Baxter's med thread

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zazzified

Post   » Tue Feb 09, 2010 6:57 pm


I'm really really pleased with it. He just finished his bactrim so all he's getting now is ofloxacin drops and artificial tears 3-4 times a day.

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zazzified

Post   » Fri Feb 12, 2010 11:30 am


Here he is today

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Feb 12, 2010 11:31 am


He looks better! You can tell us more (the pic is a little dark).

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zazzified

Post   » Fri Feb 12, 2010 11:40 am


Yep, I had some trouble getting a good picture but it definitely looks much better.

Here's another:


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It looks a bit red, but it was just the lighting playing on that bony growth he has around his eyes.

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Post   » Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:48 pm


Much better pic and better looking eye. Check out the eye page and the link to the Records forum for more pics of boney growths in eyes. gl/eyes.html

edit - this is the link that appears on the eyes page: http://www.guinealynx.info/records/viewtopic.php?p=163#163

Tracis
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Post   » Sat Feb 13, 2010 2:07 am


Sending more good thoughts for Baxter! His eye has really improved.

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zazzified

Post   » Mon Mar 01, 2010 8:24 pm


I hesitate to bump this because I don't want to worry anyone!

Baxter's eye is doing well, but he does still need to get his teeth trimmed soon because as mentioned before, the surfaces are wearing unevenly and are pointy. He eats well and maintains his weight so I wasn't going to put him through that while his eye was so bad.

I did some searching but I'm still unclear on a couple of things. Is this something I should be thinking of as a major procedure? Do I need to be prepared to do a chin sling right off the bat? Or with a skilled vet is this a routine thing as long as they don't overdo it? While I'm at it, any idea as to cost? As I mentioned before, he currently is experiencing no issues re: eating, maintaining weight, etc. He does do that head thing where he sort of adjusts pellets in his mouth before chewing, but that is his only symptom of sorts.

Talishan
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Post   » Mon Mar 01, 2010 8:37 pm


In my experience (your mileage may vary):

1. Major procedure: no. This is not invasive surgery. He will not be sedated anywhere near as deeply as for soft tissue surgery. He will be a little groggy for a few minutes; it should be no more than that. However, depending entirely on what the vet does and how he reacts to it, be prepared to chop his vegetables for a bit, handfeed him bits of hay, and be sure to get him a pain med. He may not need it, but if he does, you have it.

2. Chin sling: keep it in mind but don't worry about it unless skull rads show elongated roots or the vet diagnoses weakened jaw muscles and/or a TMJ-like condition. In my opinion and experience only.

3. "Or with a skilled vet is this a routine thing as long as they don't overdo it?"

This is the perfect and ideal situation.

4. Cost: metro Atlanta -- oh, $95-$170 or so, depending on length of time under iso and any additional meds (i.e., Metacam). If it starts to be a regular thing ... "take a little off the top every 6 weeks or so" ... it should be less. Your vet will get into a routine and hopefully will take a little off the $.

"No issues" speaks well to a routine trim and no chronic problems like elongated roots.

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zazzified

Post   » Mon Mar 01, 2010 8:43 pm


Thanks! You are always so quick to respond and helpful. I'm hopeful that since it took him over three years to develop an issue that a trim straightens everything out for a while, but we'll see if we get that lucky!

I'll definitely be making sure that my favorite vet does it so that he's in the best situation possible as far as that goes.

Talishan
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Post   » Mon Mar 01, 2010 8:44 pm


I just have (*sigh*) a good bit of experience with it. Hopefully all goes well, smoothly, and infrequently for Baxter.

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zazzified

Post   » Mon Mar 01, 2010 8:48 pm


:( I'm sorry. Thanks for the well wishes. Baxter is such a little lovey guy, I hope he doesn't hold a grudge against me. Ha.

Talishan
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Post   » Mon Mar 01, 2010 8:51 pm


Ours don't hold grudges against my husband and me. They know the vet, though. You should see the looks on their faces when they look up and see ... her ... *shiver* (cue ominous music)

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zazzified

Post   » Mon Mar 01, 2010 8:54 pm


Haha, awww. Jeeves has been to the vet so many times this year (sigh) that he's adjusted and really doesn't mind. Baxter, on the other hand, is not nearly as used to it and is particularly resentful of being poked and prodded in the eyeball so I have a feeling he isn't nearly as understanding.

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zazzified

Post   » Thu Mar 18, 2010 4:10 pm


Baxter goes in for his trim tomorrow. He hasn't had xrays yet so I imagine he'll have those first - I happen to have tomorrow as a work from home day anyway, so they're taking care of it all while I'm already working from home. Wish us luck! Here's to hoping it's simple and his roots aren't elongated or anything.

egustavson

Post   » Thu Mar 18, 2010 7:35 pm


Good luck! Wishing for a simple trim.

Talishan
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Post   » Thu Mar 18, 2010 7:56 pm


Ditto. Keep us posted.

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zazzified

Post   » Fri Mar 19, 2010 11:13 am


He's all finished and I'll be picking him up in an hour or so - he's ready now but since I'm working I want to go over my normal lunchtime.

The vet said that he didn't have any ulcers or anything like that, and that he doesn't have elongated roots or any other problems other than the teeth being a bit pointy. She evened them out and said for him it was a matter of preventative maintenance. So assuming his teeth work right, I guess it's good news!

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zazzified

Post   » Fri Mar 19, 2010 12:32 pm


Just got him home and he went straight for the hay. :)

egustavson

Post   » Fri Mar 19, 2010 2:14 pm


Good news!

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Mar 19, 2010 3:57 pm


Good news indeed!

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