We started SMZ during the time of my last post, which wasn't enough to get him over the hump of the infection, so then we started SMZ with metoclopramide for five days. He was fine for about six days after coming off of it, and that's when the liquid started. He makes formed poops, but there's also the liquid.
Doc told us it could be a UTI, depending on where its coming from, and to monitor for the weekend and give left over antibiotic if his poops started to stop forming again, but that I should be giving probiotic after two hours of administering antibiotic. She also said the probiotic may need to be continued long term. Well tonight they went back to mush. I'm a bit impressed with the lil guy though, because his appetite and water intake are still where they need to be. He also doesn't appear to be gassy or in pain at all. He has actually been pretty active the last few days, especially when we went to the vet.
He's currently at 1,024g in weight, which is about 10 more than his previous visit in June/July. Prior to the new flare up, he has been sitting around 1,200.
My question is, how long is too long to be giving these guys antibiotics? I trust my vet, but I'm a little concerned about long term use of antiobiotics on him. They worked before, but it's almost like the strain is building up a resistance or something. She said the next step would be to try a different antibiotic, but I can't remember the name of it. She said though, they use it for UTI's in them.
- And got the T-shirt
Long-term antibiotic use isn't necessarily a problem. A pig can have problems with antibiotics immediately after taking the first dose. So if the medicine can be tolerated for a normal course, a longer one may not be a problem.
i’m also unsure if i should get another for companionship with spike. spike was very attached to xander so i don’t know if going without a cage mate will help or hurt him.
anyhow, thank you all so much for your valuable input and support over the time i’ve had him.