This morning, he was released because he had pooped overnight and eaten a little bit on his own - we picked him up around 10:30am. As of right now, he still hasn't eaten or pooped for me and when I try to syringe feed him, he tries to spit his critical care out :(
Any ideas? I've tried a million and one different vegetables and fruits, including all of his favorites, but he wants none of it :(
I'm the only one who seems worried - they thought his behavior was normal...so I'm probably just worrying too much. Beppo and his brother, Speed are our first pigs, so I just don't really know what to expect.
Have you looked over the hand feeding page?
I'm not sure what size syringe you're using, but it's a lot easier to manipulate a pig into eating with a 1cc syringe (with the tip cut off).
Critical Care is best to feed. Every pig is different, but I've had luck mixing in some canned pumpkin. Another of mine enjoyed it mixed with (unsweetened) cranberry juice. And while you don't want it too runny, make sure it has a smooth consistency. When my Creole was ill, he improved significantly once I started making it moister.
Are you offering him any water? Creole was my only experience with Cholestyramine, but he was absolutely GAGA for the stuff! I mixed it with water, & syringed it to him in between bites of Critical Care.
Make sure you aren't giving the Metacam, Enro or Enacard on an empty stomach, since they can all cause stomach upset/affect the appetite.
Sending Beppo healing vibes, & keep us posted!
I did read the hand feeding page and got some tips from there...I did find that the 1cc syringes work a lot better than the 10cc syringe I was using before his surgery.
He's moving around a teeny bit more today and not squinting his eyes so much, so I hope that means he's starting to feel a little better.
Has he been uninterested in the CC mixed with Cholestyramine since surgery? The only reason I mixed it with water instead was so I didn't have to worry about getting in all the CC. Turned out to be a plus, since it got him to drink more (so I started mixing it with even more water).
I need advice...Beppo has still been losing weight, despite an increase in the amount of critical care he gets. I've been giving him 10-15 cc every 4-5 hours and he's steadily losing weight. Just now, I syringed him 12cc over the course of about an hour and his starting and ending weight was 835g. Sunday morning he was 863g, Monday morning 859g, Tuesday morning 853g and this morning 838g.
He's eating a little bit of greens on his own and if he's eating any pellets or hay, it's an unnoticable amount. Do you think something else is going on? Or does healing from surgery just take that much energy/calories out of them?
I'm going to call the vet first thing in the morning, too.
How did the vet say the other kidney looked? Normal?
She said his other kidney looked good and the blood values testing function were good.
Just now, between 11-11:20 I syringed him another 5cc and he lost a 1g during that time. How is that possible? :(