Sakura - Medical Thread

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Bethie
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Post   » Sat Oct 15, 2011 1:42 am


I'm so glad Sakura has done well with her op. That cyst is enormous! It will be cute to see her bum hair growing back.

Talishan
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Post   » Sat Oct 15, 2011 2:13 am


Excellent excellent excellent. Dr. Wright is not afraid of pain medication. (You can tell him if he ever wants to move to Atlanta he'll be most welcome. :-)

You may be able to taper the buprenorphine off before the third to fifth days. Go by her demeanor, but if he gave you enough for five days, he is a very wise vet. If she has trouble with the enrofloxacin (Baytril), get it changed to Bactrim. (I am going on the assumption it is to prevent infection postop, not to address an active current infection. Active current infection is horse of another color.)

She probably weighs about 1200 grams now ... without the cyst!! Bear in mind when considering postop weight loss that a nontrivial amount of those 1328 grams was that cyst. Dr. Wright didn't by any chance weigh it, did he?

Keep us posted but I am betting she will do just fine.

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Lynx
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Post   » Sat Oct 15, 2011 11:21 am


If it was filled with thick stuff, I am guessing this was either keratinous material (I think that's what Josephine called the what I would have guessed was sebum) rather than abscessed material. Sounds like it was a good idea to remove it. I wonder if this is the kind of thing that errupts (if untreated) into those nasty large open wound type things.

She is lookin' good! Let me know if you'd like your photos added to the thread.

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Topaz

Post   » Sat Oct 15, 2011 5:14 pm


I'm so glad she made it through o.k!

Now heal up quickly, pretty Miss Sakura. Ninja healing vibes being sent.

Tracis
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Post   » Sun Oct 16, 2011 12:53 am


Miss Sakura has been having a good day - yay! We are grateful for the support. :)

The combination of Meloxicam and Buprenorphine seems to managing her pain nicely. She had the look of pain in her eyes early this morning when it was time for her next dose. Since then, she has been more lively.

She is eating steadily, and I've seen her actually resting on the "stitches" side of her body this afternoon.

I am keeping track of the incision site with pictures (if anyone is interested).

At the vet's office, before surgery, she weighed 1328 grams.

On my scale, after surgery:
10/14 - 1241 grams
10/15 - 1224 grams

Lynx, please do add any of the pictures to the thread.

slavetofuzzy
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Post   » Sun Oct 16, 2011 1:23 pm


Of course we are interested!

Is she eating critical care? I would suspect a slight weight loss is normal after major surgery during the first day or so post-op, but if she will readily take CC is couldn't hurt.

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Lynx
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Post   » Sun Oct 16, 2011 1:30 pm


Yes, I went ahead and added them. Hopefully we'll get a confirmation from the vet regarding exactly what this is!

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Sun Oct 16, 2011 4:20 pm


I suspect some of the weight that she lost was due to the size of the cyst. Since she has been eating on her own, I haven't started Critical Care. Her next weigh-in is a bit later tonight.

Stitches yesterday:
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Stitches today:
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I hope to get a picture of her from the side soon.

C Cole-Chakotay

Post   » Sun Oct 16, 2011 7:41 pm


I'm glad she's doing well.

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Bugs Mom

Post   » Sun Oct 16, 2011 8:02 pm


Ouch! Keep doing well lovely Sakura.

Talishan
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Post   » Sun Oct 16, 2011 11:02 pm


Stitches look perfect. The slight reddening/darkening for a day or so is perfectly normal.

In my experience a combination of a narcotic and an NSAID postop does the job very well most of the time.

Keep us posted. Best to her and to you.

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sef1268

Post   » Mon Oct 17, 2011 8:48 am


Oh, that's great news that she's eating on her own. Yay! :)

Here's to Sakura healing up nicely!

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DMac
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Post   » Mon Oct 17, 2011 10:37 am


Thanks for documenting her healing process. It's helpful to know what the stitches should look like.

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Mon Oct 17, 2011 11:30 pm


Do I need to start decreasing her Buprenorphine? If so, what is the best way?

Stitches today:
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And the other side:
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Talishan
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Post   » Mon Oct 17, 2011 11:32 pm


Stitches still straight on target. :-)

Decreasing buprenorphine: 1) how are you administering it and 2) what is her behavior/demeanor like when she's getting close to another dose (that is, when most of it is out of her system)?

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Mon Oct 17, 2011 11:54 pm


I've been giving it every 8 hours, orally.

She is due for her next dose any time now, and is acting like she feels pretty good at the moment. She just ate two small leaves of lettuce for me.

I should add that she is still on Metacam once a day, too.

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Lynx
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Post   » Tue Oct 18, 2011 12:01 am


She is lookin' good! Hope she continues to heal well!

Talishan
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Post   » Tue Oct 18, 2011 12:18 am


Buprenorphine: decrease the dose and/or extend the time period.

If you are going to be up for a little while longer, say, then extend this dose by 2 or 3 hours (don't give her any more right now). If she starts to get uncomfortable, give it to her then. Buprenorphine works extremely quickly.

If on the other hand she's still doing well, then give her a slightly smaller dose before you go to bed and check on her first thing in the morning. Work with reducing the dose amount and extending the frequency based on her demeanor and behavior.

Continue her Metacam for a while yet, regardless of how she responds to reducing the buprenorphine. They act in two entirely different ways and manage her postsurgical pain differently.

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Tue Oct 18, 2011 3:59 am


Thanks!

I decreased her dose of Buprenorphine a little. It's been a few hours, and she is still acting alert and munching on hay.

She even walked over to her pellet bowl, ate a few pellets, and then wheeked for a veggie treat!

The prescription bottle says 3-5 days, and today (the 18th) is the 5th day. I might give the vet's office a call later, and get their opinion as well.

Talishan
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Post   » Tue Oct 18, 2011 4:02 am


Sounds like a plan.

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