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Old 09-29-2021, 08:02 AM   #371
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I did have a tooth out with hypnotherapy once but found it quite exhausting and gruelling and wasn't particularly successful. But it's my only really option if I need the same again - or a general anaesthetic, which seems more sensible but they seem reluctant to do that on me! Seriously I went round the houses for years between dentists, doctors and hospitals and them not knowing what to do with me. I had drug allergy tests for local anaesthetics in London which were negative - but next time I had a local anaesthetic, ended up hospitalised again and was very ill for a long time afterwards. Been told not to do that again! Dentists won't touch me with a bargepole. Personally I just want to have all my teeth removed and false ones and be done with it! But I will muddle on during the pandemic as enough on our plates.
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Old 10-13-2021, 07:04 AM   #372
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Pickle is just the same - still active, still using his wheel. His eye is no worse. Occasionally looks a bit weepy. He had the antibiotics for 3 weeks. The swelling round the eye, I think is less but maybe it isn't.

Had a call with the vet on Monday to ask her about continuing with antibiotics, and as I suspected, she was very much against that idea. She seems very concerned about antibiotics generally becoming resistant and said he'd become resistant, then I might become resistant and then she might become resistant (I kind of follow the logic there but ....).

I said my concern was it had got much better after 10 days of antibiotics and I was concerned if it was a trapped abscess it would come right back again and his eye protrude again and I didn't want him to go through that again, but also don't want to have him pts while he is still so active and enjoying life (and food).

So she said to stop the antibiotics and if it did come back to restart them again (but that could take another 10 days) but her feeling was if it came right back then the antibiotics hadn't work and they'd prescribe a different one. She also still thinks it's a tumour and maybe it was the metacam that made things shrink and improve. Which is possible too I guess. Although I do think the antibiotics improved the eye.

Basically no-one knows what's going on behind his eye but all agreed to continue keeping him on Metacam.

So fingers crossed his eye doesn't get worse again now he's off the Baytril. I'm not the vet but was going with a gut feeling based on knowledge of tooth abscess - which get better after antibiotics but only temporarily because the abscess is trapped in a bony socket and can't get out, so it just starts getting worse again once the antibiotics stop.

I think it probably is a tumour though if the swelling didn't go down completely (either that or the antibiotics didn't work) but as she said at the last appointment - could have been secondary infection as well.

All I know is something definitely burst in that first week and his eye went back to more normal - if slightly weepy occasionally.

But he carries on as usual, still likes to come out and seems very keen to free roam and jump off the sofa. Still scales the sofa. He's very active and just the same as ever.

Vet did say he will need to be pts at some point. And I know that, which was hard to accept at first - unless of course something else happens meanwhile, like a sudden heart attack or something.

So he is just living out his life on Metacam for now until he shows signs of suffering.
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Old 10-13-2021, 08:45 AM   #373
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The vet left the possible natural option out.
Pickle may die peacefully of old age. Just because he has health issues doesn't mean that he'll have to get put to sleep at some point.
At the moment he's doing fine on metacam and long may it continue.
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Old 10-13-2021, 09:29 AM   #374
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Let’s hope the metacam keeps Pickle feeling comfortable for some time to come. He is enjoying his roaming time and being active so he is feeling fine now.
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Old 10-13-2021, 11:59 AM   #375
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Thanks both. She is very logical and if she thinks it’s cancer she will be assuming he starts to suffer a lot before he dies of old age. But yes I am nit going to assume anything- but be prepared and enjoy that he is so active as well. Started weighing him this week. He’s 237g. He was quite a bit more than that last time I weighed him but that was ages ago. And not sure my scales were correct at that time. Anyway he is still a really good weight but will monitor his weight weekly to see if he starts losing weight.
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