New rescue: Underweight Boar

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poppypiggy

Post   » Fri Dec 01, 2006 3:51 am


Thank you for the picture, rshevin! I didn't come her until now - I am a bit "out of rhythm" with you guys because of the time difference, so my responses are often a bit slow, I guess.

It is such a cute picture! As you know I first saw it on the random pictures tread, but I must comment it again because they both have so sweet expressions on their little faces. That expressiveness is so appealing about guinea pigs, I think! Among other tings. In this picture I think you can easily see that Piggy is the confident one and Smudgie is more shy. But Smudgie *is* smiling! He is such a good little boy! I hope he will become chubby and content in a very short time so his mum doesn't have to worry anymore!

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rshevin

Post   » Fri Dec 01, 2006 10:20 am


Oh that's alright poppy. Having a response a few hours later is like getting a present the day after Christmas, totally unexpected and cool because it isn't surrounded by the others.

Guess what though! Just when I was getting a little discouraged, Smudgie had another breakthrough last night. I caught him laying down and resting for the first time ever. He and Piggy were on the fleece in the tent again and this time both were lounging around with saxxy legs. He laid down again on the sofa with me. I haven't seen him laying down at all before!

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rshevin

Post   » Tue Dec 05, 2006 6:12 pm


Well, Smudgie seems to be fitting in just fine now. We were watching TV and reading GL and he peed right down my cleevage. He must be comfortable. Blech, comfort is warm and stinky.

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poppypiggy

Post   » Wed Dec 06, 2006 3:02 pm


Haha! That one made me laugh out loud! I know the feeling -comfortable indeed! He is for sure settling down, little bugger!

I am in my office at the moment, trying to finish a boring job that involves a lot of computer processing. So when my computer processes, I go to Guinea Lynx and read. After this I can go on with my job smiling!

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Wed Dec 06, 2006 3:38 pm


Gives a whole 'nother meaning to the song, "Love Stinks". :)

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rshevin

Post   » Wed Dec 06, 2006 3:45 pm


Hahaha tracis!

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rshevin

Post   » Sat Dec 09, 2006 8:40 pm


Guess who weighed 890g tonight!

Apparently his decreased rate of gain was due to my running out of KMs hay and switching to Oxbow. Another pig's testamony.

Talishan
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Post   » Sat Dec 09, 2006 9:00 pm


Ha! But good news still.

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poppypiggy

Post   » Mon Dec 11, 2006 9:40 am


Well, shame on me for laughing! Saturday night Pippi did exactly the same to me. She sat there on a towel on my chest, chatteing like she usually does. Than she suddenly made a few trotting movements, turned around - and I had this warm, wet feeling down my front! Love stinks!

I am so glad to hear Smudgie is gaining weight! Before you know it he is as big as Piggy!

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rshevin

Post   » Sun Feb 25, 2007 10:34 pm


Well, I've been meaning to post some pictures of Mr. Smudgie and his tubby tummy and adorable little piggie thighs but haven't gotten around to it yet.

I do have a question. Smudgie seems to have pretty bad grooming fluid crusties on one eye. I'm at least 95% sure that's what they are because they're pure white and have a crystaline/sandy texture. Is there anything I should be keeping an eye on about this? He has them in both eyes but one more than the other. No other symptoms of note. He's healthy, active, eats, drinks, poops, pees, wheeks, popcorns, zooms, etc.

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rshevin

Post   » Mon Feb 26, 2007 4:48 pm


Anyone?

Talishan
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Post   » Mon Feb 26, 2007 5:00 pm


We have two with this, one distinctively more than the other. I speculate it's an intermittently, but chronically, blocked tear duct.

Check it periodically and when it seems worse than usual, flush with some Gentocin drops, or just artificial tears.

Our little guy is bedded on kiln-dried pine. Some bales of it bother him more than others, though they are from the same manufacturer and seem the same to me. What is Smudgie bedded on? Certain types of bedding or really dusty hay seems to make this worse.

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rshevin

Post   » Mon Feb 26, 2007 5:22 pm


Thanks Talishan. He's been on carefresh+aspen, aspen alone, and right now fleece. No changes with bedding. Sometimes they're pretty big. I'll try and take a picture next time. They're hard to see though, because he's white.

