Anyway I’m sorry about posting these but I don’t know if anything here will help give more insight. Obviously I know how to spend a Saturday night.
After doing the typical butt lift before a dropping, Charlie just had this one “hanging” there for a while.
It looks like they just build up one after another.
He did end up eating the last one. These all look like the same consistency as the big one but you can clearly see they are different droppings.
I don't have enough understanding about fecal tests to know if the one given covers just one kind of intestinal parasite or if I would need more to rule those out.
He hasn't had a multi-vitamin but I did pick them up in case someone suggested I cut out all pellets/veggies (it's the Oxbow brand). The probiotic I'm trying now is Bene-Bac and (I could easily be wrong if it's some obscure thing) I don't think there are any diary products in it. I started it June 27.
I've been thinking an x-ray wouldn't be a bad idea too. I was going to make a list of a few things I wanted to do at the vet once I finish trying out the suggested products.
- Supporter in '14
I have noticed small things that made a big difference. Through documenting I have found that if I give the girls their daily ration of pellets at one feeding in the evening Zoe would get larger, softer stool. If I break the daily ration into two feedings morning and night she is fine. I have tried going back to one evening feeding 4 or 5 different times with the same results.
I think because the two girls are more active throughout the evening they were eating a good portion of their daily ration of pellets. Now they can only eat half the amount and have to wait until morning to get the other half. I have concluded that she can handle a small amount of pellets but too many cause digestive issues.
- Supporter in '13
Please do keep sharing as I find this all very helpful.
My vet diagnosed one of my pigs with giardia and she was in close contact with another pig at that time. Surprisingly, the other pig was not affected at all.
I had no idea giardia could not affect a cage mate like that. I assumed at some point with all the poop shoes they'd ingest some and get sick. I'll definitely have to get him retested. Are there any other tests I should do so I cover all the bases? The only I had done was "Intestinal parasites with giardiasis ELIS" (I'm not sure exactly what that covers but it was on his form).
I also started breaking up feeding times (both pellets and veggies) yesterday.
- Supporter in '14
I wouldn't have picked up on something so subtle if I wasn't documenting morning and night. Also once I think something might be an issue I try it several times to be sure. There can't be any other factors such as stress from company, change in other foods, etc. or that could change the results. It is a very long process but so rewarding when you can see an improvement.
I found I have to give a level tablespoon of pellets, not a heaping one so measure each serving.
I should start a medical thread on Zoe because it was a long process lasting for about 7 months with many vet visits. It may help others with stool issues. She has had normal stools for nine months. She still can get the odd fatter, softer one, but it is only when I change something in her diet.
A lot of stool issues seem to be caused by antibiotics. I have never given my girls antibiotics and would only give them if bacteria or infection were present. Some vets seem to prescribe them as the first line of treatment without even knowing if they are needed.