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#21 Cayuse

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Posted 21 August 2017 - 11:29 AM

I can sympathize with Buddy, steroid shots for my arthritis always make me ravenous. In people the steroids can make them pee a lot too. Ask me how I know, :-(.
Give him a scratch and a pat from me. Hopefully he is over the hump and smooth sailing is ahead.

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Posted 21 August 2017 - 06:09 PM

Apart from the wetting and the food theft form the table , he sounds like he is making good progress, If he was off his food , id be worried. 

 

Poor little man, I hope he back to his old self soon :)


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Posted 22 August 2017 - 08:28 AM

How is the little fella today?

#24 Marsha Cassada

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Posted 22 August 2017 - 11:59 AM

I sent a picture of the red abdomen to the vet and she thinks the venom is causing hemorrhaging.  She started him on a long, strong dose of steroids.  I am dreading this, as steroids do some tricky things.  She said the risk of the steroid is less than not doing it. 

Now I am reading more about the copperhead bite online.  I am regretting the antivenom.  I think he would have done better just recovering from the venom itself.

But how can one know?  We just have to trust the professional.



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Posted 22 August 2017 - 05:13 PM

What would happen if they had not given the antivenom? I am not familiar at all with snake bites and treatments. I will keep Buddy in my thoughts. This whole ordeal sounds miserable for you both.

#26 Marsha Cassada

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Posted 29 August 2017 - 07:22 AM

Buddy is doing fine.  Winding down on the steroids.  I'm not sure the treatment regimen was appropriate.  Who could know?  But, he's fine so that is what counts.  The steroid has its own challenges.  He is still wetting in the house.  We have to take him out at least once an hour.  I keep him on a leash in the house and in the crate if I have to leave home.  Caught him lifting his leg on the kitchen island.  Husband yelled at him and he tried to stop.   When the steroids are over, this behavior better stop.  I don't know if he can't control it, or doesn't care if he does.  He is rummaging in the compost pile and competing with the chickens over tidbits.  I'm trying to feed him small portions throughout the day; hopefully this will help with the raging hunger. 

I've started taking him on my walks and drives again.  When I leave him behind, he howls.

That snake has a lot to answer for.



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Posted 30 August 2017 - 10:40 AM

Just read an interesting article on The Horse.com

http://www.thehorse....aign=08-29-2017



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Posted 04 September 2017 - 02:58 PM

How is Buddy? Is he off the steroids now? Hope he is back to his old self.

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Posted 04 September 2017 - 04:21 PM

How is Buddy? Is he off the steroids now? Hope he is back to his old self.

He is on the down side of the steroids.  Still must watch him like a hawk to wet in the house. And I still find him scavenging in the compost. He eats lay crumbles with the girls, but I figure that little dab won't hurt him in the short term.  Poor little starving beastie!   I hope that behavior goes away when he's finished with the steroids.



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Posted 04 September 2017 - 05:51 PM

Thanks for the update. I hope the appetite slows down soon or he will have to follow you and DD on your drives instead of riding shotgun so he can work off the chub, lol. I am glad he is feeling better. I bet he is a lot of company for you as you go about your day.