Interesting to consider the role hormones play in behavior. She would be pegged as a dominant pig, maybe wrongly.
As far as exotics vets in the area, I do know that there is one in Amherst, which is about an hour drive from you. It is called Laurel Stone Veterinary Hospital and Dr. Hope is the small animal specialist. I have only visited them one time when I first got my piggies just for a well check up and didn´t see Dr. Hope but saw Dr. Duncan (who usually treats reptiles and birds) as Dr. Hope was out of town and I wanted to have my boys checked the day after I got them-- I got them Sunday and took them to the vet Monday). So I can´t really comment on how they handle a cavy illness but perhaps someone in your area may have heard of them.
If you think of it, find out if he has done any spays on guinea pigs. If so, how many, how recent was the last one, and how well did they go. I´ll keep it in mind for future reference (like I said, I don´t have much confidence in the vets near me). Any other feedback you care to add would be appreciated.
I will find out about the vet and the spays on guinea pigs. BTW, I had the vets name wrong -- it is not Dr. Duncan but Dr. Duncan Augustine (the reptile/bird vet). Also, the small animal vet is a she -- Dr. Angela Hope. They are the only exotics vets in the area where I live (they are 1/2 hour from me).
I am wondering if these probable hormonal changes (indicated by sexual behavior) are always indicative of possible problems.
If any of you people out there have now or had sows that fit this description (even if only being continually aggressive/mounting in their behavior), I would appreciate any information you could add on their medical history and longevity.
And Pinta, did your sows with pyometria display this kind of behavior?
She was treated for mites not too long ago so i was a bit suprised to see the signs again. When our last pig was ill, the first symptons of any problem was a mite flare up, this happened before the appetite went and other signs of illness (URI) showed up. Unfortunately we had an unknowledgable vet who treated the mites alone. The second vet he saw explained his body was too busy fighting the URI so the mites flared up, unfortunatley by the time he saw her it was too late.
I don´t want to make that mistake again, we are going to the vet tomorrow.
She is being treated for mites anyway. I have to keep a close eye on her and see if her behaviour alters at all, incase there is a slim chance her stroppy behavior is caused by mite irritation (although this wouldn´t explain the crusty bits).
She is going back next Wednesday for more mite shots and/or further investigation.
There might be a problem getting HCG in the States now - I heard rumour it would soon be unavailable. We can still get it in Canada, but the source is in Europe.
It doesn´t get rid of the cysts, just reduces them in size. And there is always a chance that in time, the cyst will increases in size again necessitating another course of injections.
Not all pigs will be responsive. One of our sows didn´t respond at all to the first course of treatment(3 or 4 injections spaced 1 week apart). Then a couple of months later, we tried again and this time she did respond.
The only guaranteed "cure" for ovarian cysts is a spay.
Well, I hauled all the pigs in to see the vet (Kitten was just keeping the other two company). The vet has decided a spay sounds like a good solution for her. He can´t feel any ovarian cysts but feels something is apparently going on. A week from today she will get a spay and stay over night.
- Hormone driven, pms- behavior (mounting, displaying self on a regular basis, other pigs intimidated)
- Some weight loss (perhaps 3 ounces in a couple months -- the pigs were also switched to Oxbow a couple months ago)
- Some hair loss on the side of her abdomen, more on one side than the other -- I saw her pulling some of the hair out so something may be bugging her (had been ivermectined a few months ago -- just did again but don´t think it was necessary, no other pigs with hairloss).
- Funky nipples (see pics in this thread).
The sutures would be removed in 10 to 14 days.
We´ll see how it goes. It sounded like he might allow me to take pics of the procedure (he has the option of changing his mind).
Anyway, that´s how things stand. I´m going to try to assemble things to make her feel at home (her preferred pellets, water, some nice vegs for after surgery, lots of hay and maybe even some tender grass if I can find some).