Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: Thistle having so many issues...dewormer and SM

Hybrid View

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Sion, Switzerland
    Posts
    871
    Post Thanks / Like
    Blog Entries
    1

    Question Thistle having so many issues...dewormer and SM

    Alright, as most probably know Thistle was just diagnosed with SM. Since starting on prednisone (a week before the MRI) she has been very gassy, and sometimes gets distended and uncomfortable just from the tummy issues. She had a crazy vomiting session about 2 weeks ago, and earned herself an emergency vet visit for that.

    She has been off of pred since 2 days after the MRI (tapered off). She is now on gabapentin 100 mg TID, omeprazole 1 capsule SID, and has been taking melatonin 1 mg SID (evening). Her screaming pain episodes haven't recurred, and she's only scratching occasionally (right around time for more gabapentin).

    But she's still really gassy. Tonight her poo looked like it might have contained some worms. I had a Sentinel in the house so just gave it to her (was it ok to just give that with everything else she is on?).

    She's been much happier since starting the gabapentin, and is a lot more active and snuggly now, but I still feel like she's got further issues.

    Any suggestions on how to deal with the gassiness? I've already told her to stop being ladylike and just let it out, massaging her tummy seems to help, but it's only a momentary fix.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Dublin, Ireland
    Posts
    23,995
    Post Thanks / Like
    Blog Entries
    15

    Default

    No suggestions on this -- I do wonder whether it is a separate issue; I'd be thinking food intolerance or allergy or irritable bowel, though worms could be a source.

    On the melatonin -- any idea why this was prescribed? I've never heard of it being used with SM.
    Karlin
    Cavaliers: Jaspar Leo Lily Tansy Libby (foster) Mindy (foster)
    In memory: Lucy
    Cavalier SM Infosite:www.smcavaliers.com

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Sion, Switzerland
    Posts
    871
    Post Thanks / Like
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default

    I don't think the gassiness is related the SM. but I think it could be related to medication (possibly), or diet, or worms, or...

    After her vomiting episode we switched food, from a chicken based diet, to a lamb and rice diet. It's possible she is having issues with both diets, and I can change again when this bag is running low, but I'm just wandering blind on what's causing this.

    But I do think the gassiness is causing her quite a bit of discomfort, so I'd like to get it sorted. And I'm wondering if we'll even be able to back off the gabapentin a little once her gut issues are resolved.

    On the melatonin- a search of this forum for "SM melatonin" should turn up a thread.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Wisconsin
    Posts
    964
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    My Bentley gets bouts of gasiness and rumbly tummy. I keep an infant anti-gas med on hand for him, like Baby Gas-X or the generic (you can get it at Walmart), the generic name of the med is simethicone. It's liquid and comes with an eye dropper. It has been a life saver for Bentley when he gets gassy.
    ~Renee, Bentley & Bailey & Maddie

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •