We did that for our Richie and we can now say it has helped.
Richie has made it to 4 years old. He has undergone 4 surgeries to remove bladderstones in the last 2 years. The last surgery was done in March 2008. The third was done, what 5 months prior? Each time the vet is pulling out these huge stones. In April, the x-ray looked like Saturn, a huge stone and rings of little stones. The vet could not even get all the stones out.
I just had x-rays taken of Richie done again. Seven months later? The stones are the same size. I cannot believe it. Not with him. I cannot believe he is still with us!
What we changed?
- 1. Super low calcium diet with this pig.
Heck, I made him a food bowl out of a seashell that only holds one Tablespoon of pellets. It gets filled twice a day. I'm happy if he doesn't finish. (He gets bottled water too, just in case our water has minerals. We worry that spring water has minerals!)
I do not worry about Ca:P ratios with this pig, his body mishandles calcium big time.
2. When the bladder stone was removed, we had a culture done of the urine inside the bladder.
Turns out, Richie had a staph infection that was resistant to Bactrim and Baytril. He had to have injectable anti-biotics.
3. The vet called the Safeway pharmacy for a prescription of Polycitra-K. Richie gets .25cc 2x a day.
We started this prior to the surgery and it will be for life. Richie's urine is cloudy white, still, even with his low calcium diet.