Everything went smoothly and the Pea is home again, and in a very bad mood!
Her little back legs are a bit stiff, but she seems fine and has not stopped eating since she got home.
She is on a low dose of Meloxicam for 3 days, and has to go back for the second shots in 7 - 10 days.
The other girls were staying well clear of her, but she is in a much better mood tonight, she is letting Maudie cuddle her
Last time it took a few weeks to see any improvement, so finger crossed!
This morning during their after breakfast nap, I noticed she is breathing too hard, she seems happy, is eating peeing and pooping normally, but she is definitely breathing harder and faster than normal.
Her breathing is always more noticable then the other pigs, I assume because she still has a large cyst in there.
I am taking Myrtle to the vets tonight, so I will bring the Pea as well.
What is going on with my piggies lately?! I think they are are plotting to scare me into an early grave!
We took her in last night, vet said heart and lungs sound fine, she agreed about her breathing too fast, and she also thought Sweetpea's eyes may be a bit bulgy as well.
(but it is hard to tell, her eyes always look like they are about to pop right out of her head when she is tense!)
Vet said other wise she is a glowing picture of health, so she thinks the cyst that doesn't respond to HCG may be the problem.
So, Sweetpea is booked in on Tuesday to have it drained, and she is on Meloxicam until then.
She is bouncing around happily this morning, but still breathing fast.
This morning her eyes look less buldgey, ('bulgy' sigh, well at least you knew what I meant!) she is eating very well and her weight is stable, with no signs of tooth issues at all, but if the vet is still concerned after they drain the cyst, head x-rays will have to be the next step.
She has always had more poppy eyes than the others, but she does have a very excitable nature!
She has not been tested for heart issues, she has never showed any of the signs on the heart page, up until this fast breathing thing yesterday. Same story I suppose, if the breathing does not improve after the cyst is drained, chest x-rays will be next.
The vet said her cyst really is huge now, it seems to have gotten bigger quite suddenly.
Although she does have a lot of fat there as well, you can kind of see the shape of the cyst in this photo; (and the slightly buldgey eyes)
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I am really confused by your vets opinion that it would be as invasive as desexing though, it is not even really surgery!
I am dropping her off at the clinic on Tuesday, they will give her a light sedation, then they will use a needle to drain the cyst from the outside.
Vet said it's a pretty quick procedure and the whole thing will cost about $80.
She will then have a couple of days on meloxicam and that is it.
My vet said the only problems could be:
a, the cyst may fill up again in weeks, but it could (hopefully!)also take months or even years to fill up again.
And b, if she did have to have it drained all the time, she could form adhesions.
I am sorry your vets are so unhelpful daisymay, you are trying so hard to help Jessie.
My girl just had it done about a week and a half ago. She was a little out of it for a day or two from the sedative but is fine now. Also, it took a while for her to get her appetite back. The vet and I think the sedative affected her more so than it would other pigs. Be aware that they will probably have to stick her more than once to access and drain all the "compartments". I didn't know this beforehand.
She's fully recovered now so no worries. Your girl will do just fine.
Topaz, thank you, I didn't know that there may be compartments in the cyst either.
Sweetpea has alway bounced back straight away after the sedatives for her HCG shots, (besides being in a foul mood for a day or so!) Hopefully she will be fine.
I am very glad to hear that the adorable Diamond has made a full recovery!