Spencer's Abscess

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Sef
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Post   » Fri Sep 06, 2019 12:36 pm


Oh darn. Well, sounds like you caught it early enough that it should be a fairly straightforward procedure. Good thing you kept on top of it.

RyanMarie24

Post   » Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:41 pm


I'm just.upset because I brought him in several times to check it. And they always just said it was ok ☹. I think drs should listen to concerns more. Ugh. They checked his teeth and said all looks well. They're going to do more xrays.

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Sep 06, 2019 3:21 pm


Sorry about the news! I so hope this will eventually completely clear up.

RyanMarie24

Post   » Fri Sep 06, 2019 3:26 pm


Me too! The vet said the most he's ever had to do on a piggy to get rid of an abscess is 3 surgeries. This will be number 3. Poor Spencer. He's a tough cookie. ❤

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Sep 06, 2019 3:34 pm


I wonder if anything like a wound vac has ever been used on a small animal like a guinea pig (they have been used on dogs). Wound vacs generally aid in healing large areas that are missing skin - but part of the function is squirting in a solution and vacuuming it back out which perhaps might aid in keeping it clean. They do, however, require frequent changes (say, 3X a week) and someone who knows how to do them properly for the change.

bpatters
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Post   » Fri Sep 06, 2019 5:39 pm


Actually, as far as I know, the only reason abscesses keep forming is that they have been incompletely drained. When that happens, they WILL come back because the infection is still there. It's why flushing them multiple times a day to get all that thick pus out is so important.

I'd be very unhappy with a vet that had to do three procedures to get rid of an abscess.

RyanMarie24

Post   » Fri Sep 06, 2019 5:45 pm


I am very unhappy that this is the third go. I'm really mad that I kept being told everything was OK and it wasn't. 😡. I know medicine isn't an exact science but at least start taking owners concerns. I took their word when they said the draining was normal because of the healing. Now I know better.

Just hope this is the final surgery

I'm also asking for a different AB. Clearly Orbax hasnt done it's job.

RyanMarie24

Post   » Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:36 pm


They're suggesting it may be a seroma as the drainage has been clear with no smell.

Fingers crossed on Wednesday!

Spencers well. It doesn't bother him. I've been upping his Vit C to prepare his immune system for the surgery. He's already a big boy..but has gained weight as well

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:21 am


That is encouraging. I hope all goes well!!

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Sef
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Post   » Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:37 pm


Sounds like a plan. Let us know what you find out.

RyanMarie24

Post   » Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:30 pm


Thank you. Wednesday seems forever away ugh. Spencers running. Popcorning. You'd never know something was "wrong". And still gaining weight lol. He's already a big meatball 😂

Stocked up on saline....hibiclens....qtips...gloves...more dish towels to wrap him. Wed I'll sanitize and divide the cage again.

RyanMarie24

Post   » Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:16 am


Unfortunately Spencer will not be having surgery. Because my concerns kept being blown over...the infection is now so deep in his bone nothing can be done. He will be on antibiotics and pain meds until time for him to leave us 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

Lisa12

Post   » Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:28 am


Did you decided that or the vet did for you?

After all its your pig.. There is AB for bone infections I ve read it on this forum..and you can always risk and try. I bet people here Will know how to help you.

Ringo Will be 15 in december and so what, which is more than is avarage age for border collie..i dont take thoose kind of answers, but his vets are very aware of that and they told me as long as he can walk on his own and he aint ill.. he can live.. as long as he is having Will power and assistence.. and meds helps him there is no problem.

Wish Spencer the best..:)

bpatters
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Post   » Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:34 am


In the bone? Without reading back, wasn't this an abscess under the neck? How did it get in the bone?

I'd want another opinion. And yes, bone infections can be treated.

RyanMarie24

Post   » Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:51 am


It was just an abscess. First xrays showed no boney involvemenr. They ignored my concerns that was still draining so the infection latched into the bone. He's about to lose a bottom incisor from it. The infection is now on both sides of his jaw and I looked at the xrays (I know how to read them) its pretty bad. Can't believe it got like that this fast. He's been on orbax for 4 months now. It hasn't done his job.

They could try another surgery and scrape the bone but the prognosis of being successful is 5% He'll be on Orbax and Metacam until he either loses 200g or can no longer eat. Then they suggested to have to put him to sleep. They're shocked that he presents as being perfectly healthy and gaining weight. He's running, playing, popcorning and eating.

RyanMarie24

Post   » Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:16 am


I'm going to spend today and tomorrow with him. I left a message for his regular vet. Then I'll decide what to do. It's so hard bc he seems healthy..but the xray showed the jaw bone is deteriorating from the infection. I don't want him to suffer but I'm not ready to say goodbye 😭

Lisa12

Post   » Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:16 pm


Why not change antibiotic if it doesnt work?

We changed 5 ABs in 3-4months for Irie until we got to Gentamicyn that worked(culture was done, but all should work, its complicated you can read in our topic)
Thats as far as I know..I would change AB, about surgery Idont know...

RyanMarie24

Post   » Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:26 pm


We did try other antibiotics. Unfortunately Spencer is prone to bloat and cannot tolerate some of the ABs

Lisa12

Post   » Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:33 pm


Yeah..Irie is, too-very..Now he is on nebulizer few weeks off/few on, but thats for URIs.

What about under skin injections?

RyanMarie24

Post   » Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:46 pm


The infection is now so deep into the bone. The bone is deteroriating. If they took me seriously the times I brought him back with concerns this may have been avoided. I was told that drainiage is not infection..it's normal healing.

If there were any options believe me I'd pay anything for them. He is happy and munching away on hay. I can't take that away from him. He'll let me know when he's ready.
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