Unfortunately all of the 'normal' vets dont know a hell of alot about pigs and so I would not believe anything the vet on Risely Street told you until you have seen Dr Vickeridge. I had to take Ella to the Balcatta Emergency Vet when she first came here as it was after hours, and looking back they did alot of things wrong.
Grating veggies up is a good idea, pigs with teeth problems tend to find it easier to eat this way. I have also found that the pigs like the Critical Care better if it is as thick as possible - yet can still be syringed up. It takes a bit of experimenting but it gets easier with practice.
If she isnt eating by herself at all, then you need to aim to get about 50mls of the CC down her each day. It is a heck of alot I know. Be sure she is getting plenty of fluids as well.
You've got her this far. She's weaned. She's eating grated vegetables. You've got Critical Care and know how to syringe feed her. Most lethals never get to that place, so most doctors know zip about what's possible and what's not.
Hang in there, Casper and Caspersmom.
She is eating all on her own now, and putting on grams with each meal, but I'm going to supplement with a bit of Critical Care till I get in to Dr. Vickeridge.
Also, does anyone know if it's ok for pigs to eat Wonder Wheat Cat Litter? It says its safe for them - I put some in their litter box yesterday and they both love it (it's small enough for Casper to eat, too). It's 100% wheat grain, very starchy, but weight isn't an issue for either pig.
I'm also going to start another post under Reference on her feral mom Pig, who's made an amazing turnaround with a proper size cage and hiding spots, as I think this is more important than newbies like me realize!
Well said, EllieMom.
Caspersmom, I wouldn't let them eat the Wheat litter stuff. It may say it's fine, but then, exercise balls and cedar chips are still marketed for gps, right?
Grains are indeed very starchy and you will most likely wind up with pigs with a gut flora imbalance, diarrhea, stasis, all that glorious and life-threatening stuff.
Casper's back teeth are also growing in wrong, at an angle over her tongue, so she was knocked out and had them trimmed. She's on .72 of metacam twice a day for pain, but she started eating about 5 minutes after waking up so that's good. And she's eating again, now back at home.
I'm taking her back for a check up in three weeks (I did such a good job on filing her one front tooth down that the vet wants to see it grown back in - in the future, the vet said I can just file that sharp tip off the front tooth myself like I did, and she'll keep an eye on the back teeth). I'm also getting her mom Pig spayed at the same time, to prevent her from getting cysts.
Thanks to everyone here for helping me through this emergency - I really appreciate your advice and all the kind words. Casper does too but she's too busy stuffing her face to write a proper thank you!
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I wanted to second Catie Cavy's advice about the spay and finding out how experienced your vet is with this complicated and invasive procedure. If you get the a-okay from other posters here, or decide to go through it anyway, here's the great page Lynx compiled for post-op care. I have seen four pigs through spays and you would definitely want to schedule Casper's (piggy) mom's recovery during a time when you were able to keep an eye on her.
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What a wonderful gift Casper is! You are doing a great job with her. I have a Lethal named Lily. She is 3 years old and doing great. These little ones are such a delight to have. I am amazed at how outgoing and brave Lily is. She does sleep facing the back of the cage, the back of the pigaloo, out in the open and various other places since she doesn't know which way is which, but she certainly knows when I am there with treats.
Good luck and enjoy little Casper!