I'm sorry he's not any better :(
Also remind us what and how much and how often you feed?
Just a recap for you and anyone new who wants to offer advice..
It was advised before that your first round (or lack there of.. since he only got one dose of actual meds instead of the full round) could have very likely caused a resistance and Maracyn 2 would no longer work, and it would be best to try to find a different med. Were you able to look into getting any of the other meds suggested to you? Maracyn Plus, Kanaplex or lastly Furan 2 has some potential if neither Maracyn Plus or Kanaplex could not be found - both Maracyn Plus and Kanaplex can be ordered online and Furan 2 should be found pretty easily as it is an API med.
In your last thread I said if there was no improvement after 5 days or so on the second try of Maracyn 2 to switch meds.. and that was Jan 18th over a month ago.. so how has it gone since then?
At this point.. I would definitely not take him out of epsoms as long as he continues to be pineconed. You could give him a week off meds and watch carefully on just the epsoms. This is a risk, and personally I would go straight into another treatment since by last count he's only had 5 or so days of meds? For sure, if after a week he is not improved I would try another med. Also since the last time you posted was like a month ago, if he's already been off meds for a while it's time to try again.
I remember the just one single first dosage of Maracyn 2 caused a 50% decrease in his bloating. The fact that Maracyn 2 caused this much of an improvement, coupled with his fluctuations in bloating, leaves out a tumor. I stand by this -strongly- that an antibiotic would not cause an improvement in a tumor or age condition nor would you be seeing lots of fluctuation in bloat. Because of this I think you had the right med but because you didn't continue the full treatment the bacteria became resistant to it and the subsequent round over a week later didn't work. So I think you're still dealing with a bacterial infection and I would prepare to treat him again within a week if you want him to make it. The other complication is that you have to get to the infection before the organs just give out.. if he gets to that point then even the correct med cannot save him..
My suggestion is same as a month ago.. keep him in epsoms so long as he is pineconed and find a different med like Maracyn Plus, Kanaplex or Furan 2 in the case you cannot order online for some reason. Good luck!
Last edited by callistra; 02-19-2012 at 12:44 PM.