About megacolon - is this something that could crop up out of nowhere one day? Because this is how it seems with PC. She's fine, then one day some soft poos, take her to the vet and now full blown disaster. And would an xray show a sign of this?
It's weird that she would suddenly not tolerate greens. Oh and looking at those photos of the rats, she's not nearly that boulbus on the sides.
And shes eating everything shes's not supposed to! Eating the cozies, her wooden ramp, and carefresh (which I just replaced with hay). Short of taking everything out of her cage and leaving her on the coroplast, I can't think of how to stop this.
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Give her some cardboard. A toilet paper roll cut lengthwise, with the corners nipped off to protect her eyes, is a good choice. If she has developed megacolon (and I have no idea whether or not she has), the cardboard may actually help her. It seemed to help ours. The inert fiber seemed to help, not hurt.
Everything HollyT has said agrees with my understanding of megacolon. Ours developed it very abruptly. It doesn't show up on x-ray per se; what shows up on x-ray is (guess what) gas.
Right, and another particular hallmark to look for is an enlarged cecum, possibly with other signs of abnormality, very assymetrical, thin walls at one point, etc. My vet had to use contrast to get that much detail, but you could see it.
Unfortunately, that type of confirmation about Megacolon usually only comes with necropsy.
Talishan, thanks so much for posting those links, was getting ready to do a search and gratefully saw you'd already been way ahead of me ;-)
ETA: What precisely are the pig in question's markings? (Did I miss this, if so, sorry.)
Is it known what colors/markings either or both of the parents were?
Lynx, the fecal didn't come up with anything. I read the diarrhea page and see flagyl and baytril. I have Zeniquin and Nystatin here.
Im supposed to call the vet today but I don't even know what to say anymore.
I don't know if I should call the other vet I know of down in Cherry Hill or what. I haven't been to him yet so I don't know that I should vet hop, but at the same time, I don't know..
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She's gained weight since her loss. She was a 1lb 3oz, now back up to 1lb 6oz (she's always been little, 1lb 7oz was her peak it seemed). I don't know how this works, but do you think MORE gas could make her gain weight or is this weight gain due to eating?
I'm handfeeding as much as I can. The past two days I got about 30ccs and 21ccs in her. Today I've done 10 so far and will start up again soon.
The puffing was pre-Zenaquin. She was sitting puffy before I took her to the vet on Wed. and that was before the a/b. I thought the a/b was improving her as she wasn't so puffy on Thuesday, but now we're back to puffy; I'm concerned the a/b isn't making her feel great. I don't know what I'm allowed to stop and start since I'm no vet. Maybe the guy on Monday will have better advice.
I don't know what's best to do: leave her be (except for feedings and drugs) or to have her out and force her to play.