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I was in the local nursery today under protest. Usually I avoid the place, because not only do they sell pocket pets, but they rampantly breed their own rats and mice. This is where Spot et al came from.
But I bowed before the whining demands of my husband and child, as they didn't want to go all the way into Omaha to look at potted plants for the gardens.
Even knowing the circumstances, I had to look. I just glanced, and then went out and bought my plants. When I came back into the main part of the nursery, Jade was looking at the guinea pigs. Three, very young, in an aquarium, in a pile. I just wanted to sex them. Two were OK, and ran off when I reached in. The last one (Chance, since he now has one) layed there and flopped like a landed fish. His butt was all covered in blood and mucous.
I pull him out, and take him up front, where I tell them he needs a vet, and now. They tell me that they don't take them to the vet, too expensive, that they give them back to their 'supplier' and she euthenizes them with CO2.
Like I said, effin' assholes.
I say I am taking him, they send me off with best wishes that he gets well. And I am never, ever setting foot in there again.
So, I took Chance to the vet. He is small, an abyssinian teddy I think, and weighs 271 grams. Very young.
Unlike my first impression, his intestines are not squeezing out his butt, so I figure he has a chance. Although I couldn't sex him right away, there was too much shit glued to his butt. We got him cleaned up enough at the vets to finally do that.
He has lice. He has an URI. The vet suspects he has giardia. He has scurvy so bad he can't move his legs right and they hurt him like hell. Despite the blood and mucous coming out his butt, he has firm poops. In fact, they look too dry, and he has dehydration.
I now have, at my disposal, the following:
Panacur Suspension 10 mg/mL, dose is 0.14 cc 1x a day (for the giardia)
Meloxicam 1.5 mg/mL This is left over from Spot, whom he weighs about the same as. Her dose was 0.12 mg 2x a day. (This, if I give it, would be to help with the scurvy pain)
Chewable Vit C
Enrofloxacin 10 mg/mL 0.14 cc 2x a day. (for the URI)
Children's Advil (grabbed it just in case, same purpose as the Meloxicam)
I have some fresh grass for him, some pellets soaking, and he has hay. I ran to work right away (quite late, actually) so I just grabbed everything, and I have to work, so I am hoping someone will sort through this with me. I don't have time to think it through and double check at the moment, so the only thing he has received, at this time, is 10 cc of the LRS given SQ. I had no idea how much to give him, just knew he needed it very badly. I gave him 5cc up on his neck, and 5 cc down by his hips.
If I have forgotten something let me know. I am pissed, shaking, late, and not thinking straight.
Flagyl is my drug of choice for Giardia. Try that if the Panacur doesn't stop the diarrhea.
Here's what I would have in my little med basket (very much like yours)
Advantage & Ivermectin
Some kind of diarrhea medication (pet pectin, kaopectate w/o bismuth, Loperamide)
LRS (25 ml q 12h if severe dehydration)
Vit C (50 mg in the a.m. 50 mg in the p.m.)
Critical Care with a little 'bulk' added (I like oats)
Heating pad/microwave heat packs/Thermalcare
He's dehydrated from the diarrhea so you need to stop it.
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I have a break in rounds for a little bit, so I now have time to sit down with him and give him stuff.
Plans for the next hour:
Give him the antibiotic. Give him the Panacur. Give him 125 mg of Vit. C. Handfeed as much pellet mush as he will take, although he was eating the hay and grass I shoved in the carrier on my way to work.
I would really like to give him the Meloxicam, but he is very young. I'm going to search out Pinta's dosing instructions, or the meds page, and see if it is contraindicated in youth.
I was going to do the topical Ivermectin tomorrow morning for the lice and the fact that I'm betting he has mites. If you think the Advantage would be a better choice, tell me. I have the Ivermectin (lots of it) on hand, would have to go buy the Advantage. Not sure it is OTC here in NE either.
Again, keep things coming. As the night goes on, my critical thinking skills will go into the toilet, although anger and adrenalin are doing wonders for my energy levels at the moment. Although my hands are shaking pretty bad.
And if anyone has an idea for jury-rigging some sort of heat pad, I'd love to hear it, because I can't actually leave work to get anything for another three or four hours. I'm stuck with what I have here.
We want to see pictures!!!!!
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It may be that they are just more sensitive, or who knows, but the vet said to treat. I won't treat if someone says absolutely not, but at this point, I am.