Post by birdguy888 on Jan 21, 2007 16:07:08 GMT -5
This sucks. I cannot get into any avian vet here in Utah; they are all out of the office/town. There is only one left in Salt Lake City and I hate him and refuse to support his business. He is also the highest priced vet in the state and charges 3 times more than anyone else. The vet tech I spoke to is also a falconer here in Utah and I know her well. She said I was doing everything right and I'd have to wait a couple of days before the vets are back in the office!
Humbug, thats no good. I am learning a great deal, so if you don't mind I have a few more questions.
Does Phenylbutazone (bute) not work? The thing to use with horses, and occasionally dogs. I know some humans use it as well for arthritis. In Texas you have to get it from a vet or order it from an out of state source but it is very attainable. To be honest, I do not know what makes it more favorable over other NSAIDs since it also causes ulcers, kidney damage and other gunk from prolonged use. It lowers white bloodcell count, which can lead to bone marrow shortages. I am not sure if that is a giant problem it isn't severe but if you are fighting off death it isn't the choice most people/vets make. All I really know about Rimadyl is that every dog has a different reaction, extreme to extreme. Sometimes the miracle cure sometimes the cause of death. Again limited on my Metacam knowledge, I believe it is similar to Ibuprofen in the ways it works but I am not positive. how do they all compare? What makes one preferrable over the other? etc? Again sorry for all the questions.
"There's nothing like the feeling of knowing that you've made a difference in someone's life, even if that difference is a lifetime of nightmares and a fortune in therapy bills." - Marilyn Manson
Post by birdguy888 on Jan 21, 2007 23:04:10 GMT -5
I have no idea about any of them. Two of my avian vets have been in practice for over 30 years each and keep up on their training by attending seminars and classes for avian and exotic species and my third vet has been in practice for about 7 years. All of them have specific meds they use and don't use any others because of the risks involved and on how good they work.
Post by birdguy888 on Jan 25, 2007 20:49:49 GMT -5
I finally got Bullet into the vet today. He has an absess in his foot caused by setpacemia. Jay drained it and got a lot of puss, fluid and tissue out of it and instead of doing blood work he swabbed the puss for a culture to find out exactly which organism has infected his foot. Since it did come from the rotting meat that was stuck on his talon right against the cuticle we all now know to keep the talons clean!!!! The bandage has to stay on his foot for several days and he will be on Baytril until the results of the culture come back at which time we may change antibiotics. Instead of an IM injection OID (once per day) he will be getting his Baytril orally TID (twice a day). Because he is so small the injections can damage the breast tissue and also make it very sore since it will be a long term medication.