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I'm losing Dalton

Posted By: alice33

I'm losing Dalton - 05/03/18 05:41 PM

The abscess in Dalton's jawbone has returned for a 3rd time. We surgically removed it, treated it with Chloromycetin and, finally, aspirated it and did a culture and sensitivities. The culture produced Citrobacter and Enterobacter. The sensitivities suggested we take him off of the chloramphenicol and put him on Marbofloxacin for one of the bacteria. The recommended antibiotic for the other bacteria was deemed too toxic for a glider. The swelling hasn't been significantly reduced by 4 days on the Marbofloxacin. We see the vet again as soon as he returns to town on Saturday.
I'm hoping and praying for a 'Hail Mary' pass. That someone reading this post will have an idea. Otherwise I'm going to have to let him go and join Bliss and Karin.
Any and all ideas will be gratefully considered.
Thank you for reading this.
Alice
Posted By: Feather

Re: I'm losing Dalton - 05/03/18 11:36 PM

Maybe he isn't staying on the antibiotics long enough. I have found that longer periods on antibiotics gets rid of the infection.

The SMZ-TMZ would take care of the Enterobacter bacteria, the other meds must be for the Citrobacter bacteria.

Will keep him in my prayers, Dalton doesn't need to join Karin, Bliss and Tucker yet!
Posted By: alice33

Re: I'm losing Dalton - 05/03/18 11:55 PM

Thank you!! SMZ-TMZ is the Marbofloxacin? How long is long enough on an antibiotic? He's been on several and only stopped/switched for good cause.....
I'm hoping someone knows of something that would nail the Citrobacter.
Posted By: Feather

Re: I'm losing Dalton - 05/04/18 04:13 AM

Marbofloxacin is different. SMZ-TMZ is known as Bactrim.

I would say 3 to 4 weeks, specially if it is in the bone.
Posted By: Terry

Re: I'm losing Dalton - 05/05/18 12:16 AM

Prayers for you and Dalton.
Posted By: alice33

Re: I'm losing Dalton - 05/05/18 01:43 AM

🙏
Posted By: alice33

Re: I'm losing Dalton - 05/06/18 02:51 AM

Vet had to prioritize a very sick cat but I'm happy with the decision-stay on the Marbofloxacin for 2 more weeks if it's helping then reevaluate whether to do surgery to remove the infected part of the jawbone.
LOTS of mealworms in this boy's future.
Posted By: Feather

Re: I'm losing Dalton - 05/06/18 06:56 AM

Still praying for this boy. Not giving up on him yet.
Posted By: KarenE

Re: I'm losing Dalton - 05/06/18 01:32 PM

I am so sorry for all Dalton and you are going through, Alice. Seems the vet knows what he is doing, and hopefully the course of treatment will work so no drastic surgery will be needed.

Sending good thoughts your way for Little Dalton, and you, of course heart
Posted By: alice33

Re: I'm losing Dalton - 05/06/18 03:16 PM

Thanks Karen!!
Posted By: KarenE

Re: I'm losing Dalton - 05/06/18 04:09 PM

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Posted By: alice33

Re: I'm losing Dalton - 06/12/18 01:59 AM

Update. Dalton has been on Marbofloxacin since the last post. He had been slowly improving but now is starting to get worse. We met with his vet and we decided to give him the longshot. He's scheduled for surgery Wednesday morning. Part of his jaw will have to be removed and he may lose an eye.
Please pray for my boy. The odds are not in his favor, but we are not giving up.
Posted By: KarenE

Re: I'm losing Dalton - 06/12/18 02:15 AM

So sorry to hear this Alice, but I know you are doing what you think is best for your boy.

Sending prayers for you both
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Posted By: alice33

Re: I'm losing Dalton - 06/12/18 02:30 AM

Thanks Karen. I hope you're right.
Posted By: Feather

Re: I'm losing Dalton - 06/12/18 04:15 AM

I am very sorry to hear this Alice. You know both you and Dalton will be in my prayers.

Please keep us posted.
Posted By: Ladymagyver

Re: I'm losing Dalton - 06/12/18 10:29 AM

Poor liitle guy. Prayers and happy thoughts for you both.

Please keep us posted and lots of :ghug: your way.
Posted By: alice33

Re: I'm losing Dalton - 06/13/18 11:29 PM

Dalton came through the surgery like the little champ that he is. Still has both eyes, no e-collar and no restrictions!! New concern is the possibility that it's cancer, not an abscess. Biopsy, culture and sensitivities done. Pradofloxacin (new, stronger form of Marbofloxacin) 1x/day and Buprenorphine for pain as needed. Can't figure out how to add the post-op picture here so will put it on my FB page.
Thank you, thank you for all the prayers. It means the world to me that he is still surrounded by the love of his GC family. I tried to prepare for the worst, telling myself that Karin, Bliss and Tucker would be waiting for him on the far side of the bridge but.....they'll just have to wait.
Stay tuned.......
Posted By: Ladymagyver

Re: I'm losing Dalton - 06/14/18 12:24 AM

That is the best news I've had today!

