Hi Dr. Mike -
I took Gracie to the vet for her first exam on Saturday, and everything checked out perfectly. Today (Monday) she was sitting on my lap noticably lethargic, when I noticed her breathing with her mouth open and bobbing her tail slightly. I was in the middle of a particularly vicious hot flash myself, and thought perhaps I'd made HER hot, but I took her to the vet immediately.
There was no single diagnosis, but several things to watch for. She's nearly 3 months old and quite clumsy, but they said that she appears to lack some muscular strength, as she always sits with a slight droop to her wings, her grip strength in her right foot was not as good as her left, and she has less coordination than the average 3 month old.
She perked up considerably after a bit of glucose(?), and they said perhaps she had low blood sugar and this could contribute to the muscle weakness. She eats fine, and has put on weight since Saturday, and we've moved to two feedings per day. However, there was still a small amount of formula in her crop at 4:00, and her last feeding was at 10:30 am.
Also, on Saturday her yeast test came back excellent but today it was at 10, so they sent me home with Nystatin to administer 2x daily.
I can't understand why this is - I am meticulous with cleaning her syringe after each feeding, always use fresh formula, and clean her cage nightly. The only thing I can think of is due to her clumsiness, she sometimes prefers to sleep on the grate at the bottom of her cage rather than a perch. On those nights I fold a handtowel into a square which she can sit on for warmth, and perhaps being closer to the feces could have done it, but up 10 points in two days?
She's always been sedate and slept a lot, but I chalked it up to being so young. She usually comes alive and plays at around 7pm, and goes to bed at 10pm. As I type this she is sitting on her perch dozing.
Am I getting too excited, or should there be something else to be watching for?
Also, any suggestions for administering this Nystatin? She hates it - flings most of out back at me.