Humphrey is a little perkier. I saw him groom himself briefly yesterday, and today, when he saw that I was doing veggies, he came out of his house and looked up at me. That's the first time I've seen him walk.
The bad news is, he walks funny. The daughter had been telling me that he "hops instead of walks" which normally I would associate with scurvy. However, in this pig's case, his diet of vegetables alone probably makes that unlikely.
And it wasn't a scurvy hop either. It was a very pronounced limp. So something else is wrong with this pig, which I knew was the case. Perhaps pain kept him from eating.
Whatever it is, these people will never pay for x rays. I just have to find a way to get them to surrender him to me. I spoke with the daughter this morning, and she said that her brother is very attached to the pig and doesn't want to give him up.
I'm afraid that, if they find out he has something else wrong with him, they might want to come get him and take him home rather than have me treat him further. But if it doesn't get treated, and it's the reason for his anorexia, then all of this will be for nothing because he will eventually wind up back in this condition.
I need ideas. How do I convince them to let go of this guy?
- Get on your bike.
I feel sorry for this kid. It certainly isn't his fault his mother won't pay for x rays. Are you sure you can't convince her? You convicned her to pay for the other treatments. Maybe bring her son into it and how devasted he'll be if he loses the pig? I don't know.
At any rate, it would mean painkillers daily.
If the son truly loves his pig he will want what's best for the pig - not what's best for him. Why can't he visit the pig?
It appears the kid's choice is to take the pig and watch it die for lack of treatment or surrender it to you so it can get the treatment it needs.
What if you convinced the kid to surrender and allowed him to foster the pig after you've nursed Humphrey to stability. That way you would have the right to step in and take the pig back if he reverts.
He's on C therapy but it doesn't look like scurvy to me. It looks like an injury. I have 2 pigs with joint damage from scurvy and they hop like rabbits. This was a definite favoring one side.
I can't even determine what it is without x rays, and they won't pay for that, I'm sure.
That's an interesting idea about the fostering.
An xray will diagnose arthritis or calcium depletion in the bone but if he isn't a breed at risk of calcium problems like a satin, it's unlikely. A good vet can usually diagnose arthritis by feeling the leg. An xray only confirms and pinpoints the problem area so you know where to use a laser pen for relief.
Tears are cheap. Seriously not impressed by her "devotion"
He's not on pain meds now but is feeling better? Then I would say pain isn't an issue. The dental definitely is but teeth problems can be the result of a pig not eating. You won't know the extent until his teeth are looked at.