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rshevin

Post   » Wed Aug 22, 2007 1:24 am


Smudgie flat out refuses to gain weight. Now I fear he's loosing a little. The past 2-3 weeks he's lost about 50g (1.7 oz). Now, this probably coincides with my being up to my eyeballs in kittens and not being able to hand feed him as much as I'd like, but I'm still worried. He has never been more than 970g and that was right after eating. I don't think he's ever seen 1kg. The last time I took him to the vet, he said his weight was just fine and he felt fine and that really it was more comparing him to Piggy (who's too fat). He LOVES hay and is almost always found munching. Vet said his teeth look great (hurray KM hay).

I feel like if I'm going to take him to the vet again, I need to have something else more suspicious than just being a lightweight. I can't see a thing wrong with him other than weight. He does zoomies and popcorns during floortime, sleeps comfortably but not soundly, is generally BAR and happy. I don't see any signs of urinary grit/sludge; he tells me when he needs to potty so I can tell somewhat.

Smudgie is roughly 4.5 years old although there's really no telling as his previous owners didn't even leave a name so I highly doubt they paid much attention to his age. He gets as much pellet mush mixed with pumpkin and pedialyte as he wants every night. Should I offer twice a day? Mix with something else? Add anything in?

I'm at a total loss getting him to gain weight. He has a nice, chubby tummy/thorax but I can still feel his hips. I'm at my wits end. Help!

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Mum
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Post   » Wed Aug 22, 2007 11:18 am


Most of my pigs lose a little weight in the summer.

You could offer the cc twice daily, but be aware that if he has any teeth issues at all (and your vet said not) that he'll eat the cc in lieu of other things better for his teeth.

Did you ever get an xray of his heart (sorry, not reading back through the thread)?

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rshevin

Post   » Wed Aug 22, 2007 11:23 am


No, he's never had a heart xray, but other than weight, he has NO other symptoms. He seems to prefer hay over pellets? Weird pig.

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Mum
I GAVE, dammit!

Post   » Wed Aug 22, 2007 11:25 am


He should prefer hay over pellets!

At that age I'd consider getting an xray anyway. Heart pigs do lose weight. An xray will also give you an idea of his age (forget how you came up with his age?).

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rshevin

Post   » Wed Aug 22, 2007 11:50 am


His age was on his surrender card at the shelter, but his name wasn't. Jerks. I just feel names are important for whatever reason so that's a sore spot.

The other option is when I move, it wouldn't be a bad idea to get healthy pig checkups with the new vet so I'm not dealing with trying to get in as an emergency at the last minute. That might provide a good avenue for getting the xray as well as a second opinion. There aren't any other vets in the entire city here I'd trust. New guy has a good reputation. He's a certified exotics vet and recommended by the HRS and community, but he's also seen my parents' dog for years.

Also, I do watch him when he eats hay (not hard since he's always in the bin!), and he seems to eat with ease. He doesn't drop pieces of hay or pieces of veg.

Talishan
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Post   » Wed Aug 22, 2007 5:04 pm


"He has a nice, chubby tummy/thorax but I can still feel his hips."

If I had to guess, he's older than 4.5 years. We've noticed that on ours in the 5.5 - 6 and up range.

Ditto Mum on the x-ray. He may benefit from heart medication even with the "only" sign being weight loss.

Will he eat clots of semisolid Critical Care on a plate? Mixed with pumpkin, maybe some of Mum's steel-cut oats, techniques like that? Constant handfeeding, even if they're willing, for weight maintenance can get real old. It's a lot easier if there's something they'll eat off a plate.

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rshevin

Post   » Wed Aug 22, 2007 6:16 pm


He gets the clots of critical care (pellet mush in my case) at night. He eats as much as he'll take off a spoon in my lap. He makes less mess off the spoon than a small plate and it's a nice few minutes of one on one bonding between us. I'm scared to add oats but have some ultra plain in the cabinet. I can try sprinkling a little on top tonight. Just a pinch.

Of course, it's very likely he's older. I'm just worried about the vet here being unwilling to do anything after his dismissal of my last weight concerns. I hate being dismissed like that. It makes me question my judgment.

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