Once they were at a more normal weight, we weaned onto a more balanced and traditional diet.
With Sundae's issues, I guess I see this as hospice care.
Worrying over whether sunflower seeds or whatever is not generally recommended reminds me of worrying over a terminal cancer patient getting addicted to pain meds.
Glad Lynx pointed it out, for lurkers who might be thinking, "Oh, I can feed any pig lots of seeds and maybe some of the kiddo's Gummi bears, too," but for Sundae, I'd do what works, and what he'll eat.
- I GAVE, dammit!
Um, you had neither an xray nor an ultrasound.Actually, he does not have a tumor or any growths,
I've told you I'll show/send you Sundae's xray.
Without having any of these tests done, or seeing the xray I had done, you don't have all the information I thought I had passed on to you.
A gross physical check is obviously inadequate for detecting most issues, as you know.
There's nothing I'd like better than to hear that the growth shown on xray is benign.
Oats are starchy and should also be used carefully. They can be used in good quality pellets (they are one of the ingredients in KM's pellets). What you do is look at the whole diet. If a pig was not eating pellets, I think a small amount of oats could be acceptable for a normal pig.
Just remember variety and moderation.
- "Live Long and Prosper"
I actually found a baby food with sweet potatoes and corn, which he loves. I gave him some rolled oats which he also liked, but he doesn't eat enough on his own to put on the weight very fast. It's interesting that he is putting on some meat over his ribs and shoulders, even though the scale isn't showing a big increase. The additional Meticam is helping because he is now trying to eat more hay. When I syringe feed him he chews the CC like it was regular food, so it takes forever to get it in him, but he seems comfortable.
- You can quote me
I'd give ours a little pile (not very high), somewhere between the size of a penny and a quarter, a couple of times a day. Sometimes the piles would be a little smaller, sometimes a little larger; sometimes he got them once a day, twice a day, more, or not at all. I didn't try to be real consistent with it, but I did notice that if we gave him more than about that rough amount at one time, his feces got a little slimy/oily/softish looking.
He did better with them having smaller amounts given more frequently. He also didn't inhale them. He really enjoyed them, but would eat about that much, then stop. He didn't seem to want to gorge on them.
What did he say on the Xrays?
(I'm just now seeing them, and they certainly are interesting--would like to know how an expert interprets them.)
How's his weight? Sure hope he's still at least holding his own, if not gaining.
Mum, thanks for posting these. I really think the more gp Xrays we get to look at, the better we can deal with it when we go over our own pig's films with our vets.
- "Live Long and Prosper"
Thanks for checking. I have been knee deep in Guinea Pigs and rabbits lately, as well as work! Just keeping everyone cool in this heat wave is a project!
Sundae is doing just fine. He has some meat on his ribs and shoulders now.
I discovered that although he is slowly gaining weight, I am basically just maintaining him with the CC. I spoke to Dr. Kanfer yesterday and she said we sort of have a double edged sword with him He needs to be syringe fed but that can allow his teeth to get worse since he has no fiber from hay. He can't eat pellets, either. So, all we can do his get him stable to a point where she can do his teeth and get the hooks off of his molars. He also has the impacted roots, but she said many times, just planing the teeth properly relieves the pressure enough so they are comfortable. He is on Meticam twice a day now.
She said he probably won't gain a lot of weight until he can eat normally. This makes sense since even if I syringe feed him several times a day the CC doesn't have enough calories in it to fatten him up.
I will let everyone know when we feel he can have his teeth done. In the meantime, all good thoughts and prayers are appreciated!