Our vet doesn't think it's fungus...at this point, she thinks it's some sort of low-grade bacterial infection caused by the goop that comes out of his eye not being cleaned away well. So she wants us to try eye antibiotic ointment for a week and see if that does it.
I just ordered 4 of the 8 oz. glass Lixit bottles from Rabbistop.com today to try out...
Good luck with the eye ointment. I hope it helps.
- Let Sleeping Pigs Lie
Not sure if this is helpful; just thought I'd mention it:
Some of the members with senior pigs have reported that sometimes pellets can be too hard to chew. Softening them with water, or another liquid, seems to make it a little easier.
- Let Sleeping Pigs Lie
The way you wrote about Henry eagerly eating the CC caused me to wonder if he was avoiding the pellets because he could not chew as well. (Which, of course, could be dental as well.)
Other people will have more input for you and Henry, I hope! :)
He didn't seem to have this issue with the previous bag of KM's pellets; he's only been avoiding them since the new bag arrived, though they don't smell any different.
Sometimes he stops eating if his intestines aren't 100%. We'll see what happens over the next few days. I'll give him CC and perhaps he'll get back to normal.
- Supporter in '13
For the first couple of years with us (ages 7-8), he hovered around 2 lb 6 oz pretty consistently, occasionally gaining to as much as 2 lb 8 to 2 lb 10 oz, but returning to around 2 lb 6 oz.
In August, he was at just under 2 lb 6 oz. Eight days post-surgery (on 10/26), he was at 1 lb 15 7/8 oz. Four days later, he was back to 2 lbs, and has been around 2 lb 1 oz to 2 lb 2 oz for most of the time since then.
On 1/29, he was 1 lb 15 3/4 oz, and today (2/14) he is at 1 lb 14 1/4 oz.
He does not appear to have any discomfort--he runs around just fine, we have (thank God) not heard any squeaking while peeing, and his poops are usually pretty decent. He has not been enthusiastic about pellets, but eats hay, lettuce, and the other normal foods just fine. His cagemate, Frost, also has not been enthusiastic about the pellets. We've given him a small amount of critical care for the past few days, hoping to boost his appetite for pellets or at least put a little weight on him.
Our thoughts are that it could be:
1. Age-related weight loss.
2. Effects of his daily Actigall or Vetprofen meds.
3. Possible recurring stone (though no evidence for this has yet presented itself).
4. Unrelated medical issue.
5. Non-specific, non-medical weight loss.
Should we be worried? Should we be checking anything else?
We're considering consulting with our vet to reduce the actigall dose to see if his weight rebounds. I am hesitant to do anything that could promote the recurrance of a stone, though.
I don't have a lot of advise for you. My eldest pig is slight and I struggle to keep weight on him. I give him a lot of pellet mush and special TLC time to eat and it doesn't help a whole lot. I think all you can truly do is keep an eye on him which we all know you already do. Oh, and give him kishes from us of course.
- Supporter in '08
Sorry, not much help here but he sounds happy and healthy so it sounds like you're really doing everything right.
It is like his weight shifted when he had the post-surgery weight loss and then regained. He lost it uniformly, but then what he gained back he gained back in his belly.
To be honest, I think he's more comfortable running around at around 2 pounds than he was at closer to 2.5. We just don't want to stop being vigilant about his health.
He does not show signs of serious discomfort, though he has had some 'strange' sleeping habits (sometimes sleeping with his nose to a wall, rather than going into a pigloo). He does lie down, he sleeps well, he is bright-eyed, playful, and loving. By every factor except his weight, he seems to be doing great.
We would like to try and boost his weight up above 2 lbs. We don't want to use too much critical care, because on that he sludges pretty badly and we worry about stone reformation. What can we get that is high in calories, palateable, and low in calcium?
I'm off to look up the veggie table on the main GL site, but if you have suggestions we would really appreciate them.
I'm also looking at his overall symptoms and wondering if Vit. C is a problem. We quit giving C supplements out of suspicion that one of the inactive ingredients is Calcium Carbonate. I just tested it...and didn't find any evidence of calc. carbo., so we will start him on some C supplements today too.