The one thing I notice is he consumes a lot more water on the cisapride days. Has anyone noticed it makes their pig more thirsty? Luckily I have the big rabbit bottle so he doesn't come close to running out.
I'm doing my best to encourage hay eating and floor exercise but I'm afraid he's developed a somewhat chronic condition. I'm wary of long term cisapride due to the risk of heart arythmia (that's why it was restricted in the human market).
Weight, temprament, etc are all constant.
Just a minute ago I heard this really odd noise coming from the floor where Piggy and Smudgie are wandering around. Piggy had smushed himself into a shoebox where he normally NEVER fits and was almost hyperventalitating. I removed the box and he ran over a foot or so and stook stock still, breathing very heavily, sides moving in and out, and it almost looked like his gultius maximum muscles were in on the game. His mouth was open just ever so slightly but not moving. Something about his posture made me think of chirping but he definitely wasn't making any vocalizations.
This went on for a considerable number of seconds but by the time I got up to get the camera, he had stopped (of course). He's now sitting in the hay box munching perfectly normally, running around, and generally being pig like.
What in the world was that?
A little good news on Piggy, he's lost 50g since Smudgie has moved in! His weight before was 1450 plus or minus and now he's 1400. It's not often that I want to see a pig loose weight but he's really chunky and I worry for his health. I hope this means he's getting a little more exercise and being a lot more pig-like, in a good way of course.
Edit: Of course I won't let him continually loose weight. I hope you know where I'm going with this.
- You can quote me
A little extra padding, and maybe a little extra extra, is fine with me, especially since it is so very difficult to get weight back on them after illness or surgery. But significant overweight can lead to (or at least worsen) a bunch of problems, like arthritis. Our chronic UTI pig has a very, very small bladder and our vet tells us her overweight contributes to the recurring UTI's.
Excessive pudge isn't good. Perhaps not as harmful as in a dog or human, but still not good.
He seems to be just fine this morning. I am desperately hoping what happened the other night was an isolated incident related, in some way, to an environmental influence my human body wasn't in tune with. It was VERY strange! Came on all of a sudden and just as quickly, was gone. I feared some kind of asthmatic response to the new hay, but right after he lept into the hay box and chowed down with no problem.
I hope Pippin is feeling better. His incident does seem a little similar to Piggy's GI problems, which seem to have revolved around bell peppers. No one was more surprised than me that he can't eat them. I hope there was just a little something that disagreed with him in the new lettuce and that he's back to his old self ASAP.
As I said in his thread, I'm not sure whether it's a chicken or egg thing -- he was probably susceptible to an upset tummy anyway. Pandora ate the same lettuce to no ill effect, but not very enthusiastically.
We probably should listen to our pets more.
I do apologize for the quality of the photographs. It's my first attempt.
Everytime she has x-rays the large amount of gas is still there. She eats her head off, mostly hay, pees and poops just fine. I keep hoping your vet comes up with a solution as none of the ones I'm seeing can figure it out.
Have you had another set of x-rays taken since the ones you posted? If so, is all the gas still present?
BTW, I feel a special affinity for Piggy since Lady Bug has the same gas problems.
Maybe lots of gas is normal for some piggies? I hope.