The problem is, there’s one little boy who’s very disabled. His back legs are splayed behind him and he can’t seem to walk on them besides kind of using them as flippers and scooting across his cage. His front paws are twisted in so that he walks on his wrists. Back legs seem to be getting a little stronger, but front paws will likely stay like that forever. He gets around pretty fast considering his condition, and he gets enough food from his mom as far as I can tell. (Also his name as of now is Flipper, I think that’s pretty cute)
If all goes well and my two girls get along with him, I should be taking him home (once he’s fixed). I know that he’s going to need some special care, and I’m willing to put a lot of time and effort into him every day to give him the best life he deserves.
I will obviously be consulting my vets, but are there any owners here with personal experience to give me some pointers? Will he need some sort of rehab? Should I fit him with something so the parts of his body he drags don’t get sore? Will he need extra nutrition or help exercising?
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I'd supplement him with vitamin C and see if that helps with the splayed back legs. An x-ray might also tell you whether his bones have enough calcium to support his weight.
There's probably nothing to be done for his front paws, but pigs like that generally do very well if housed on fleece that's kept clean.
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