The other special-needs situation is this male at the rescue who has a prolapsed penis. The rescue's veterinarian has examined "Jaxon" (a clever spelling of Jackson), and deemed him to be in good health but he will need to have his genital area cleaned frequently and will need to be kept on fleece.
Here are photos of Jaxon:
Crystal at RGP reports that Jaxon is a very sweet boy who doesn't mind being held. What a sweet face he has!
If anyone at GL is interested in adopting either the pair of seniors or Jaxon, OR if you are interested in sponsoring them or donating to the rescue to help cover the care and feeding of the large number of pigs currently in their care, please contact me through the GL mailer ASAP or contact the rescue directly at email@example.com. I can help with transport costs, and can possibly help with a piggy train as far south as Louisville and can reach Evansville or Bloomington as well.
Thanks in advance on behalf of RGP!
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We had one senior like this for well over a year or more. Gently clean once a day with Vaseline, and that's about it. You won't be able to keep it pristine, but as long as there is no infection, necrosis or underlying condition causing the prolapse, doing the best you can to keep it as crud-buildup-free as possible does the job. It did for Moki, anyway. A good thorough cleaning every now and then by the vet is a good idea, but without any secondary issues this is not a big deal to manage.
I will say we use CareFresh in that cage, and it seemed to help keep him gently 'scrubbed'. I don't think fleece is an absolute necessity. That said, you absolutely canNOT use anything 'stickery' -- no kiln-dried pine, no aspen.
I'm going to talk to my husband about the two seniors. I know we can't take them permanently, but maybe we can take them temporarily until something can be figured out. :\
I'm located in Central Iowa. I don't know where you are exactly but Indianapolis is about 7.5 hours away. I'm not sure if that's a fair trip for girls that age.
Crystal has a volunteer who can transport as far north as Indy, which is approx. 4 hours from the rescue. I don't know if another 7 hours on the road would be stretch for the girls (or you).
I will check in again tomorrow and see how the girls are settling in.
I'll be going to Wisconsin in November to a conference, so if they are still available/able to travel that far, we might be able to work something out and I can come back down through Illinois.
I really do have a soft spot for older/special needs pigs. Last year dealing with Miss.Daisy (the neglected pig I adopted who was dying of cancer), was the hardest (she was only with me for 3 months before passing) but most rewarding experience I've had with pigs. I love my girls, and have a special bond with them, but there is something unique about the bond you form with a guinea pig who has gone through so much of it's life not experiencing what your pigs take for granted.
If anyone is interested in adopting Jaxon, please contact the rescue or me. RGP has 6 or 7 females on pregnancy watch as I type this, so the number of pigs in their care may be increasing even further soon.