ferretmomma, omeprazole is like prilosec so it should take care of or at least help any kind of ulcer-type problem.
Funny/not funny story-My doctor just prescribed me omeprazole for 2 weeks because he thought I was having gall bladder issues. (I haven't been to a doctor in about 10 years and now I don't want to go back-haha). Had an ultrasound done = unremarkable, aka no stones. Had to have a CCK radiology test done (so terrible!) to see if my gall bladder is 'disfunctional'. A disfunctional gall bladder operates at 35% or less, I'm at 37%. Since I'm borderline, the surgeon suggested either removing the gall bladder or trying omeprazole to see if I get any relief. Since I'm terrified at the thought of surgey, I opted for the pills But she mentioned it was like and antacid and that made me wonder if Maisie was having heartburn.
(bitbyter) Jason, could ferrets suffer from 'hunger pains' and maybe that's why she grins her teeth sometimes? I have not heard of that, but that's not to say it couldn't happen? Also, Maisie had blockage surgery on Nov 24th and mild/moderate helicobacter gastritis (copied from the intro). She just had her teeth cleaned (March 24th) and was on Baytril for 7 days (is that correct?), and is taking omeprazole to prevent ulcers. She's been having only pork since we think she might have a chicken allergy. Blue, let me know if I missed anything
What a strange coincidence!! I'm so sorry you're having problems. My Mom & Grandmother had to have their gall bladders taken out (stones) and I think it was a pretty simple surgery. They had to be careful about eating fats after that. I really hope the meds work for you, I would not want surgery either. Perhaps there's a way to holistically encourage a non-stoned gallbladder to behave?! (I wouldn't recommend raw meat )
No I think you got it all! The omeprazole wasn't prescribed specifically for ulcers, it was a general "lets try to cover everything" when I told the vet she was grinding her teeth. She's also done it with cold water, so it could be tooth pain like us? I asked the vet and she didn't know. Maisie is really particular about having both food & drink tepid, not cold.
Aw thank you for your kind words! I actually don't *think* it's my gall bladder; I'm convinced it's because I got fat when I quit smoking 6 months ago! (I gained almost 15 pounds) :puke:
But, that particular area has been very irritated since the doctors started poking me so I'm anxious to see if the pills work. If not, maybe I'll get the babies a stroller and start taking 10 mile walks
Sorry for the confusion of why she's taking omeprazole-sounds like your vet is on the ball! Maybe her teeth are just sensitive? Let's see what Jason says and we'll go from there!
Congratulations on quitting smoking, that's a wonderful accomplishment, and really hard to do! :goodjob: Yeah, maybe your body is taking a while to readjust itself to the new order. I think it's totally worth it (the pounds, not the pain). It's incredible how much damage tobacco can do to your body.
We're all getting really confused here This is how it went down:
November: 3 weeks antibiotics (two different kinds) after blockage surgery. Mild to moderate helicobacter gastritis confirmed by biopsy, and it apparently caused the blockage (more like a cloggage).
January: 3 weeks antibiotics (a different one from the previous ones) due to suspected continued gastritis. Symptoms: low energy, teeth grinding, and a slight inflammation of the upper intestine visible by plain xray
March: 1 week antibiotics for dental cleaning, and I was hoping this would also clear up the tooth grinding
Omeprazole added to all of the above.
I'll try to get a good pic of her teeth & mouth. I need to get someone to help me. I do have xrays of her head if that is useful? I asked for them to be taken during the cleaning since she was there!
Oh, and the dental cleaning was partially because she had gingivitis. She had it when she first came to me 9 months ago so she'd probably had it forever (bad ferretmom). Her teeth were fine, there were no extractions needed, just a good cleaning.
Hi there, just checking in :wave3: All good in the Maisie Queendom, no teeth grinding since I last mentioned it, although she did act a little under the weather the next day. She probably has some kind of IBD/IBS. I'll get a pic of her teeth this weekend, but I realized that there'll be nothing wrong with her mouth/teeth that we can see, since she just got the full attention of a vet during her dental cleaning.
I managed to spill half the small blender of soupie yesterday... at some point you just have to laugh! I think I will get a slightly better blender, and just keeping adding enough water that it doesn't burn out. It can be the background to the slivers (which she didn't eat yesterday...). My small crappy blender was only $15 which in retrospect was a great value!
It's Friday afternoon! Yay! I think I'm going to try making a little area in the yard this weekend where Maisie can roam without escaping into the neighbor's yard. Luckily the neighbor thinks she's adorable
Happy Easter! I apologize for being absent. Thursday morning I started feeling funky and I thought it was the side effects of the omeprazole. Turned out to be some nasty stomach bug that's going around and put me in the ER on Friday (I had a fever, was dehydrated, and passed out twice in the kitchen). BUT, I'm finally feeling human again and can stay awake longer than an hour. So how are all of you!?!? How was the weekend? I think the weather was nice
I think the idea of looking in Maisie's mouth was to see if she could have developed any ulcers. I'm so glad to hear she hasn't been grinding her teeth since though! You and the blenders You're right, sometimes you just have to laugh! How is her appetite? Did she give into the slivers again? How is her weight and poops too? Anything else new?
Sorry again for being m.i.a. I look forward to hearing about your weekend!
ferretmomma I'm so sorry you've been having such an awful time! What a way to spend the Easter weekend. I hope you're feeling better now. Yikes.
All OK here. Haven't bought a new blender yet. Am cutting nice slivers up with my super sharp ceramic knife. Maisie continues to mostly ignore them.
Tried getting a pic of her mouth, or at least of her canines this weekend... many blurry shots of nothing so far! But I'm pretty confident she doesn't have ulcers because the vet would have seen that during the cleaning.
She's still doing something that I think is grinding, but it's only about once a day, and only when I rouse her in the morning. I wonder if it isn't just an overvigorous smacking of the lips like when people wake up?!?!?! In any case I got a massive war dance this morning with no prompting at all so she's feeling well I got to work half an hour later than intended! Luckily work doesn't mind (very flexible) and Maisie & I were happy, so's all good
Happy Friday to you too! I hope you're still feeling well!!
Last Sunday's weight: 2 lbs 2.5 oz so no real change there (the week before was 2 lbs 1 oz).
No mouth issues in the last couple of days! She also seems perkier. Perhaps it just took that long for the cleaning to "take"? (I've probably jinxed us.)
Sliver-wise -- she wasn't having anything to do with the nice little bits I was making with the ceramic knife so I went back to using the vegetable peeler on frozen meat. I made about 0.2 oz worth last night, and they kept being left in the bowl until the 3rd serving. That time she ate it all up. This morning same thing. She won't eat them at first, but if they keep showing up in her soup, she eventually gets around to them.
I tried just slivers in warm water, it didn't take, but I think I'm going to keep offering her that as a 1st option... although maybe that will just teach her that if she waits long enough, she'll get something she likes?
Her poop was kind of reddish this morning, not blood, more like ochre. I've seen that color before, but she's been eating the exact same thing since Monday so where on earth did that come from? Would that be a symptom of IBD? Also yesterday evening her paws were much redder than usual, but she seemed absolutely fine (no apparent hyperthermia or low blood sugar).
We've been outside a bit, which is great, although she still hates the harness. If the thunderstorms do get here (no sign so far) we'll stay inside