I realized I was being silly keeping him in the petstore cage! I have some extra cubes that I can easily make a pen with. Duh on me.
I'm still worried he isn't eating enough. The only mushballs he really ate were the tiny bits I put in his mouth.
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You could try making some mushballs with carrot baby food, or try making some pellet stew with carrot baby food added. If he got pellets at all he's gotten junk and will need to warm up to good quality pellets. If they don't like sweet potato, they often like carrot. Canned pumpkin (pumpkin alone, not the pie filling) has a lot of fiber and they sometimes like it mixed in with pellet slurry or CC.
You can always go out and buy some junk pellets and try to gradually switch him over, but that creates its own set of problems. As long as he's eating hay readily, I think I'd not worry about it unless you start seeing weight losses greater than 20 g, or continuing losses.
I think your plan of urine scald first, then fungal is a good one.
Dragnsl, thanks for the links. Interesting information.
I felt bad about the spring loaded bottle too and never did put it in today. I wouldn't do it when I wasn't home to monitor how well he was using it every few minutes.
He's already learned how to turtle around in the pigloo. I'll give him another weighing tonight.
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Poor boy - he really is adorable! And, yes, he does remind me of Spot.
First, I personally wouldn't put the diaper rash cream on. If the scurfy skin is from a fungus, I think it could make it worse by keeping the air out of it.
I'd treat for mites, as you're already doing. And - of course - my old standby for unknown skin stuff is to give a lymdyp rinse after a nizoral or Malaseb bath.
You'll judge by his weight whether or not he needs to be forcefed with the critical care. If he loses weight, then he must be handfed. Many of these pigs from bad conditions have had very little hay and get overgrown molars, so keep an eye on his teeth.
Lymdyp has to come from a vet right? Or is it one of the things you can get online like the ivermection? I got lucky being able to have the ivermectin so quickly. My friend only had a little left but when I told her I needed 1mL total to treat both pigs 3 times, she just laughed and had plenty for that.
Teeth problems are a HUGE fear. I took in a rescue named Washington a few months back. He was thin but doing fair; I could tell he had overgrown molars because he had the slobbers. I brought him on Saturday, teeth were trimmed Tuesday (first day I could get in), Wednesday he was so severely bloated, weak, and seizing that I lost him. It was devasting. I'm petrified of that happening again but at least this guy is chowing down on the hay. That's good, right?
New pig has no symptoms of tooth problems, yet. What are some good ways to keep an eye on the molars? Incisors look fine but that means nothing.
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His weight increased 20 grams after feeding so I know I got some good stuff into his little tummy. He also ate his little bit of lettuce again this morning so at least he likes veggies.
My biggest concern is that Washington was exactly this way when I got him, eating veggies and hay but no pellets. Assuming things stay status quo for the next few days, I'm going to hold off on the vet and any necessary teeth issues until he puts on some weight with the syringe.
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I've always found it very hard to get a pig to gain weight on critical care - usually I can just get them to maintain, although not always that.Assuming things stay status quo for the next few days, I'm going to hold off on the vet and any necessary teeth issues until he puts on some weight with the syringe.
I understand your concerns, but it really might be wise to at least rule out teeth issues. Sometimes it can take quite a bit to find out the actual problem, and if you're handfeeding all that time the pig can lose condition.
And, yes, LymDyp is 'horrid' - but it works. However you do indeed have to live with a stinky pig until it wears off!
Meh, I have no problem with horrid smelling lymdyp if it works. I might have to move the quarentine cage to the bathroom for that night but I seriously doubt it could smell bad enough to keep me awake.
Oh, you forgot to say, can I get lymdyp online or should I ask the vet for some?
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