I'm suprised the vet mentioned euthenasia. At the worst, I would think amputation (God forbid). Certainly there are many a happy tripod.
I know it is an emotional experience, but try to stay positive.
Euthanasia should be a last resource only, amputee pigs are known to have quite good lives.
I hope she recovers fine, though, with no further complications or medical treatment. Keep her confined in a smaller cage so she doesn't have to move around too much. There is a good chance for she'll heal fine, and have a great life.
It was an unfortunate accident, don't beat yourself for it.
- We miss our sweet Oreo
I hope that Izabo ends up the same way.
He did give me metacam, but he wanted me to put two drops on food as a way to give it to her. I asked him about giving it by mouth with a syringe so I could measure the exact amount, but he said it came in a dropper and couldn't be measured (LV said I was right...that's a really dumb way to administer medication).
She was so scared after the trip to the vet last night, there's no way she would have eaten a piece of lettuce with metacam on it. So I took LV advice and put the drops right into her mouth. That way I know she has taken it.
I used a petstore cage bottom and grids to make up a small cage and put her favorite hidey in it. She did come out and eat hay last night and I heard her drinking water from the water bottle.
I wished I knew a vet that was more knowledgable than this one, but it's the best one I could find. The vet I take my cats and dog to knows practically nothing.
- We miss our sweet Oreo
- Get on your bike.
Oh, hey now--this is all part of it. I firmly believe we who rescue and foster are given very important lessons in order to help the next one in need, and so as to pass on knowledge to others.
There is a reason and a purpose as to why this happened. Try to let go of the guilt and see it in this light instead.
I once had a bunny break a jaw badly on my watch. (I dropped something and startled him and he ran headfirst into the wall.)
Could I have prevented it? Heck, dunno. Maybe I could be perfectly coordinated and never drop anything. Maybe I could have locked the bunny in a padded cage 24/7. I remember beating myself up, but eventually came to realize why it happened.
I now have knowledge about stasis, malocclusion, handfeeding, orthopedic surgery, incisor trimming and filing, and incision care--knowledge that I can and do pass on to others. My vets now know not to automatically recommend euthanasia for rabbits with broken jaws. They learned how to do the surgery. The emergency clinic in this town now accepts rabbit clients with a consult--which they never did previously. I've personally helped two other bunnies with broken jaws recover since.
Sorry to go on so long, but the point is, you are probably supposed to learn something here that will help other pigs in future. Hang onto that positive thought.
Well wishes to your girl.
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Here he is in his tiny confinemet cage, a couple days into it. You can see the swelling.
I wonder if that is why they originally called them pigs, because they can be like greased pigs to handle sometimes.
- With a Touch of Insanity
One thing that helps me a lot with my two jumpers (I have dropped each of them once) is to turn their back on the cage and lower them into it backwards. If they cannot see where they are going they will not struggle as much. Or, if I am not at an angle where I can comfortable put them down backwards, I will toss a washcloth over their face long enough to set them down. That way they still can't see.
There are lots of options before euthanasia.
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She may (or may not) have a limp, and she may (or may not) be more prone to arthritis as she ages. But she should be fine. I'm not a vet nor vet tech, but that's just my gut hunch from what I have read and others' experiences.
The Metacam should help. Actually, she should be in pain for a shorter period of time than she would with a sprain or other soft tissue injury.