[Gpdd] [HEALTH] Lily losing weight
ann.evans at hintlink.com
Tue Jan 14 15:12:18 EST 2014
Mieke, I agree with everything that Penny has written but will add a
few things. To take blood you over clip a nail and pull the blood up
into a hematocrit tube. Then you blow the blood into the blood
collection vial that contains anticoagulant (if needed for a particular
test). You may need to clip several nails and use 20 hematocrit tubes.
Usually the bleeding stops by itself or by using styptic powder. Before
taking blood I would first treat her for an internal fungal infection.
You mention that Lilly has been treated for mites and fungus.But you did
not say if she was treated for an internal fungal infection. Anytime a
piggy has had an external fungal infection and then starts loosing
weight we treat with an oral antifungal. I would recommend itraconazole
10mg/ml oral suspension 0.3ml twice a day for 10 days. Then do not give
it for 3 days. Repeat for another 10 days on and 3 days off until she
has had a total of 30 days on itraconazole. If your vet can not get
itraconazole then I would use Nystatin 100,000 USP units/ml oral
suspension at a dose of 0.3ml twice a day for 14-21 days. Also when she
was treated for mites was she given both ivermectin and fenbendazole or
albendazole? I worm all piggys quarterly.
Quarterly worming only keeps the parasite population under control. It
does not kill all parasites and nor does it impart 90 days of immunity
to them. Thus if a piggy has an outbreak of parasites be it external or
internal I treat by giving orally 0.1ml of 1.0% ivermectin on day 1 and
7 and 10mg of fenbendazole (panacur) or albendazole (valbazen)for 5
consecutive days. Also a simple 10 parameter dip stick urinalysis can
tell you if she has a UTI or kidney or liver problems. I would treat for
parasites, internal fungus and do a urinalysis before doing a blood test.
I am not a vet.
I volunteer as a consulting rodentologist to Drs. Danielson and Saleh
D.V.M. of Ehrlich Animal Hospital Tampa, Florida.
Ann and the Rescued Piggys of Piggyville, Tampa Florida USA
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