Help! Overheated pig

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piggie parent

Post   » Wed May 18, 2005 3:35 pm


I just got a call from a lady that left her pig on the poarch and came out to find it limp but barely breathing. Is there anything she can do? She is 45 mins from a cavy vet and has called a friend to come and get her to take her to the vet ASAP

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smiley
Just Do It

Post   » Wed May 18, 2005 3:48 pm


Gees, cool water bottles?

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PooksiedAnimals
Supporting my GL Habit

Post   » Wed May 18, 2005 3:51 pm


Wrap in a damp blanket? And syringe feed room temperature water? I think just getting her off the porch would help her start to recover.

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piggie parent

Post   » Wed May 18, 2005 3:58 pm


Thanks. I haven't had to deal with this since my pigs only go outside when it is less than 80 and even then they are shaded.
Thanks guys for all the info. I am telling her as we speak

Julian
I GAVE, dammit!

Post   » Wed May 18, 2005 4:27 pm


Syringe pedilyte to restore electrolytes. I'd have the vet sub-q fluids asap.

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piggie parent

Post   » Wed May 18, 2005 4:29 pm


Ok I just heard from her again. The friend says it will be an hour before she is ready. She says she is worried about trying to do the water because it may get into his lungs. She also says his eyes are fixed and he hasn't made any type of movement.

Julian
I GAVE, dammit!

Post   » Wed May 18, 2005 4:38 pm


He has no hope unless he is rehydrated. It may be too late but she should at least try.

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melcvt00

Post   » Wed May 18, 2005 4:41 pm


Soak him in rubbing alcohol. It evaporates quickly, and lowers temp fast. Either that, or ice water.

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melcvt00

Post   » Wed May 18, 2005 4:41 pm


Granted, I don't know how much hope there is for this pig.

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Lynx
RESIST

Post   » Wed May 18, 2005 4:44 pm


The sun is terribly hot. A seeming pleasant day of 65 or 70 degrees can kill a pig if you leave it in the sun.

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RavenShade
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Post   » Wed May 18, 2005 4:44 pm


I echo the water, and to get him into a cool (but not cold - shock) place immediately. We saved one pig of four after putting him in the shade, wetting him with water and getting some cool water into him. Rainbow was very limp and nearly unresponsive when Mom found him.

I hope it's not too late for her pig.

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piggie parent

Post   » Wed May 18, 2005 6:25 pm


Well I just spoke to the vet. He said the pig is hanging in there but it don't look good. He has him on an iv. The pig is breathing and has a strong heart beat but that is about it. He is still unresponsive to being touched even around the eye area. He also says that there could be major brain damage even if he makes it.

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piggie parent

Post   » Wed May 18, 2005 8:43 pm


Well sad news. I just got a call from my vet and seems the ladies little piggie passed away. He said that it started having seizures and there wasn't nothing he could do. This wasn't an adoption I did but someone that just found me and asked for help. I am so sorry for her loss and I know it maybe a little harsh but I hope she now understands why you don't let piggies live outside regardless of what some people tell her.

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Lynx
RESIST

Post   » Wed May 18, 2005 8:44 pm


They should never be in the sun with no shade. Good days, bad days, the sun is dehydrating. I am sorry for her too. A sad lesson.

Evangeline

Post   » Wed May 18, 2005 9:15 pm


Mel-
Ice water? What about shock? I thought the correct procedure was to put the pig in cool water. Not cold water and certainly not ice water.

Are you SURE about your advice? Because that's contrary to everything I've heard or read and I would like to know what's right and what's wrong.

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Lynx
RESIST

Post   » Wed May 18, 2005 9:20 pm


Yes, I guess I've heard one shouldn't use ice water either.

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skooters mommy

Post   » Wed May 18, 2005 9:30 pm


How very sad~that poor piggie lost his life because someone had no common sense.

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sus4rabbitsnpigs

Post   » Thu May 19, 2005 3:08 am


"They should never be in the sun with no shade."

Even in the shade, it can get pretty hot (at least in CA). I believe the fosters who left Slim Shady and Frac outside in the dog run supposedly had shade, at least according to AC.

They shouldn't be left outside unattended due to predators, heat stroke, etc. Too many things could happen.

I agree about the ice cold water. Drastic change is harmful. Can cause shock.

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whittibo

Post   » Thu May 19, 2005 10:55 am


Very sad indeed! A good lesson to ALL though. I am glad it's posted here so others can see what can happen! :(

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Serena
It started with Louie...

Post   » Thu May 19, 2005 3:45 pm


Poor piggie. Stupid people.

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