Thursday, November 5, 2015

Guess Where We Went?

Boadicea tagged along for emotional support (and squeezes)
Cannoli's thyroid is as stubborn as she is.  I up the dose, her weight improves for a day or two, then drops a bit.  Then late last week I heard her whimper and found a bit of blood.  We all know what that meant!  Road trip!

Of course she had a waiting-room-cure.  By the time we arrived at the vet, Cannoli was symptom-free.  She even obliged in giving a clean urine sample.  Honestly, I'm relieved - no infection, no sludge, no blood.  The thought of having another bladder stone prone pig made me sad.  Cannoli did produce a bit of loose stool, so we were sent home with some flagyl for a few days.

I may be less than happy with Cannoli's thyroid progress, but Dr Holmes was thrilled.  She noticed Noli's coat was softer than before - a sign that the medication is working.  I pick Noli up at least twice a day, but the change must have been gradual enough that I missed it.  So the meds are working, bit by bit.  I was told to increase the dosage again.

In the last week there's been no more whimpering, no more blood and I think... maybe? there has been a little weight gain.  Cannoli had dropped into the 790s for the last week or two, but she's been creeping up to 820s all week on the higher dose of methimazole.  If she manages to stay like this a few more days, I may have to break into a happy dance.


  1. Oh, Sally, they do put us through our paces, don't they? Ralphie had another bladder stone…but that was not the issue with his illness. I had a necropsy done, and will be getting the full report. I would highly recommend that if, when the very, very sad days comes and our piggies transition out of their bodies, that owners can get a necropsy done, they do it. It only helps exotic pet vets learn more and more about our favorite species.

    1. I had seen that you had lost him. I'm sorry.


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