Pigjes' Pigs Piggadice part Pee ... oops, Three!

GrannyJu1
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Post   » Sat Apr 01, 2017 8:17 am


Can't wait to watch it develop, pigjes! I love your set-ups and your babies look so happy and interested.

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pigjes
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Post   » Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:41 am


Aiko is fascinated by human speech, especially mine. Whenever she sits on my chest for cuddles, she presses her mouth on my lips when I speak to her to feel how I do it. That’s the weirdest thing I have ever seen a pig do, lol! And when I say Aikooooo, she often wiggles her mouth to mimic a reply! And here is me trying not to laugh too much, because then she sighs, loooool!

GrannyJu1
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Post   » Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:07 am


:o)

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:38 am


I bet she really likes the vibrations. What a great guinea pig Aiko is!

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pigjes
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Post   » Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:35 am


A few weeks ago, I was in doubt that Yiyi was developing ovarian cysts. I thought her nipples were very swollen when she was in heat, and they didn't go back to being flat teabags after. Last time she was in heat, the same. Last week, I heard her whimper all of a sudden, she had bloat. My alarm went off. I palpitated her flanks, and felt an ovarian cyst. No other symptoms at all. Called the vet, arranged a diagnosis and surgery for today.

In 5 days since, she seemed to shed hairs, yet her flanks were not thinned out at all, but I could see that they were not as wildly haired as usual.

The vet is a new local one, 3 minutes from here, a rodent specialist. Lucky pigs, that's a first ever, so close by. She's great!!

So, all went well. She has a 1 inch cut only. She had to drain the biggest ovary cyst, as it was huge. There was also liquid in her tum, it had leaked, so we were right in time to get it out, as this is of course no good. The other side had small cysts.

She's happy to be at home and hungry, still groggy, but that's to be expected.

C Cole-Chakotay

Post   » Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:13 pm


I'm glad to hear Yiyi is home.

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tashab

Post   » Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:45 pm


I hope Yiyi feels better quickly

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Lynx
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Post   » Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:50 pm


I hope so too!

Did she have a complete spay then? Or was the surgery only to drain the cysts?

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pigjes
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Post   » Wed Jun 14, 2017 2:04 am


The massive cyst had popped and leaked before surgery, so the vet cleaned that up, drained the rest in the cyst, got it out through what can be compared to keyhole surgery opening, as the wound is very small. The other cyst was small and came out easily.

She'd doing better today. The new vet was not opposed to not use Loxicom, told her it killed 2 of my pigs, the only 2 I had who ever took it, so she's on Carprofen and Cisaral. I have used both on pigs after surgery often with best results.

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pigjes
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Post   » Sat Jun 17, 2017 4:19 am


Yiyi, my sweet and funny cookie shark, you were such a delight to have as a family member. Thanks for passing us your joy for life, it will be in our hearts forever <3

She became gradually worse, and died without too much struggle in my arms yesterday. I was hoping that she would turn for the better on the 3rd day, but didn't.

In 9 years that surgery for piggies finally became available to us, we have been able to save 1 out of 7, barely, and she has been on heart meds ever since. Makes me wonder what the use is in trying, as all 6 died in pain. A coworker of hub has the same issue, they even gave up and have piggies put to sleep instead, as he had a zero outcome rate. Is it our selfish wish to hang on that puts us and them through this????

GrannyJu1
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Post   » Sat Jun 17, 2017 8:29 am


I'm SOOO sorry! My thoughts and prayers are with you. Rest in peace, sweet Yiyi, you are loved and missed.

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Lynx
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Post   » Sat Jun 17, 2017 9:55 am


Oh, I am so terribly sorry, pigjes. Your Yiyi was such a well loved guinea pig. I know she will be long remembered.

C Cole-Chakotay

Post   » Sat Jun 17, 2017 9:37 pm


Pigjes, I'm sorry to hear about Yiyi. You did all you could. She had a wonderful life in your home.

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Post   » Sun Jun 18, 2017 2:05 am


Thanks.

Since we plan to take a large trip in a few years, we did not plan to get more pigs till after, we hoped that Yiyi and Aiko could get old together. Since Aiko is only 2, and Plucky 7, we are now looking for a neutered boar, so she would not have to spend years alone. There are very few piggies compared to years ago, it's obvious that pigs are going out of style fast. To our joy, there are not even half of the breeders that used to breed pigs. Unfortunately, there are still rescues who breed as well. And rescues here seem against pairing up boars as well. And you need to take your pigs along, despite the distance, medical condition or age. Sigh.

