We are continuing on with metacam and so this should bring the swelling down although if it doesnt then we will go back for another x-ray.
We are to bandage it and keep it bandaged for a week (changing only if she rips it off or if it gets dirty).
But my problem pigs now have what appears to be a fungal infection. On quick inspection both Lily and Buttercup have a mild fungal infection around their eye, though Rosie and Toffee appear to be fine. I am going to bathe all 4 girls in maleseb tomorrow. The maleseb wont be going anywhere near their eyes though - so I am assuming I will need something else as well? I am thinking probably a topical cream, that I can just apply to the affected areas? According to the fungal article, Micomazole and Clotrimazole are the way to go - are these expensive and can they be picked up from the chemist?
Also, have been sick so have been pretty poor with their weekly weighings. Noticed that over a period of 5 weeks (did weigh them once in between this period but have lost the sheet that I wrote it on - as far as I can remember it was steady on 1000g down from 1008g, and it is now 962g) Rosie lost 46 grams - granted 20 or so grams could just be normal flactuation, is this anything I need to worry about?
So, I had some bactrim left which I gave to Buttercup as she was the worse, and have an appointment for 7:45am in the morning.
I am just editing some pictures of Buttercups foot all healed up and the thin hair on Toffees neck (see how do you melt a pig? thread).
The thinning of hair on Toffees neck (I have treated for mites, and fungal several times since october 07 with no change, thus either the melts or lavender shampoo has been recommended to me):
Oh and, I used revolution on them yesterday, and they all had a maleseb bath today.
1. Do you think supplementing with a bit of CC will be beneficial?
2. A probiotic - I have always used acidophilious pills - should I start them on one?
3. The vet mentioned vitamin c, I can get some tablets if needed but do you think they will be of any help?
- Let Sleeping Pigs Lie
I like to give a little Vitamin C when my girls are ill.
I also give probiotics when they are taking antibiotics. I use the acidophilus capsules sprinkled on wet lettuce.
If they are not eating as well as you think they should, supplementing with Critical Care would help.
Someone suggested to me that the towels/cloth items (such as cuddle cups/saks) are a breeding ground for fungal, is this true?
- Let Sleeping Pigs Lie
You could remove the towels and other cloth accessories, and see if it makes a difference for the girls.
I wash my cage items often, in hot water, and haven't noticed anything like that.
And thats where my problem lies Tracis, if I remove the towels what am I going to house them on as Buttercup cant be on anything dusty such as shavings? Newspaper perhaps, but that gets really gross so quickly.
To be honest I didnt even know that such a thing was a problem as there are so many people out there that house their pigs on fleece but I thought I would put the question out to you experts!
Long story; I took Rosie to the vet to get a spot checked out which turned out to be nothing, while we were there she checked their ovaries. Buttercups left side just did not seem right, she is almost certain that it is not the kidney on that side but cysts on her ovary. Especially when she compared them to the other girls which were fine.
So now I am left to decide what to do. Either we operate and spay her, or we ultrasound. Ultrasound will cost me $240 and I do not know whether it is worth it considering we may have to turn around and spay her anyway. But operating is a very scary thing especially when it involves something as big and invasive as spaying.
What do you all think?
It is also possible she has tumors since she seems to have no signs associated with ovarian cysts. The vet might not discover this until she was in surgery. I would discuss with him this possibility and decide how you would want to proceed. It may be possible with tumors to remove them if they are smaller and not attached to major organs.