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Wheezing Trishula's med thread

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Long story short, this morning I heard Trishula making a lot of hooting and noisy breathing. I had heard him do this on and off this week for a few minutes and didn't think anything of it. He also had a tad of eye discharge. I listened to him and I could hear something happening in his chest that wasn't his normal breathing. He sounded like he had a URI or heart failure or something. I decided to panic and go to the ER since it was 5am and my exotics vet isn't in on Monday. The ER said everything was fine on his exam and I could either transfer to the expensive exotics vet next door, or go to our normal vet. I decided to take Trishula home. He's been fine since then. Is it possible this was something else temporary and if so what could it have been. As always, he will go to the vet if needed.
 
Leafy greens getting lodged in a place they shouldn't can cause the hooting and wheezing. The last couple of years of my boy Sly's life, he did a lot of hooting and wheezing. He had dental issues and leafy veggies would get caught all the time. Usually one good loud cough, sometimes two would be enough to clear the problem.
 
They didn't have any treats or veggies, just their Sherwood urinary treat (which is similar to Sweetart candy). I don't remember if that was before or after the hooting started. It's 12 hours later and he seems to be just fine still. I hope it's nothing...but I still had to give the ER $200 for seeing him today. :(
 
Still hearing Trish do his hooting on and off. I notice it mostly in the morning when he is eating hay. One day he coughed after he did it. I'll see how he does this week and may take him in on a day off. No other issues.
 
I do hope its nothing. Please keep us updated!
 
So I have not heard him wheeze this week so far. I learned our vet (the new one we'd been seeing this year) has left the clinic. Idk if there are other exotics vets there, I'm going to guess no because I was always told that vet was the only one. Luckily, we have other vets in the area. It's a shame I will need to search as I really liked Dr Edgar.
 
Since this thread is here I am going to ask a question. At what point should I get Trish checked for arthritis? He's 3 to 3.5 yrs old (estimate based on the shelter). He hops from time to time with his back legs. He's always done this since I got him last March. I've watched some arthritis videos on LA GP Rescue's channel and his ankles could be swollen like some videos show, but I can't tell.

Since he came back from boarding, he has been biting really hard when he is picked up...that's what bothers me the most. I only pick him up when it's cleaning time. In the past he's just nibbled, but now he's bitten quite hard on my fingers. Amigo had bad arthritis and used to protest when I had to cut his back nails by making a bunch of noise, but never nibbled me, so idk.

I do have metacam leftover from Amigo, but that was 6 months ago and I don't wanna give Trish anything expired.
 
I'd take him in for an x-ray. That's the only way you're going to know for sure if it's arthritis and if so, how bad it is.
 
Trishula has stopped biting so hard since then, but his right eye has been running for a couple weeks, similar to August when he first saw the vet. We're going on Monday for that, and we'll see about xrays at the same time. Last time we were given an ointment, but those are not easy. I rather have eye drops since I have so much experience with giving them to Little Bear.

Hopefully we can trick the insurance with this eye issue and they'll cover it. They listed 'bacterial infections' as an exclusion since he had this issue in August, before he had insurance.
 
We got some eye drops instead of ointment this time. Dr Edgar isn't too worried about arthritis just yet after manipulating his limps, so we'll watch/wait on that.
 
We got some eye drops instead of ointment this time. Dr Edgar isn't too worried about arthritis just yet after manipulating his limps, so we'll watch/wait on that.
Oops…meant limbs and not limps. He is not limping.
 
Trishula’s eye is runny again. It is only his right eye, like before. It has a bit of crust and the fur under his eye is wet. I messaged our vet about new eye meds. I wonder why he seems to have this chronic, mild eye issue?

Otherwise he is fine
 
Probably because his tear duct is blocked. Use a warm wet compress, and massage gently from the outer part of his eye to the inner corner, and down the nose. A couple of days of that should clear it up, but you may have to repeat it every so often.
 
Trishula has been quite fine and has an annual vet appt tomorrow. I have concerns over his teeth. For months he has made this big chewing movement randomly, like he's got something stuck in his teeth. Idk how to really describe aside from that. His front teeth are slightly angled, so I'm going to express this to my vet. Could this odd chewing motion be a sign of bigger dental issues??
 
It could, yes. The odd chewing motion that you're describing, is it sort of like he's opening his mouth wide randomly several times like he's trying to dislodge something? If so, that's often one of the first symptoms. The angling of the teeth is another, so you're doing the right thing.
 
Looking back at his vet visit from August 2022, our vet notes 'slt [slight?] hook lingual R upper cheek teeth'.

I don't think any dental stuff is covered by their insurance sadly.
 
Oh, that sucks. In my experience, however and that's not to say your vet will be the same, but our vet was always very reasonable with dental trims. Especially in Sly's case where we kept him alive for almost a full 2 years with regular dental trims. He had 11 of them in all and it was always very reasonable. I hope you find the same with your vet.
 
Turns out his teeth look good, aside from the slight angle on his front teeth. Vet wasn't concerned.

I guess I didn't mention that I noticed a few times, he has avoided using his front left leg. When he perches on the coroplast or grids as piggies do when looking for treats, he would sometimes not use his left leg or avoid landing on it. It was so subtle that I thought maybe it was nothing, but turns out he has back pain! He didn't fuss when the vet tested his legs, but he screamed when she pressed down before his shoulder blades. So back pain could be the cause of that subtle leg pain, along with maybe why he screams when being picked up/doesn't like to be picked up.

We didn't do xrays for that. We'll try meloxicam to see if it helps.

I think he's about 4.5 to 5 yrs old now.
 
Turns out his teeth look good, aside from the slight angle on his front teeth. Vet wasn't concerned.

I guess I didn't mention that I noticed a few times, he has avoided using his front left leg. When he perches on the coroplast or grids as piggies do when looking for treats, he would sometimes not use his left leg or avoid landing on it. It was so subtle that I thought maybe it was nothing, but turns out he has back pain! He didn't fuss when the vet tested his legs, but he screamed when she pressed down before his shoulder blades. So back pain could be the cause of that subtle leg pain, along with maybe why he screams when being picked up/doesn't like to be picked up.

We didn't do xrays for that. We'll try meloxicam to see if it helps.

I think he's about 4.5 to 5 yrs old now.
Back around Christmas, I noticed Leo hobbling. He is just shy of 6 years old now, and I was pretty sure it was arthritis in his back leg. The vet examined him, and as it turns out he has arthritis in his back. He's now permanently on Metacam, .5ml.per day at the moment. Even though it's helped him tremendously, he still shuffles like the little old man that he now is.
 
Reading these recent posts remind me that I need to get Lily (right piggy on my avatar) scheduled to see the vet. Lily is 7+ now and I noticed that she doesn't always put one of her front feet down when she walks. I am not sure if that is arthritis. Aside from an eye injury three years ago, Lily has not had any medical problems in the six years she's lived with me. I used to take her in for an annual visit but stopped doing that several years ago.
 

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