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Hello. Me again. I am still waiting to hear back from my vet about my girl Zelda with the bladder issues. She has a supposed growth in her bladder. I ordered cystease. Are there any negative side effects? She has thickening of the bladder wall. I am hoping it may ease any discomfort she may be having. Should I use a whole tablet to start? Thanks!
 

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Hi, so sorry to hear this, bladder issues are a nightmare to deal with.

I have used Cystease on many of my Guineas with bladder issues. My current girl gets recurrent cystitis and the way I manage it is 1 cystease per day mixed into 20ml filtered water, she has 10 ml in the morning and and 10 in the evening. If she is having a bad episode, then I increase to 2 tablets. The 20 ml a day gives her bladder a good flush through, My vet (renowned Guinea pig expert) is very happy with this.

I had another girl many years ago who was on this routine for three years, she died s very old lady after two major bladder stone ops ..the stones never came back once I established this routine.

I use metacam in conjunction with the cystease.

I am not an expert but I have not experienced any ill effects from this routine and to be honest quality of life is more important than anything else.

I hope that helps and good luck!
 

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Hi, so sorry to hear this, bladder issues are a nightmare to deal with.

I have used Cystease on many of my Guineas with bladder issues. My current girl gets recurrent cystitis and the way I manage it is 1 cystease per day mixed into 20ml filtered water, she has 10 ml in the morning and and 10 in the evening. If she is having a bad episode, then I increase to 2 tablets. The 20 ml a day gives her bladder a good flush through, My vet (renowned Guinea pig expert) is very happy with this.

I had another girl many years ago who was on this routine for three years, she died s very old lady after two major bladder stone ops ..the stones never came back once I established this routine.

I use metacam in conjunction with the cystease.

I am not an expert but I have not experienced any ill effects from this routine and to be honest quality of life is more important than anything else.

I hope that helps and good luck!
10 ml sounds like a lot of water to me :hmm:

One of my boars has been diagnosed with IC and he gets 1/2 capsule Cystophan per day …. mixed in 1/2 ml water. This was the dosage recommended by my vet .
 

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Hi, last December my Gremlin was showing signs of IC, it took a while to get a diagnosis but he has been on a half capsule every day since and has been fine. I just sprinkle on to a thin slice of cucumber every morning. Hope this helps
 

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My Rupert's been on them a couple of years since his stone op, not noticed any negative effects. He was originally on 1 capsule mixed with 1ml of water, now on 1/2 per day. Has worked well for him.
 

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We used Cystease for Fudge and it did seem to help a bit! Never experienced any bad effects from it, although she didn’t like taking it haha!
 

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10 ml sounds like a lot of water to me :hmm:

One of my boars has been diagnosed with IC and he gets 1/2 capsule Cystophan per day …. mixed in 1/2 ml water. This was the dosage recommended by my vet .
The 10 ml of water essentially gives them a semi full bladder and they tend to pee more often which flushes them out. This was advised to me by an exceptionally good Guinea specialist some years ago and I swear by it. Interestingly they love it, I don’t even have to hold them when giving it to them and also it encourages them to drink more. I also notice that if I get lazy and just give her enough to give her the capsul, within a few days her pee is slightly gritty and she’s in pain again. It’s very effective.
 

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Hello. Me again. I am still waiting to hear back from my vet about my girl Zelda with the bladder issues. She has a supposed growth in her bladder. I ordered cystease. Are there any negative side effects? She has thickening of the bladder wall. I am hoping it may ease any discomfort she may be having. Should I use a whole tablet to start? Thanks!
To my knowledge, there are no side effects to cystease or any glucosamine based cat food supplement (the only other species that suffers from bladder problems). The bladder walls are naturally coated by glucosamine; by giving extra to an irritated or stressed bladder, you can take a bit of the stress away when it comes to the irritation from crystals, sludge or bladder stones that pushed against the walls with every pee and the inflammation of the bladder walls with non-bacterial IC (interstitial cystitis), which doesn't react much to antibiotics.
I am not sure how much the extra glucosamine is going to help with a growth, but you can be reassured that it is not going to hurt any. ;)
 

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To my knowledge, there are no side effects to cystease or any glucosamine based cat food supplement (the only other species that suffers from bladder problems). The bladder walls are naturally coated by glucosamine; by giving extra to an irritated or stressed bladder, you can take a bit of the stress away when it comes to the irritation from crystals, sludge or bladder stones that pushed against the walls with every pee and the inflammation of the bladder walls with non-bacterial IC (interstitial cystitis), which doesn't react much to antibiotics.
I am not sure how much the extra glucosamine is going to help with a growth, but you can be reassured that it is not going to hurt any. ;)
Thank you! I will give it a shot. So far she doesn't seem in pain. She has gained weight and is acting completely normal. Hopefully she will stay comfortable for a while. I just feel useless waiting to hear back from the specialist. Thought maybe I could try something in the meantime.
 

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Thank you! I will give it a shot. So far she doesn't seem in pain. She has gained weight and is acting completely normal. Hopefully she will stay comfortable for a while. I just feel useless waiting to hear back from the specialist. Thought maybe I could try something in the meantime.
The wait is always the worst. Take heart that she is fine in herself!
 

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My 12 year old cat and Rupert both had really good results with Cystease so definitely worth trying to see if helps with Zelda feeling more comfortable.

Rupert had a tiny stone last year but was having lots of UTIs after his first (huge!) one and definitely helped with making him more comfortable, possibly helping with worse ones too (in my experience anyway) as he was much better on that when we started.

Hope you and Zelda have lots more lovely time together xx
 

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My 12 year old cat and Rupert both had really good results with Cystease so definitely worth trying to see if helps with Zelda feeling more comfortable.

Rupert had a tiny stone last year but was having lots of UTIs after his first (huge!) one and definitely helped with making him more comfortable, possibly helping with worse ones too (in my experience anyway) as he was much better on that when we started.

Hope you and Zelda have lots more lovely time together xx
Thank you ❤
 

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I just received my cystease today. I gave Zelda her first dose. She took it right from the syringe with no problem! Hopefully she will do the same with her piroxicam that is supposed to arrive tomorrow.
 

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Glad she's ok with it! Hope it helps :)
My Rupert doesn't mind it at all either thankfully so never a fight at meds time!
Good luck with the piroxicam x
 
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