Soft poop-please help

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Brenda B

Post   » Thu Dec 18, 2008 9:03 pm


Now she is chewing on her pigloo!

She has only hay, a sisal ball with a bell and pigloo since she eats everthing and she is nibbling the pigloo!

I truly don't know what to do with her.

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Brenda B

Post   » Fri Dec 19, 2008 12:03 am


OMG! She reached through her cage and ate part of the plastic bag her hay is in. I freaked and called the vet at home. Even though she has soft poops he said to give her the reglan I have on hand and push more hay.

I read threads about other pig being ok after this happened to them

I can't believe this happened. After all I have been doing to save her life now this.

My husband is furious with me. He says I have spent hundreds of dollars to find out what is wrong with Sierra and she has an eating disorder.

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Brenda B

Post   » Fri Dec 19, 2008 12:37 am


I gave her 25 ml of critical care. She pooped on a towel the entire time. Guess the reglan works fast. It was soft still. I could not see any plastic pieces. I will give her more CC in 3-4 hours.

She is grooming herself and nibbling hay now. Surprised she has not tried to eat one of my other pigs for crying out loud. What is her deal? She eats everything!

Another all nighter for me and Sierra
*sigh*

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GuineaPinny

Post   » Fri Dec 19, 2008 12:47 am


I haven't read the whole thread, but I know that some of my pigs in the past have nibbled on things they normally didn't when they were in pain. I'm not sure if that's been suggested as an explanation. I doubt it's what you need to hear though :/

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Fri Dec 19, 2008 12:57 am


"I could not see any plastic pieces."

If she ground up the plastic with her molars, you may not see it when it passes through her system.

More on gastric transit time can be found here:
http://www.guinealynx.info/impaction.html#summary

"What is her deal? She eats everything!"

It might be something like pica behavior.

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Brenda B

Post   » Fri Dec 19, 2008 3:04 am


she does not seem to be in pain.

I just found her sleeping in her igloo...going to give more cc and hope for poop.

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Brenda B

Post   » Fri Dec 19, 2008 3:54 am


she passed 5 poops. they are firming up too. hope this is from meds and not indication of blockage since she had mush for so long.

I'm going to check her again in 3 hours.

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Brenda B

Post   » Fri Dec 19, 2008 6:23 am


Good poops at 3 am, we are 7 hours past the incident.

When can I start to relax?

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Brenda B

Post   » Fri Dec 19, 2008 10:56 am


More poop at 6 and 7:45. She is having almost normal poop too so either the baytril is working, taking her off of shavings did the trick or she had a plastic deficiency? :)

Had to make a joke as I am feeling not so good after being up almost all night checking to see if she is pooping or not.

We are 12 hours post incident and she appears normal. I have to leave for 4 hours. I hope all goes well while I am gone. I will give her a bit of mineral oil before I go.

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Fri Dec 19, 2008 11:11 am


Sending more good thoughts for Sierra, and I hope she continues to do well.

"I will give her a bit of mineral oil before I go"

I would skip the mineral oil.

A good discussion about using mineral oil can be found here:
Sammie's Post Stone Surgery Care

Talishan explains it very well.

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Brenda B

Post   » Fri Dec 19, 2008 1:18 pm


thanks tracis!

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Brenda B

Post   » Fri Dec 19, 2008 4:36 pm


We are having normal poops!

And we are now on fleece.

Many happy pigs here. My son says they are doing an Irish Dance

Bookfan
For the Love of Pigs

Post   » Fri Dec 19, 2008 9:10 pm


I hope that's the royal "we". :-P

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Brenda B

Post   » Fri Dec 19, 2008 10:40 pm


Bookfan, it looks like Sierra may have had her poop issue because she eats inedible things; wood shavings, parts of the pigloo, bits of fleece lining from her crinkle tunnel and plastic.

Any possibility that Ellie does this too?

I just wonder because we never found and parasite or bacteria in the 4 fecals and 1 culture we did. I think you have had the same experience too...not finding any reason for the soft stool.

Anyway, since we removed ALL inedible items she has improved. Then again, it could be the baytril? But I think given the fact that this has beenon and off for 2 months it is not due to bacterial infection.

Bookfan
For the Love of Pigs

Post   » Sat Dec 20, 2008 1:37 am


Right, we haven't found a cause yet. I just asked my daughter and she said Elle doesn't eat things she shouldn't. Our wood chip eater is Celia. You'll see her with an aspen shaving hanging out of her mouth and a guilty look on her face. She needs wood chips anonymous.

I'm *glad* Sierra's doing better. Good for her & maybe you can get some sleep.

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GuineaPinny

Post   » Sat Dec 20, 2008 1:41 am


Oh I'm so glad for Sierra!

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Brenda B

Post   » Sat Dec 20, 2008 11:34 am


We had slightly soft poop today when I woke up (at 8am for the first time in weeks) but I did give them all some spring mix so she may have trouble with veggies too.

She is still running to the side of the cage asking for treats so I guess she feels good.

I'm still watchful as it may return again.

After all of the hand feedings she does not run from me anymore though. We are so bonded. :)

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Brenda B

Post   » Sat Dec 20, 2008 11:35 am


Bookfan, I assume Celia has no issues from the aspen chips then?

These creatures are truly mysterious huh?

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Brenda B

Post   » Sun Dec 21, 2008 9:47 am


We went to the Bunny Bunch Rescue where we got her today and got all edible toys and an edible pigloo.

The lady at the rescue said that she has had a number of pigs get soft poop from too many pellets (even though we give oxbow). So, we ill watch that as well.

BTW, if you live in Southern CA, the Bunny Bunch in Montclair has critical care, syringes, GI stasis emergency kits as well as all food, hay and supplies if you need some in a pinch and are close by. The proceeds go to rescue buns, pigs and chins.

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WEAVER
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Post   » Sun Dec 21, 2008 9:54 am


The lady at the rescue said that she has had a number of pigs get soft poop from too many pellets
I have never heard of that. Back before I knew any better I used to free-feed my piggies pellets and they never got soft poo from eating too much.


I am glad to hear though that she is getting better.

If it makes you feel any better, Sidney has not had trouble pooping agaiin since she was on the flagyl.

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