- He was occassionally sneezing Wednesday. This is a big deal, as he never really sneezed before (other than one huff-like sneeze after grooming). I noticed him sneeze four or five times over the course of a few hours.
- He was producing a white powdery urine, which he never used to do before.
- He wasn't sprawled out on his side when he slept.
I took him up to K-State yesterday. His lungs and bladder are totally clear. His urine is good and dilute, which means he's drinking plenty. They found some bacteria in his urine, so they gave me some TMS to treat him with for a UTI. Dr. Swenson said that it should also take care of anything that might be going on with the respiratory system.
I noticed he didn't sneeze once the entire time we traveled to and from K-State. He did sneeze a couple of times at home. His nose was a tad wet with one of the sneezes, but it didn't look like yucky snot, just a little wet. Other than that, he's already 10x happier looking then he was yesterday before going to the vet.
Is there any reason to worry about the slighty wet nose with that one sneeze?
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It sounds like you did the right thing getting him to the vet. With all his stressors lately, it is good to err on the side of caution.
I think if the wetness on the nose is clear, I would just keep a very close eye on it while continuing the meds. Did you bring anything new into the house on Wednesday? (I am thinking holiday greens). If so, maybe the sneezing is from some sensitivity rather than something infectious. Just a shot in the dark, but a thought...
Henry, we are all rooting for you!
Unless there are any other symptoms with the sneezing, I really wouldn't worry too much. The course of Bactrim should take out anything that might be going on with either UTI or URI, and it's so generally well tolerated that it shouldn't interfere with appetite.
Big hugs to Henry!
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I would suspect that all of the recent stresses in his life (and yours) put him a little at the edge of his resistance. Not sick, just precious close, and vulnerable, to it. I think the Bactrim is a good preventive measure.
Sef, the regular (grey) Carefresh is extraordinarily dusty. Worse than kiln-dried pine or aspen. When we used it our entire big pig room was covered in a thin coating of grey dust. We don't use it at all any more.
We treated her with TMS and she's finally starting to be more active and not running away from me. She's also staying dry again.
I really do think in their little piggy brains, they sometimes associate us with the demise of the herd. Everytime a pig gets sick, we take them out, hand-feed them, take them away to the vets. When the final outcome is their friends don't pull through, I suspect they come to associate us with that outcome. This, in my theory, adds to their stress level.
They always get over it; it just takes time.
Good thoughts heading to Henry.
He ate Critical Care on his own last night and this morning. He ate his extra wet veggies, no problem. He's munching on hay. He's just not drinking much.
He finished eight days worth of TMS. I am going to not give him any more and call the vet first thing in the morning. I'll also start hand feeding if I don't see any signs of returning normalcy.
Everything sounds like its happened around the timing of his new friends. He's had a lot of changes lately. I wouldn't separate them if they're together. Do you still have the cage divided? How did floor time go last night? Maybe the anticipation of wanting to be with his friends is stressing him out? Some stress is to be expected with the addition of new friends.
The cage is still divided, but since Henry and Frost were getting along so well, we gave them both unrestricted space upstairs (together), while Tom and Widget get the divided downstairs.
He just seems really jittery. If he were human I'd wonder if he had taken up meth. I held him for a half hour or so tonight, and he took fifteen minutes to calm down enough to just lay down and relax quietly. The good news is that then once he went back into the cage, he peed, and it was normal pee (slight white center, but no grit/sludge).