She's on medicine for a URI, she freaks out about the syringe, the only way I can get her to take it is if I have her against my chest looking up at me (like she were going to walk up my chest) I know it's usually recommended to do this on a hard surface and such, so I want to know if this is OK, if it's not, I will try my best to get her to take it while standing, but she screams and thrashes, the vet says her trachea is really irritated.
Also, she's got's loads of poops, and she peed on the vet today, so I would assume that she's eating and drinking SOMETHING, but you'd never know it. She sits in her cage in the corner farthest from the door, the food and the water and cowers behind, or under her hay pile. She's very comfortable with me, and when the vet put her down she ran right over to me but this behavior is worrisome to me. Her cage is totally covered because she was freaking out when it wasn't.
She hasn't eaten any veggies at all, and when she's in her cage she's silent, but when she's out she never shuts up.
Any sort of insight into any of these issues would be wonderful.
As the vet said when comparing her to Tempest and Twister, "she's some kinda different pig."
We're going off of the assumption that Tallulah is a breeder stock reject, so is it possible she's used to being around a lot of pigs and now she's alone and doesn't know what to do with herself?
Again, any insight would be welcome, even if it's 'turn the clock sideways and stand on your head' haha
ETA: Talishan, I really appreciate you taking the time to help me and my girls out.
I know she's terrified but I always feel so bad when I put her back in her cage, she's so happy and cheerful when she's out.
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Hold her as much as you can and spend as much time with her as you can? I realize you probably work/go to school/whatever and there's only so much you can do (and only so many T-shirts you can change ;-), but do the best you can to be company for her right now.
If your county AC is any good, you might want to call them about this. They might very well know who this breeder is and can pay them a little visit and enlighten them as to the fact that dumping animals under tables at McDonald's is illegal.
Here's a real stretch: can you make an mp3 or something of Twister and Tempest's noises and play it for her??
An x-ray will show if she's pregnant. You may want to wait a bit, though, for any babies to develop further (and for her to settle in a little). The later you wait the clearer the rads will be.
Be advised if she has a well-set-in pneumonia from poor living conditions, Bactrim may not completely do the job. You may have to use Baytril or a Baytril/Doxy combo. That's for down the road, though ... just be prepared it might arise.
Thank you and bless you for helping her.
I actually had a similar thought, but I was thinking maybe photos or something. I think the mp3 would upset her too much. Whenever she hears them she starts wheeking for them so hard her ears flap! Than when she can't see them ( and they don't wheek back, because so far the girls have been very quiet piggies) she gets more distressed.
I did contact the AC after I found Twister and Tempest but they said there wasn't much they could do unless I knew who had done it. I imagine it would be the same story for Tallulah, the McDonald's us only about 2 blocks away.
I'm going to weigh her every couple days, and pray she is not pregnant. The vet said he didn't think so, but to weigh, wait, and see.
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Bear in mind if you do that you will likely have to treat Tempest and Twister for anything (else) Tallulah may have, but if they're both already on AB it's worth considering IMO. See what others say first.
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Observe strict quarantine procedure otherwise ... that is, wash hands/forearms and change shirts in between cages. You still run the risk of fungal and lice transmission. Lice are easily taken care of with Advantage (plain Advantage, imidacloprid only which may begin to become hard to come by). Ivermectin acts on lice as well (perhaps to a lesser extent). Fungal can be a pain so don't drop all quarantine procedures regardless of what else you may do. All of them have come from a bad enough environment that any of the "normal" issues may likely be present.
She really hates her medicine, but after she gets it I syringe some water too, just so I know she's getting water.
Currently she's hiding under her hay pile, however, she isn't eating her pellets at ALL, she hasn't touched the bowl at all, so I'm assuming that the ONLY thing she is eating is hay, and not that much of it either. There's a chance she's eating the pellets that she spilled on the ground but there's no way to tell, I just know the bowl hasn't been touched.
What should I do? Should I just leave it alone? Is it OK that all she's eating is small amounts of hay?
Anyone have anymore thoughts on moving them closer?
Thank you so much Talishan, your expertise and advice is very much appreciated! Thanks for taking the time.
I put my girls down for floor time and moved Tallulah's cage about a foot away, so they could see each other. It made such a difference to Tallulah! She started eating her pellets, drinking her water and popcorning!
Unfortunately, her fluff gave me a false impression of her size and she wiggled her way through the bars, thankfully she didn't get very far and could not finagle her way into the floor pen, though she did try.
She's a horror to medicate, does anyone have any good tips for the really hard to medicate ones? Tempest and Twister love medicine time, but Tallulah thrashes and squeals and whips her head around and chatters her teeth. I've been managing it, but it gets harder everytime, and we've got 2 times a day for 8 days still to go.