Yesterday we spent the day doing introductions between our older (8 month) piggies Rosie and Gracie and our younger pigs Brie and Frisky. Things went badly (after hours of going pretty well) with Rosie and Gracie ending up in a proper standing fight (Gracie leaped to defend the younger pigs and thankfully only lost a wee chunk of fur). We had a buddy bath which worked really well but Rosie hates baths and managed to jump out of my hands twice - at one point jumping up in the air, over my arm and back down. She seemed fine as I was drying her.
After that we thought she was in the huff because of the day she'd had - she stayed in her pigloo for a couple of hours, didn't even come out for veggies. Later that evening I was horrified to spot her limping. I lifted her out of the pen, and while sometimes she runs and waddles about fine, other times she is is limping and trying not to leave her weight on her left back foot.
She can move her left leg around fine but it's not as "relaxed" as her other leg. She also squeaks a little if I touch the top of her left leg, sort of her hip/thigh area (though of course it's not an area a piggie likes being touched anyway).
We phoned the vet and we're going to get her x-rayed tomorrow, in the meantime we have put a divider in the cage so she isn't stressed by the new pigs, and as she is on vetbed already I'm hoping she is comfortable.
Does this sound more like a sprain/muscle pull or more like a fracture? And is there anything I can do in the meantime to make her more comfortable today? She's now effectively in a 2x3 with Gracie (they made up again and are snuggling together) and seems to be relaxing which is good. She's also eating and drinking fine though I'm going to try and weigh her if I can without hurting her leg.
I feel utterly sick about this, I thought she was just in the huff when really she was in pain and no doubt shock about her leg :/
If anyone could please reassure me that she'll probably be okay I would be eternally grateful, I keep thinking of all the worst outcomes of this and I don't know how I'm going to get through this day waiting for an appointment tomorrow.
One poster (Pinta) had a heart pig (even less blood circulation) require amputation of a leg because of a foot bite.
I'll get the vet to give her a good check over for bites, I did have a look myself but obviously a vet would know much better what to look for.
I don't have metacam unfortunately though I'm now ordering some to put in my emergency kit.
I'm new to Guinea Lynx too and also really upset that I've already had to use the Emergency medical forum.
My cavy, May, had a fall yesterday and has the same symptoms as yours (limping, squeaking if you touch her shoulder area.
I put her in a 1x2 because her buddy and her like playing the chase game, which probably isn't too good for healing.
I don't really have any advice ( since I'm new to this), but I know how sick and upset you probably feel. I've been spending every minute by her cage. So I just wanted to let you know I'm sending good vibes your way and hope everything goes well at the vet tomorrow!
Rosie does seem much happier now and is content to rest her leg.
Thank you so much for all the advice and the well wishes, I am so so so relieved that it turned out to be so simple.
Rosie is my 1 year old dominant sow. She lives with another 1 year old sow Gracie and two younger sows that are four months younger.
Rosie went into heat last week as normal and it seemed to be dragging on. At first I thought this was just the other pigs that were in heat maybe having an effect and was advised to wait and see if it lasted for more than week. Only in the first couple of days was she mounting the other three sows she lives with but every day so far she has been sexually agressive with rumbling and waving her bum in the faces of the rest. She has also been very snappy and grumpy whereas usually she is quite a tolerant pig. She is also the dominant pig and is never challenged on that matter.
Since the 5th of June she has lost 1.8oz which was her first weight loss since February. Up until the 5th her weight had been increasing slowly with her weight before the loss being 2lb 14.9oz (1329g). She is a big girl who has always been pear shaped and isn't as active as the other three girls (one who is the same age) but has never really been lethargic either. But this week she has been hiding away from the other pigs and living mostly in her log cabin which she refuses to share with anyone, not even Gracie who is her best bud who she used to snuggle with often. The other girls also seem to be avoiding her. She does not seem to be eating less - at first she was more fussy with her vegetables, a couple of times she wouldn't eat any until she had been cuddled by my partner who is her favourite human in the world. Now though she is eating veggies and hay fine though I haven't seen her eat pellets now I come to think of it.
She has no other signs listed on the page about ovarian cysts, her nipples are not crusty and seem to be the same length as before (though hard to tell), she has lost no fur and with her being pear shaped it's hard to tell if the weight distribution has changed.
This is perhaps the 8th or 9th day of her "heat" and she is still just as rumbly. We took her to the vets last night. The vet gave her a good check over and asked me all the questions I'd asked myself. She made a bit of noise when the vet checked the area around her tummy, nearer her back legs and seemed uncomfortable. The vet suggested an x-ray and I suggested an ultrasound. She said the problem with ultrasounds was that gas (I think?) could get in the way during the scan and hide problems so she said they'd do an ultrasound first and an x-ray after if needed with a mild sedative. She said if it was cysts then there is the injectable treatment which can shrink them but they may resurface and neutering. I'd read about the other treatments here on GL and it seems spaying is the way forward if that is the case.
She will be going back in on Friday morning for all this. Is the mild sedative needed for x-ray harmful at all? And would it be beneficial to separate Rosie with grids from the other girls at the moment to better monitor her food intake? Also, Rosie and Gracie were bought from a pet shop (my first pigs) and so could be related - would it be sensible and would it cost any more to have Gracie have an ultrasound and/or x-ray as well?
I am also worried after reading the thread here entitled hooing / hooting piggie (video) ... as Rosie makes the "hooing noise" heard in the videos not when she eats but when she is out for laptime. This is the only time she makes the noise and she will not tolerate being belly up at all while her breathing and ability to run away from being picked up is fine. Will the x-ray that is checking for cysts also show her heart and is this something I should mention beforehand so they can check it at the same time? Also, is the fact she only makes this noise at laptime at all significant?
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Heart pig.as Rosie makes the "hooing noise" heard in the videos not when she eats but when she is out for laptime
She shouldn't have to be sedated for an xray - and I wouldn't do this if there's a possibility she's a heart pig without having her on heart meds.
Get an xray first to see if there's an enlarged heart. If she does, treat that first. You can also get an ultrasound, if anybody can interpret this. If she has cysts she can be spayed at this age, but she must be on heart meds first if she needs them.
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I had girls that were half-sisters. One was very cystic, the other was not. My opinion, I wouldn't put Gracie through the tests unless you suspect she's cystic (but that's just my opinion).
I've had some pigs get nasally depending on their surroundings. One would get it every time I cleaned the cage, and I finally realized it was the dusty bedding that was effecting her. It may be something in what you're holding her in, or what you're wearing (perfume?).
I've never had ultrasound tried for heart issues. Xray is usually used to determine that, but as many on this board will tell you, xrays will often look fine for a pig that does have heart issues.
Good luck with her!
She makes the hooting noise as well as higher pitched talking noises whenever she is settled on anyones lap but I'll try maybe sitting her in her cosy on us and see if that helps any too.
She was just eating her veggies and then had some hay but obviously you don't lose that kind of weight in that kind of time frame normally.
Should I start hand feeding her a little or wait and see how her weight is tomorrow? I'm sorry if I'm being overly paranoid or not using common sense - this is the first time one of my girls has been poorly and I'm just determined to do everything I can right.