Soft poop-please help

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sammianne

Post   » Wed Dec 17, 2008 3:07 pm


All fingers are crossed here, too! Get to feeling better soon, Sierra sweetie!

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Brenda B

Post   » Wed Dec 17, 2008 3:20 pm


he did not seems concerned about her eating pine shavings, although I switched back to aspen today even though they are so course...

anyone have input about this?

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JoePig

Post   » Wed Dec 17, 2008 3:57 pm


I use aspen chips.
Different bags chips can be nice and fluffy, or chunky and hard. I've noticed the bigger bags have a tendency to be "fluffier" and the medium bags tend to be "chunkier".

Just remembering, whenever my pigs are on critical care? Their poops get to be really mushy and smelly. I kept a box of tissues by the pen. When I picked up the "issue pig", I would have a tissue handy to wipe off feet and rump. (I took to flusing the tissue; it was too smelly for the garbage.)

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Brenda B

Post   » Wed Dec 17, 2008 5:08 pm


so cc could make poops worse? How will I know if it's the baytril?

I'm a wreck.

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JoePig

Post   » Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:08 pm


I do not remember my pigs getting loose stools with anti-biotics.

I remember that it feeding them an hour before getting an anti-biotic seemed to "upset" their stomachs less. I mean, if I gave the anti-biotic first, they ate less. (The diminished appetite was really noticable when one of my pigs was on Bactrim.)

The feeding was freshening up the pellet bowl and a new handful of hay. Plus, lots of compliments and skritches.

You're going to hate me for this, but keep your spirits up. Animals pick up on "worried vibes". But, Sierra sounds pretty happy, even feisty and a little mad at you for not giving into her desire for more veggies. Just keep encouraging her to be her happy, feisty self!

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Brenda B

Post   » Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:20 pm


I can't hate you JoePig...or anyone else on this forum...I find comfort here since no one else in my world understands me...

Sierra has not had veggies since Saturday when her poops were good...I wonder if I can give her a bit since the problem is obviously not from that.

She just has the worst poops ever...

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JoePig

Post   » Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:24 pm


How much longer is Sierra on antibiotics?

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Brenda B

Post   » Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:26 pm


if she is being treated for loose stools...and the cc also gives loose stools...how will I know if she is getting better??

Do I just keep supplementing until the abs are finished? Then see how things go?

Sorry if I am starting to ask stupid questions now...but I will risk my reputation for my pig...

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JoePig

Post   » Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:27 pm


Yes, but how many more days is Sierra on antibiotics?

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Brenda B

Post   » Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:28 pm


she started baytril just yesterday...has been on flagyl and albon for 10 days...

she improved on the flagyl and albon, then got worse suddenly...so they are trying baytril...she seems worse still so I wonder if the baytril is contributing to the soft poops?

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JoePig

Post   » Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:29 pm


You mentioned something about Bactrim?
Or was that a typo?

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Brenda B

Post   » Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:31 pm


she has 5 1/2 days left on baytril...

I suggested bactrim to both vets (she has been to my long time vet 3 times and a specialist once) and both agreed that the bactrim being in the same class as the albon (both sulpha drugs) was not a good choice since she has been doing albon for so long

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Brenda B

Post   » Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:33 pm


my reg vet does not think she needs baytril yet...he sent the poop out to a lab today

the specialist put her on it...basically since the other ones were not fixing the problem

part of me thinks I should stop the baytril...the specialist is not in today...so I can not ask him...

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JoePig

Post   » Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:38 pm


Thanks.

My pigs have always done better on Baytril then Bactrim.
Bactrim really seems to kill off an appetite.

If you take the pig off of Baytril before finishing the prescribed treatment, you risk making any bacteria "resistant". (Just like in people.)

I have never noticed a relationship between soft poop and an antibiotic. I had a pig on "pulse therapy" antibiotics for a year and another pig on antibiotics for 10 weeks straight for a bone infection. No soft poops.

I have noticed soft poops from Critical Care. And the poops were smelly and stuck to their feet. But, if the anti-biotic is killing off the appetite too much? You gotta keep the weight on somehow.

Do try giving Sierra fresh pellets and hay an hour before giving the antibiotic.

You know, you are doing a great job.

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Brenda B

Post   » Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:44 pm


Thanks JoePig...I am so new to all of this...only got our first pig this summer and only had Sierra for 2 months today...

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Dec 17, 2008 11:57 pm


Brenda B, please stop abusing ellipses (the dots you are putting between words). It makes your posts hard to read.

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Brenda B

Post   » Thu Dec 18, 2008 12:47 am


Sorry Lynx! A bad habit of mine. I promise to join ellipse abuse anonymous as soon as Sierra is better! :)

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becksters
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Post   » Thu Dec 18, 2008 9:00 am


Watch carefully and give a probiotic with the batryil. Matilda when off food after 4 doses of Batryil. It can be harsh and there are many instances where it upsets their tummies enough to go off food. So be watchful while she's on Batryil.

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Brenda B

Post   » Thu Dec 18, 2008 10:13 am


I am giving poop soup and acidophilous, also cc

vet mentioned b complex too.I was so upset about my dog hurting his neck I did not ask a doseage. Anyone give b vitamins?

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Brenda B

Post   » Thu Dec 18, 2008 8:25 pm


ok, Sierra's culture just came back neg. We are stumped.

I mentioned her love of eating shavings so we are going to try a hay only bedding for a bit to see if that is what is causing her GI upset. When I took the shavings out and put in hay only she started to nibble on the fleece lined crinkle tunnels I have in there.

Seems she wants to eat everyhting she shouldn't.

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