Still, not eating
Took her to the vet last night, midnight.
Vet checked teeth, lungs, belly, etc.
Said it was gas, gave her some meds there.
Prescribed some children´s gas-x type stuff to get at the drug store.
IF that´s the problem, how long before improvement?
Did the vet mention an intestinal obstruction at all? It´s important to know whether she´s pooping and if so, what they look like.
Most everything I´ve read involving gas or bloat mentions other meds in addition to something to relieve gas. For example Reglan, to improve intestinal motility and antibiotics plus probiotics to restore the correct balance of bacteria in the gut. However, not if there is an obstruction.
Sorry to ask, but is this a vet we know to be cavy competent?
This is an email exerpt from a friend who has a few pigs with med problems:
I have found what works with the g.i. track problems is a small piece of a tablet of peptic ac over the counter. This is used in place of
banamine which some vets like to use...but I have found sucess each time I used the peptic AC (on advice of one vet
who sees alot of exotics).
I am unfamiliar with this product so can´t really comment on it. Unfortunately, if a pig´s digestive system isn´t operating properly, oral meds may not be very effective.
If there is concern that there is a bacterial infection the vet may give a baytril injection. And if the pig isn´t "shocky" (pale gums) a hydration subcue treatment may be beneficial.
Did the vet do an xray?
Do a search at Cavies Galore for the thread on Scooter. Try barium and Scooter for key words. He had an obstruction and the owner posted info.
Hydration should be by subcue on pigs with Bloat.
If the pig is "shocky"(pale gums and tongue and with a low temperature), a hydration subcue treatment is not a good idea.
Bloated pigs should not be syringe fed anything, The food and liquid will only back up(risk of choking) and add to the discomfort. The bloat must be taken care of before handfeeding anything.
Reglan (metoclopramide) is the only effective treatment for Bloat I know of.
Unfortunately, she failed to recover and died the following day at the vets. Thank you to everyone who offered information.
And even with immediate action there is no gaurantee the treatment will work.
But if possible, it is worth doing an autopsy. I lost a pig to what every indication was Bloat. After the autopsy, it was found that the real cause of death was a bronchial plug due to chronic pneumonia(caused by a virus - he´d been on ABs that would have knocked out a bacterial pneumonia). He also had heart disease. The kicker was there were absolutely no recent symptoms of any URI or and symptoms of heart problems at all. And this pig had been under veterinary care for dental work that required anaesthesia which would have entailed listening to his lungs and heart with a stethoscope.
In retrospect there was two clues something was amiss. He did not do well under anaesthesia and since we got him he had a chronic snotty nose(that would clear up and come back with no other symptoms). We now know these were indications of heart disease and chronic pneumonia.
And so I guess we learned a little bit more.