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pigjes
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Post   » Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:55 am


12 hours of searching online later by me and hub, in our country and 4 surrounding countries, we found a neutered Rex, yay! Our limit was a 2 hour drive from here, considering possible traffic, that can become 3, that's enough for a piggie. We are chuckling that Plucky will get a husboar in her golden years, lol! He's 1.5 year's old, he will make a great match with Aiko too then.

GrannyJu1
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Post   » Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:49 pm


I'm so happy for everyone! I'm sure he's going to appreciate and love his new home. Congratulations.

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:52 pm


I hope all goes well! I think it's wonderful you found a new companion for Plucky and Aiko!

SardonicSmile

Post   » Tue Jun 20, 2017 3:43 pm


I'm sorry you lost Yiyi.


Hopefully the new man will work out.

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pigjes
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Post   » Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:39 am


Here’s the new husboard for Da Laydeez in Da Cage! Meet Binky, his new name. Binky derives from Bink, the Dutch word for Dude. So he’s a little dude.

We found a guy who was "quitting the hobby" and looked for a good home for his 3 pigs, one a castrated Rex boar. We went to pick him up, and the young guy had 3 piggies dead in 3 months, due to severe illnesses, and could not cope with it. You have to keep in mind that plenty of people's standards of keeping pigs here is VERY lower, although the pig was loved, he needed SERIOUS help. Binky was there for only 3 weeks, he came from a rescue. Anyway, glad he didn't end up at the first guy who contacted the young man about him, as she was not convinced he would take good care of him.

I can only describe the food as bird seed, but he had hay luckily. He was dirty, stank, although he had a clean cage. In 1.5 years of existence, he never had a bath. He sat on saw dust, and he was covered in it, it must have felt awful.

On our way home, he could not stop checking the fleece pads in the carrier out, and discovered fast how to make a pillow of the smaller pad, and plunked out happily. I stroked him, and he could not stop kissing me, so sweet, I teared up. Half an hour before we came home, he became agitated, as he didn't seem to want to soil the fleece with pee, and he got a weird cough-sneeze in one go, which did not remind me of a URI, and it was not frequent.

At home, I bathed him gently, and as soon as I rinsed the water out, he was sooooooo happy to be freed of that itchy saw dust. he wheeked happily and made put put put sounds.

The intro was done on neutral cleaned territory, with the other future wives bathed too. Aiko started a fight!!! We threw a towel on him, and separated the cage in 2. He started hooting and the cough-sneeze returned. I realized what was going on. I added 2 and 2 together, realized Aiko rejected him, as she saw him as a threat because he's ill, as pigs can sense it. I stayed up till after midnight, hoping he would just have an allergy, but it became obvious that he only hooted and cough-sneezed a bit when he was not resting. I got up in the middle of the night to check again, same result, this morning as well, so I called the new exotic vet close by.

As I already listened to his lungs, his lungs were clear, he's happy, hungry, playful, sweet. Dirty ears, but they will be cleaned tomorrow, he's had enough for 2days. My new vet was surprised that I discovered this so early. There were no signs when he was calm, and he was not scared at the vet. There was minimal necrosis at the edge of his ears, almost invisible. I told the vet I hate to sound presumptuous, but I had to learn, due to the fact that there was no help here for years. I even told her 2 things she didn't know about heart pigs, like the bobbing motion, and she saw it herself, she was very surprised.

A heart scan revealed a huuuuuge heart, with both sides contracting poorly, and fluttering. His heart is doing so badly, he would not have lived long, a few months tops, and a chance to drop dead on the spot meanwhile. After the scan, he was scared, and you could see how bad his heart pounded. He is on 3 heart meds starting today, since we caught it in time, he will have a chance of living a long life.

So, re-intro is off till next weekend, the heart meds will have done the trick by then, and Aiko will also not be in heat, as that started too last night.

I was told that I needed patience at the intro after she refused him and I put it on Facebook, although a rolling fight is not about patience at all, but I knew something was off at the intro, and I hate it that I was right.

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:31 am


He is absolutely adorable!! What a face! What kind eyes!

And so darn lucky to be under your experienced care!

I hope the meds work well and he lives a long and wonderful life. And that the girls grow to love him too :-)

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