He is eating a bit better with thicker critical care, thanx Sef. I added pumpkin, it was someone's suggestion on this board.
Yesterday he started metoclopramide 0.5mg twice/day. Is also still on Cisapride 0.6cc twice/day
I handfed him hay (also another poster), he chews & chews but the hay doesn't go into his mouth unless i gently push on the ends. What does that mean?
We have an app't on Monday for anesthesia. Will look at his teeth, do 4 views of head xray, possible chest xray for heart, bloodwork (not sure what yet, I'm waiting for vet to call me for pre-op questions/instructions
Is there anything else you would want done while he's under anesthesia?
I can't find the probiotic Sef uses, Amazon delivery is July 2, would like to start it asap if possible. Any other brands for probiotics?
Also, any ideas for which brand of vitamin b-complex to get? I'm finding a lot have sugar in them, some have essential oils. Btw, the vet said she doesn't "believe" in vit. b. Sigh
We are having problems with the vets here, it's like they are too burned out to care like they used to. So having you all to help Gilbert & me is so valuable
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I use Bene-Bac as a probiotic. It's always worked for me.
I wouldn't automatically do bloodwork. It's very hard to get blood from a guinea pig, and it doesn't generally tell you a whole lot. Only if the x-rays of teeth and heart don't show anything would I consider letting them do bloodwork.
bpatters: I ok'd the bloodwork only because he'll be under anesthesia and that should (theoretically) make it easier to withdraw blood from him...we'll see i guess
Getting bene=bac this afternoon. Any vitamin b-complex brands? What do you think of this:
If you like this, how much should I give?
- I dissent.
The range for B vitamins in guinea pigs is listed in exotics formulary as 0.02-0.2 mL/kg SC or IM (that is correct as written; mL and not mg).
I think since you are on for Monday, maybe see how it goes with the radiographs and have a discussion with your vet based on the results. If your vet doesn't support its use, I'm not sure I would go against that without talking to her first.
He's getting 1/2 critical care/1/2 ground alfalfa pellets w/pumpkin & water. It's thickish.
He's taken 80=100 cc/day the last 11 days. But he's losing weight every single day, 1030 gm. today (down 8 from yesterday, down 69 gms from a week ago)
Shouldn't that amount of handfeeding volume keep him from losing weight every day?
Is there any danger of this lump causing breathing issues, pressing on his windpipe?
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If it is a root abscess, it could certainly explain why he's been reluctant to chew hay.
Be aware, if it ruptures, that it will be highly infective, so take precautions for yourself and any other pets.
I understand how stressful this must be fore you. I am sorry to hear your dog is sick also.
Nothing but gratitude to all of you who took time & energy out of your days to help us. Because of your compassion I feel that I did everything I possibly could for my fur baby, I left no stone unturned and you all supported me in doing this. Extra wheeks to your own fur kids