- Supporter in '13
Peppi has had a pretty decent week. His weight has yo-yo'ed a little. He's been enjoying the heat pads. Yesterday has me more worried again, though. He's starting to get kind of swollen looking in his bladder area, above his penis. No redness or anything that looks infected, but I am starting to think that the stone is just getting really big. Is there any chance this thing could cause a rupture? Or any kind of toxicity? We have a vet appointment on Tuesday (earliest we could get) that we plan to keep no matter what for a hopefully as stress-free as possible check.
- Wheekness for Pigs
I hope Peppi is doing well.
Sorry we haven't posted recently. Haven't been in the mood...
But Peppi's still hanging in there, we're still feeding him critical care during the day. He's still wants attention when we come nearby, but now he rarely leaves his bed. We have a cuddly cup set up with heat pads, which is where he spends most of his time. When he sits in the cup he's not in a relaxed position, he's puffy and hunched up.
Just today his weight was only 750g before I fed him in the evening.
We're getting worried that he's slowly wasting away, but as we've said before his personality still comes through and makes our decision even harder.
On January 16 I took him to the vet and got an x-ray. The stone was bigger but it still wasn't filling up his whole bladder. But it's definitely irritating him more. On that day our vet said he's probably got two or three more weeks where he's not totally uncomfortable. And by judging by his behavior that probably seems accurate.
I'll try and keep you all posted, Emily's not really up to posting right now. Any thoughts or advice as to what you all think? If he loses any more weight he'd have already lost half of his body weight. I'm not sure how fair it is to keep him around if he's that weak/skinny.
- Supporter in '13
Unfortunately, Peppi is beginning to develop bumblefoot. I think it's from the pressure on his feet from inactivity. He's in his bed most of the day. We picked up some chlorhex and Vet Wrap from the vet's, and got some triple antibiotic oinment, and began his first treatment last night. I have to thank GL for the info on here; it's been so helpful in figuring out how to do this! Only his front feet are forming scabs. The back feet are a little red near his ankles, but haven't formed any scabs or sores yet. I feel so bad to see his little feet wrapped up in these mini Vet Wrap "casts". He has been such a little sweetie, cooperating very well with all his treatments.
He's still dropping a little weight day by day. I'm not sure how hard it will be to beat the bumblefoot. He's already been on Bactrim. I think with his poor health he may not be able to beat the infection. We're going to be diligent with watching his quality of life with this new development. Thanks again for all of your kind thoughts and advice.
It sounds like several things are going on. If his feet are swelling, it may have to do with fluid retention.