- I dissent.
- I dissent.
Do read the Handfeeding page if you haven't already:
Since I first started this thread she has been through more than 5 operations. Our vet is convinced that the problem is some kind of bacterial infection that remains in her bone, after removing a rotten lower front tooth way back. We have had several operations where she has been opened up and cleaned, but it's almost always the same story. We keep cleaning the wound and she slowly recovers. Everything is good until some point when she starts to get worse again, and the wound from the operation springs open, and pus starts to come out. Then we go back to cleaning the wound and trying to remove the pus.
I just talked to the vet today and she's not sure what to do at this point. She has been trying to find out about other types of antibiotics than Baytril, that can be used against such an infection, but she has come up empty. She has been looking online and asking around. She told me there was some other types of antibiotics we could try, but that it would be like a last attempt experiment, since it wasn't tested on guinea pigs.
So... I just wanted to consult you guys before going forward, to see what I could come up with. I'm really sorry about this, since she's not that old, and it seems she could have a good life if just this infection could be cured.
Any help or advice is appreciated!
- For the Love of Pigs
Looking back it looks like we used it for cheek abscesses (CL) & recurrent bladder infections. I have no idea if it's appropriate in Cherry's current situation.
If you do use it, you have to wear vinyl gloves to protect yourself. It can (very rarely) cause aplastic anemia in humans due to exposure. Check with your vet.
It seems that Chlor palm is indeed Chloramphenicol Palmitate. I guess that was what you were asking Bookfan, right? Are there guidelines regarding how to use it for guinea pigs? It seems like something worth a try bpatters!
I checked the pododermatitis page Lynx, but I couldn't really figure out how the treatment with beads could be applied to guinea pigs. There was some mentions of using this technique to treat raptors feet, but nothing about guinea pigs. Or maybe I just misunderstood it :)
Some interesting results with this search:Our vet is convinced that the problem is some kind of bacterial infection that remains in her bone, after removing a rotten lower front tooth way back.
Can be used to treat bone infections.
DeCoster, Thomas A. MD; Bozorgnia, Shahram MDAuthor Information
Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: November 2008 - Volume 16 - Issue 11 - p 674-678
This article provides some of the pros and cons and discusses when their use can be successful (in humans).
Thx for the links Lynx! It's so nice of you all to help. It's really nice to have something concrete to show to the vet. Denmark is a small country, so unfortunately the research and experience in dealing with some of the more rare cases is simply not present /:
- For the Love of Pigs
Here are links to my posts relating to chlor:
Right now we are keeping her ok by doing manual cleaning of her wound, and trying to get as much pus out of there as we can, while giving her 0.15 ml of Loxicom morning and night + 1 ml of Fibreplex twice a day. As Baytril is not really having any effect, our vet had us stop giving it to her. She had a really bad day yesterday, where she didn't want to eat by herself until late at night for some reason. We were afraid that it had something to do with pus being trapped inside the wound, in a lower level of skin where we weren't able to get it out, but the vet didn't think so. She said it was most likely because of recently stopping with the Baytril, that might have an effect on her. Thankfully she is eating just fine today, at least right now.
So, we have to figure out what else we can try. It would be such a shame to have to give her up after fighting for her life for so long, and also because she's not that old, only 3 years. She is also normally pretty good at eating and keeping her weight, so there's no immediate danger. When she's ok, she's just a normal guinea pig enjoying her life, so it's not like she's ill all the time and not feeling well.
I'm a bit down after our vet dismissed both ideas, as Chlor Palm just seemed like the perfect thing to try. I don't want to give up on Cherry just yet, so if you guys have some other ideas, I would love to hear them <3
So she recognizes Chlor Palm as choramphenicol? Chlor Palm is a brand, not the generic name of the drug.
See if you can find out what antibiotics are used in the veterinary field there.