I have a sick piggie and I need help.
I took Zelda to the vet on Friday and she was diagnosed with a URI and prescribed Baytril. I was also given Oxbow powder (I think it´s also called critical care). Boy does she hate it!!
She has not been eating or drinking. I have been trying everything. I am now force feeding her, along with her medicine, yogurt and water. She has never been a fan of ANY fruits or veggies but I am trying them also. She has always eaten plenty of hay and pellets.
I am so worried about her. She is so little, I can´t imagine she can take much more.
We got her one year ago ande all love her soooooo much.
Is the lack of appetite a side effect of Baytril? If it is am I doing her any good by giving it to her?
I have a call into my vet and I really wish she would call back soon. Zelda is just laying in the corner of her cage under her water bottle. She has shown absolutely no signs of improvement. I gave her a cozy towel in her "house" but she doesn´t even want to go to it. I can see her breathing. Of course it looking like she´s breathing heavy to me because I´m being so critical. Should I just take her to the vet without waiting for the call? Is it possible she could (I hate to say this) die from this?
We just lost our 11 year old dog last month and my two sons aren´t quite over that yet.
I´m sorry for going on so much. I´m going to give the vet another call. I hope someone has some advice for me.
Yes, pigs can die from URIs if they are not treated with the right meds or if they become anorexic. Baytril usually does a good job, but it would be a good idea to ask your vet to switch to something else, since it doesn´t seem to agree with her. Doxycycline, Bactrim and Chloramphenicol are good choices.
It is extremely important that you keep food going through her system. You may have to fight her for it, but it needs to be done. Also, you need to keep her hydrated. A hydration SubQ from the vet is a good idea. Also, make sure to syringe her fluids in her mouth. Critical Care is very balanced so you won´t need to add anything (vitamins, etc) to it.
Did you read the piece on the information pages about force feeding? Make sure to read it. You need a 1cc syringe (without the needle) and you need to cut the tip off so you have an even cylinder.
If we can be of any more help, don´t hesitate.
If you read the "What is a ..." thread on this same board (emergency), you´ll find lots of useful tips.
I have had really good results from Doxycycline 5mg/kg twice daily. Others have had good results from bactrim and chloramphenicol.
Hydration subcue with C and B added into the solution is the best thing you could do for her aside from switching meds.
And you absolutely must keep handfeeding.
Read these articles on antibiotic intolerance
I went outside to get some fresh grass and she shows no interest at all. She has no desire to eat. Her breathing seems to be labored.
Thanks for you concern and I´ll keep you updated. I´m sure it will be a long night for me and my Zelly.
If she´s hydrated she´ll find it easier to eat. If you can´t get her to an emergency clinic, syringe unflavoured pedialyte into her. But hydration subcue treatment is best since they can get 20-40 cc´s of fluid into her at once.
She absolutely should change meds if she is getting worse. Now - not later. I wish I could do more to help.
If there is fluid in the lungs(pneumonia) - Lasix might help but it is dehydrating and not to be done without a hydration subcue or if she has any evidence of kidney problems.
I would try to get her on Doxycycline - our pigs have had the least side effects from it and it is great for URIs. It is of the tetracycline family so it isn´t to be taken lightly, but we have always had success with it at the 5mg/kg twice daily dose.
I can´t stress enough how important it is to move fast when they are sick. It is worth an emergency clinic visit. If they don´t have doxycycline - ask for Bactrim.
What she has may be resisitant to the baytril.
Keep at the hand feeding. I had to try several different holds and had to be very brave about holding her head. The info on the pages mentioned is really helpful. I also mixed the Critical Care with a little bit of unsweetened cranberry juice and the vet suggested mixing it with a little bit of baby food.
Good luck. I would go to the emergency clinic IF they know what they´re doing! Where are you?
I have been force feeding Posey with a 35CC syringe. She gets 10 cc´s every 2 to 3 hours. I´ve been feeding her carrots (babyfood, just carrots and water... not the starchy kind) half and half with rehydrated pellets and extra Vit C. drops. Posey has become so used to the forced feedings now that I don´t even need to bunny her up in a towel. She´ll just sit in my lap and let me feed her.
Now tonight, I finally caught Posey munching on hay all on her own, upon which the entire house roared with a cheer to startle the neighbourhood! The poor piggie must have wondered what on earth all these humans are raising such a stink about! LOL!
Anyhow... I´ll be thinking about you and your piggy... sub-cutaneous fluids would help her immensely. Posey brightened up within a couple of hours of having extra fluids injected.
Can you get her to Angell when your husband gets home?
I´m sorry but it really does sound like life or death. She needs veterinary help as soon as possible.
If it is antibiotic intolerance you dhould see improvements in 12 hours. But if she is still ill than the improvements from being off the baytril will be masked by the continuing infection.
I hope she makes it through the night.