new pig does not like veggies!

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Amy0204
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Post   » Sun Dec 16, 2007 10:34 pm


You might want to consider syringe feeding canned pumpkin...not as ideal as CC but it's got lots of fiber and it's healthy for pigs. Mine hate the CC, but will readily take the pumpkin so I fall back on it when we absolutely need it.

Too bad about the bugs. When we adopted Panda, he was miserably shy. I jumped the gun and put him in with a companion a lot sooner than I should have, but it got him eating and moving around. Maybe you could put them in the same room so Junior would know he's got species-company nearby?

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Mon Dec 17, 2007 12:37 am


More good thoughts for Junior. I hope he does well at the vet on Monday.

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tiggyswift

Post   » Mon Dec 17, 2007 8:08 am


I will try the pumkin. I do put pellets in his pigloo, he just won't eat them, and does not have any interest in them. Thanks for the well wishes. He really needs them right now! Could the lice make him lose his appetite?

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tiggyswift

Post   » Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:09 pm


Junior is at the vet, and will be spending at least a few days there to see if they can entice him to eat on his own. Again, no apparent findings apon physical exam, teeth normal, no sores in his mouth, no bloat, etc. Also, his weight was the same as last week, so maybe my scale is off slightly. It's possible he has an upset stomach for whatever reason, and they will treat for that if they determine that is the cause. He is pooping, but not as he should be. I saved every poop he did from his last appt. to today to show them. He does still have lice, they are continuing treatment there, and Elmo went today for treatmrnt as well. I am taking NO chances
with him. I probably won't know anything until sometime tomorrow, so I will update then. They have a great tech. who is wonderful with nursing Guinea Pigs back to health, so hopefully he will be home with a hearty appetite in a few days. If anyone can help him, it is them. He is in the best place he can be right now, and this will help alleviate my anxiety and stress over him for a bit.
It was almost impossible to force feed, and took me at least an hour to 1 1/2 hours per feeding, plus I have slept at the most 3 hours per night. I have been crying my eyes out over him, too. Hopefully, he will recover rapidly. One more thing, do guinea pigs suckle at all? I swear he was suckling my arm last night, and the exam table at the vet's today. Sorry so long, alot to say.

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon Dec 17, 2007 6:19 pm


I wish you the best. I know this has to be very hard for you both.

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tiggyswift

Post   » Mon Dec 17, 2007 7:38 pm


Thanks Lynx, for your well wishes. This has probably been a lot rougher on him than it has been on me. I absloutely hate to see an animal suffering, it tears my heart out! I sure hope they can make him well again and he can come home soon. We havn't had him long, but already I am attached and love him dearly. Do guinea pigs weaned too early suckle at all? He was doing that on my arm last night. I will let you know how he is doing as soon as I know something. I sure do miss him! I have learned a very valuable lesson through all of this, and will definitely wait for one to become available at a local shelter next time I am looking for a guinea pig. I don't believe there are any rescues in my area. I had been looking for weeks, and poor Elmo was so depressed, I made a poor decision.

Talishan
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Post   » Mon Dec 17, 2007 8:34 pm


Most petstore pigs are yanked from their mothers so early, he may indeed be trying to suckle. While they don't "need" mother's milk past the first few days, if they can get it, they'll try to do so for at least a few weeks thereafter.

If it's any comfort (which it's probably not), he doesn't physiologically need mother's milk now.

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tiggyswift

Post   » Mon Dec 17, 2007 9:17 pm


That's what I thought. He is definitely too old to need his mother's milk, but maybe it is a source of comfort for him or something.It was the weirdest feeling! The only thing that will make me feel better is him eating all on his own and being healthy enough to eventually be put in with Elmo. I am praying for him. I have to admit I am releived to not have to feed him for the next few days. It is so hard to force even the smallest animal that does not want to eat. I just hope they can save him.

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tiggyswift

Post   » Tue Dec 18, 2007 8:40 pm


Update on Junior- I spoke to the vet earlier, and he told me that this morning he ate some on his own, but his appetite dropped off again in the afternoon and he needed to be syringe fed again. They are going to keep him at least through tomorrow and see if he improves more tomorrow. I guess he is actually behaving for the feedings, the brat! I will update tomorrow after I talk to the vet.

