- LS in AK
- Upside-down & Backwards
But I have been hand-feeding various pigs since last December, including post-surgery, and what I've learned is that they need a lot more than you may think to keep their weight up. I think the guidelines on the CC package is 3/4 cup of mash a day (12 Tbsp) for a 1 kg pig. That is a lot of mash.
Are you feeding the 10-15 cc every 4 hours through the night, also? If not, and Beppo isn't eating much on his own due to pain then, yes, a stronger pain-killer is definitely in order, and I would increase the frequency of hand-feedings to every few hours during the day, at least. That is how long it takes a pig's stomach to empty. I used to be afraid of forcing too much down a pig's throat at once, until I had to hand-feed a depressed piggy who was otherwise healthy, to keep her from going into stasis from grief. She loved her mash, so 20 cc in one feeding was not unusual.
You can beef up the critical care with raw pumpkin and various fruit/veggie baby foods and even Pedialyte. I have found it helpful to thin the mash down so piggy stays hydrated. Dehydration only makes anorexia worse.
Sending good appetite vibes.
I wonder if a tech appointment for fluids would help? I also agree with watering down the CC a bit.
This vet isn't big on prescribing more than Metacam, to my knowledge.
Is he still on Citra-K? I know that can upset the stomach as well.
Wishing Beppo all the best.
The vet isn't surprised that he's losing weight b/c it was such a major surgery, but said that as long as he'll take it, give him all the CC I can. He's still eating a little on his own and pooping, so no worries there. I've been syringing water with the CC...0.5cc for each 1cc of CC mash I give him. Do you think he should get more water?
He is still on Citra-K (and 10 other things!) so I'm not surprised if the meds hurt his belly, even taking it with CC. When I left for work this morning, I had him back up to 841g...so we'll see how today goes...
I've been rotating mixing his CC with baby food, pedialyte, and odwalla juice to try to make the taste different to see what he likes best. The pedialyte and warming it a teeny bit this morning seemed to go over well. I will try canned pumpkin, too.
Are his poops normal looking/a good amount of them?
How is his demeanor? Are his eyes bright/alert? Is he grinding his teeth at all?
His poops are small and a few are a little moister than normal. They look like hamster poop. But he is pooping quite a bit and every once in a while will have a normal looking/shaped one that is about 2/3 the size of normal.
He's moving around the same and eyes as alert as they have been the past couple days. He was grinding his teeth last night, but hasn't been today.
He's really enjoying trying to munch on any paper he can find while I have him on the counter for his syringe feedings. Too bad I can't infuse that with some vitamins ;)
I'm so upset...I'm always so careful to only syringe in food when he's chewing and to do it really slowly...I feel like it's all my fault. The good news is that they weren't too worried and before we left him there, he was chowing down on some greens on his own...
<sigh> I just feel like the worst piggy mom right now.
- LS in AK
- Upside-down & Backwards
It sounds like you are doing a great job with hand-feeding/watering/monitoring Beppo's recovery. Keep up the good work, I say, and don't lose heart.
Hope your little guy is feeling better soon.
His 2 week check up is tomorrow evening, so I'll post another update then. He sure does miss his brother, even thought they are only separated in their C&C cage and can still see/smell/touch noses, so they've been having mini-supervised "dates" as his brother tends to try and be a little rough with him. After their dates, he seems to perk up a lot more, so I'm hoping they'll get to be together again soon. Beppo is urinating normally, but his poops are still super small. Is that because his diet is all out of whack?
- Cavies 'n Cobwebs
Tiggy is fine now and it's been 2 years since her kidney removal. I am probably overly cautious with any noticeable sludge in the urine and making sure she drinks enough but so far so good. :·)
What I will add is with Tiggy it was a long slow recovery, about a year before I would say she was nearly back to normal for any length of time. She also has never regained her original weight and no matter how much she seems to eat, she does not seem to put it on. She did have issues with her antibiotics at the time and I think with the size her kidney mass was, it caused digestive disruption and I'm sure adhesions to cause her discomfort. She also had blood in the urine a few times during her recovery months. Her poops were smaller for many months afterwards but then I think her bowel was affected, not just in the amount of food going through.
Beppo has his own health issues to deal with but slow and sure is the way to go. Tiggy did improve quicker with visits from her cage mate Chilli, so keep up with those, I used to put Chilli in with Tiggy otherwise they got too active. Also frequent food offering, smaller strips of food if it helps and different things to tempt them to eat more. Feed them together if you can, the other pig eating seems to encourage the sick one to eat more - or at least it did with Tiggy.
And definitely pain meds. Tiggy only really chews paper when she's in discomfort. Not necessarily bad pain, but enough of a niggle or tweaking of internal sutures to give discomfort. Pain meds a must for as long as Beppo needs them.
I'm sure my vets thought at times I was just fussing but I knew my piggy wasn't right and I did make a late night visit to the Emergency Vets purely to get more Metacam for Tiggy at one stage.
Tiggy also developed bloat and other gastric problems during her recovery but that may have been due to her bowel settling down again after the mass pushing on her internal organs. Just be prepared to deal with anything like that promptly. I find Extra Virgin Olive Oil a great emergency standby if no other meds or vet available.