Sakura - Medical Thread

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Lynx
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Post   » Sun May 16, 2010 11:07 pm


Would offering some really tasty help while you checked her fur?

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Mon May 17, 2010 2:26 am


I've tried that; her favorite treats didn't distract her.

I might have the vet examine the bald spot on her back at the next visit.

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Thu Oct 13, 2011 10:56 pm


Miss Sakura has been healthy this year, and she is about 5.5 years old now.

She has developed a cyst on her back end that has been growing at an alarming rate.

It is difficult to get a picture that shows the size.

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This one shows the location. Until recently, her long fur covered it easily:

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Fortunately, the cyst hasn't been interfering with her ability to walk or move about, and her appetite has been normal.

She visited Dr. Wright earlier today, and he is going to remove the cyst surgically tomorrow. He feels confident about the surgery, especially since he won't have to place her on her back.

I am nervous.

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Topaz

Post   » Thu Oct 13, 2011 11:11 pm


Good thoughts being sent for Sakura, Tracis. Hopefully you'll be updating us tomorrow telling us how wonderfully she did.

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Bugs Mom

Post   » Thu Oct 13, 2011 11:20 pm


Ditto Topaz. Fingers crossed here as well.

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Bytxlaura
Remembering Nemo

Post   » Thu Oct 13, 2011 11:34 pm


Fingers crossed!

cutemomomi
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Post   » Fri Oct 14, 2011 12:13 am


Sending you the best of our thoughts. It's a good thing that Miss Sakura is eating normally though, so she would be in good shape going into surgery tomorrow.

How big is the cyst? Can't really tell from the pictures.

Talishan
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Post   » Fri Oct 14, 2011 12:32 am


Using a little imagination I can get an idea of how big that is. You are doing the right thing by taking her in, especially if she will not have to be placed on her back during surgery.

Very very best wishes to her and to you. Please keep us posted on how she's doing.

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Oct 14, 2011 9:58 am


Good luck for Sakura! Is the skin smooth and healthy? Any breaks in the surface of the skin? If you will be there, maybe they would let you take a couple photos before surgery but after the fur is shaved to give an idea of size. Are you going to have it analyzed? I took some cool photos of Snowflakes' lump some years back.

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Fri Oct 14, 2011 6:45 pm


Miss Sakura is home. The surgery went well, and there was enough skin for Dr. Wright to close up the wound with stitches instead of Tegaderm Bandages.

She is eating already, but rather grumpy, so I do not have any pictures of her yet.

I do have a picture of the cyst:
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It was filled with white thick stuff. I wish I could afford to send it for analysis, but that would have been another $195. ( I do have a second view of the cyst - from the side that was sliced open, but it turned out a bit blurry.)

Sakura came home with Enrofloxacin, Metacam, Buprenorphine, and a packet of Critical Care (just in case).

slavetofuzzy
4 the Good of all Pigs

Post   » Fri Oct 14, 2011 7:05 pm


Wow. Turco has one too but it's so close to his anal opening I'm (and Dr. A) is afraid surgery might do more harm than good.

I'm so glad Sakura is doing well after that. She probably will feel so much better.

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Fri Oct 14, 2011 7:32 pm


Oh, poor Turco. I hope that his cyst is not fast-growing.

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sef1268

Post   » Fri Oct 14, 2011 7:33 pm


Whoa! That thing looks pretty big. I'm so glad she made it through the surgery okay. She's such a beautiful girl. :)

Sending gobs of 'Get Well Soon!' wishes to Sakura from me and the boys.

C Cole-Chakotay

Post   » Fri Oct 14, 2011 7:45 pm


I'm sure Sakura is happy that is gone. Get well wishes from me and my girls.

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Bugs Mom

Post   » Fri Oct 14, 2011 7:58 pm


Glad it all went well!

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Oct 14, 2011 11:21 pm


That does look pretty big! Did the vet think it was a follicular cyst?

Very glad to hear it went well here, too! Hope it heals up quickly!

Talishan
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Post   » Fri Oct 14, 2011 11:50 pm


Good GodAmighty damn. That thing is *huge*.

Meds all sound right. Nice that he could close (I'm a little surprised, positively so, that he could) with skin.

Best to her and to you. Let us know how she's doing.

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Sat Oct 15, 2011 12:01 am


I am not sure what type of cyst it might be, but I will be sure to ask at her next appointment. I had not realized how big it really was until I saw it after it had been removed.

Sakura is still a bit zoned out, but eating. She isn't drinking much yet, so I've been giving her extra-wet veggies. I've seen her at the water bottle once, and she took 3 tiny sips.

She's made one slow walking lap around the cage. Dr. Wright said that we did not need to make her cage smaller as long as she was mostly staying quiet.

I haven't seen her in a typical sleeping position yet. She shifts a lot when she is standing and nibbling hay.

Talishan
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Post   » Sat Oct 15, 2011 12:41 am


Her back end is probably both sore and weird-feeling to her. The humongous thing is gone, but since Dr. Wright was able to stitch her up, the skin back there is probably stretched pretty tight. It may take her a few tries to find a position that is comfortable for her to sleep in.

For the first 30-36 hours especially, don't be afraid of the buprenorphine. Give her some if you have reason to think she needs it, along with the Metacam. They can be used together quite effectively.

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Sat Oct 15, 2011 1:24 am


She just had a dose of Buprenorphine at 10:00 pm, so I hope she will have a comfy night.

Stitches:

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Medications:

Buprenorphine .3 mg/ml -- .2 ml every 8 hours for 3 to 5 days
Meloxicam 1.5 mg/ml -- .25 ml once per day for 7 days
Enrofloxacin 25 mg/ml -- .6 ml twice a day for 14 days

She weighed 1328 grams before the surgery.

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