Tracis, yes it reminds me of Moe's foot but not severe! There's a tiny dot in the center that I can't feel nor scrape with my nail.
Mum, this is the main reason I asked the vet to double check even though he thought I was crazy. He has good energy levels these days and his weight is much better (which may contribute to the former). I've considered some homeopathic ways to help blood pressure, but don't trust them. Next time I need hay I will be buying KMs pellets for the low sodium if he'll eat them. Last time he ate them only reluctantly. Also his lighter colored ear doesn't have dark margins so that's good. I am watching for all the symptoms closely.
Maybe I could pitch a huge fit and get a med trial, but it would be difficult at best. I guess all I can do is wait and hope it never gets worse. True bumblefoot scares the fool out of me since baytril really seems to be the indicated med and Piggy can't take that. He only barely tolerated the Cipro. I can't tell you how glad I am that other foot was a spur. I think he tore it begging on the coro so that's now covered with report cover spines.
This little dude is going to be the death of me if he weren't so darn cute.
I see a few hands in the crowd.
SOMEONE was feeling a little snugglier, pop him on the scale, and guess how much he weighs this month.
Um, maybe it's the experimental treats this week? I swear he doesn't get treats or excess pellets. I guess he's just a heavy pig. More to love.
- You can quote me
For what it is worth ... our overweight ones have gotten that way on hay (so blame KM). They don't eat pellets to excess and don't even seem to mind if they are limited or the bowl empties. They eat no more or no less vegetables than everyone else. They consume inordinate quantities of hay.
Excreting calcium isn't necessarily bad because it gets out of the bladder, but apparently lower sodium prevents calcium from exiting the blood into the urine at all so that's never bad to try since a high quality, lower sodium pellet is easily available.
If hay makes them gain, why is Smudgie still barely 950g despite hay being his absolute favorite food? He is so funny. He RUNS up to the loft when I put fresh hay up there, even abandoning veggies in the process. Sweet little Smudgie.
- You can quote me
Because Smudgie has a metabolism I would die for. ;-)
Vet gossiping: you might want to stick a note in the Bladder Stone Study thread -- I think that's worthwhile information:
I'll copy the gossip over there. Next time I'm in, I'll ask directly. My mom doesn't relay information very well so I couldn't ask questions. All she knew of the results was "it's mostly diet, most people aren't as careful as Rachael." Well that's not exactly news to us.
He's laying beside me in the "sofa box" (under bed bin with fleece and towels). His eyes were wide open and rolled about 1/4 of the way DOWN to the lower sockets, not "up" into the ventral side of the skull. His ears were flapping like when they week something fierce.
He is laying normally now and is able to be easily roused. Anything I can check?
- Supporter in '08