After a few weeks on this new treatment we didn't have any major improvement on her situation. We talked to the vet about our options and she suggested that pain management would be the right thing to do from now on. Victoria doesn't seem to be uncomfortable or in pain most of the time and she's still the happiest pig in the world. We'd love for her to be able to walk again but that's not possible. She still manages to get around pretty well but prefers to lay down by her hay pile, pellets and water.
Vet told me that prolonged use of Metacam can cause some kidney problems but our goal is to give Tato the best quality of life we possibly can.
My husband and I have decided that we'll give her the best life she can have given her current situation until the time comes. If at some point we see that she's not happy anymore, she stops eating or it's in constant pain we'll have to make the decision of putting her to sleep but right now we think she's doing great. We're enjoying the time we have with her and giving her extra cuddles. We love our girl so much.
Thank you everyone for your support!
She's on 0.04ml q24hs of Metacam.
During the past week we've seen improvement on Victoria's situation. I don't know if switching her to Metacam again did the trick or what, but she started standing on her own, even though the joints on her back legs are completely stiff. She also "walked" a little bit (wobbly walk because of the same reason) and she now moves herself into a tunnel she has close by to sleep at night or naps... We're so excited to see her getting a little bit better every day. She is also almost back to her weight before she got sick. She's a strong little one!
We're taking Victoria's cage mate in for a checkup on Monday. We found what looks/feels like a pea sized lipoma on her side and we'd like to get it checked just in case. It doesn't seem to be bothering her at all, but better safe than sorry right?
As of yesterday, Victoria's current weight is 685 grams. Her lowest was 595 grams 3 weeks ago, since then she's been getting better and stronger every day. Our only struggle is keeping her cage mate away because she slowly walks towards Victoria acting nonchalant and whenever we look away she takes her veggies and runs lol
We took her to the vet on Monday to have her lump checked. Vet says is a sebaceous cyst and skin looks great on top of it. They took a sample of the material inside to test and she confirmed that was that and that unless it ruptured or got bigger and cause discomfort or pain to Nami there was no reason to be worried about. She said if it ruptures we should take her in to get some antibiotics just in case.