Great news on Casper though. Dosage does sound high, Buttercup who was slightly smaller than a kg at the time was on 0.2mls.
Good Luck with Casper!
Yes my vet is very experienced (Rabbit Medicine in Perth Australia) - her specialty is rabbits, pigs, mice and rats, but I will re-think the spaying and do some research. It sounded like a good idea to me because Casper is maturing and was harrassing her mom for a few days last week - rumblestrutting, chasing and otherwise being a brat. Things are calm now but Pig doesn't really like Casper (nips at her when she comes too close but doesn't break skin) so I thought if she was spayed, things would be more mellow.
As she's gained a few grams, I've stopped feeding critical care - I make a pellet mash and leave that out for her, which she eats along with small bits of dry pellets.
Do you think her mom needs to bite food to keep her teeth in shape? Should I put big chunks of food in for her mom (her teeth are great) or is it ok for her to get the small slices of food that Casper gets?
I'm also worried because I'm leaving Casper in my husband's care while I go home to Canada for almost three weeks in a few days - I've tried to change my ticket but no luck. He's going to have a very explicit to-do list but he's at work for 12 hours a day, then has to take care of the dogs, cats, pigs and bunny before and after work.
I actually have to head out to Dr V now but I will be back soon and will try to answer your other questions. :)
- Still supporting in 2014
Enjoy your trip to Canada! I'm sure your husband will take special care of Casper. Men have a way of doing that when no one's looking.
I took her to Vickeridge for a check-up - she filed down her front tooth (which is now discoloured at the end, kind of brown, but she thinks that may be normal for a tooth that doesn't grind down properly. The root has enamel and is fairly white still). Her back teeth haven't grown back over her tongue yet but she diagramed it in Casper's chart and wants to see her two weeks.
Casper charmed the vet techs with her tameness and adorableness. She's really got a way with winning people over, everyone who's met her has fallen for her, from great big Aussie guys who cuddle her in their hand with a look of wonder in their eyes, to neighbours who volunteered to come over every day while I was gone to take Casper outside for some supervised play!
I've postponed getting Pig spayed till I'm fully informed on it.
1st question: The bottoms of Casper's back feet are fairly red, so the vet suggested liquid bandages to protect her from bumblefoot: is this right?
2nd question: Casper makes a 'screechy record' sound, quietly, when I'm cuddling her, like a needle back and forth on an album. Her eyes will be closed and her legs stretched back behind her, so she looks very comfortable, but I can't figure out what this noise is. I'm hoping it's a happy noise but please let me know if you've heard this one before!
Some pigs make that sort of record noise when they're content. There's also a subtle variation of it that sounds a bit like an owl hooting that can indicate heart problems.
I got my baby bunny the other day and I was cuddling both of them on my lap. Casper kept trying to chew on the bunny fur for a while (which is pretty much how she checks everything out, with her mouth) then decided the bunny was a great pillow and had a little nap. The two of them had a little nap for almost an hour. Bad photo, but too cute so thought I'd share it!