I'm only asking because I'm about to go through this whole rigamarole with Astro. :( She's so tiny, I don't want to do ANYthing that could compromise her eating habits, but her overall health obviously comes first.
Sorry for the minor hijack. I'm just super curious, and this is the major IC thread going right now. Booooooo on IC.
If after that (or regardless of that) she continues to struggle then it will no longer just be suspected IC :/
I think the vet also wants to monitor her properly after the two weeks to compare with the results at the first visit, as it was a different vet practise we went to for the previous treatments.
I'm still working my way through all those IC threads but I think some pigs have received pulse AB therapy which has helped?
I think the stubborn UTI thing is a good thing to rule out at the onset of piddle problems - but after that, I dunno. I, too, haven't actually digested all of the IC threads (though I've read all of them - and then my eyeballs nearly fell out). It just seems like given what IC actually is, the only thing you can really do is to manage the pain and make sure the pig in question is getting plenty of fluids. Maybe polycitra to help prevent stones later? Anyway, be sure to keep us updated on how Purdie does with the longer course of ABs - best wishes for her. Astro sends her empathy. :-/
EDIT: Talishan, I thought you WERE one of our medical experts! :D
Talishan always gives good advice. It is clear how to take it - that it is advice, experience, and possible directions to pursue. A good vet is always vital to any treatment and is your best resource.
p.s. I LOVE your links posts, Tracis!
Did want you to know that putting a BOLD tag in front of the list throws off the alignment in Opera. I've been moving the [ b ] to follow each *.
I really like how you are adding a sentence to summarize the post. It gives people an idea of what the content is without reading the whole thing - but they can read the whole thing if they want too.
We just have so much info here it is overwhelming.
Her follow up is next week, but I'm definitely worried that the pain relief doesn't seem to be strong enough, especially as she is on the correct dose for her weight.
I give her extra fluids that day and some metacam and she seems to do fine for the rest of the day.
Then on the second or third day she becomes totally fine, no crying at all and no wet bottom. Then after 3 weeks or so it repeats itself again.
Have you tried increasing fluids with Purdie? I do hope she finds some confort soon.
With Purdie, I'm having a hard time detecting a pattern. I think that if there is a pattern, it actually changes every few hours at most rather than being in days :/ There isn't a day goes past when she doesn't cry when she pees, but she doesn't cry every time she pees. Her bottom is dry and there are no white deposits.
She is definitely crying less now which is something at least :/
Purdie was given Metacam to have at 0.2ml daily for the last two weeks. At first I noticed no improvement but now I think I can say that it is more effective than the Rimadyl was. However, it hasn't got rid of the pain completely by any means, she still cries every day :/
Our next appointment is tomorrow morning, I really hope we can get her some relief soon. I will ask about Polycitra and I'm going to look online as to where to get Shilintong.