Jack is having a break here at the Holmes Health Spa. And gradually being introduced to my herd as well. He is moving better than previously, especially with his left hind leg. The right leg is still not moving as well, and is still held in a very abormal position, almost as if the hip is dislocated. We're going for an Xray in the morning, to try and determine whether some damage has occurred to that hip. Hoping and praying not, for fear the vets may be difficult about keeping a partially paralysed pig alive. Our view is that he is improving, eating and drinking, pooping and peeing and so should be given a chance, espicially given how much he has improved in a relatively short space of time.
Please keep us in your thoughts tomorrow. I'll give an update when there is some news.
The good news is that Jack's hips appear perfectly normal and symmetrical. In addition, there appeared to be no injury to his spine, which confirms the findings of the Xrays taken at the Cambridge Cavy Trust, after he left you. However, the vet did say that even under anaesthetic, she was unable to fully straighten his right hind leg, and on the Xrays, there appeared to be an "opacity in the soft tissues", which could indicate there had been damage to that area. (You said that originally he was still moving one leg when you picked him up, so it could be that hip was injured at the time, and not his back). The vet said it is unlikely he will ever regain normal movement of that leg, but also, and reassuringly for BamBam and myself, she said he appears a happy pig, who is clearly eating and drinking well, his coat is lovely and glossy, and he seems very friendly. She said as far as she is concerned, "there are no welfare issues".
So, the plan is that we will continue doing what we have been doing, with hydrotherapy, physio and encouraging him to interact with our other pigs, which I'm sure is aiding his recovery. He is starting to move his left hind leg more, and at times, is using it to push himself around. He spent some time flirting with my girls yesterday, and helped them devour a huge pile of hay!
Thank you for having trust in us, and for having the sense to post on here, rather than go straight to the vet, who would inevitably not given him the chance he deserves.
She revealed to me (something that she had not done previously) that the vet she uses and who saw Jack and reviewed his x-rays wanted him put down on the basis that he would never regain any use in his hind legs.
I have said that I would let her have some video of him so show the vet!