This past week Uschi also had diarrhea and Tanj started having more serious issues. Tanji wasn't able to make it to the litter box or outside to his kennel. It was so sad, he would be sleeping and his belly would audibly rumble, he would meow and take off but lose it on the way. He even stopped eating and would run outside at the smell of food and lose it. He was so upset. We headed to the V-E-T for an emergency visit.
We are in our busiest teaching time of the year, teaching two lab classes, so it was a well-coordinated high speed V-E-T trip between classes during our lunch. As lab #1 was almost over, I zoomed out and picked up the boys,...
I had to keep them locked in their carrier.
so she could meet me on the outside of our office building.
Off we went as a family.
the boys had a few minutes to stretch
before heading in.
We had our medical records and
a researched list of things we wanted done:
Metronidazole (me-troe-NI-da-zole) (Flagyl rx),
blood tests (CBC & CS), and food options.
Uschi guarded the door.
Tanji got a physical and we went through
our options with the VET.
The bill was a pretty good grounder for us, as was the first two weeks of their four weeks of liquid oral antibiotics/anti-inflammatory (Metronidazole 50mg/ml in malt suspension) we picked up from the custom prescription lab later in the day.
Tanji only gained 0.5lbs since his last visit and now weighs 7.4lbs. I think he lost weight over the past few days. Uschi has gained 1.5lbs and was up to 9.0lbs. So each boy was to get a different dosage of the medication to match their weights. Tanji gets 1.0ml and Uschi 1.5ml twice a day for 14 days then once a day for 14 days, 28 days total.
We first tried to put the liquid Metronidazole in their food,... they didn't touch it. So I have been shooting their dosage into their mouth twice a day. It isn't too bad, for me, actually. The first time was a bit of a struggle b/c I didn't have the technique down and went too slowly.
Basically, I sit on the floor and gently hold them by the scruff of the neck. Then I open the back-side of their mouth with the tip of the syringe (no needle) and move it in/back a little, just to clear the front of their tongue. I then shoot the liquid in quickly, going slow doesn't work. A quick shot and it is over and they are not too phased. They do a quick jog across the room but come right back. We try to get them to drink a little water to wash the taste out of their mouth and give them lots of attention for being such good boys.