GI Upset

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rshevin

Post   » Thu Oct 02, 2008 12:13 pm


Scary for sure! I have to say though, it was fast. It wouldn't be absurd to say it's something normal that I've never witnessed, but agg, I hope he doesn't scare me like that again. He was up and begging for food this morning just like normal.

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Lovemypig

Post   » Thu Oct 02, 2008 1:12 pm


rshevin, Quilt use to sleep like that when I would be holding him. He'd be deeply asleep, eyes rolled somewhat but rapidly moving around and he'd be twitching sometimes. I always believed he was dreaming. He did this for years so I hope I was right!

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rshevin

Post   » Thu Oct 02, 2008 1:15 pm


I think for a piggie that does it for years like Quilt it's clearly REM dreaming. I've had Piggy for rough 3 years now and have never observed this before however we know they don't typically sleep deeply, especially around big human predators. Piggy is probably sleeping deeper in his older years. I think he's 5 now.

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Lovemypig

Post   » Thu Oct 02, 2008 1:18 pm


Oops, I read your post too quickly and missed the fact that this was a new thing with him. You're right about them sleeping deeply as they get older. Quilt gave me more than a few scary moments when he wouldn't wake as easily as he used to.

I think this is the first time I've been able to refer to him without getting upset!

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Bugs Mom

Post   » Thu Oct 02, 2008 4:20 pm


Bad Piggy! Imagine scaring your mom like that. I'm so glad it doesn't seem to be serious.

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rshevin

Post   » Mon Feb 23, 2009 10:56 pm


Once again Piggy has bruising on the heels of both his front feet. He's seen the vet for this once and there was no evidence at all it was any kind of infection/bumblefoot. Does anyone have any idea at all what this could be? I'm at a total loss. I'm soaking in epsom salts and warm water for now but would clearly like to figure out what's going on. The only thing I can imagine is he's always been a very heavy pig and perhaps living on a totally flat surface is putting pressure on his feet? I've heard this with birds, it's why they're supposed to have natural branch perches and not perfectly round, but is there any truth with pigs? So many of us use fleece I'm inclined to say no but am out of ideas.

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon Feb 23, 2009 11:32 pm


What kind of detergent do you use on the fleece? I would use a very mild one and hot water, rinse well. Don't know if it would help but residual detergent could cause some irritation.

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rshevin

Post   » Mon Feb 23, 2009 11:34 pm


I'm using Purex Free and Clear and sometimes BacOut. I can stop the BacOut and see how clean things come. I tend to need some kind of booster with the Purex, either BacOut, oxy, bleach, or borax. I can also wash on hotter water and see if that helps me not need other ingredients. This does seem to be tissue bruising and not skin irritation though.

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rshevin

Post   » Sun May 17, 2009 2:28 pm


I just looked over and found Piggy with a piece of hay sticking out of his eye. I panicked and pulled it out. I flushed the eye copiously with sterile saline (he's not pleased) after. The white part around that eye is red. Do I need to rush to the vet or is it probably ok? He's sitting here cleaning himself off now. The rest of the eye looks fine and it was a soft grass bit of hay, not a stalk.

Adding for my information later: it was the brown fur eye his left.

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Bugs Mom

Post   » Sun May 17, 2009 2:37 pm


I'd probably just flush it at least once more today then see what it looked like in the morning. I'll bet you got it all out.

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rshevin

Post   » Sun May 17, 2009 9:04 pm


Ugg, it's still a little red and weepy tonight. I rinsed well. I'm keeping a close eye. Poor Piggy. He was just sitting there like nothing was wrong! No pawing at the eye or anything. Weird animals.

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Bugs Mom

Post   » Sun May 17, 2009 9:35 pm


Please give Piggy extra scritches from me : ) Tell him I said he's a good boy and I hope his eye clears up very soon.

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rshevin

Post   » Sun May 17, 2009 10:41 pm


You know, I have metacam I give him sometimes when he's looking puny. I think I'll give him a tiny dose. It'll be good for the inflammation too.

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cavyslave8
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Post   » Sun May 17, 2009 11:50 pm


I'm sorry that Piggy hurt his eye. Poor, sweet boy. Extra scritches from me too.

Ling Ling hurts hers all the time, with hay pokes. I give it a good rinse and use genteal gel drops. Sometimes, I have to use antibiotic drops if it's really stubborn to clear up.

Talishan
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Post   » Mon May 18, 2009 12:40 am


If it was the soft grass bit, in my opinion only I'd keep a close eye on it for the next couple of days and make sure it goes back to normal.

I **think** the only thing you really need to worry about with a soft grassy piece is a tiny bit of it getting lodged under the eyelid or to one side of, or behind, the eyeball. Otherwise, in the majority of cases what you've done, and what's been suggested, will do the job.

If it were me and it didn't clear up completely in a day or two, I'd make a vet appointment to check for any wayward pieces that might have gotten someplace they really shouldn't have.

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Bytxlaura
Remembering Nemo

Post   » Mon May 18, 2009 1:37 am


Oh poor Piggy. Metacam definitely helps and if you happen to have ciprofloxacin ophtalmic solution 0.3 % as base, that will help prevent an infection from debris ( one drop every 6-8 hours).

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rshevin

Post   » Mon May 18, 2009 2:13 am


I don't have any good ophthalmic antibiotics (just some terramycin) on hand so we'll visit the vet if it gets worse. I can, however, pick up some GenTeal gel. That's probably a good idea regardless. I'm just glad I had a bottle of saline in the house that I could grab immediately and rinse his eye with, thanks to GL. I'll be picking up another for sure. It's so worth the $1 to always have a fresh, sterile bottle. I'll use this bottle for the entirely of this injury and then have fresh for later.

It's a human thing of course, but I'm still freaked out that hey had hay IN his eye. Eeeeps right? If he would stop sleeping in the hay pile this wouldn't happen. I see that as a human sleeping in the pantry with a hand in a bag of potato chips. Lazy pigs.

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camende
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Post   » Mon May 18, 2009 9:08 am


I hope Piggy's eye is better today.

I probably should pick up some saline to have on hand. You just never know when you are going to need it.

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rshevin

Post   » Mon May 18, 2009 12:03 pm


Camende, I would strongly recommend it. This is the 2nd time I've used it but the first in an emergency situation. It's so cheap and comes wrapped up and sterile. When I have time to plan head I warm the bottle in a bowl of hot water like you would a baby bottle so it isn't so cold in the eye.

Bookfan
For the Love of Pigs

Post   » Mon May 18, 2009 1:23 pm


"I see that as a human sleeping in the pantry with a hand in a bag of potato chips"

Ha!

Where do you get the sterile saline?

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