To weigh her, I took out her hidey and then held the hat open. She went in headfirst to hide which turned out to be perfect, because her legs hung out and I was able to lift her and put her on the scale without jostling the legs (and she didn't struggle).
Glade, your Blue looks like what my other pig (Pig Fun Skipper) will look like when she grows up. She has the same smooth, red hair and the dented head with white on it (a crested?).
You could be right, Klynne. I was scared to death of the impaction issue with boy pigs and didn't want to foster boys...until I rescued Charlie and Chester. First thing Chester needed was an impaction cleaned out. Then he needed handfed and his teeth cared for, so I learned about that.
So, if Izabo mends, I will feel comfortable caring for a pig with a broken limb. Poor girl though. She was just getting happy about having some actual space to run around in after spending 3 years (probably) in a petstore cage.
- I GAVE, dammit!
I know how hard this is, but I'd start handfeeding if she's dropped 2 ounces in such a short time. Was this weightloss the first day, or is it something that's happened since then?She has dropped two ounces and I'm keeping an eye on that. I pray I don't have to hand feed her, because I really don't want to handle her more than I have to.
You don't want her to go into stasis on top of all of this.
- We miss our sweet Oreo
- For Rocky
I realize Talishan's talking about the bone knitting, but when I first read this I pictured a guinea pig sitting on her rump with wee little knitting needs and some yarn knitting herself a nice cozy cuddle or something. Sorry, I guess I'm just in a weird mood today.
Hope your pig heals fine. That's cool that she willingly went into the hat and could be easily picked up from there. I had 2 pigs who would hop into their cozy cuddles when it was time to put them back in the cage. Unfortunately they didn't teach this trick to their younger "nephews".
Autumn suddenly lauched herself out of my hands as I returned her to her cage, did a piggie swan dive, and landed on her left front leg.
Broken toenail (right at the joint, bled profusely) and broken toe, sigh. Thank goodness there were no worse injuries, but, um, we'd just as soon have not copied you in any way.
How do you know her toe was broken? And what did you do? I think I would have been freaking out even more if blood had been involved with Izabo.
I've been weighing her with the hat, and my husband has been lifting her (very gently with both hands so the legs dangle) so I can give her the metacam every evening. That's all the lifting we have been doing. When she is out of the cage, I mix up the bedding (aspen) so there is a cleaner place under her each time.
With my husband at work most of the day, I could not count on his help for regular handfeeding.
She does like carrots...
- I GAVE, dammit!
I always thought Metacam helped as well. As I understand it, animals in pain won't eat, and Metacam helps them to feel better and therefore to eat.
I'm thinking if people are saying the animals didn't eat because of the metacam, that maybe the problem was not the metacam but the initial problem that required the metacam (if that makes sense).
- You can quote me
That's how it sounded to me as I typed it too, but I couldn't think of a better way to put it! :-P
WICharlie, do you have any Critical Care? You could try to mix some up, perhaps to a slightly runnier-than-normal consistency, and just offer it to her. See if she will take it voluntarily, without being picked up or moved. If she likes it and will take it that way, it would supplement her and hopefully help her to regain without a lot of handling and traumatizing.
- It started with Louie...
Sorry you are going through this. Good luck.
LV has sent me correct dosaging of metacam per weight of pig, so no more guesswork in putting drops in her mouth. Tonight I was able to measured it out with a syringe and give her the exact dosage she needs (and will continue to do so).
You are all so great!
Anyway, my point is I bet your piggy's bones will find each other and heal quickly. They will mend.
IF it is mending, I'm wondering what I do next. Right now, she is in a petstore cage bottom (with grids) so she has very little room to move. Her hair was chopped up and smelly when I got her and I was going to give her a bath after her ivermectin treatments were done (they are). Now she is even more ratty and smelly after sitting for this many days.
Should I give her a bigger cage so she can start using the leg a bit again? I think I've seen her using it a little already. Should I go ahead and put her back in with her pal, Pig Fun Skipper? I had just put them together and they had gotten along really well right before the accident. Skipper is definitely missing her...the poor thing screams her head off all day long (although I suspect she's begging mostly for veggies).
And when would it be safe to give her a bath? Poor stinky girl.
I agree with Amy, it seems too soon.
A dirty lonely pig is better than one who reinjures a fracture. I'd keep her confined at least a couple more weeks, depending on what the vet says.
I'm glad she's hanging in there.
Yes, yes....slow and easy. I can do that. I have noticed that she does not eat pellets, only hay and veggies. She is keeping her weight up so I will not worry about that. I know there are people here who only feed hay and veggies. It surprises me though, because I doubt she was getting hay at the shelter.