Went out yesterday so only syringed Patrick 20mls of water, Patrick is now peeing blood :(. Surely one night of no water can't have this affect, he's in a lot of pain normally he runs around when out the cage instead he just lay down on me and went to sleep. Poor Baby, his poops where also smaller and he appears to have a swollen belly although not bloat, as he's pooping and eating normal sized poops now, as I type he's munching his way though a bowl of Critical Care. Perhaps he wants to put an emergency vet visit, on top of his mummies already sore head!
Patrick has been crying again since Saturday - he had another injection and saw the vet - no blood just squeaking but to be honest I don't think it's working.
I am syringing fluids daily.
Now hopefully you guys can help - Patrick is on Metacam and Cosquin but what I have noticed is he is eating all his pellet's not just the one's he need. My thinking is he is lacking something in the gut. I have been giving probiotics (fibreflex). Is my thinking correct, anyone know why they do this?
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The gut flora being messed up can contribute to this (the final droppings have some of what they need and eat the cecotropes for, just not very much) but if you are giving probiotics there may be a psychological reason, as well as physiological, for his consuming *all* of them.
Is he on any AB's at all?
After the initial bleeding on Saturday - I think there may have been a trace on Sunday but cleared up, we didn't start him on Abs as we know from previous experience that he bleeds when infection isn't present. I can't remember the last time he has had Abs now maybe more than a month ago.
His urine is dilute obviously from the water he's being forced to consume.
Patrick had a better night last night after his metacam - I didn't hear him squeak at all. I remember getting so upset before it's amazing how you adapt to a situation, it's frustrating at time's but it's really not terrible, there's much worse illnesses. Obviously I would like to cure him but if I can't we'll just have to manage the problem.
Do you think it's worth doing anymore test's to rule anything else out? His usual vet isn't working this week so haven't really spoke about his progress, other than his episode with the vet we saw on Monday. I'm hoping to get another scan done but then I don't know what else we can do except what we are doing.
Anybody got any idea's? .
I have been speaking to a couple of piggy people and both pig's intact males had the same issues as Patrick - now both these pigs where neutered and stopped squeaking.
One of the pig's when having it's bladder flushed produced a lot of sperms rod's which is why they decided to neuter. Perhaps I'm just looking for a quick fix but the longer I battle this with Patrick the more I realize this is a common problem and maybe sperm rod's are causing problems of course I am only speculating.
I'm keeping up the flushing of the bladder but he's eating all his poop's and crying every time he urinates, his last injection is on Tuesday.
Will speak to the vet about what we can try next.
Patrick went back to the vet - he is still squeaking and we where unable to get a urine sample but as he had strong smelling urine and a pink tinge, we decided to give him a course of Septrin.
He has been on Septrin since Tuesday, there is no visible blood in the urine and it no longer has a strong odour.
For some strange reason today I decided to test his urine - with human urine sticks.
He has no visible blood but the test strips seem to think his blood is off the scale. I have tested him about 5 times now and every time showing the same results - nothing else is abnormal.
I have since tested Milo and Pebbles just in case my sticks where contaminated and both pigs have no blood present and everything normal.
Can anyone advise why no blood is visible but the stick says other wise. I will be phoning my vet on Monday to ask but Patrick is fine in himself everything as normal as can be considering he squeaks constantly but it is ongoing.