for what you would be seeing if there were teeth issues.

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zazzified

Post   » Fri Jan 22, 2010 9:29 am


Thanks, Lynx.

I took some pictures of his eye today, mostly so that I can help keep track of progress. I thought they could also be useful to others in the future, perhaps, so I'm posting them here as well. They didn't come out as nicely as I'd like, but I wasn't willing to use a flash on that eye. Tomorrow when I'm home all day I might be able to catch some better lighting.

I think his eye is looking better today. Swelling was down a little this morning.

Overhead view (right eye is injured eye):

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Side view:

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These were taken in between drops, so the moisture you see is from that. The fur under his eye is a little damp for the same reason.

I'm going to try to take a better macro shot of the eye tomorrow, because with the stuff reflecting in it it's hard to see the surface. He has a linear ulcer across the bottom of his eye.

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zazzified

Post   » Fri Jan 22, 2010 9:10 pm


His eye is looking a little better tonight compared to this morning. Hopefully that continues to be the case.

Tracis
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Post   » Sat Jan 23, 2010 1:36 am


I'm sending good thoughts for Baxter! I hope his eye continues to improve.

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zazzified

Post   » Sun Jan 24, 2010 6:04 pm


No real improvement this weekend, but not any worse either. Normal? Still not weepy now that he's on the meds, which is good. Based on what Talishan said about them taking a long time to heal it seems like it's normal, but I wanted to check.

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zazzified

Post   » Mon Jan 25, 2010 11:22 am


I hate to bump this but there was still no improvement overnight, and since Baxter's thread got pushed off the front page so quickly last night I wanted to bring it back up to get some insight as to whether this is normal.

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Bytxlaura
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Post   » Mon Jan 25, 2010 12:41 pm


When Shrimpie got his eye problem from a hay poke it was a few doses of the eye drops that made it so much better and then it looked unchanged for a while. It even looked a little receded into the socket to me for a short while after finishing the course of AB drops and now it is ok (injury was 1 month ago).

Kishes to Baxter :)

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zazzified

Post   » Mon Jan 25, 2010 12:47 pm


Ok, that makes me feel better! Thanks. Is Shrimpie totally back to normal in that eye now? I'm afraid we won't be able to get it fixed up fast enough and he'll lose vision in that eye.

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Bytxlaura
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Post   » Mon Jan 25, 2010 12:48 pm


Shrimpie's eye is fine now :)

Fingers crossed Baxter's eye gets back to normal soon.

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zazzified

Post   » Mon Jan 25, 2010 12:49 pm


That's great. I hope Baxter has the same result, poor guy.

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zazzified

Post   » Mon Jan 25, 2010 4:48 pm


Well, tonight is the only night that my normal vet has late evening hours, so I'm going to go ahead and take him in for his follow up a couple days early and just see what she thinks.

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zazzified

Post   » Mon Jan 25, 2010 10:35 pm


Well, the vet is referring Baxter to an opthamologist who treats all kinds of exotics. My vet took him off the flurbiprofen because she thinks it has done what it can do for him, and added Bactrim to his regimen. He is now on Gentocin, artificial tears, Baytril, Bactrim, and meloxicam. She tested the pressure of his eye and thankfully it is normal. Tomorrow I'll call the opthamologist and see what the deal is with that. Apparently she's doing some crazy cataract surgery on a lizard tomorrow and several of the vets from my regular office are going over to assist!

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zazzified

Post   » Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:57 am


He sees the opthamologist at Vet Vision on Thursday afternoon. Oy!

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zazzified

Post   » Thu Jan 28, 2010 6:19 pm


We just got back from the opthamologist. She debrided his eye today to hopefully help it heal, because she noted that the cells that were forming to heal the ulcer were not attaching properly because his eye wasn't staying moist enough. She gave me ofloxacin drops and erythromycin ointment to use in place of gentocin and artificial tears, respectively. He will go for a recheck on the 9th and then we will do an ultrasound if he does not heal up after having his eye debrided today.

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Thu Jan 28, 2010 6:40 pm


Sending healing thoughts for Baxter and his eye, and I hope that you see more improvement soon.

Talishan
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Post   » Thu Jan 28, 2010 7:53 pm


The debridement technique can work very well. Email Jennicat for details.

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zazzified

Post   » Thu Jan 28, 2010 7:57 pm


That's great to hear! I was glad the vet was able to do something for him beyond just changing his meds. While she was working she was showing me what she was doing, and she was right about the little flap that wasn't actually attaching itself to the surface of his eye.

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