Rosie, my three year old spayed female was the first one with the issue. When she first saw the vet she prescribed Metoclopramide, simethicone, and metacam for bloat/stasis. She struggled that day then recovered quickly. She has always recovered well until now. Throughout her current bloat episode (its been a week and a half) she has not improved even with meds and sub q fluids. She still eats, drinks, and poops.
Rusty, my 2 year old male pig took an entire month to fully recover from the first time he got bloated. He was always stable but the medication seemed to have little affect. He was bloated again shortly after he recovered and its been a cycle ever since. He is currently fluctuating, his stomach is painful to the touch, he’s lost weight, and he’s uncomfortable (its been a week and a half). They have both been on Metoclopramide, simethicone, and buprenex for several days with no change.
They have both had clean blood work and x-rays. Rusty had a normal fecal. Rusty has seen an exotic specialist and he was physically normal upon examination (other than abdominal pain). Her only recommendations were an ultrasound or a fecal gram stain.
I’m worried that this problem will not show up on any of the diagnostics. I’m also concerned because treatment is not having an affect currently. I know that they are ok but it’s apparent that they’re not normal. Any ideas?
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Rusty saw the vet today and she is confident the problem is his gut. These are my main takeaways.
1. She doesn’t know what’s causing the problem
2. He was very gassy
3. Stomach was painful
4. IBS and IBD are very difficult to diagnose
5. It would be strange for both pigs to share something like IBS
6. His stool had some mucus and possibly some cells that were irregular (hopefully more info coming)
We’re doing Young Again probiotics and 10 days of metronidazole; in addition to pain meds, simethicone, and Metoclopramide.
Thank you for your reply!