Thanks for the update!

Prayers still ongoing fingers crossed too!
Posted By: alice33

Re: I'm losing Dalton - 06/14/18 01:00 AM

Thank you!!
Posted By: Feather

Re: I'm losing Dalton - 06/14/18 01:15 AM

Karin, Bliss and Tucker can wait! Dalton you get better soon.

More prayers coming Alice.
Posted By: alice33

Re: I'm losing Dalton - 06/14/18 01:41 AM

Thanks Kim!!
Posted By: alice33

Re: I'm losing Dalton - 06/18/18 09:20 PM

Biopsy results in-NO CANCER!!!
Posted By: KarenE

Re: I'm losing Dalton - 06/18/18 09:54 PM

dance
Posted By: alice33

Re: I'm losing Dalton - 06/18/18 10:02 PM

💓💓💓
Posted By: Feather

Re: I'm losing Dalton - 06/18/18 11:04 PM

That is good news. Now he just needs to beat the infection and heal up! Go Dalton!
Posted By: Terry

Re: I'm losing Dalton - 06/19/18 08:49 PM

clap So glad to hear!
Posted By: alice33

Re: I'm losing Dalton - 06/21/18 02:05 AM

Culture results-NEGATIVE!!

Hopefully this means that the title of this thread is WRONG.
My apologies for misleading you.
Posted By: Feather

Re: I'm losing Dalton - 06/21/18 02:35 AM

Tell Dalton to quit scaring us like that. I sure hope this is it for a while with him.
Posted By: alice33

Re: I'm losing Dalton - 06/21/18 02:49 AM

Will do Kim!!
Sutures come out next week.
Posted By: Ladymagyver

Re: I'm losing Dalton - 06/21/18 05:04 AM

Originally Posted By: alice33
Culture results-NEGATIVE!!

Hopefully this means that the title of this thread is WRONG.
My apologies for misleading you.


Yay!!!!!

mlove :hdance:

Great news!!!!!!
Posted By: Terry

Re: I'm losing Dalton - 06/22/18 01:27 AM

Originally Posted By: alice33
Culture results-NEGATIVE!!

Hopefully this means that the title of this thread is WRONG.
My apologies for misleading you.



I'd rather your title of thread to be wrong! No need to apologies, it felt that way, and it must have been tormenting. I'm super glad to hear the news on Dalton!
Posted By: alice33

Re: I'm losing Dalton - 06/22/18 02:04 AM

Thanks Terry!!
Posted By: Laurie

Re: I'm losing Dalton - 08/16/18 06:47 PM

My heart is breaking for you right now. Your baby is in my prayers . Prayer is very powerful . But know that any outcome the baby will be in a better place, here healthier or with the rest of the clan .
Posted By: alice33

Re: I'm losing Dalton - 08/16/18 10:48 PM

Laurie-thank you for your prayers and welcome to Glider Central!!
I've been remiss in not updating this thread. Dalton survived his third surgery and is as close to 100% as he will ever be.
And thanks to all of the gliderfolk who followed this topic-posters and nonposters. Our prayers worked!!
Posted By: Feather

Re: I'm losing Dalton - 08/17/18 12:06 AM

OMG! Alice! I saw you post to this thread and I thought something happened to Dalton.

So glad he is doing good.

Wheeeeewwww!
Posted By: alice33

Re: I'm losing Dalton - 08/17/18 01:00 AM

Thanks Feather!!
How often did I break down as I tried to convince myself that if I really believed in 'going for the good of the glider', I would let him go. Even with the best exotic vet in the southeastern U.S., Dalton had little chance of surviving the 3rd surgery. But he not only survived, he came through like the little champ that he is and was entertaining the vet techs while he was coming out of the anaesthetic.
Thanks again to everyone who has followed this thread and offered encouragement. It means the world to me.
Posted By: KarenE

Re: I'm losing Dalton - 08/17/18 04:03 PM

So thrilled to hear the news about Dalton, Alice. The little guy loves you so much he couldn't bear to leave you heart
Posted By: Ladymagyver

Re: I'm losing Dalton - 08/18/18 12:40 AM

I was like Feather, I was affraid to peek...

But now I am excited for you!!!

I'm so glad he is much better!!!!

Thank you for keeping us posted on the great news!!!!!

clap jump mlove jump clap
Posted By: Claralice

Re: I'm losing Dalton - 08/18/18 01:44 AM

This is such great news! smile
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