Gilbert is currently about three weeks post-op for his second bladder stone removal operation. In the past couple of days, we've seen evidence that someone was making sludge and/or slight bloody pee.
Tonight, Gilbert is peeing /blood/. It's blood with a little urine in it, maybe. We're watching, but there are at least four dime-sized spots from earlier, and he's made two or three quarter-sized spots since we got home a half hour ago.
I called the vet on call, but it wasn't our usual (exotics) vet. The on-call vet advised just starting Gilbert on antibiotics tomorrow morning.
Gilbert isn't giving signs of discomfort in any way. The only evidence of discomfort since he healed up from surgery was a single instance of a pain vocalization (like a distressed wheek/grunt) when he was pooing a couple of days ago. This was identical to the pain vocalization he gave when he was recovering from surgery and before his pain meds kicked in.
My main concern here is blood loss. It's very hard to track how much he's losing, but I'm concerned that I'm going to wake up tomorrow morning to him having gone from comfortable and active to severely ill, or worse.
The most recent pee spot had less blood in it, so maybe he just had sludge that irritated his still-healing bladder.
What is the panic point for blood-in-pee? Is there anything we can do? Of course, it's Friday night, the nearest emergency vet hospital is a 2 hour drive away, and Diana works tomorrow.
I have no answer for you, I wish I did. But good thoughts and prayers will certainly be sent for him and you two.
Could you try to flush his system out with some pedialyte? If it's sludge that is irritating the bladder, I think flushing might bring some relief?? I am just grasping at straws. I am so sorry Gilbert is having so many problems as of lately.
I hope he'll be ok.
He went into a pigloo and looked like he was going to sleep, when the other guys were running around, so I was worried about anemia.
I called the KSU vet hospital, and they called a doc on duty to talk with me. On her advice, we're going to watch him for a bit, try to get a better look at how much he's peeing, and re-evaluate in a couple of hours.
If he's fine until 8AM, then we can go to our vet in town. If he needs to be seen sooner, we can make the trip to KSU. It's a couple of hours by car.
We don't have a prayer exactly like that in the Roman Catholic Church, but I find the above very comforting. I work at night and I have worked, watched and wept many nights. I have an idea what you're going through.
We have contact with the vet hospital at KSU two hours away, with a vet hospital in Topeka, and it's only five hours until our own vet office opens up (and maybe our exotics-qualified vet will be around...).
I don't pray much, at least not for myself, but I've prayed for our little guys before, and I'm praying now.
- My home, ruled by pigs!
Called our vet's office, they're recommending I take him to K-State's vet hospital. So, after I get them fed, I'm off to KSU.
I definitely would appreciate good wishes and prayers directed Gilbert's way.
- GL is Just Peachy