Xander has done a complete 180 by the looks of him. Doctor put him on TMZ mixed with 5mg of reglan, 0.5cc twice a day for five days, and then if it seems like he's cleared up but poops are still mucous-y, then 5 more days of just TMZ.
I gave him his first dose before work yesterday, and by 8 when I got home, there was an insane amount of poop. Some normal, some irregular, but I think it flushed his system. He is eating like crazy, discharge from his eyes is gone, running around his cage like a wild man, and very very perky now.
I also think part of the issue was the food change. He was on Wild Harvest GP food when I got him, then switched to store brand slowly, then I made the mistake of giving Oxbow when he got sick and he wouldn't touch it. Sure as crap, I bought more Wild Harvest and he's eating completely normal again. I also added a small bit of orange to his and little man's diet for the vitamin C, plus liquid supplement.
Fingers crossed, and hopefully not speaking too soon, but it seems like he's okay for now.
Thanks again everyone. :)
He's still consuming tons of hay, drinking normally, and eating his pellets normal as well. I've also reintroduced lettuce and small amounts of fruits every 48 hours, which so far, hasn't made a huge change. I've given very small amounts of pear, and also very small bites of banana (no more than 1/4" I'd say.)
Prepping for possibly one more vet visit because the pain in his stomach has me worried. It's in his lower abdomen, and it feels kind of hard, but it doesn't sound hollow when I tap. He doesn't like me handling him and runs off when I try to take him out. It doesn't feel like there is anything hard in there, tumor-wise. I'm wondering is it's simply some painful gas, because one day he's a little plumper than normal, but when he runs he shrinks down a little. I do notice though, his sides bulge out a bit when he walks. I may need to really consider x-rays, though my personal vet has yet to recommend them.
Airway, we're doing a mix of TMZ and metronidazole, .4 cc once a day for ten days. he seemed pretty sure it should help get it back on track, but also said it could be a chronic condition. as far as cause goes, neither of us could pinpoint it. he said since he is a rescue, it could have been something his previous owner/vet gave. Fingers crossed this works.
Spike appears very well and is thriving, so would it be beneficial to feed Xander some of his poops? I read on an outside source about transfaunation. Maybe I should call my vet tomorrow and find out... They didn't say at the other how advanced it was in him, but now I'm curious since it's gone on for so long.
nothing really seems to be working at this point, though his appetite and drinking habits are still fantastic. the stools started to reform last night and took the pellet shape, but were still extremely mushy. we have five more doses of antibiotic, and continuing probiotic with lots of floor time. my vet said it wasn't mandatory to keep the two separated for play time, so i let them play together for a while in the bedroom with the cages put outside. i watch them closely to make sure spike isn't eating xander's poop and clean it up immediately. it seems to be helping the lethargy in xan because spike won't let him lie down when they're out. i'm not housing them together, though, and have been keeping objects they could get territorial over out of play time.
Xander has had a good 8 month run with minimal flare ups, but he recently started showing symptoms again of his GI issue. I'm starting him on .2cc of biosponge 4-5 times a day until Friday, with baby food to coax him into taking it. Overall hes still very active, his appetite is great, and his water intake is all normal. If the biosponge doesn't do its job, we'll be visiting our favorite vet for a fecal smear and some antibiotics. I'm not really sure what's caused the random flare up. We've made no sudden changes, and I monitor their diet. I tried these new Oxbown digestive support treats, though, so i'm wondering if that's what did it. A bit ironic really, but I guess that just goes to show don't fix what's not broken.
Not really seeking information, more like a moral support post. :)
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Moral support: you're doing the right things -- and your gut hunches, intuitions, perceptions and judgments are solid.
Once a pig has had a significant GI problem (stasis/ileus/bloat) and has recovered, they remain a bit more susceptible/sensitive to another down the road. For those pigs in particular, once you find what works for them, stick with it and don't vary it.
It sounds boring (and probably is), but those pigs sometimes can be set off by a treat, supplement or new fruit or veggie that wouldn't bother another pig. This has happened several times at our house and while it's kind of sad for the pig, stick to the basics of what works for that individual. Bored is better than sick -- and in my experience as long as it's food they don't seem to much care.
Xan looks tired, but for the most part he's perky. Water and food instake are still good.
Thanks talishan! i think you're right. it's like a mothers intuition lol. I'm going to remove all foods except hay, pellets and romaine. Better safe than sorry. :)
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If your yard is not treated with any herbicides or pesticides, and no neighborhood dogs/cats can get to it, you'll generally be okay, but in nature, random stuff can happen.