- I GAVE, dammit!
It looked like it was getting better that week, but on Saturday the 25th I thought I noticed increased swelling, so I re-started her on BActrim.
By Monday morning the eye was the size of a dime and protruding out of her head, so back into the vet on Monday and they removed her eye Tuesday morning.
The vet said there was no tumors, no sign of infection, but that the eyeball itself had ruptured and she came home Tuesday afternoon with Metcam and Bactrim. The vet said she put some terramycin into the eye socket to stop any infection, and as I said, she is on Bactrim.
Thursday morning, I thought her eye smelt funky, so I started her back on the triple antibiotic ointment. When I went in last night to do her meds, pus was literally pouring out of the eye socket and it stinks like a dead animal.
It is thin yellow sticky pus, not like abscess, but like active infection.
I'm so pissed, because I believe the only way we can have that kind of infection that quick is with lousy unsterile procedures during surgery.
She goes back in today, but I'm unsure what to ask for! She is already on Bactrim and the triple eye ointment.
I have to get this under control. Anyone have any good suggestions? This is the only vet here I really trust, I don't think most here have any idea what to do for pigs. This is the exotics specialist.
I have a 2:30 appt but have to leave by 12:15 so any hurried help before I leave will be appreciated.
She did leave a tiny opening at the eye so in case of infection, we can syringe if needed, but I was afraid to syringe into the eye socket for fear of pushing the crap into her brain or something. Not sure the tip of the syringe is small enough, but I still have that tiny tool from my old vet I can use and I have Hibitane cleanser.
Forgive typing errrors, am rushed of course. She is eating great, by the way, and shows no sign of pain unless I gently rub on the eye to removed the pus, which just pours out.
I've smelled abscesses, stinky boar butts, nothing compares to this. It smells like when you throw raw chicken away and then smell it in the garbage 3 days later. In summer. Yuck. Help?
- Thanks for the Memories
When I couldn't kick an eye infection with Jules, we had the culture done. I think it took a day or two for the results. I don't remember it being too long.
Poor girl. Teramyicin worked for us, but that wasn't the same type of infection. Sounds like she might need something systemic and not just topical, but that's my unprofessional guess.
Would your new vet be open to consulting with the old vet (and vice versa)? Whenever my vet gets stumped, he calls a collegue.
- I GAVE, dammit!
Now her poor eye is so matted, nothing comes out. So I'm going to try and moisten it up and remove the dried pus.
Do you think I should try to flush if I can find an opening? These guys heal so fast from the outside first..
I have to get the hay orders processed for Bob before 10, so I'm doing that now, then will work on the eye.
- I Love Lucy
I'm not sure what the best combination with Chlor is... could be Baytril, but I can't remember. I want to say I've used it with Bactrim in the past, but I'm just not sure. Bactrim is more of a broad-spectrum antibiotic, so I'd ask about that.
I wonder if you shouldn't ask about Doxy as well. Might be better than Chloramphenicol for this type of infection, though I swear we used Chlor for my pig with a lymph node abcess.
- I GAVE, dammit!
She ate everything this morning, but is really starting to fight me on taking the Bactrim. That is so weird, normally she loves it and hangs onto the syringe for more.
I can't believe in my first post I typed "smelt". Sheesh! I meant "smelled", not the small fish. CAn you tell I was in a hurry?
I really like Doxy for most things as well, in fact I think it works the best on most URI's.
I had to use Chlor once on a pig that had infectious arthritis, but that was years ago and it's gone.