Keds Medical Thread - not eating on own

User avatar
maggieP

Post   » Fri Aug 14, 2020 9:48 pm


We went to Avian and Exotics Clinic in Monterey today (also on the recommendation page here). They did seem very experienced and confirmed that flank surgery is often done and said her back looks fine. Not sure what the Castro Valley doc was going off of, maybe he is not that familiar with GPs. They were able to get her in for a dental trim; her lower molars were definitely bridging. I’m a bit worried they trimmed the incisors too much as she is having trouble with veggies and picking up food... unsure if that was necessary or not. We’re on a new dosage of Meloxicam (.25 once a day, twice a day for a couple days first) and a new antibiotic- azithromycin. She said it was likely she has an oral infection as well based on the drool and apparently some odor there.

So far she seems much more interested in food and is taking the CC without as much protest as the past week. She ate some matchstick bell peppers with my help, which seems like progress. Hoping we see more over the next week.

User avatar
maggieP

Post   » Fri Aug 14, 2020 9:55 pm


Also, she said she suspected a possible URI. Keds did have some crackly breathing after the surgery which I thought was probably due to anesthesia, but it seems to be recurring a bit (not constant). And still a bit of crusty eyes.

User avatar
ItsaZoo
Supporter in 2020

Post   » Fri Aug 14, 2020 10:03 pm


I hope she starts eating better now that her teeth have been taken care of. Did the vet think the azithromycin would also take care of the URI? That's a lot to deal with at one time.

User avatar
Lynx
Celebrate!!!

Post   » Fri Aug 14, 2020 10:16 pm


Some tips below on feeding guinea pigs whose teeth have been trimmed too short (you are right to worry). Unless the incisors are interfering with closing the mouth or there is another compelling reason to trim them, they generally should not be trimmed at the same time the molars are trimmed.
http://www.guinealynx.info/teeth_broken.html

User avatar
maggieP

Post   » Fri Aug 14, 2020 11:59 pm


Yeah, she thought this antibiotic would be good for both the respiratory and mouth issues.

Her bottom incisors did seem slanted and possibly too long but unfortunately it does seem like they trimmed them too much. Hopefully they grow back even and healthy quickly. She does seem to be doing less drooling and pawing at the mouth.

User avatar
Lynx
Celebrate!!!

Post   » Sat Aug 15, 2020 10:36 am


The bottom incisors were likely slanted due to malocclusion of the molars. When the molars are corrected, the incisors should self correct.

User avatar
Sef
I dissent.

Post   » Sat Aug 15, 2020 10:50 am


The one incisor likely needed to be filed down to remove the sharp edge, but I didn't think the bottom teeth looked like they should have been trimmed from the photo. Many vets make the mistake of taking too much off, though. As Lynx said, fortunately they will grow back fairly quickly.

User avatar
maggieP

Post   » Sat Aug 15, 2020 1:02 pm


I’m so upset she still can’t eat. Seems we traded one problem for another. Not sure if we should go back to Monterey again; they wanted to check and possibly trim again in four weeks.

bpatters
And got the T-shirt

Post   » Sat Aug 15, 2020 1:46 pm


Cut her food in matchstick sized strips and poke it back to her molars. If she can get her back teeth on it, she can eat it.

You may need to handfeed Critical Care. You definitely don't want her developing bloat issues because she's not eating enough.

User avatar
maggieP

Post   » Sat Aug 15, 2020 2:13 pm


We’ve been doing CC already, vet also suggested she might prefer Emeraid for a little while so I ordered some of that. She ate some small bell pepper pieces that I pushed towards her molars. Was just hoping she would eat on her own now as she seems much more interested in the veggies.

User avatar
maggieP

Post   » Thu Aug 20, 2020 12:22 am


I noticed a lump on her chin this week and we got her in to Berkeley today. I think the vet we have there seems more experienced than the others. She had a light sedation to clear it out and we are seeing huge improvement right now. She is slurping down lettuce and pellet mash currently.

User avatar
Lynx
Celebrate!!!

Post   » Thu Aug 20, 2020 9:29 am


I hope it clears up completely (sounds like there was an infection). Is she getting antibiotics at the moment?

User avatar
maggieP

Post   » Thu Aug 20, 2020 11:10 am


Yes, on Chloramphenicol now

User avatar
maggieP

Post   » Sat Sep 05, 2020 4:29 pm


She's been stable and adding a little bit of weight over the past week or so. She is eating pellets on her own and we've slowed the Critical Care down to maybe once a day with some water as well. Haven't seen her eating a lot of hay yet. Staying on the antibiotics for another two weeks. The abscess wound keeps starting scabbing over, and they told us to stop the irrigation during our recheck yesterday. Not 100% sure about that though as I am seeing some white stuff still recur frequently.

User avatar
Lynx
Celebrate!!!

Post   » Sat Sep 05, 2020 9:24 pm


Glad to hear she is eating pellets on her own. I am siding with you on not being sure you should stop the irrigation if you are still seeing some white (correction) stuff. You don't want it to scab over and end up with another infection. Ideally the pus would no longer be produced and it would be able to heal normally.

bpatters
And got the T-shirt

Post   » Sat Sep 05, 2020 11:40 pm


Ditto. As long as you're flushing pus out of the wound, I'd keep flushing. If it heals up with the pus still in there, it's just burst open later, and possible even cause the infection to spread.

User avatar
maggieP

Post   » Wed Oct 21, 2020 2:47 am


We were doing well since our last update, until just this week. She was eating better (hay, pellets and veg) and stable at a little under 800g. Just the past few days dropped down to 740-750 or so and is not eating as much. Seems to be having more dental problems as she tries to hold her veg down with her foot to grasp and has trouble with all but soft veggies. Just tonight she developed a cloudy eye (same side as the abscess). Abscess doesn’t seem fully healed; bad smell, still somewhat scabby and a bit of white stickiness.

Also, her upper left tooth still doesn’t look healed, it’s yellow and a bit misshapen.

Have a vet appt for Thursday. They do have an ER vet available tomorrow night but she seems active enough that I’m not sure it’s warranted...

User avatar
Sef
I dissent.

Post   » Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:35 am


Oh shoot, I'm sorry that she is having more issues. Do you still have the Chlor?

User avatar
maggieP

Post   » Wed Oct 21, 2020 3:55 pm


Yes we do still have some Chloramphenicol and also some eye drops from earlier this year when she was having the leaky eyes... Ofloxacin ophth. sol 0.3% 10 ml . Wonder if that will help with the cloudiness?

User avatar
Lynx
Celebrate!!!

Post   » Wed Oct 21, 2020 10:08 pm


If there is a bad smell, there is still an infection. Had you been flushing the wound with warm sterile saline solution? I would use warm wet compresses to remove any scabbing and the white stickiness and see if you can flush it with a curved tip syringe.
Image

Post Reply
73 posts