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tiggyswift

Post   » Wed Dec 19, 2007 6:33 pm


Junior is home!!!! Yea!!! We have been home for about 15 minutes, and so far he has been a new pig! He is very curious, investigating every inch of his cage, and eating his hay. He has smelled his pellets, but has yet to eat them. He ate all day today without needing syringe feeding. Yesterday he needed 1 syringe feed. He seems to be feeling better, which is great! They still can't find anything physically wrong with him. I will update his progress later. I am very optimistic he will do well from now on!

Talishan
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Post   » Wed Dec 19, 2007 6:35 pm


Good news! Keep it up (both of you! :-)

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Bugs Mom

Post   » Wed Dec 19, 2007 6:50 pm


What great news! Horray! Keep up the good work.

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tiggyswift

Post   » Wed Dec 19, 2007 8:05 pm


Now he is eating his pellets, too! I am thrilled at the progress he has made tonight! We may never figure out what was wrong with him, but whatever is was, he is on the road to recovery, and doing great! He is spending a lot of time out of his house, too. Thanks for all the advice and well wishes! I really appreciate it! I will update tomorrow.

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Wed Dec 19, 2007 8:33 pm


Wonderful news! So glad that Junior is eating and happy. :)

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tiggyswift

Post   » Wed Dec 19, 2007 9:57 pm


He even lays down in his house normally, too, with his head in the doorway! This is the first time I have seen that since we got him!
I can't believe the change in him! Now to get him to eat his vitamin C tablet, and we are all set! His pellets do have stabilized vit. c in them, but I would like to see him take his chewable tablet, too. He needs one more ivermectin treatment, and then we should be set. After I am sure the lice are gone and his health is still good, we will slowly start introductions with him and Elmo. I will update his progress tomorrow. We are definitely on the right track now! Finally!!!!!!

rpaws

Post   » Thu Dec 20, 2007 8:30 am


Yeah! Junior is finally starting to eat like, well like a pig.

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tiggyswift

Post   » Thu Dec 20, 2007 9:57 am


Junior is doing pretty good this morning. He has actually eaten some romaine lettuce and a few bites of parsley, which is a big improvement! He is actually interested! He isn't eating as much of his pellets as I would like, but he is eating some of it. He is also spending a lot of time out of his house! He wasn't coming out at all before! One new thing he is doing is eating a bit of his shavings, which concerns me some. I have always used a mild pine shaving, and never had any problem at all. Will this hurt him? My husband is looking for some carefresh today, if we need to switch bedding. Other than that , he is doing great! Oh, pooping all over the place, too, so that is back to normal. I am impressed with the improvement in him! He looks so much happier!

Talishan
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Post   » Thu Dec 20, 2007 8:14 pm


Nibbling on just a tiny bit of kiln-dried pine won't hurt him. Ingesting large quantities of it might. If he nibbles the CareFresh too, though, it's about the same problem.

If he doesn't eat a lot of any of the beddings, he should be fine.

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tiggyswift

Post   » Thu Dec 20, 2007 9:11 pm


I will watch him to see how much he eats. It is hard to tell, though.
My vet seemed to think that maybe he was filling up on his shavings and not wanting to eat. How would I know how much is too much? This morning his weight was up 3/4 oz from yesterday, and tonight he is up another 1/8 oz, which is great! He is at least trying some veggies, although he only eats a few bites of them. He is drinking alot since he has been home. I will keep an eye on that for now. He is doing great on his hay,and better on pellets, but has a ways to go with that. Overall, I am pleased with how well he is doing. Tonight is the best he has done on his pellets so far! I can't wait till he gains back everything he lost!

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Bethie
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Post   » Fri Dec 21, 2007 12:04 am


Hurray for Junior! I'm so glad he's pulled through. Maybe you should bed him on fleece while he's learning to eat what's good for him. I suppose if he keeps eating the good stuff, you don't need to. But it's an idea if he regresses. Hay! Hay! Hay! Junior.

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